CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 2009 1 Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. MUSICALE Join us on Sundays in November and December when music fills George Eastman's home. This Sunday, Joe Blackburn performs an organ concert on George Eastman's Aeolian pipe organ. Included with museum admission. 3 Tuesday HOLIDAY DISPLAY OPENING Eastman House's Holiday Wreath Display & Auction opens today and will remain on view through Nov. 29. This year's selection features more than 25 wreaths donated by local florists, garden clubs, and businesses, all available for sale via silent auction. The wreath display and auction is organized by the Eastman House Council, with proceeds benefiting George Eastman Legacy acquisitions. 7 Saturday, 8 p.m. FILM EVENT Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski introduces the Rochester Premiere of his feature Beeswax (2009, 100 min.), a Mumblecore-style film that chronicles the relationships and careers of twin sisters in Austin, Texas. Question-and-answer session to follow the film. Dryden Theatre. Regular Dryden admission: $7 general admission/$6 students and members. 8 Sunday, 2 p.m. PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE Photographer Bob Sacha presents the illustrated lecture "Faraway Lands/Under Your Feet." Producer at NYC's Emmy®-winning MediaStorm studio and teacher at the International Center of Photography (ICP), Sacha explores the idea of travel as "a meditation and an adventure." His work ranges from China to New Orleans to underneath New York City. This lecture is part of the Wish You Were Here travel photography lecture series. Dryden Theatre. Included with museum admission. 8 Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. MUSICALE Join us on Sundays in November and December when music fills George Eastman's home. This Sunday, Gordon Porth performs piano on George Eastman's Steinway, in the Living Room. Included with museum admission. 11 Wednesday EXHIBITION OPENING Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display opens today and remains on view through The 14th annual Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display opens today and remains on view through Dec. 16. This popular holiday tradition features 65 creative confections made by professional bakers and community groups. Houses will be available for sale via silent auction. In addition, the historic house is decorated in holiday splendor from Thanksgiving weekend to New Year's Eve. Organized by the Eastman House Council, with proceeds benefiting restoration of the Aeolian pipe organ. 15 Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. MUSICALE Join us on Sundays in November and December when music fills George Eastman's home. This Sunday, the Eastman School of Music Brass Quintet performs. Included with museum admission. 16 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 LECTURE: RESHAPING ROCHESTER The Rochester Design Center will present a lecture about urban design, with a focus on Rochester issues. Guest lecturer Dr. Emily Talen of Arizona State University will discuss design excellence and sustainability for the environment. Presented in conjunction with the Eastman House exhibition Where We Live. Tickets are on sale at Wegmans and Parkleigh: $15 in advance/$20 at the door ($5 students at the door). For more information, visit rrcdc.org. 17 Tuesday HOLIDAY DISPLAY OPENING Eastman House's Tabletop Tree Display & Auction opens today, on view through Dec. 17. This year's selection features more than 15 tabletop trees throughout the historic house, decorated by local florists, garden clubs, and businesses, all available for sale via silent auction. Proceeds benefit fresh flower purchases for the house. 21 Saturday, 1 p.m. GALLERY TALK: ROCHESTER IN PHOTOGRAPHS A gallery talk with Joe R. Struble, Eastman House photography archivist, who will discuss images of Rochester today and yesterday from the museum's collections that are featured in the current exhibition Where We Live. Included with museum admission. 22 Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. MUSICALE Join us on Sundays in November and December when music fills George Eastman's home. This Sunday, the Sine Nomine Flute Choir performs. Included with museum admission. 27 Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. BOOKSIGNING: AUTHOR SALLY VALENTINE Author Sally Valentine will sign copies of her new book, Theft at George Eastman House, as well as other Rochester-themed novels- The Ghost of the Charlotte Lighthouse and What Stinks? An Adventure in Highland Park. Eastman House Store, which will have the books for sale. No admission fee. 29 Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m. MUSICALE Join us on Sundays in November and December when music fills George Eastman's home. This Sunday, Joe Blackburn performs an organ concert on George Eastman's Aeolian pipe organ. Included with museum admission.
CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS NOVEMBER 2009 Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display -- Nov. 11 through Dec. 16, 2009 (Museum and historic house) Where We Live -- Through Jan. 24, 2009 (South Gallery, Brackett Clark Gallery, Potter Peristyle) Picturing Rochester -- Through Jan. 24, 2009 (Potter Peristyle, Project Space) How Do We Look? -- Through Jan. 24, 2009 (Entrance Gallery) What We're Collecting Now: The Family Photographed -- Ongoing (New Acquisitions Gallery) Where Do Cameras Come From? -- Ongoing (Second floor of house) Cameras from the Technology Collection -- Ongoing (Mees Gallery) The Remarkable George Eastman -- Ongoing (Second floor of house)
CALENDAR OF FILM EVENTS NOVEMBER 2009 Please note: Sunday films are screened at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Films listed begin at 8 p.m. in the Dryden Theatre, except for Sunday evening films, which begin at 7 p.m., and those otherwise noted. Dryden Theatre general admission tickets are $7 and George Eastman House members and student ticket rates are $5, unless otherwise noted. "Take-10" discount tickets (10 admissions for $55/$40 members and students) are available at the box office and the Museum Shop. The film program is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.
FEATURED FILM SERIESMINNELLI'S MGM MUSICALS Vincente Minnelli began his Hollywood career as a set and costume designer on Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland vehicles. While he also directed several comedies and melodramas, Minnelli is best known for his work on musicals. He was embraced by the French auteurist critics associated with Cahiers du Cinéma due to his idiosyncratic visual style characterized by film writer Joe McElhaney as "a highly mobile frame marked by complex tracking and crane shots and a frequent use of long takes, a choreographer-like attention to the staging of action, and an expressive sense of décor and colour." American critics both admired and admonished the director for his obsessive focus on costume, set, and décor. Minnelli followed the precedent set by Josef von Sternberg, who was notorious for cluttered mise-en-scène and privileging aesthetics over storyline. Such exacting attention to visual detail was hardly surprising from Minnelli, who had a background in window dressing and designing opulent theatrical spectacles. Cabin in the Sky (screening December 8), a musical with an all-black cast starring Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Louis Armstrong, was Minnelli's directorial debut. His third film was the now-classic period piece Meet Me in St. Louis (December 19) starring Judy Garland, whom he would later marry. Always employing the most talented of contract players at MGM, where the director himself was under contract, Minnelli made the best use of Fred Astaire as an aging song and dance man in The Band Wagon (November 3); as a con artist visiting the fictional South American nation of Patria in Yolanda and the Thief (November 10); and for a variety of musical numbers in Ziegfeld Follies (November 17), one of which is the only screen pairing of Astaire and Gene Kelly in a classic MGM musical. Kelly collaborated with Minnelli again in the Oscar®-winning An American in Paris (December 22), where he plays an ex-pat painter attempting to seduce Leslie Caron (whoreplaced an expectant Cyd Charisse). Brigadoon (December 1) reunites Kelly and Charisse, and is perhaps best described as a time-traveling musical tale set in a Scottish Shangri-La. Minnelli won a Best Director Academy Award® for Gigi (November 24), starring beloved French stars Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier, whose names alone invoke swoons. Bells Are Ringing (December 15) was Minnelli's last MGM musical, featuring Judy Holliday in her final film as a busybody telephone operator (pre-dating Lily Tomlin's Ernestine), whose advice changes Dean Martin's life for the better. REMEMBERING JOHN HUGHES For anyone who came of age in Reagan-era America, the loss of Michael Jackson last summer followed in quick succession by writer-producer-director John Hughes truly feels like the end of an era. Comparisons of Hughes to J.D. Salinger might seem hyperbolic, yet for those of us who grew up in the 1980s, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off defined teen angst the way Salinger's Catcher in the Rye did for multiple generations of youth. Hughes's teen films were a perfect representation of the decade. In summer 1983, two hugely successful comedies with scripts by Hughes were released, Mr. Mom and National Lampoon's Vacation, paving the way for his career as the complete filmmaker. Vacation was based on Hughes's own 1958 road trip with his family, and is the first screening in this memorial series on November 4. The uproarious Sixteen Candles (November 11) was Hughes's debut as a director, and featured Molly Ringwald's star-making performance as Samantha Baker, who experiences the lowest possible lows and highest possible highs in one action-packed 16th birthday-all of which leads to that question for the ages, "Dong, where is Grandpa's automobile?" Hughes's much-loved, and largely serious, follow-up The Breakfast Club (November 18) details a social experiment involving a day-long detention shared by a basket case, a jock, a delinquent,a geek, and a popular princess. Less than six months after Breakfast Club's release, the prolific Hughes delivered a cartoonishly absurd comedy with Weird Science (December 2). Another half year later, now the overseer of a veritable factory of filmmaking, Hughes handed over the directorial chores on the seriocomic Pretty in Pink (December 9) to Howard Deutch while he prepared to handle the reins on Ferris Bueller's Day Off (December 16). A kind of companion piece to Vacation's family trip from hell, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles details the even more painful circumstance of traveling long distances with an obnoxious stranger due to inclement weather. