CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS FEBRUARY 2010 Where We Live Through Feb. 14, 2010 *Extended/New Date!* South Gallery, Brackett Clark Gallery, Potter Peristyle Picturing Rochester Through Feb. 14, 2010 *Extended/New Date!* Brackett Clark Gallery How Do We Look? Through March 14, 2010 *Extended/New Date!* Entrance Gallery The Dutch Connection: George Eastman's Feb. 12-28, 2010 Conservatory in Winter Bloom Conservatory Roger Ballen: Photographs, 1982-2009 Feb. 27-June 6, 2010 Brackett Clark Gallery Portrait Opens Feb. 27/ongoing South Gallery What We're Collecting Now: Ongoing The Family Photographed New Acquisitions Gallery Cameras from the Ongoing Technology Collection North Gallery Where Do Cameras Come From? Ongoing Second floor of house The Remarkable George Eastman Ongoing Second floor of house
DRYDEN THEATRE FILM CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2010 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 SERIESESSENTIAL FILM NOIR: 2010 EDITION America's fascination with crime has been reflected on film as early as 1903, but it was the films noir of the '40s and '50s that most closely examine the criminal, by making him the protagonist and focusing on the reasons behind his actions, as well as the crimes themselves. These films are mostly set in a postwar America, a place where many men have returned from overseas with a legacy of violence and hatred that no longer has an outlet. In the world of film noir, that hatred turns inward, and one way to release it is through a life of crime. In some of the films, the protagonist becomes a criminal over the course of the film, like Burt Lancaster who kills a man and hides out in Joan Fontaine's apartment in Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (February 11). In another burst of anger, police detective Dana Andrews kills a witness and decides to cover it up while investigating a second murder in Where the Sidewalk Ends (February 18). John Garfield plays a man who is compelled to do just about anything, including murder, to be with Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (February 25). The other films explore the effects of criminality by making the heroes behave like criminals to achieve their goals. Humphrey Bogart is a man wrongly accused of murdering his wife and seeks refuge with Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage (February 4). In another film, Dana Andrews plays a man who pretends to be a murderer in order to get a first-hand view of the justice system, with catastrophic results in Beyond A Reasonable Doubt -Jared Case, Cataloguer, Motion Picture Department SILENT CINEMA Our annual season of pre-talkie cinema with live musical accompaniment has moved from the fall to winter/spring, and a new series commences on January 19 with Douglas Fairbanks in The Mark of Zorro. The series continues with a feature from sophisticated comedy specialist Ernst Lubitsch, titled Three Women (February 2); American physical comedy genius Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality and The Play House (February 9); a delicately beautiful Italian adaptation of Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (February 16); and a pair of academically related films from Japanese master Yasujuro Ozu, I Graduated, But...and I Flunked, But...(February 23). Each film features live piano by Philip C. Carli. The series continues on Tuesdays in March and April. CURATOR'S CHOICE: A TOWN CALLED PANIC (PANIQUE AUX VILLAGE, Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar, France/Belgium 2009, 75 min., French/subtitles) The dominance of computer-generated imagery in the realm of animated feature films has recently created a nostalgic backlash of sorts, resulting in the release of Disney's first traditional 2D animated feature in years (The Princess and the Frog), as well as old-school-style works of stop-motion animation (Coraline and The Fantastic Mr. Fox). But compared to these big-budget Hollywood productions, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar's stop-motion A Town Called Panic looks downright primitive. The characters are rendered through cheap plastic toy figurines with movement that could best be described as "limited," and the sets are decidedly minimalist when placed alongside the finely detailed world of something like Coraline. That said, whatever A Town Called Panic lacks technologically is made up for by a limitless supply of imagination, humor, and charm, enough to make it the first stop-motion animated film selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Based on a series of short animated episodes produced for European television, this thoroughly delightful fantasy/adventure tells of an eccentric provincial village and its beguiling inhabitants. The impetuous Cowboy and Indian, eager to build a brick barbecue oven as a birthday gift for their more mature roommate, Horse, mistakenly make an online purchase of 50 million bricks. In hiding the bricks, Cowboy and Indian accidentally destroy their home, which indirectly leads to the arrest of their innocent neighbor. Setting out to right their wrongs, Cowboy and