Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (January 28, 2011)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Sally Hawkins fights for the rights of British women in the 1960s, while Stephen Dorff plays an actor whose daughter may help him grow up, just a little bit, and Jane Austen gets “reimagined” yet again. These are the three limited release films new to big screens in Indiana this week- and if none of them look promising to you, there are LOTS of holdovers, festivals, special screenings and events throughout the state in the next seven days (a good percentage of them added by the recent opening of the IU Cinema in Bloomington). For all of that and more, read on below…

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering why 127 Hours doesn’t rate a mention this week, it’s because it will be at seven theaters in the greater Indianapolis area as of this Friday- and it will also be on at least ten other screens throughout the state. Seventeen screens is a bit too much to qualify as a limited release film, to my mind- so (apart from this mention here) it is now outside the scope of this column.)

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

From Prada to Nada– Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D’Agosto, April Bowlby, Kuno Becker, and Adriana Barraza head the cast of this romantic comedy, which- according to its official site- offers a “modern twist on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” Belle and Vega play “two spoiled sisters,” Nora and Mary, whose “posh lives are turned upside down” after their father passes away. From Prada to Nada starts on Friday, January 28, at the Showplace Schererville 16.

Made in Dagenham– Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James and Rosamund Pike head the cast of this based-on-a-true-story comedy/drama from Britain. Hawkins stars as Rita O’Grady, who works at a Ford factory in Dagenham, England, in the 1960s. Rita is talked into going to a meeting with a representative of the car company, with shop steward Connie (James) also in attendance. After Rita observes the lack of respect which she and her fellow female employees are given by management, she leads the women in a struggle against the company (among others) for better treatment. Made in Dagenham opens on Friday, January 28, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Somewhere– Stephen Dorff is hard-partying movie star Johnny Marco in this drama from writer/director Sofia Coppola. Johnny doesn’t spend a lot of time with his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning)- but when Cleo’s mom drops her off with Johnny, he’ll have to try to change his ways… at least for a little while. Michelle Monaghan and Jo Champa are in the supporting cast of Somewhere, which starts at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, January 28.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS AND EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Airplane!– The much-loved (and oft-quoted) 1980 comedy returns to the big screen with 12:30 PM showings on Saturday, January 29, at the Castleton Square 14 and Showplace Indianapolis 17; there will also be a 7 PM screening on Tuesday, February 1, at the same locations.

And Everything Is Going Fine– Steven Soderbergh’s 2010 documentary on actor, writer, and monologist Spalding Gray will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Thursday, February 3, at 9:30 PM- and at the same time on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5.

Best of the Advanced Visualization Lab: 3D- According to the site for the IU Cinema in Bloomington, this presentation “will highlight a sampling of the advanced digital work performed on IU’s campuses in the sciences, the visual arts, telecommunications, and other areas.” As noted, the IU Cinema is the site for this eighty-minute event; it gets underway at 3 PM on Saturday, January 30.

The Best Years of Our Lives– This 1946 World War 2 drama from director William Wyler won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Fredric March) and Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell). The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show this classic film at 3 PM on Saturday, January 29.

Blue Valentine– Michelle Williams received an Academy Award nomination for her work in this drama, but Ryan Gosling- who plays Williams’ suitor and (later on) husband- did not (although he did get nominations from the Golden Globes, among others). The film is about a couple at both the beginning and (apparently) near the sad end of their relationship, flashing back and forth between the two time periods. Blue Valentine holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the Showplace Bloomington 11- and it starts on Friday, January 28, at the Glendale 12 in Indianapolis and the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield.

Conviction– Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell star in this based-on-fact story about a woman who spent many years trying to free her brother from prison, following his conviction on what she believed to be trumped-up charges. Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher and Juliette Lewis are also in the cast; Tony Goldwyn directed. Conviction starts on Friday, January 28, at the Starplex Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.

David Lean Micro-Festival- As with the John Ford films (see below), there is no such title for this double shot of Lean on the IU Cinema’s site- so I came up with one myself. In any event, the Bloomington theater will show Lean’s Brief Encounter at 6:30 PM on Sunday, January 30; Great Expectations follows, at 7 PM on Monday, January 31.