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, Planes marked a turning point for Hughes in that it was the first of his films released where the story revolved entirely around adult characters. It also was the first of his sentimental family comedies set during the holidays, which makes it the perfect film to watch on Thanksgiving Eve, November 25. ROCHESTER EXCLUSIVES: THREE FROM "MUMBLECORE" AND MUCH, MUCH MORE A relatively new movement in American independent cinema, so-called "Mumblecore" films have been marked by their ultra-low budget productions, improvisatory acting and plotlines, and stories with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships. Most important, the films have all been made by a true community of artists, a "Mumble Corps" of directors who help out by serving as cast and/or crew for the films of their comrades. If the movement has a founding center, it's most likely Andrew Bujalski, whose first two features, Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation, have screened previously at the Dryden, and whose sound editor coined the term Mumblecore. The formerly East Coast-based Bujalski appears in person at the Dryden on November 7 for the screening of his third feature, Beeswax, which was filmed in his new homeof Austin, Texas, the current Mumblecore filmmaking capitol where Lynn Shelton's Humpday (November 13) and Bob Byington's Harmony and Me (December 4) were shot. Harmony's screening also includes a Dryden visit from writer-director Byington. While all three films share an affection for the natural rhythms of slacker-speak, the sweet and entrancing Beeswax offers the least situation-driven of the stories with its tale of close twin sisters, each on her own decidedly different journey toward adulthood. Macho bonding is the target of Shelton's very funny Humpday, as two ostensibly straight buddies commit to having sex with each other for the purposes of an "art project." Equally hilarious, Harmony and Me uses a tale of lost love as an excuse to tie together a series of character sketches beautifully delivered by a cast that includes Justin Rice, Kevin Corrigan, Pat Healy, and Byington (who also appears in Beeswax). In addition to these Mumblecore movies, the Dryden has a plethora of exclusive screenings in November and December, including Pablo Larrain's brutally compelling Tony Manero (November 14). The Yes Men Fix the World (November 20 & 22) documents the latest activities from the noted media pranksters and corporate shame-sters. Oscar®-nominated Austrian thriller Revanche (November 21 & 22) is a precisely told tale of revenge and one woman's sexual awakening. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette provide the voices for the title characters in the Australian animated movie Mary and Max (November 27 & 29). The greatest concert film you've never seen, Soul Power (November 28 & 29) brings James Brown, B.B. King, and other great R&B acts to the big screen. Nutso 1977 Japanese horror-fantasy Hausu makes its long-awaited Dryden debut (December 5). Bronson (December 12 & 13) is a breathtakingly choreographed piece of cinematic violence from the director of the Pusher trilogy. Tetro (December 18 & 20) is the latest from acknowledged cinematic master Francis Ford Coppola. The Experimental Television Center's Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. FOR THE LOVE OF THE MOVIES: THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM Gerald Peary's new documentary For the Love of Movies: The History of American Film Criticism begins with a somewhat ominous observance for those who write or read about cinema: "Today, film criticism is a profession under siege. According to Variety, 28 reviewers have lost their jobs in the last several years." As news media continue to shift away from the printed page to the electronic page, and as studios rely less and less on the considered writings and opinions of learned film critics to spread the word about their latest releases, there could be no more appropriate time to celebrate those people of letters whose words are devoted to moving pictures. Through-out November and December, we'll present a number of great movies that provoked particularly inspired and influential essays. At each screening, we'll provide a complimentary copy of the review with each ticket. Although American film criticism is evident as early as 1911, this survey takes us back only as far as 1937, when the lean and tough writings of Otis Ferguson (whose bright career was cut short by his death in WWII) appeared in praise of fast-paced and efficient genre films, like the MGM thriller Night Must Fall. The most important US film critic of the