Indian are joined by Horse and taken on a journey to a hot lava pit at the center of the earth; across a frozen tundra to fight a giant mechanical snowball-throwing penguin; and into a bizarre underwater parallel universe run by pointy-headed, criminally minded creatures. Woven through all of this action is a sweet and tenuous love story between Horse and the redheaded filly Madame Longray, a piano teacher. Audiences of all ages around the world have responded to the zany antics of A Town Called Panic, whether it is shown at a midnight screening or a kiddie matinee. But trying to find the right words to describe its appeal can prove elusive, so I highly recommend you see it for yourself and discover its magic firsthand. Hollywood Reporter critic Peter Brunette sums it up best, writing, "There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant." The six screenings of A Town Called Panic February 26, 27, and 28 will be preceded by The Toll Collector, a winsome and lovely short film by American stop-motion animator Rachel Johnson. Note: Despite occasional impolite language in the subtitles, A Town Called Panic is otherwise entirely appropriate for children. -Jim Healy, Assistant Curator, Exhibitions, Motion Picture Department Rochester Exclusives: Four From South America...And Much More: As we leave behind the first decade of 21st-century cinema, South America, with its many diverse coutries and cultures, has emerged as a leader in artistic achievement in flim. During February, you'll be able to see the first area theatrical screenings of four highly acclaimed recent releases from the continent. The new century has seen the first significant Uruguayan productions, the pinnacle of which just might be Adrian Biniez's funny and oddly romantic Gigante (February 12). Brazilian cinema enjoyed the unprecedented success of City of God, and former documentary filmmaker Jose Padilha delivered a response of sorts to that gangland saga with his own film Elite Squad (February 19), which deals with the problems that law enforcement faces in fighting the drug lords in Rio's slums. We Live in Public (February 6 & 7), winner of the Grand Jury Prize for American Documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, tells the compelling and often unsettling story of Josh Harris, the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of. And the missing Person (February 20) brings the classic film noir into a post 9/11 world with the tale of a private detective (Michael Shannon) who unexpectedly learns something about himself when he's asked to follow a man and child from Chicago to Los Angeles. Furthermore, Oscar-nominated character actor Michael Shannon will be on hand for our screening of The Missing Person on February 20. Eight Portraits of the Obsessive: The films of Robert DeNiro Shutter Island, due for wide release in February, brings the number of director Martin Scorsese's features starring actor Leonardo DiCaprio up to four. That's only half the number made with the performer many fans would consider Scorsese's most important collaborator, the dynamic powerhouse Robert DeNiro. Like the quartet of DiCaprio films, the eight DeNiro/Scorsese movies focus attention on obsessed characters who vainly try to adjust the world to their vision of how it should be, no matter what destruction it brings. For example, the most underrated of their combined efforts, The King of Comedy remains the most relevant for today's audiences in its depiction of marginally talented comedian Rupert Pupkin's unstoppable quest for fame through television. After a seven-year hiatus from Scorsese, DeNiro took a secondary role in the now-classic mob epic Goodfellas. Though Ray Liotta's Henry Hill provides the film with its comically uninhibited and amoral spirit, it's DeNiro's greedy and paranoid thug Jimmy Conway who raises the specter of death. Cape Fear's revenge-obsessed and Bible-quoting ex-con Max Cady just might literally be the Angel of Death, and DeNiro put himself through a punishing physical regimen that makes the sinewy and tattoo-covered Max all the more frighteningly real. Casino brought Scorsese back into gangster territory for his eighth and (to date) final pairing with DeNiro, whose Ace Rothstein is the classic control freak brought down by loyalty to his less-than-reputable friends and wife. These stories of obsession can also be viewed as allegories for the filmmaking process and the director's difficult task of keeping everything under control. Scorsese's reliance on the spontaneous, unpredictable, and often improvisatory behavior of DeNiro offers an example to any single-minded director who might resist creative input from his cast. Scorsese, with his powerful editing, pulsating soundtracks, and constantly roving cameras, will always be a technically dazzling auteur, but he understands that it's the actors' performances that really bring his films to life. -Jim Healy, Assistant Curator, Exhibitions, Motion Picture Department February Screenings of Robert DeNiro/Scorsese Wednesday, February 3 The King of Comedy Wednesday, February 10 | 20th Anniversary! GoodFellas Wednesday, February 17 Cape Fear Wednesday, February 24 Casino February Film Calendar All films presented in 35mm, unless otherwise noted. 