Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (February 11, 2011)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

It’s another busy week- more Academy Award nominated films make their way to at least one theater in Indiana, while another nominated film (Blue Valentine) goes for a little walk across the state… and a dizzying variety of films will be shown at theaters and other venues across the state as well. So without further delay, let’s dive in to this week’s offerings….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Biutiful– Javier Bardem (who is up for a Best Actor Academy Award for his work here) plays a father named Uxbal in this drama from director/co-writer Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel). According to its official US site, Biutiful “is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds….” Biutiful– which was itself nominated for an Oscar, in the Best Foreign Language Film category- starts on Friday, February 11, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Gaganam– The ultra-prolific Brahmanandam (who has appeared in over 870 movies since his film debut in 1987, per the IMDb) is in the cast of this Telugu-language hijacking/terrorism drama from India- but according to the film’s Facebook page, the star of the show is one Nagarjuna Akkineni (a.k.a. “Nag,” apparently). According to manoranjaninc’s site, Gaganam does not have English subtitles- though it will have two showings per day on both Saturday, February 12, and Sunday, February 13, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

The Illusionist– This French animated film from director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) was based on an original screenplay by Jacques Tati (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Mon Oncle). It’s about an aging magician in the 1950s who is falling out of favor with audiences, and thinks his career might be over- until he meets a younger fan. The Illusionist 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 opens at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 11.

Jai Bholo Telangana (a.k.a. Jai Bolo Telangana)– According to manoranjaninc’s site, this Telugu-language film from India will have one screening at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- on Sunday, February 13, at 6 PM. The film’s Facebook page does not offer a plot synopsis, as far as I can tell- but I’ve read several online reviews which indicate that JBT is a drama focusing on the multi-decade movement in India’s Telangana region to make this territory a separate/independent date. There isn’t anything on manoranjan’s site indicating whether or not the film has subtitles- but it’s pretty rare for US theatrical prints of Telugu-language films to have English subtitles, and I’m guessing that Jai Bholo Telangana will not be an exception to that general rule.

(Night Catches Us– According to its page on the site of US distributor Magnolia Pictures, this drama- about Marcus (Anthony Mackie), whose 1976 return to his old neighborhood after an unexplained absence of several years causes many in the area to look on him with suspicion- will open at the Glen Theater in Gary on Saturday, February 12. On the other hand, I didn’t see anything about the movie (or any other movie) on the Glen’s site- so maybe this is wishful thinking on Magnolia’s part. That’s why I put this entry in parentheses- I’m not 100% certain whether Night Catches Us is really opening or not….)

Patiala House– This drama starring Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, and directed by Nikhil Advani (Chandni Chowk to China, Salaam-E-Ishq) starts on Friday, February 11, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; per manoranjaninc’s site, Patiala House will be at the G14 through at least Friday, February 18. And the plot description on the site of production company People Tree Films certainly makes the film sound like a drama- Gurtej Singh Kahlon, a father working in London, is repeatedly insulted and harrassed by hateful Brits from the late seventies on; in the present day, Parghat Singh Kalon- Gurtej’s son- gets insulted by younger Brits, and must also deal with his own nearly-forgotten dream of a different life. After Parghat meets a beautiful young woman, he gets the backbone to make a big change in his life, by either striving to save his father’s good name (per the IMDb) and/or standing up to his dad (according to the production company’s site). But then take a look at the darn-near-psychedelically-colorful graphic for this movie on manoranjan’s site; this makes Patiala House– which is in Hindi, with English subtitles, per manoranjan- look like the brightest, most cheerful and colorful drama ever. Go figure….

Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World– The IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis opens this super-large-screen film on Friday, February 11. According to the theater’s official site, Sea Rex is about “Julie, an imaginative young woman,” who “travels from a modern-day aquarium to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods”- and allows audiences to explore an “amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures.”

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

An Affair to Remember– Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in Leo McCarey’s 1957 romantic comedy/drama, which was a remake of his 1939 film Love Affair; it will be shown at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday, February 11 at 2 and 7:30 PM, and on Saturday, February 12, at 7:30 PM.