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) – Although actor/producer Aamir Khan does appear in some lightweight, more commercial projects, the majority of his recent films that have played in the US are much more substantial than typical Bollywood fare (if there is such a thing as a typical Bollywood film, that is). I haven’t seen Dhobi Ghat yet, but I would recommend both Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and was produced by Khan- who also played the lead role) and Peepli Live (which Khan co-produced) to anyone… even those who have a Bollywood-phobia. In fact, if you’ve never seen an Indian film before, I suspect that either Dhobi Ghat (an official selection at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival) might be a good place to start. According to its official site, here’s what to expect in this drama: “Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) is the story of four people from very different backgrounds, whose worlds intersect and leave them forever altered. As they find themselves drawn into compelling relationships, the city finds its way into the crevices of their lives, separating them even as it draws them closer….” Dhobi Ghat stars Aamir Khan, and was written and directed by Kiran Rao (who co-produced, with Khan); according to manoranjaninc’s site, Dhobi Ghat is in Hindi, with English subtitles. That same site also says that the film will have one or two showings per day at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis from Friday, January 28, through at least Monday, January 31.

Fair Game– Doug Liman directed this ripped-from-the-not-all-that-recent headlines account of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), her husband, Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), and the political firestorm in which they were involved beginning in 2003. Bruce McGill, Sam Shepard, Polly Holliday, Brooke Smith, Iris Bahr and Adam LeFevre are all in the supporting cast. Fair Game holds over this week at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute (where it will have one showing per day) and the Showplace Bloomington 12 (where it will be shown once or twice per day, depending on the day).

A Fire in My Belly– According to nuvo.net, the Eskenazi Hall at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis will have continuous showings of this controversial video by “artist, author, filmmaker and activist” David Wojnarowicz every day of the week (except Sunday) from Friday, January 21, through February 5. The piece dates from the 1980s, and (again per nuvo’s site) “represents one view of persons living with AIDS;” it was made in the wake of the death of Peter Hujar (Wojnarowicz’s “mentor and lover,” according to nuvo).

The Heart Specialist– Zoe Saldana, Wood Harris, Marla Gibbs, Jasmine Guy, Jenifer Lewis, Leon, Method Man and Ed Asner star in this film, which seems to be a romantic comedy/drama centered around two doctors. I say “seems to be” because I couldn’t find a plot synopsis on the film’s official site. (I did notice that the IMDb claims that this is a 2006 movie- so if some aspects of the film seem to be slightly out of date, that’s why. And the fact that this has been sitting on the shelf for several years might not be a good sign, but you never know.) The Heart Specialist holds over (for a third week) at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

Howl– James Franco stars as poet Allen Ginsberg in a film that recounts the events in Ginsberg’s life that led up to his writing the poem Howl, while also dramatizing Ginsberg’s 1957 obscenity trial for the poem, and (by way of animation) illustrating the poem itself. David Straithairn, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola and Bob Balaban are in the film’s supporting cast; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) co-directed. Howl will be shown this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM in the downstairs room of IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington.

I Love You, Phillip MorrisBad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa co-wrote and co-directed this comedy/drama, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, and co-stars Leslie Mann. Carrey is Steven Russell, who after a serious accident, has what the film’s site calls “the ultimate epiphany: he’s gay and he’s going to live life to the fullest- even if he has to break the law to do it.” Steven’s version of living “to the fullest” requires a lot more money than he can get by usual (legal) means, so he becomes a con man. After he is caught and sentence to prison, he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor), and falls head over heels in love. Steven becomes dedicated to getting Phillip (and himself) out of prison and making money for their future life together- even if it means that he has to escape from the penitentiary (more than once) and engage in further cons and frauds to do so. This based-on-a-true-story film will be shown this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Inside Job– Matt Damon narrates this documentary, which returns to Indiana theaters this week following its Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary (Feature length) category; it was directed by Charles Ferguson (whose No End in Sight also received an Academy Award nomination as Best Documentary Feature several years ago). According to its American press kit, Inside Job is “the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008,” and “traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia” by means of “extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists.” Inside Job starts on Friday, January 28, at the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, and the Evansville 16.

John Ford Mini-Festival- There doesn’t seem to be a title for this series of John Ford films at the IU Cinema in Bloomington, but I thought this would pretty much cover it. My Darling Clementine, Rio Grande, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (a personal favorite) will be shown this Friday and Saturday; see the IU Cinema’s site for days and times.