2 TUES Silent Cinema Lubitsch 8 p.m. THREE WOMEN (Ernst Lubitsch, US 1924, 85 min.) The silent and enormously rare masterwork by Ernst Lubitsch, one of the screen's architects of sophisticated comedy, details the romantic affairs of one man and his three paramours-two of whom are mother and daughter. Live piano by Philip C. Carli. 3 WEDS 8 p.m. DeNiro/Scorsese THE KING OF COMEDY (Martin Scorsese, US 1983, 109 min.) In his fifth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro plays Rupert Pupkin, a would-be stand-up comedian who believes success will come with an appearance on the late night television show of Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Rebuffed by Langford, Rupert hatches a plan with the demented stalker Masha (Sandra Bernhard) to kidnap the TV host and ransom him for the shot at glory. The most overlooked of the DeNiro/Scorsese pairings, The King of Comedy is a devastatingly funny dark comedy with observations on fame that place it way ahead of its time. 4 THURS 8 p.m. Film Noir DARK PASSAGE (Delmer Daves, US 1947, 106 min.) In an adaptation of a classic noir novel by David Goodis, Dark Passage stars Humphrey Bogart as an innocent man convicted of murder. After he escapes from prison, plastic surgery allows him to go undetected as he searches for the true killer. Fun and technically dazzling, the film was the third to team Bogart with his new bride, Lauren Bacall. Here, she plays Bogie's protector and love interest. 5 FRI 8 p.m. Richard Attenborough x 2 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (Richard Fleischer, UK 1971, 111 min.) In a frighteningly real performance, Richard Attenborough plays the notorious British serial killer John Christie, who murdered at least six women in his Notting Hill flat during the 1940s and 1950s. An equally powerful John Hurt plays Timothy Evans, Christie's neighbor, and perhaps his ultimate victim. The rigorous, but unflashy direction by Richard Fleischer makes for a gripping tale of true crime that puts it in a league with Compulsion and The Boston Strangler, Fleischer's other masterworks of the genre. 6 SAT 8 p.m. Rochester Exclusive WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (Ondi Timoner, US 2009, 90 min.) Maybe the greatest Internet pioneer you've never heard of, Josh Harris has spent his life implementing his unique vision of the future, where technology and media dictate social interaction and define personal identity. For his art experiment Quiet, he rounded up 100 individuals who lived for 30 days in an underground Manhattan bunker under 24-hour video surveillance. He then rigged his loft with 32 cameras to broadcast on the web every moment of life with his girlfriend, from toilet to bedroom, a project that seriously backfired. This fascinating psychological portrait of the reclusive and eccentric Harris, filmed over ten years, was winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 7 SUN 5 p.m. Rochester Exclusive WE LIVE IN PUBLIC See February 6. 7 SUN 7 p.m. Preston Sturges x 2 THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK (Preston Sturges, US 1944, 99 min.) Smitten by men in uniform, small town girl Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) gets drunk at a soldier's ball. When she wakes up she's not only married to someone she can't remember who's now on his way overseas, but she's pregnant to boot. Writer/director Preston Sturges, perhaps Hollywood's greatest satirist, deals scathingly with the hypocrisies of soldier worship and Norman Rockwell America in his most no-holds-barred picture. 9 TUES 8 p.m. Silent Cinema OUR HOSPITALITY (Buster Keaton & Jack Blystone, US 1923, 74 min.) In one of his undisputed comic masterpieces, Buster Keaton is Willie McKay, the last survivor of his wealthy family, returning home to claim his inheritance. But the woman of his dreams, Virginia Canfield (Natalie Talmadge, the real-life Mrs. Keaton), comes from the family the MacKays are feuding with. The hair-raising, stunt-filled finale alone is worth the price of admission. Preceded by THE PLAY HOUSE (Buster Keaton, US 1921, 20 min.). 10 WEDS 8 p.m. DeNiro/Scorsese 20th Anniversary! GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, US 1990, 146 min.) Scorsese's mob epic and masterpiece is a tour de force of brutality, dark comedy, and great Italian cooking that charts the rise and fall of small- time mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his cohorts Jimmy the Gent (Robert DeNiro) and Shoeshine Tommy (Joe Pesci in an Oscar®-winning performance). Deftly gliding, propulsive camerawork and an evocative period pop soundtrack (Rolling Stones, Cream, Aretha Franklin) capture the allure, decadence, and the stress of day-to-day life as a Mafia hood. 11 THURS Film Noir Double Feature Members' Movie Night 7 p.m. KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS (Norman Foster, US 1948, 80 min.) 8:30 p.m. BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (Fritz Lang, US 1956, 80 min.) Legendary leading lady Joan Fontaine stars in a pair of films noir opposite two of the genre's great male stars. In Kiss the Blood, Fontaine is a lonely nurse and war widow who shelters murderer-on-the-lam Burt Lancaster in fog-enshrouded London. In Beyond, Fontaine's co-star Dana Andrews plays a man who masquerades as a murderer in order to get a first-hand view of the justice system, with disastrous results. Master thriller craftsman Lang's last American film, like many of his best, entwines apparently opposing themes like criminality and morality, license and restraint, and culpability and innocence in such a way as to render them virtually indistinguishable from one another. Two films for one admission price. 