Alice in Wonderland– I had always thought that the all-star version of “Alice” from 1933- which features the likes of Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and W.C. Fields (as Humpty Dumpty!)- was the only American adaptation from that decade. But it turns out that independent producer Bud Pollard made his own version- presumably on a much smaller budget- two years earlier. Pollard fascinates me. Among other things, he took a silent German film from 1927- Das Frauenhaus von Rio (based on a book by “Dr. Mabuse” creator Norbert Jacques) – and turned it into some sort of sound film, Girls for Sale!, in the thirties. I write “some sort of” because (as far as I can tell) Girls for Sale! is a lost film, unfortunately- but so are most of Pollard’s other movies, according to this page for an Indianapolis screening of Pollard’s Alice. That screening is this month’s entry in the “Vintage Movie Nights” series at the Garfield Parks Art Center; it starts at 7 PM on Saturday, February 12, and will be presented/projected by film historian, collector and preservationist Eric Grayson. Admission is a mere $3- well worth it for a rare chance to see a surviving work by Pollard (who- according to the IMDb- was the first president of the Screen Directors Guild, believe it or not…).

Dial M for Murder– Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 film will be shown at the Clowes Auditorium in the Indianapolis Central Library at 2 PM on Sunday, February 13. This event is the first in a series which will be (per the library’s site) “presented by curators from local museums and galleries,” and who will lead a post-screening discussion about the film “and highlight a book that complements the film”- in this case, Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray. Paula Katz- Gallery Director of the Herron School of Art and Design- will lead the discussion for this film and book.

An Evening with Larry Karaszewski- The South Bend native is scheduled to return to that city for screenings of two films he co-wrote. Ed Wood is up first, at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 11; The People vs. Larry Flynt follows at 9 :30 PM on the same day; both screenings will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Facebook Night @ the Cinema- Multiple Academy Award nominee The Social Network is the first component of this event at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. It starts at 6:30 PM on Saturday, February 12- and is followed at 9:30 PM by the sorta/kinda/pseudo/faux documentary Catfish.

The Führer in Fiction: Film Portraits of Hitler- The first two entries in this series- which will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center- may not exactly be polar opposites, but it sounds to me like they’re pretty close. First up is Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, at 3 PM on Sunday, February 13; the 2004 drama Downfall– which features Bruno Ganz’s impressive performance as Hitler- follows at 7 PM on Thursday, February 17.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly– The Indianapolis International Film Festival’s “Roving Cinema” returns with a screening of Sergio Leone’s classic 1966 spaghetti western- which stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, and features some amazing music by Ennio Morricone- and on top of all that, it has (in my humble opinion) one of the most enthralling sequences in all of cinema. The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis will be the very appropriate venue for this screening of the film, on Thursday, February 17; the bar opens at 6 PM, and the film itself starts at 7.

Harold and Maude– Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon have the title roles in Hal Ashby’s 1971 cult comedy about a very odd couple; it will be shown at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12, in the “downstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington. Elsewhere in Bloomington, Bear’s Place will show the film at7 PM on Sunday, February 13.

The Hysterical Alphabet– As far as I can tell, this is a multi-media event, made relevant to this column because it features some filmed elements; it takes place at 8 PM on Wednesday, February 16, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Since I can’t do justice to this with an attempted summary, I’ll just quote directly from part of the DeBartolo’s page for this event: “Hysterical historia. Historical hysteria. The ABCs are seized by a convulsive fit in Terri Kapsalis’ The Hysterical Alphabet, each letter introducing an episode direct from the annals of medical lore. Backed by Danny Thompson’s disquieting film collages and John Corbett’s vinyl manipulations, The Hysterical Alphabet tracks centuries of female malady, disproving the theory that time heals all wombs. Hysteria has an under-recognized (and under-appreciated!) four-thousand-year history that deeply inflects our contemporary ideas about gender and illness….”

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle– This 2010 Romanian drama- about a friendless young man suffering through the last few weeks of his incarceration in a juvenile detention center, and what happens when he meets a lovely young social worker- was Romania’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for this year’s Academy Awards, and it has won a number of prizes from several film festivals (including a Grand Jury Prize from the Berlin International Film Festival). Bloomington’s IU Cinema will have one or two screenings per day of If I Want to Whistle from Saturday, February 12, through Monday, February 14; see their site for times.