immediate postwar years was undoubtedly the gifted James Agee, who wrote lovingly of films that celebrated small-town family life, like Meet Me in St. Louis, a film that concentrates on "making the well-heeled middle-class life of some adolescent and little girls in St. Louis seem so beautiful that you can share their anguish when they are doomed to move to New York." While The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther dominated with his post for more than a quarter century, his two biggest contributions were in championing important foreign releases like Kurosawa's Rashomon and inspiring a whole generation of film critics to rebel against what they saw as his rather conventional tastes. That generation included New York-based writers Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris, whose own argument over the auteur theory spawned two separate groups of cinephile acolytes. The '70s saw the move of film criticism to television with the birth of a weekly review program featuring Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, but both critics continued to write voluminous columns for their respective Chicago daily newspapers. Meanwhile, Siskel and Ebert's generation also includes a number of critics with unique styles and great passion for the movies, like Dave Kehr, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Stuart Klawans, who have largely remained devoted to the written word. Another such critic is the Boston Phoenix's Gerald Peary, who joins us in person on December 11 to present For the Love of Movies, his briskly paced and entertaining history of nearly 100 years of American writing about cinema. The Experimental Television Center's Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (Screenings: All films are at 8 p.m. unless otherwise listed.) 7 p.m. Sunday, November 1: Bosley Crowther/RASHOMON Thursday, November 5: Jonathon Rosenbaum/THE CIRCLE 7 p.m. Sunday, November 8: Gene Siskel/SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Thursday, November 12: Roger Ebert/GATES OF HEAVEN and WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE 7 p.m. Sunday, November 15: Otis Ferguson/NIGHT MUST FALL Thursday, November 19: Pauline Kael/HUD Tuesday, November 24: Dave Kehr/GIGI Thursday, December 3: Stuart Klawans/CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE 7 p.m. Sunday, December 6: Andrew Sarris/THE COLLECTOR Thursday, December 10: Gerald Peary/THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE Friday, December 11 | Gerald Peary in Person!/ FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (Gerald Peary, US 2009, 81 min., Digital Projection) Thursday, December 17: Jack Garner/VOLVER Saturday, December 19: James Agee/MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Tuesday, December 22: Dave Kehr/AN AMERICAN IN PARIS NOVEMBER FILM CALENDAR All films presented in 35mm, unless otherwise noted. 1 SUN 7 p.m. | For the Love of Movies | New 35mm Print RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa, Japan 1950, 88 min., Japanese/subtitles) Director Kurosawa and his star Toshiro Mifune gained international fame and awakened the world to the importance of Japanese cinema with this story of murder told through the eyes of four different characters. The defining event takes on a different twist with each retelling. A new 35mm print taken from the restored original camera negative will be shown. This restoration was made possible by the Academy Film Archive, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa Pictures, Inc., with funding provided by Kadokawa Cultural Promotion Foundation and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. 3 TUES 8 p.m. | Minnelli Musicals THE BAND WAGON (Vincente Minnelli, US 1953, 112 min..) MGM musicals, Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse co-star as a faded Hollywood actor and a prima ballerina brought together during the making of a Broadway show. The songs include "That's Entertainment!" and "Dancing in the Dark." 4 WED 8 p.m. | John Hughes NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (Harold Ramis, US 1983, 98 min.) Well-meaning but blundering father and husband Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) packs his family into an obnoxious station wagon for a riotous journey along the holiday road from Chicago to California. Destination: Walley World. On the way to the theme park, the Griswolds visit hillbilly cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and provide the ultimate ride for crotchety Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) and her incontinent dog. John Hughes's script, which inspired four sequels, was based on an original story he wrote for National Lampoon magazine. 