Jorgensen Lecture Series- As of my deadline on Thursday evening, there was no information on who this week’s speaker will be; the site for the IU Cinema just says that a special guest is “to be announced.” If you’re curious to see who the special guest is, be at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Friday, January 28, at 3 PM.

King Lear– Derek Jacobi plays the title role in this “National Theatre Live” production of the Shakespeare tragedy, which will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 3, at 7 PM. As far as I can tell, this is the only place in the state to view this production up on a big screen.

Life of a Motion Designer with Brian Phillips- I thought the title of this event was some sort of a typo, at first- but it turns out “Motion Designer” is someone whose “skills are rooted in graphic design, but extend to film making and animation,” and appear in places from “title graphics on the silver screen to apps on the mobile screen” That’s the word from the site for this workshop, which will be presented by the Heartland Institute on the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Blvd. in Indianapolis) from 9:30 AM to 2 PM on Thursday, February 3. The workshop itself is free, but advance registration is required; also, there is a $10 charge for those who want to take part in a “Networking Lunch” that follows the workshop.

Marwencol– According to Marwencol’s site, this documentary is about Mark Hogancamp and how he “builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard” after “being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar.” Hogancamp then “populates the town he dubs ‘Marwencol’ with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack.” Marwencol will be shown at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington on Thursday, February 3, at 7:30 PM.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct/Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1– The French crime films will be shown once again at IU’s Fine Arts building this Friday and Saturday; for the full schedule in Bloomington, go to The Ryder’s site. Also, it looks like the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech will have daily showings of both parts of the film from Friday, January 28, through Monday, January 31.

Mysteries of the Great Lakes– This 2008 IMAX documentary- which has a soundtrack featuring music by Gordon Lightfoot, and which is narrated by Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent- will be shown at 9:45 AM on Friday, January 28, at the Portage 16 and IMAX in Portage.

Once Upon a Warrior– The folks at Walt Disney Pictures co-produced this (reportedly very expensive) fantasy/adventure/family film from India. Apparently, this is the first time Disney put money into a movie shot in the Telugu language- unfortunately, however, all of the Disney money didn’t result in English subtitles on the American theatrical prints of the film.* The story involves an evil witch, Irendri, who becomes queen of the island of Sangarashtra- which means that Moksha, a young girl with the gift of healing, is the only possible savior of the island’s people. However, even Moksha will need some help from a blind swordsman named Yodha** to keep out of the clutches of Irendri and her minions. Manoranjaninc’s site says that Once Upon a Warrior is scheduled to be shown at 3:30 PM on Saturday, January 29, and Sunday, January 30, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

(*And that isn’t necessarily a Star Wars rip off. Just a few days ago, I learned that “Yoda” means “warrior” in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit- so if anything, the filmmakers are just taking the word (in somewhat modified form) back to the land from whence it came.)

The Pawnbroker– Sydney Lumet directed this 1964 drama about a concentration camp survivor who tries to cope with both flashbacks to his war experiences and life in 1960s New York City; Rod Steiger received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the lead role. The IU Cinema in Bloomington will show The Pawnbroker at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 3.

A Peck on the Cheek– This 2002 Indian film- the February entry in the Indiana Film Society’s Spring Series, “The Journey, Not the Destination”- will be shown free of charge at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 1, at the Indianapolis Senior Center, 708 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis. The IFS’s page for the film uses two photos which (combined with the title) might make you think that this is a light romantic comedy; the IMDb says it’s a drama about a young couple in Sri Lanka whose relationship is greatly affected by that country’s civil war; the wife eventually gives birth to a girl while in a refugee camp in India- and some years later, the girl goes in search of her parents. Mani Ratnam (who made the recent Raavan) directed this film, which is in Hindi with English subtitles- and which won a number of prizes, according to the main picture on its IMDb page.

PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival– The 2011 edition of this annual event- which explores “a wide variety of issues and situations involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities,” according to its official site- continues through Sunday, January 30 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. The festival features both shorts and feature-length films, along with some non-movie events; for a list of titles and times, click here.

Rabbit Hole– Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star in this drama about a couple trying to cope with the shattering, unexpected death of their young son. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) directed this critically-acclaimed film; Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito, Jon Tenney, Stephen Mailer, Roberta Wallach, and Patricia Kalember are in the supporting cast. Rabbit Hole is no longer at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- but it does start on Friday, January 28, at the Village Park 17 in Carmel and the Showplace Schererville 12.