Islands/Running Fence– Co-director Albert Maysles is scheduled to be present for showings of these documentaries- both of them about large-scale works created by artists Christo and Jean-Claude- at the IU Cinema on Thursday, February 17, at 7 PM. As seems to happen with a number of the IU Cinema’s higher-profile screenings, however, tickets are already sold out, per the venue’s site.

The Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series- Filmmaker and author Dr. Kenneth Anger will be the speaker this Friday, February 11, at the IU Cinema in Bloomington; the talk is scheduled to begin at 3 PM. (Anger’s films Scorpio Rising and Fireworks are scheduled to be shown at the IU Cinema later that same day- see below; that screening is listed as “SOLD OUT” on the IUC’s site, but- the last time I checked the site, at least- tickets are still available for Anger’s talk.)

Kiss Me Deadly– The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights Film Noir series continues with Robert Aldrich’s 1955 classic. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer; Albert Dekker (“Dr. Cyclops”), Jack Elam, Strother Martin, Percy Helton, and Cloris Leachman are also in the cast- and a mysteriously glowing suitcase shows up, too (nearly four decades before Pulp Fiction). Kiss Me Deadly will be shown (on 35mm film, not DVD) at the IMA’s Toby Theater on Friday, February 11, at 7 PM; the 1952 Warner Brothers cartoon “Super Snooper” will be shown before the main attraction.

The Lady Eve– Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck star in Preston Sturges’ classic 1941 comedy, which will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Sunday, February 13, at 3 PM.

Lost Prophets: search for the collective– This documentary about surfing culture- and the attempts by some to return to its non-commercial, more spiritual roots- will have two free screenings (both preceded by some live music) in Bloomington this weekend. On Friday, February 11th, The Bishop has a showing at 8 PM; the IU Cinema will screen the doc the next day at 3 PM.

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 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12, in the “upstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington.

The Notebook– Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre will be the site for a “Dinner and a Movie” screening of this 2004 romantic drama on Saturday, February 12. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30, and the film itself is at 7:45. Tickets are $20 for the whole event, or $10 for just the film itself.

Scorpio Rising/Fireworks– These two short “underground” films by director/writer/editor Kenneth Anger are scheduled to be shown at Bloomington’s IU Cinema starting at 7 PM on Friday, February 11; Anger is scheduled to be present for the screenings. By the way- this entry should be filed under “for your information, in case you don’t have a ticket already”, since the films are currently listed as “SOLD OUT” on the IU Cinema’s site.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World– Edgar Wright’s 2010 fantasy/comedy will be shown as part of the “Midnight Movies” series at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 12, at 11:59 PM.

Sixteen Candles– John Hughes’ 1984 directorial debut returns to two central Indiana big screens- the Castleton Square 14 and the Showplace Indianapolis 17- at 7 PM on Sunday, February 13, and Monday, February 14.

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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 this week- at least according to Fandango’s listing for the theater; the site for the theater itself isn’t quite as helpful, since (as far as I can tell) it has no show time information beyond Sunday, February 6 (?). And several Indiana theaters will show the children’s matinee program of Barbie: A Fairy Secret throughout the week; other theaters will show it on weekends only.

Also, there will be an encore screening of the Paris Opera Ballet’s production of Antonio Vivaldi’s Caligula at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 17; like most entries in the “Ballet in Cinema” series, this seems to be exclusive to the three Carmike Cinemas in Indiana. Similarly, the “Opera in Cinema” encore performance of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci from Teatro alla Scala in Milan– on Wednesday, February 16, at 7:30 PM- also looks like a Carmike exclusive.

On another musical note, a live presentation of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Nixon in China– composed and conducted by John Adams, and directed by Peter Sellars- will be on some Indiana big screens on Saturday, February 12, at 1 PM. (This is the only listing for an opera with a warning regarding “adult content” that I have ever seen, by the way….) Finally, the film Rise– which (per its official site) “celebrate[s] American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships in Prague”- will be part of a one-night special event at some Indiana theaters on Thursday, February 17, at 8 PM.