5 THURS 8 p.m. | For the Love of Movies THE CIRCLE (DAYEREH, Jafar Panahi, Iran 2000, 90 min., Farsi/subtitles) Banned in Iran, Panahi's controversial masterwork focuses on the difficulties of being a woman in Iranian society. Recalling the structure of films La Ronde, The Phantom of Liberty, and Slacker, the narrative passes from one character to the next in a series of compelling episodes, book-ended by two remarkable 360-degree shots. Members admitted free. 7 SAT 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere | Andrew Bujalski in Person! BEESWAX (Andrew Bujalski, US 2009, 100 min.) The third feature from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation centers on twin sisters in Austin, Texas: wheelchair-bound vintage clothing store proprietor Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher) and unemployed Lauren (Maggie Hatcher), who's contemplating a move to Kenya. With humor and great attention to intimate details, Bujalski affectionately captures the moment-to-momentness of the lives of the young women, their friends, colleagues, and lovers. Andrew Bujalski will introduce his film and answer questions after the screening. 8 SUN 7 p.m. | For the Love of Movies | New 35mm Print SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (John Badham, US 1977, 119 min.) This seminal '70s classic stars the one and only John Travolta as Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint store clerk who becomes a sex god every Saturday night as he clears the dance floor of the local disco to the tunes of the Bee Gees, Kool and the Gang, and KC and the Sunshine Band. 10 TUES 8 p.m. | Minnelli Musicals YOLANDA AND THE THIEF (Vincente Minnelli, US 1945, 108 min.) A cause célèbre for Minnelli fans, this 1945 TechnicolorTM musical stars Fred Astaire as Johnny, a debonair con artist who dupes Yolanda Aquaviva (Lucille Bremer), a moneyed South American heiress, into believing he's her guardian angel. But when Cupid's arrow strikes, Johnny must untangle his half-baked scam. Lensed by Charles Rosher (Sunrise), Minnelli's sweepingly opulent and plush visual style is enveloping. 11 WED 8 p.m. | John Hughes SIXTEEN CANDLES (John Hughes, US 1984, 93 min.) Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald in her breakthrough role) has a whole lot of teen angst: her sweet 16 has been forgotten by family members absorbed in planning her sister's nuptials; she's forced to befriend Japanese exchange student Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe); and her panties are auctioned off in a bathroom stall by geeky Farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall). John Hughes's directorial debut is an often uproariously funny teen classic that really hit home for mid-'80s adolescent audiences. 12 THURS 8 p.m. | For the Love of Movies GATES OF HEAVEN (Errol Morris, US 1978, 85 min.) A look into the world of pet cemeteries and the pet owners who frequent them, acclaimed documentarian Morris's first feature is a widely admired piece of filmmaking. Funny and unexpectedly moving, Gates of Heaven is formally simple, but deceptively so, and it ultimately reveals a philosophically and psychologically rich tapestry of America. Preceded by WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE (Les Blank, US 1980, 20 min.) 13 FRI 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere HUMPDAY (Lynn Shelton, US 2009, 94 min.) In the movie that takes "bromance" to an entirely new realm, ostensibly straight pals Ben and Andrew (Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard) drunkenly pledge to have sex with each other and film it as an art project. After sobering up, both men find it impossible to back down from their challenge, even amidst the protests of Ben's wife. Writer-director Shelton's very funny satire of hetero male one-upsmanship won a special jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. 14 SAT 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere TONY MANERO (Pablo Larrain, Chile 2008, 98 min., Spanish/subtitles) In 1978 Santiago, under the rule of the repressive Pinochet regime, dancer Raúl (Alfredo Castro) stops at nothing to win a televised contest for the best impersonation of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Masterfully told and brutally honest, this is a powerful, violent, and sometimes frightening study of life under fascism with a main character who is equal parts fascinating and repellent. "An extremely dark meditation on borrowed cultural identity"-Stephen Holden, The New York Times. 15 SUN 7 p.m. | For the Love of Movies NIGHT MUST FALL (Richard Thorpe, US 1937, 117 min.) A handsome and charming young man (Robert Montgomery in an Oscar®-nominated performance) is hired as caretaker of a remote country estate by the crotchety owner (Dame May Whitty). The old woman's niece (Rosalind Russell) is also beguiled, until she begins to suspect that the visitor is a sociopath who may be involved in the disappearance of a local girl. The first screen version of Emlyn Williams's play is a thrilling work of suspense. 17 TUES 8 p.m. | Minnelli Musicals ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (Vincente Minnelli, US 1946, 110 min.) William Powell, once again as Florenz Ziegfeld, looks down from the heavens and orchestrates a grand TechnicolorTM musical-comedy review in the tradition of his glorious stage shows. The magnificent assemblage of MGM contract performers includes Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Lena Horne, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, and best of all, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in their only on-screen pairing until That's Entertainment, Part II in 1974. 