Ride the Divide– According to its official site, this documentary follows three different people as they take part in “the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.” The Eck Visitor Center at the University of Notre Dame is the site for a screening on Sunday, January 30, at 7 PM; the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis will show the doc at the same time on Monday, January 31.

Rivoli Revue- If you love old time movie palaces, and want to help restore one that has fallen on very hard times, then head on out to the Athenaeum (401 E. Michigan St. in Indianapolis) on Friday, January 28, for a benefit show for the Rivoli Theatre (on east 10th Street in Indy). Badriya and the Belly Belly Belly Dancers will perform, along with the locally based burlesque troop Crème De Les Femmes, and acoustic duo Patchwork. Tickets are either $25 (per this page) or $5 (per this week’s edition of Metromix Indianapolis, where I first heard about this)- but I’m fairly certain that $25 is the correct price; the show gets underway at 7 PM.

ScreenPeace Festival- The arms race documentary Countdown to Zero kicks off this festival, which takes place at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Countdown screens at 6:30 PM on Friday, January 28, and is followed at 9:30 by Stanley Kubrick’s classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. War Don Don– a documentary about a man on trial for war crimes in Sierra Leone- is up next, at 6:30 PM on Saturday; Academy Award winner The Hurt Locker shows at 9:30 PM on the same day. Finally, the war drama Lebanon closes out the festival at 3 PM on Sunday, January 30.

Shorts in January– Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre will be the site for this screening of four not-so-long movies (all of them made by and/or featuring people with Indiana ties) at 7 PM on Saturday, January 29. Left for Dead, The Date, Das Spiel, and In the Deathroom (based on a Stephen King story) are the four films in question; admission is a mere $5.

The Strange Case of Angelica– You don’t hear about filmmakers over the age of 100 every day- especially not those who are still at work, writing and directing new movies. That makes this 2010 drama from Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira (who was born in December of 1908) somewhat unusual, if not a candidate for the record books (although I suspect that Mr. de Oliveira doesn’t really care all that much about getting into the record books in the first place). Angelica is a young bride in the 1950s- or at least she was, until she suddenly passed away. When her wealthy parents call on a photographer to take her last picture, he is captivated by her physical beauty. What makes this a strange case, however, is that when the photographer looks through his lens, it seems that Angelica comes to life…. The Strange Case of Angelica will be shown several times this Friday and Saturday at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington (see The Ryder’s site for times); there will also be a 7 PM screening at Bear’s Place in Bloomington on Sunday, January 30, and an 8 PM showing at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville on Wednesday, February 2.

Stray Dog– Toshiro Mifune plays a young homicide detective who must cope with both a summer heat wave and the theft of his gun by a pickpocket. After unsuccessfully trying to find the gun on his own, the younger cop teams up with a veteran detective to track down the weapon. This 1949 film from Akira Kurosawa will be shown (on 35mm film, not DVD) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Friday, January 28, as part of the IMA’s “Winter Nights” Film Noir series; the screening starts at 7 PM.

Tamara Drewe– Stephen Frears directed this adaptation of the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds; Gemma Arterton plays the title character. According to its press kit, Tamara Drewe is a “contemporary comedy of manners” set in the English countryside. Ms. Drewe was once an ugly duckling, but now she’s a very attractive young woman who writes for a big newspaper- and she causes quite a stir when she returns to the village in which she was born. Tamara Drewe continues for a second week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Three: A Short Short Film Festival– Films of three minutes or less make up this festival, which gets underway with “Little 3”- short films made by and for those under 18. The event will take place at the Perley Fine Arts Academy, 740 N. Eddy St., South Bend, on Thursday, February 3, starting at 6 PM. Admission for “Little 3” is just… three dollars.

Yamla Pagla Deewa– According to manoranjaninc’s page, this con-man comedy from India will be shown one time per day at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis from Friday, January 28, through Monday, January 31. Real-life brothers Sunny and Bobby Deol star, along with their father, the veteran actor Dharmendra; if the IMDb is correct, this is the first time that the three performers have shared the screen since they headlined the boxing drama Apne in 2007. Sunny Deol plays an upstanding young man who travels from Canada to India, claiming to be part of the family of father and son con artist team Dharam and Gajodhar Singh (Dharmendra and Bobby Deol, respectively). Yamla Pagla Deewa– like most Hindi-language films theatrically released in the US- has English subtitles (although maybe not for the minute or so of narration at the start of the movie- either that, or the projector was misaimed, so the subtitles were cut off the bottom of the screen when I was watching it).