12 FRI 8 p.m. Rochester Exclusive GIGANTE (Adrián Biniez, Uruguay 2009, 84 min., Spanish/subtitles) Overweight supermarket security guard Jara (the oddly compelling Horacio Camandule) falls in love with Julia (Leonor Svarcas), the late-shift janitor he watches over a closed-circuit monitor. Too shy to actually approach the object of his affections, Jara anonymously begins a courtship and becomes Julia's protector. Eventually confronted by reality, the gentle, voyeuristic giant must decide if he wants to live this romance or remain a spectator. Offbeat, funny, and sweet, Gigante has been a crowd-pleasing favorite at film festivals all over the world. 13 SAT 8 p.m. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (David Lean, UK 1965, 197 min.) Lean's sprawling romantic epic from Boris Pasternak's acclaimed novel stars Omar Sharif as Zhivago, a Russian doctor and poet whose personal life is ripped apart by the upheaval of the Bolshevik revolution. The director's master touch is apparent in every frame of this multi-Oscar®-winning film. Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, and Rod Steiger are just a few of Sharif's co-stars. 14 SUN 7 p.m. Preston Sturges x 2 Happy Valentine's Day! THE LADY EVE (Preston Sturges, US 1941, 94 min) The irresistible Barbara Stanwyck is a quick-witted and resourceful confidence operator determined to snag a serious and somewhat sappy son of a beer tycoon, played by Henry Fonda. Stanwyck's streetwise toughness and capacity for intense suffering add depth to her superb comic timing, and the film's many layers of masquerade have made it one of the wittiest screwball romances of Hollywood's Golden Era. 16 TUES 8 p.m. Silent Cinema CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Cirano de Bergerac, Augusto Genina, Italy 1925, 113 min.) One of Italy's most elaborate film productions during the 1920s was this elegant hand-colored and tinted version of Edmond Rostand's romantic play. Pierre Magnier is Cyrano and Linda Moglia is Roxanne in this sincere and affecting adaptation, notable for its meticulous period detail. Director Genina would later direct Louise Brooks in Prix de Beaute (1930). Live piano by Philip C. Carli 17 WEDS 8 p.m. DeNiro/Scorsese CAPE FEAR (Martin Scorsese, US 1991, 128 min.) Florida lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) is assailed by a fearsome figure from the past, Bible-quoting rapist Max Cady (a heavily tattooed Robert DeNiro). Cady blames Bowden, his former attorney, for his 14-year prison stint, and he means to take out his revenge on the lawyer's wife (Jessica Lange) and daughter (Oscar®-nominated Juliette Lewis). Scorsese's stylish remake of a 1962 thriller wisely retains Bernard Hermann's relentless original score and recasts three of the original's players (Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam) in supporting roles. 18 THURS 8 p.m. Film Noir WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (Otto Preminger, US 1950, 95 min.) In a nightmarish noir scenario, Dana Andrews plays a brutal New York cop who accidentally kills someone while investigating a murder and then proceeds to cover his tracks. This was the last picture Preminger made under his original contract at 20th Century Fox, and it shares the dark undertones and ambiguity of his best films from this period, like Laura and Fallen Angel. Gene Tierney and Karl Malden co-star. 19 FRI 8 p.m. Rochester Exclusive ELITE SQUAD (TROPA DE ELITE, José Padilha, Brazil 2007, 115 min., Portuguese/subtitles) In 1997, prior to a visit from the Pope in Rio de Janeiro, a top-flight police squad is assembled to root out the violent drug dealers in the slum where His Holiness will be lodging. This riveting, kinetically charged action epic becomes a sort-of flipside to City of God by offering the point-of-view of law enforcement, in particular, a burnt-out captain with a pregnant wife who wants out of the dangerous job and two young and idealistic new recruits who encounter corruption at every turn. Elite Squad won the Silver Bear, the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival. 20 SAT 8 p.m. Rochester Exclusive Michael Shannon in Person! THE MISSING PERSON (Noah Buschel, US 2009, 98 min.) In an ingenious updating of classic film noir, private detective John Rosow (Michael Shannon) is hired to tail a mysterious middle-aged man traveling with a Mexican boy from Chicago to Los Angeles. In a complex plot laden with multiple characters, surprise turns, and snappy dialogue, Rosow unravels the mystery and learns something startling about himself along the way. Oscar®-nominated stage and screen actor Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Bug) will appear in person to introduce and discuss The Missing Person after the screening. No Take-10 tickets or passes. 