06/27/2014 – 07/10/2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27

Othello

OTHELLO    5:30PM, 7:30PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1952    90 mins.    DCP

“This extraordinary picture, which it took more than three years to make and equally as long—or longer—to re-dub and prepare for showing here, is strictly an un-literate, inarticulate, and hotly impressionistic film, full of pictorial pyrotechnics and sinister, shadowy moods. Let’s be completely forthright about the talent revealed by Mr. Welles. It would be hard to improve upon this rendering of Othello for sheer mise-en-scène.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

 

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1961    93 mins.    35mm

“One of the most influential movies ever made (as well as one of the most reviled), Marienbad is both utterly lucid and provocatively opaque—an elaborate joke on the world’s corniest pickup line and a drama of erotic fixation that takes Vertigo to the next level of abstraction. It’s a movie of alarming stasis—elegant zombies positioned like chess pieces in a hyper-civilized haunted house—and unsurpassed fluidity.” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

 

WILD GRASS    9PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2009    104 mins.    35mm

“On one level, you have an old coot mucking about. Like the director’s previous Private Fears in Public Places, the colors are bizarre—oddball shades of blue and green. There’s little attempt at psychological continuity, with characters pulling behaviorial 180s and the actors left looking amusingly confused. And the finale hinges on someone’s inability to zip their fly. However jokily, Resnais is ruminating on pet themes.” – Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly

 

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1974    84 mins.    DCP

“Hooper’s original film resists psychological analysis. The mysteriousness of the violence is underlined when Sally naively explains her interest in astrology: ‘Everything means something, I guess.’ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s creators spend the entirety of their film’s lean 84-minute running time disproving Sally’s wishful thinking, dropping her into a nihilistic void in which violence is a pitilessly unexplainable fact of life.” – Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

 

RESERVOIR DOGS    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1992    99 mins.    Digital Video

“Director Quentin Tarantino’s debut may be the ultimate Boy Movie: It’s loaded with ultraviolence, wise-ass wit and poker-game bravado, and the lone female character is dead seconds after appearing. Reservoir Dogs is saved by a deep respect for pulp fiction that extends to the casting of B-movie vet Lawrence Tierney as the gang’s Mr. Big. You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.” – Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 28

Je Taime

JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME    9:30PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1968    91 mins.    35mm

“Alain Resnais takes dozens of interludes from one man’s life — images of everyday banality and commonplace delights — and arranges them non-chronologically. Those leaps add up to a cubistic portrait of a not especially remarkable man who becomes something more, not because of his commonplace life but because of the extraordinary manner in which his story emerges in its sweep and details, its simplicity and grandeur.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

 

MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1963    116 mins.    35mm

“Resnais has done a brilliant job of rendering the reality of a society without significant purpose. The sheer dailiness of an existence reduced to its diurnal dimension by the un-relatedness of longer time segments, the bitter memories of mediocrities, the brutal irrelevance of the Algerian War to the hopeless pettiness of the petit-bourgeoisie,  all are part of the continuing complexity in Muriel every time I see it.” – Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice

 

OTHELLO    1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:30PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1952    90 mins.    DCP

See above.

 

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1974    84 mins.    DCP

See above.

 

RESERVOIR DOGS    11:59PM    At Kendall Square Cinema. 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02139    1992    99 mins.    Digital Video

See above.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

Digital StillCamera

MY AMERICAN UNCLE    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1980    125 mins.    35mm

“Resnais is only getting started. In scenes which play much better than they may sound, he uses humans dressed as giant white rats in reruns of key scenes from other angles. And Resnais uses Laborit’s narration to analyze other scenes. It begins to appear as if all three of these modern French citizens, from different social backgrounds, may have been acting on instructions beamed in from their vestigial brain centers.” – Roger Ebert, The Great Movies

 

JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME    5PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1968    91 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

OTHELLO    1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:30PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1952    90 mins.    DCP

See above.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 30

Ali Fear Eats The Soul

ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL     6PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1974    93 mins.    35mm

“Pure heartbreak, composed with a Sirkian eye for color and frame. Fassbinder consistently uses frames within the frame — windows, doorways, etc. — to underline the artificiality of melodrama; bright swaths of primary color only heighten the effect. As in the best of Sirk’s films, such self-consciousness draws the audience in rather than repulsing them — you sign a contract to play by the movie’s rules, and bind yourself to it.” – Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

 

ROMAN HOLIDAY    7PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1953    118 mins.    35mm

“William Wyler’s 1953 reverse-Cinderella story spends as much time exploring a European wonderland as it spends advancing its plot. Wyler lets much of the film pass without dialogue, allowing Hepburn’s immediate reactions (as enchantingly passionate now as they were 50 years ago, in what was her Hollywood debut) and her increasing physical closeness to Peck say what the characters can’t.” – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

 

PROVIDENCE    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1977    110 mins.    35mm

“The film’s rich mental landscape is a good deal more universal, with everything from H.P. Lovecraft’s werewolves to a painted seaside backdrop providing the essential textures. Like all of Resnais’ best work, this is shot through with purposeful and lyrical enigmas, but the family profile that emerges is warm and penetrating, recalling the haunted Tyrones in Long Day’s Journey Into Night rather than the pieces of an abstract puzzle.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

 

OTHELLO    9PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1952    90 mins.    DCP

See above.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 & THURSDAY, JULY 3

Jaws

JAWS     4:15PM, 7PM & 9:45PM     At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1975    124 mins.    DCP

“The establishment of this tension between the implements with which men try to contain chaos and kill fear and the chaos and fear themselves is the most key to its success. Jaws is forever vital because it’s forever about how man will never be the master of his own destiny. The miracle of it, though, is that it gets better every time you see it. I have the movie memorized at this point; I can recite it like a favorite song. ” – Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

 

SATURDAY, JULY 5

Muppets Take Manhattan

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN    11:30AM    At Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA 02144    1984    94 mins.    TBD

“The plot of your movie has been seen before. I doubt if that will come as news to you. The Muppets Take Manhattan is yet another retread of the reliable old formula in which somebody says ‘Hey, gang! Our senior class musical show is so good, I’ll bet we could be stars on Broadway!’ The fact that this plot is not original does not deter you, Kermit, nor should it. It’s still a good plot.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

MONDAY JULY, 7

A Hard Day's Night

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT    7PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1964    87 mins.    DCP

“Made on the fly to capitalize on The Beatles’ meteoric rise, Richard Lester’s joyous and innovative pseudo-documentary is also transparently promotional, a shrewdly calculated exercise in star manufacture. Yet even as it strings together the obligatory hit parade of singles and performance sequences, the film conveys an intensely liberated spirit, with fun interludes and digressions that make bubblegum out of the French New Wave.” – Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club

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