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Also on big screens in Indiana this week: Hubble 3D continues its return visit to the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, with one or two showings per day (except Monday, when Hubble gets the day off). And several Indiana theaters will show the children’s matinee program of Friendship and Adventure: My Little Pony and Chuck & Friends throughout the week- at least through Monday, January 31, since Barbie: A Fairy Secret takes over the early matinee slot on February 1; other theaters will show Friendship & Adventure on weekends only.

And one other special event can be seen at some theaters in the state this week: an encore screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of something called “Class Concert/Giselle” takes place at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 2. This is part of the “Ballet in Cinema” series, which seems to be exclusive to the Carmike Cinemas chain in Indiana.

For more information on any of the above (including theater location(s) and/or show times), click on the highlighted text above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Another Year– Mike Leigh’s latest drama follows a year in the life of happily married couple Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen), and their desperately unhappy friend Mary (Lesley Manville). Another Year– which has already received a Best Actress award for Lesley Manville from the National Board of Review, and now has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category-is currently set to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 4.

The Illusionist– No, this isn’t a re-release of the Edward Norton/Paul Giamatti/Jessica Biel movie of the same title from 2006. This Illusionist is a French animated film from director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), and was based on an original screenplay by Jacques Tati (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Mon Oncle). It also has been nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film- and has been nominated for (and/or won) several other awards as well. The Illusionist is supposed to open at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, February 4, according to both its official US site and the “showtimes” function on the Indianapolis page for Landmark Theatres. Then again, The Illusionist isn’t at the bottom of the right two-thirds or so of Landmark’s Indianapolis page any more- which may bee a sign that the film will be pushed forward by a week or two…. (I’ve seen the preview for this one several times, by the way, and now I can’t wait to see the movie itself.)

Barney’s Version– Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman and Dustin Hoffman star in this comedy/drama about the ups and downs (romantic and otherwise) in the life of the opinionated Barney Panofsky (Giamatti, who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor- Comedy). The film- which was based on a book by Mordecai Richler- is scheduled to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 18, according to both the film’s official site, and the Landmark Theatres’ Indianapolis page (which added Barney’s Version to the “showtimes” tab for Indy within the past week).

Cedar Rapids– Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Chuck & Buck, Youth in Revolt) directed this comedy about an inexperienced insurance salesman (Ed Helms, from The Hangover and The Office) who attends a convention in Cedar Rapids. John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isaiah Whitlock, Jr., Kurtwood Smith, Stephen Root, Rob Corddry, Alia Shawkat, Mike Birbiglia, and Sigourney Weaver are all in the supporting cast. Cedar Rapids is now on the Landmark Theatres’ Indianapolis page with a start date of February 18 at the Keystone Art Cinema.

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Screenings and events for next weekend:

The Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series- According to the IU Cinema’s page for this event, Dr. Philip Carli is a “composer, arranger, accompanist and scholar,” in addition to being the staff accompanist for the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Dr. Carli will be the speaker this week for the Jorgensen Lecture Series at the IU Cinema; the event gets underway on Friday, February 4, at 3 PM.

The Kid & The Idle Class– Film Noir gets a week off at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as the IMA and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra team up for a showing of two films by (and starring) Charlie Chaplin. The IMA provides the venue (the Toby Theater), while the ICO offers live musical accompaniment- playing music which was composed by Chaplin himself, and arranged by Carl Davis. The Idle Class dates from 1921, and runs 25 minutes (per the IMA’s site) or 32 minutes (per the IMDb). The Kid is also from 1921, and runs somewhere around 60 minutes (IMA), or 68 minutes (IMDb); it also mixes some drama and tears in with the laughter, unlike The Idle Class (if memory serves). Jackie Coogan- years before he played Uncle Fester- made a big splash for playing the title role in The Kid; Edna Purviance co-stars in both films. As far as I can tell from the IMA’s site, both The Idle Class and The Kid will be projected films, rather than DVDs. This event gets underway at 7:30 PM on Friday, February 4; if you want to get a ticket, though, I’ve heard that it might be a good idea to get one ASAP, since a similar event last year either sold out, or came close to selling out.