21 SUN 7 p.m. New 35mm Print ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Norman Z. McLeod, US 1933, 77 min.) One of the most wonderful oddities in all Depression-era cinema is this Lewis Carroll adaptation that served to unite a plethora of top stars and comic talents under contract at Paramount Pictures. The cast includes Cary Grant (The Mock Turtle), W.C. Fields (Humpty Dumpty), Gary Cooper (The White Knight), plus Charlie Ruggles, Alison Skipworth, Jack Oakie, Edward Everett Horton, and young Charlotte Henry as Alice. Plus, some surprise short subjects! 23 TUES 8 p.m. Silent Cinema I GRADUATED, BUT... (Daigaku Wa Deta keredo, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1929, 11 min.) I FLUNKED, BUT... (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1930, 64 min.) Only a fragment remains of I Graduated, But..., the first of these two silent films from renowned Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. The title tells it all: a college graduate refuses a job that's beneath him, but hides his unemployment from his family. I Flunked, But . . . is a pre-Animal House comic romp about college goof-offs who cheat on their exams that includes the first screen appearance of Ozu regular cast member Chishu Ryu. The great actress Kinuyo Tanaka, also known for her work with Kenji Mizoguchi as well, appears in both films. 24 WEDS 8 p.m. Scorsese/DeNiro CASINO (Martin Scorsese, US 1995, 182 min.) Five years after Goodfellas, director Scorsese reteamed with that film's co-screenwriter (Nicholas Pileggi) and two stars (Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci) for another gangster epic, this time set in the devil's paradise of Las Vegas. Casino recounts the true story of Ace Rothstein (DeNiro) an obsessive gambler and control freak sent by the mob to take control of a Vegas resort. Though at first enormously successful, Ace's downfall is assured by his intense loyalty to his thuggish pal Nicky (Pesci) and his hustler wife Ginger (Sharon Stone, in an Oscar®-nominated turn). The hypnotic camera work, brilliant narration, and eclectic rock soundtrack make this a movie to get lost in. 25 THURS 8 p.m. Film Noir THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (Tay Garnett, US 1946, 113 min.) After taking a job at a diner, drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) finds that his handyman duties are significantly less interesting than the boss's wife-a lipstick blonde (Lana Turner) whose plans for the adulterous pair lead to murder, betrayal, and death. The second adaptation of James M. Cain's novel (Visconti's Ossessione was made 3 years prior) is classic film noir at its most erotic, thanks in no small part to Turner's performance as the dangerously sexy femme fatale. 26 FRI 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Rochester Exclusive Curator's Choice A TOWN CALLED PANIC (Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar, France/Belgium 2009, 75 min., French/subtitles) This thoroughly delightful stop-motion animated fantasy tells of an eccentric provincial village and its beguiling inhabitants. The impetuous Cowboy and Indian, eager to buy a birthday gift for their more mature roommate, Horse, accidentally set off a chain of events that destroys their residence and places their innocent neighbor behind bars. Setting out to right their wrongs, Cowboy and Indian are joined by Horse and taken on a journey to the center of the earth, across a frozen tundra, and into a bizarre underwater parallel universe. Rendered in a completely charming style, this feature film version of a popular European television program has occasional impolite language in the subtitles, but is otherwise appropriate for children. Preceded by another gem of stop-motion animation, THE TOLL COLLECTOR (Rachel Johnson, US 2003, 10 min.). 27 SAT 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. Rochester Exclusive A TOWN CALLED PANIC See February 26. 27 SAT 8 p.m. 50th Anniversary! THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, US 1960, 125 min.) Young corporate flunky C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon, in perhaps his greatest role) quickly climbs the ladder of success when he begins lending his apartment key to his superiors, who are looking for a clandestine place for their afternoon trysts. The situation is complicated when Lemmon falls for Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the top executive's girlfriend. Co-writer and director Wilder skewers corporate America with this great satire and love story that won Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. 28 SUN 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. Rochester Exclusive A TOWN CALLED PANIC See February 26. 28 SUN 7 p.m. 50th Anniversary! THE APARTMENT See February 27.
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