For more information on any of the above, click on the highlighted text above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS

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- holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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 did not hold over this week at any of the Indiana theaters at which it was playing for the last few weeks- but it does start on Friday, February 11, at the Noblesville 10, the Yes Cinema in Columbus, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the New Albany 16, the Evansville 16, and the Showplace East in Evansville.

The Company Men– Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, and Tommy Lee Jones star in this drama about a group of men who must deal with dramatic changes in their lives when they are downsized by their employer. John Wells (best known for his work on television shows like E.R.) makes his feature directorial debut with The Company Men, which holds over this week at the Showplace Traders Point 12 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, and the Showplace Bloomington 11.

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 continues this week (with two showings per day) at the Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.

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 Movies 8 on East Stop 13 Road (in Indianapolis, but just north of Greenwood), where it will be have two showings per day (at 3:40 and 9:50 PM).

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 continues this week (with two showings per day) at the Showplace Schererville 16.

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 starts on Friday, February 11, at the Showplace South Bend 16.

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. Steven (Jim Carrey) 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 at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne through Monday, February 14.

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, February 11, at Fort Wayne’s Cinema C enter- which will show it through at least Wednesday, February 16.

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 starts on Friday, February 11, at the Evansville 16.

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 on Friday, February 11, at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center (which will show the film through at least Wednesday, February 16).

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 will be shown through Monday, February 14, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

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 scheduled to start on Friday, February 18, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated and The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action– These programs of short films with the self-explanatory titles are both scheduled to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 18; they most likely will share a single screen at the theater, apparently. A Pixar film, Day & Night, is one of the five nominated animated shorts; two bonus animated films- including one by Bill Plympton- are also part of that package. And while four of the live action nominees are new to me, I’ve seen one of them, God of Love (by way of last year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival), and can highly recommend it. (By the way- I found more information on the titles to be shown as part of both programs on Landmark’s site than I did on the official site linked in the title above.)

7 Khoon Maaf (a.k.a. 7 Murders Forgiven)– Priyanka Chopra, Irfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake), John Abraham, and Naseeruddin Shah are in the cast of this mystery/drama/dark comedy (?- maybe) about a woman who marries seven different men over the course of several decades… and what happens to her husbands. Director Vishal Bhardwaj also wrote the screenplay- based on the book or short story (sources vary) Susanna’s Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond- and composed the music for the film (which isn’t very surprising, since he entered the film business as a composer). 7 Khoon Maaf is scheduled to start on Friday, February 18, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, according to the site for manoranjaninc- which also notes that the film is in Hindi, with English subtitles.

Additional news:

Paul Giamatti won a Golden Globe for his starring role in Barney’s Version, but that wasn’t enough to prevent this comedy/drama from getting kicked forward by a week (for now) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Barney’s Version had been scheduled to open on February 18, but Landmark’s Indianapolis page now says that February 25 will be the day to look for Barney and friends. (As of Thursday evening, it’s the only movie scheduled to start at the KAC on the 25th according to Landmark’s site.) Also, I just noticed this week that Claire Denis’ White Material– which features the always-excellent Isabelle Huppert and Christophe(r) Lambert (yes, the Highlander and Mortal Kombat dude) in a drama about a woman who refuses to leave her African plantation, even in the face of growing unrest and violence- will be in Bloomington starting on February 24, thanks to the folks at The Ryder.

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Screenings and events for next weekend:

Carlos (Long Version) – Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Irma Vep, Demonlover) received glowing reviews for this portrait of the seventies terrorist known as “Carlos the Jackal”; Edgar Ramirez plays the title role. While Carlos was a featured selection at a number of film festivals, it was originally made as a TV miniseries- and it this version (which runs about five and a half hours) which will be screened at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 18, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. (They will also show the “short” version the next day, at 3 PM.)

Detour– Poor Al Roberts (Tom Neal) has no idea what he’s in for when he meets the ice-cold Vera (Ann Savage) in this highly-regarded, ultra-low-budget film noir from director Edgar G. Ulmer (the cult filmmaker whose other credits include the 1934 version of The Black Cat, the 1944 Bluebeard, and The Naked Dawn). Detour will be shown (on film, not DVD) on Friday, February 18, as part of the Winter Nights Film Noir series at the Indianapolis Art Museum’s Toby Theater. The listed start time is 7 PM, but the film itself will most likely get under way closer to 7:15, since film historian and collector Eric Grayson is scheduled to introduce the screening- and the main feature will be preceded by a showing of “Racketeer Rabbit,” a Warner Brothers cartoon from 1946.