Mantrap– Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, and Percy Marmont make up the three parts of a love triangle in this silent comedy from 1926; Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) directed. Dr. Philip Carli provides live accompaniment on the piano at the IU Cinema in Bloomington, which will screen the film at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 4.

Pelada– This documentary about people who play street soccer in 25 countries around the world will be shown at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Friday, February 4- and at 12 noon on Saturday, February 5- at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Co-directors Gwendolyn Oxenham and Luke Boughen are both Notre Dame alumni and big soccer fans (and non-pro soccer players). Oxenham and Boughen also are in the film themselves, and are scheduled to be at the Performing Arts Center for the screenings.

5 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (January 28, 2011)

  1. This feature is going to be a lot longer now that the IU Cinema program is launched! (I’m not complaining.)

    I read that 127 Hours was expanding nationwide from 100 theaters to 1000. Let’s hope there’s an Oscar bounce for it because it is an excellent film that many people would enjoy if they could get past the gruesome element, admittedly terrible and intense but brief. Winter’s Bone is also supposed to be out in a very limited rerelease. I guess Indy doesn’t make the cut (again, as usual, no surprise) but I, for one, would buy another ticket. It would be a real pleasure to see this again in the theater where the big screen allows the landscape its proper dominance.

    And finally, From Prada to Nada is a cute title but the description doesn’t sound much like Sense and Sensibility. Yes, there are two sisters and they do suffer a reversal of fortunes but that’s not a lot of connection. Poor Jane Austen’s name gets dragged into anything these days.

  2. Miriam-

    Thanks for the comment. I thought it sounded like the Jane Austen tie-in might be a bit of a stretch, but since it’s been a long time since I saw Sense and Sensibility- and an even longer time since I read the book- I didn’t think it would be fair to make a comment like that. (And of course I haven’t seen From Prada to Nada yet either, so I have no idea how closely the movie itself follows the blurb on its official site.)

  3. UPDATES-

    The Illusionist is now back on the bottom of the right two-thirds of the Landmark Theatres page for Indianapolis- but with a February 11 opening date (for now, at least). The “showtimes” feature at the left of the page still says it is set to open on February 4, but the right two-thirds of the page is usually a better/more accurate indicator of what will open and when.

    (Both the “showtimes” feature and the rest of the page agree that Biutiful, the Live Action Oscar Nominated Shorts and the Animated Oscar Nominated Shorts are set to open on February 11 as well. I think that all four titles could open on the 11th, since the Oscar Nominated Shorts packages could share a single screen. I think this was what the KAC did last year, but I’m not certain.)

    Oh, and if you were thinking of going to the IU Cinema to see the complete Metropolis with live musical accompaniment on February 19 or 20- well, unless you’ve already got your tickets, then you’re out of luck… both shows are listed as “SOLD OUT” on the IU Cinema’s site. The February 21 show (without live musical accompaniment, apparently) is not listed as sold out as of now- but that could change.

    (Here’s hoping that the sold out shows inspire the folks at the IU Cinema to book another showing or two of Metropolis- with or without live musical accompaniment- some time in the spring, when the weather is better. And I also hope that some venue in Indianapolis- like the Indianapolis Art Museum, maybe- hears of these sold out shows, and shows the complete Metropolis here in Indy.)

  4. More updates-

    Manoranjaninc’s site now says that Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) will have 8 PM shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. (I’m not sure that the theater actually will be open on a few of those days, given the weather forecast- but that’s what the site says, as of now).

    And manoranjaninc added a new title- Patalia House, a drama starring Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, and directed by Nikhil Advani (Chandni Chowk to China, Salaam-E-Ishq); it will start at the Georgetown 14 on February 11, per the site, but there are no show times as of yet. (And I should add that while the IMDb says that Patalia House is a drama, the image on manoranjan’s site makes the film look pretty colorful and cheery for a drama… In fact, the image is SO colorful, it’s nearly psychedelic, to my eyes.) Oh- and it’s in Hindi, so that (almost certainly) means that there will be English subtitles.

  5. Oh- and I just noticed on manoranjaninc’s site that they also added show times for Yamla Pagla Dewanna; it is now supposed to be at the Georgetown 14 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5 PM.

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