07/18/2014 – 07/24/2014

Friday, July 18

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THE RAID: REDEMPTION    7PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2011    101 mins.    35mm

“Bullets, fists, and blades all fly, captured by Evans via a constantly moving, frequently gravity-defying camera. The emphasis here is speed: The fight choreography is blisteringly quick, designed to make viewers gasp, and then cheer.” – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

 

THE RAID 2    4PM & 9:15PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2014    150 mins.    35mm

“The go-for-broke, more-is-more aesthetic becomes dizzying, and the film’s suspense comes not from the creaky storyline, but instead wondering how it’s going to top itself next.” – Sean Burns, TechnologyTell

 

METROPOLIS    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1927    150 mins.    Digital Video

“One of the last examples of the imaginative – but often monstrous – grandeur of the Golden Period of the German film, Metropolis is a spectacular example of Expressionist design, with moments of almost incredible beauty and power, absurd ineptitudes, and oddities that defy analysis. It’s a wonderful, stupefying folly.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

 

THE DEVILS    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1971    108 mins.    35mm

“The funniest thing about this 1971 Ken Russell camp epic is probably the juxtaposition of its first-class production values (a good cast, great set design, marvelous photography) with Russell’s no-class sexual fantasies—it’s like a David Lean remake of Pink Flamingos.” – Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader

 

HAROLD AND MAUDE    11:59PM    At Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA 02144    1971    91 mins.    35mm

“There’s no Us versus Them dynamic in Higgins’s script or Ashby’s direction, just a crazy quilt of experience. That every major character save Harold and Maude seems content to exist within a little subjective square, butting up against others’ without merging, makes the film more sneakily radical than others in a countercultural vein.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, The Criterion Collection

 

Saturday, July 19

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THE BIG HEAT    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1953    90 mins.    35mm 

“As deceptive and two-faced as anything Lang ever made, with its sunny domestic tranquility precariously separated from a world of violence.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

MINISTRY OF FEAR    9PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1944    84 mins.    35mm 

“Mr. Lang has given the picture something of the chilling quality of some of his early German shockers—a strangely arch and maniacal surge that comes through suggestive use of camera and morbid pace in more critical spots.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

 

DARK CITY    11:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1998    100 mins.    35mm

“But the complicated plot and the important themes are no more than window dressing; what counts here is the show, the creation of a strange world by a filmmaker who clearly knows science fiction and fantasy, past and present, and wants to share his love for it. Proyas succeeds in doing that, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Before the film is half over he manages to evoke memories of Blade Runner, Burton’s BatmanMetropolis, and assorted images from Cronenberg and Gilliam.” – Walter Addiego, San Francisco Examiner

 

THE RAID    1PM & 6:15PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2011    101 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE RAID 2    3:15PM & 8:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2014    150 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE DEVILS    11:59PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1971    108 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

HAROLD AND MAUDE    11:59PM    At Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA 02144    1971    91 mins.    35mm

See above. 

 

Sunday, July 20

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THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR    5PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1959    97 mins.    35mm 

“Throughout, Lang constantly endeavors to beguile and delight the eye, to inspire the viewer with a sense of wonderment – ‘childlike’ wonderment, if you prefer, though the grand, harmonious symmetry of the film’s design could only be the result of a lifetime’s diligent artistic practice.” – Nick Pinkerton, The Village Voice

 

THE INDIAN TOMB    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138     1959    101 mins.    35mm

“The trancelike pleasure of the storytelling, in fact, is quite majestic – and these unique films could even be felt to resemble late Shakespearean romance in their shrugging off of worries about realistic plausibility and Lang’s profound reversion to the roots of creativity.” – Philip Horne, The Telegraph

 

THE RAID    1PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2011    101 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE RAID 2    3:15PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2011    150 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

Monday, July 21

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THE SET-UP    5PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1949    73 mins.    35mm

“I’ve seen this film’s influences in numerous others: The brutal, alley-way destruction of the tool of Stoker’s trade has a companion piece in Mo’ Better Blues. Both boxers go down, just like in Rocky (or was it Rocky II?). The boxer who refuses to throw the fight and faces down the wrath of a scorned bookie has been done to death, but here it made me think of Pulp Fiction.” – Odie Henderson, The House Next Door

 

BORN TO KILL    3PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1947    92 mins.    35mm

“Wise swims in the [noir] genre’s amorality, scoring a kitchen brawl to big-band radio tunes, terrorizing a soused matron at a nocturnal beach skirmish, and leaving the last word to Walter Slezak’s jovially corrupt detective.” – Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ    7PM    At Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446    1939    102 mins.    TBA

“Years later, I can now see that the terror instilled in me as a child by repeated viewings of The Wizard of Oz drove me to become a film critic. Was I the only one who had nightmares about  the Winged Monkeys, their formations filling the sky like a cross between Goya’s Sleep of Reason and the Luftwaffe? Or the appalling realization that one’s entire experience, in living color yet, might be no more than a dream?” – Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix

 

HARAKIRI    7PM    At Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1919    80 mins.    35mm

“Leaden-paced, adequately acted and hobbled by a European cast that never convincingly appears Asian, Harakiri exists mostly as a curiosity. Lang’s direction is pretty stodgy overall, but there are a few stylized, thoughtfully done shots which seem to indicate that he was attempting to capture some of the visual simplicity of Japanese print artists like Hiroshige.” – Matt Hinrichs, DVD Talk 

 

Tuesday, July 22

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BORN TO KILL    3:45PM & 7:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1947    92 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

THE SET-UP    5:45PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1949    73 mins.    35mm

See above.

 

Wednesday, July 23

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CLUELESS    3:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:30PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    1995    97 mins.    DCP        

“Part of what I love about Clueless is that for a movie about a precocious 15-year-old know-it-all, it’s remarkably non-judgmental; it rations sympathy across the social spectrum. There are no real heroes or villains(With the possible exception of Elton, who’s more a typically horny teenage jerk than a proper heavy.) The characters are just a bunch of folks honestly trying to navigate the incredibly complicated ecosystem of high school (both teenaged and adult), and for the most part failing honorably.” – Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve 

 

A SUMMER’S TALE    8PM    At Museum of Fine Arts. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115    1996    114 mins.    DCP

“Having a heretofore-unseen work by Rohmer in a movie theatre is as salutary as basking in a ray of June sunshine. Like many of his later pictures, this is a story of the romantic foibles of some attractive, self-conscious, but hardly self-aware young adults. Rohmer had an almost uncanny knack for using the mercurial predilections of the young as a launching pad for smart but not oppressive philosophical observations.” – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

 

Thursday, July 24

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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE    7PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2014    123 mins.    35mm        

“Following Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, the second-most-intensely curated movie of the season, starting with its first images, in which a galaxy of stars morphs into the spinning, gleaming groove of a vintage rock 45 on a turntable. The rest of the movie only deepens the mystical sense of the cosmos condensed into the well-chosen work of art – and the vintage fetish object that embodies it.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

 

UNDER THE SKIN    4:45PM & 9:30PM    At Brattle Theatre. 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138    2014    108 mins.    DCP

“Glazer creates an anthropological study of human behavior as seen from the eyes of something inhuman. It’s not a profound concept, but it’s a visually invigorating one, one that dramatizes the smallness of our behaviors and our concerns. Many frames watch faceless individuals, surrounded by brand logos and retail outlets, criss-cross among each other, running to-and-fro across city streets.” – Jake Mulligan, Movie Mezzanine

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