Gimme Shelter– This is kind of an “FYI” listing, since this screening is sold out, per the IU Cinema’s site. But the IU Cinema will show this 1970 concert documentary- about the preparations for the Rolling Stones’ ill-fated Altamont concert, and what happened during the concert itself- on Friday, February 18, at 9:30 PM. Albert Maysles- who co-directed the film with the late Charlotte Zwerin- is scheduled to be at the IU Cinema for the screening.

Grey Gardens– Co-director Albert Maysles is scheduled to be present at the IU Cinema in Bloomington for a screening of this 1975 documentary about the very unusual lives of two women who just happen to be the aunt and first cousin of former first lady and jet-setter Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The film will be shown at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 18- but if you don’t have your ticket already, it looks like you’re out of luck… the IU Cinema’s site says that the screening is sold out. (And good for the IU Cinema folks- it’s really cool to see so many people responding to their big events like this.)

The Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series- As you might guess from the entries above, documentary maker Albert Maysles will be the speaker at the IU Cinema on Friday, February 18, at 3 PM. According to IU’s site, Maysles’ talk “will review his 45 year career of telling stories and making the world a better place.”

7 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (February 11, 2011)

  1. If I wasn’t already seeing “The Illusionist” Sunday afternoon, I’d go to that showing of “Dial M for Murder” at the library just to find out what the connection is to “The Picture of Dorian Grey.”

  2. It turns out that I should have Googled “Night Catches Us” + “Glen Theater”- I would have found out that the film IS showing at the theater this weekend, as part of the Gary International Black Film Festival. The festival starts today, February 11, and runs through the thirteenth. The other films in the festival: I Will Follow (the opening night film), Death of Two Sons, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, and the closing night film, Catastrophic Magnitude: A Lifeline of Hope and Healing. Unfortunately, this festival wasn’t mentioned on the FILM Indiana site, so I had no idea it existed- until I heard a very brief mention of it during the local news headlines on WFYI tonight.

    And as to what Dial M has to do with Dorian Gray- I’d like to know that myself, but I doubt that I’ll be able to make it to the screening in question, given how I’m feeling lately. I haven’t seen Dial M for quite a long time- not since its theatrical rerelease in the early eighties, I guess… and I’ve never seen (or read) Dorian G. at all- but I know the basic plotline, and can’t figure out the Dial M connection. (In spite of my general Dorian Gray ignorance, I did see the painting used at the end of the film when I went to The Art Institute of Chicago a few years ago. That is one amazing painting, and I can’t imagine what kind of impact it must have had on audiences back in the forties…)

  3. And this information wasn’t on The Ryder’s site on Thursday, but I just received an e-mail from them announcing more screenings of Manoel de Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica: Saturday at 8:45 PM in the upstairs room at the IU Fine Arts Theater, and Sunday at 3 in the same place.

  4. And it looks like the site I found for Patiala House wasn’t the movie’s official site after all; the real official site is here:

    http://welcometopatialahouse.com/story.html

  5. The Illusionist is a charming, bittersweet story told in a clever and inventive manner. Although French in spirit, it is set primarily in Scotland — Edinburgh is beautifully conceived and executed. The film is at its best when it captures the remarkable cultural shifts of the postwar world, as older forms of popular entertainment yield to the new. Attendance for the film is, sadly, quite low. Hurry before it leaves. It is well worth seeing on the big screen.

  6. Doc-

    It’s good to hear some more confirmation that The Illusionist lives up to the promise of its excellent trailer; thanks for the comment.

    And the good news is that The Illusionist did just well enough to hang around for another week at the Keystone Art Cinema- it will have two showings per day (at 4:30 and 6:30) next week.

  7. Additional info from The Ryder’s site (which was also not on their site as of last Thursday night):

    The Academy Award Nominated Shorts- Animated will be shown at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 17, at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington. Further screenings will follow over the rest of the weekend (when the Live Action shorts will be shown as well).

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