18 WED 8 p.m. | John Hughes THE BREAKFAST CLUB (John Hughes, US 1985, 97 min.) Molly Ringwald (the princess), Judd Nelson (the delinquent), Emilio Estevez (the jock), Ally Sheedy (the bohemian), and Anthony Michael Hall (the nerd) are teenagers forced to attend Saturday detention. With their combined, combustible personalities, the fivesome seek to overcome their stereotypes about one another in writer-director Hughes's milestone of teen cinema, now approaching its 25th anniversary. 19 THURS 8 p.m. | For the Love of Movies | New 35mm Print HUD (Martin Ritt, US 1963, 112 min.) In one of his signature anti-hero roles, Paul Newman is the title character, a womanizing, self-interested son of a Texas cattle rancher (Melvyn Douglas) who destroys his family's business just as coolly as he seduces the devoted family maid (Patricia Neal, in an Oscar®-winning performance). Ritt's unsentimental direction, James Wong Howe's marvelous cinematography, and a peerless cast make undeniably compelling material out of Larry McMurtry's bleak novel Horseman Pass By. 20 FRI 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD (Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno, US 2009, 86 min.) Media pranksters and corporate shame-sters, The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) fraudulently and boldly pose as representatives of big money companies like Dow Chemical and Halliburton, and find themselves invited to speak at important conferences or on international television news broadcasts. Through their deliberately absurd misrepresentations and cleverly crafted alternate realities (like having Dow take full responsibility for the environmental disaster in Bhopal, India) The Yes Men's goal is to shine a light on unethical corporate behavior and those who profit from human misery. The antics of these anti-capitalist crusaders are also very, very funny. 21 SAT 8 p.m. Rochester Premiere REVANCHE (Götz Spielmann, Austria 2008, 121 min., German/subtitles) After a bank robbery goes awry, an ex-con hides out at his grandfather's remote country farm where he begins an affair with a married woman. Neither is aware that her husband is the cop responsible for thwarting the robbery. Oscar®-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Revanche "involves a rare coming together of a male's criminal nature and a female's deep needs, entwined with a first-rate thriller"-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. 22 SUN 5 p.m. | Rochester Premiere THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD See November 20. 22 SUN 7 p.m. | Rochester Premiere REVANCHE See November 21. 24 TUES 8 p.m. | Minnelli Musicals GIGI (Vincente Minnelli, US 1958, 116 min.) In turn-of-the-century Paris, Gaston Lachaille (Louis Jourdan) grows bored with upper-class women and falls in love with a young girl, Gigi (Leslie Caron), who is training to become a courtesan. Maurice Chevalier's "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" is just one of the wonderful songs in Lerner & Lowe's marvelous score. An Oscar® winner for Best Picture, you will remember it well. 25 WED 8 p.m. | John Hughes PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES (John Hughes, US 1987, 93 min.) Steve Martin plays a beleaguered yuppie trying to make his way home against the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush. When his flight is detoured, he becomes the unwilling companion to anoafish traveling salesman (John Candy). Together the two must overcome a series of hilarious circumstances in order to complete their journey. Hughes made the leap from teen flicks to adult fare with his fondly remembered comic odyssey. 26 THURS - No film due to Thanksgiving holiday. 27 FRI 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere MARY AND MAX (Adam Elliot, Australia 2009, 92 min.) Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Colette provide the voices for the title characters in the first feature film by Oscar®-winning stop-motion animator Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet). Mary is a lonely young girl with neglectful parents who starts an unusual pen-pal relationship with Max, a 44-year-old obese, high-functioning autistic Manhattanite. The touching and funny story of their mutually supportive yet oddball friendship spans 22 years and two continents. Mary and Max was the opening night selection for this year's Sundance Film Festival. 28 SAT 8 p.m. | Rochester Premiere SOUL POWER (Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, US 2008, 93 min.) In the three days leading up to the legendary Ali-Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in Zaire, America's leading rhythm and blues acts and Africa's top musicians assembled for an unprecedented festival of soul music. The concerts showcased Bill Withers, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, The Spinners, Celia Cruz, and, at the peak of his talents, the great James Brown. An exciting musical companion piece to the documentary When We Were Kings that utilizes footage never before released, this marvelous-looking and-sounding time capsule pulsates with life. 29 SUN 5 p.m. MARY AND MAX See November 27. 29 SUN 7 p.m. SOUL POWER See November 28. 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