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The Spiders & Melancholia @ Cinémathèque

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Monday, January 9, 2012 1:02 PM


Greetings Indie Movie Friends,

If you missed Intolerance at Cinémathèque on Saturday night, you missed an epic film, excellent piano accompaniment and nearly an overflow crowd. I’m going to estimate that some 400 seats were filled in the 616-seat theater. The ticket line nearly went out the door into the parking lot. Well I may be exaggerating some but it was an exciting evening. We had 10 group members in attendance and at dinner after at Sergio’s University Circle.

It seems clear that Silent Film is alive and well in Greater Cleveland.

You will have one more opportunity to see a landmark silent film with a group event before we screen The Artist on Saturday, January 21. We have scheduled The Spiders (1920) a series of two short German serial films by Fritz Lang at Cinémathèque on Thursday, January 19th. Lang is best known for his famous Metropolis that we saw in 2009. He turned down a contract to direct The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari so that he could direct Spiders.

Also, I recently posted a special showing of Melancholia at Cinémathèque for Sunday, February 20th with dinner after at Nighttown. Melancholia had a very brief run in local theaters and is being brought back for two showings only on Sunday and Monday. Kirstin Dunst was named Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Festival. It recently took the gold from the Society of Film Critics. Below are details.

Hope to see you at a film soon,

bill

ps:  The Cleveland International Film Festival (March 22 - April 1, 2012) is accepting Volunteer Applications.  You get a number of perks that may be of interest including film admission vouchers.  Click here for details:  CIFF Volunteers


2011 National Society of Film Critics Awards: “Melancholia,” Pitt, Dunst, Brooks, Chastain, Malick


The National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, January 7th, 2012, chose “Melancholia
as Best Picture of the Year 2011. Kristin Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s film, and Brad Pitt was named best actor for his work in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Albert Brooks (or his evil twin) won best supporting actor for his appearance in “Drive,” and Jessica Chastain was named best supporting actress for her work in three films: “The Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter” and “The Help.”

See below for all votes in Best Picture and other categories for outstanding film achievement.
The Society, which is made up of 58 of the country’s most prominent movie critics, held its 46th annual awards voting meeting at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City, using a weighted ballot system. Scrolls will be sent to the winners. The meeting was dedicated to the memory of our colleague Robert Sklar.

BEST ACTOR
*1. Brad Pitt – 35 (Moneyball, The Tree of Life)
2. Gary Oldman – 22 (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
3. Jean Dujardin – 19 (The Artist)

BEST ACTRESS
*1. Kirsten Dunst – 39 (Melancholia)
2. Yun Jung-hee – 25 (Poetry)
3. Meryl Streep – 20 (The Iron Lady)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. Albert Brooks – 38 (Drive)
2. Christopher Plummer – 24 (Beginners)
3. Patton Oswalt – 19 (Young Adult)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Jessica Chastain – 30 (The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help)
2. Jeannie Berlin – 19 (Margaret)
3. Shailene Woodley – 17 (The Descendants)

BEST PICTURE
*1. Melancholia – 29 (Lars von Trier)
2. The Tree of Life – 28 (Terrence Malick)
3. A Separation – 20 (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. Terrence Malick – 31 (The Tree of Life)
2. Martin Scorsese – 29 (Hugo)
3. Lars von Trier – 23 (Melancholia)

BEST NONFICTION
*1. Cave of Forgotten Dreams – 35 (Werner Herzog)
2. The Interrupters – 26 (Steve James)
3. Into the Abyss – 18 (Werner Herzog)

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. A Separation – 39 (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Moneyball – 22 (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin)
3. Midnight in Paris – 16 (Woody Allen)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
*1. A Separation – 67 (Asghar Farhadi)
2. Mysteries of Lisbon – 28 (Raoul Ruiz)
3. Le Havre – 22 (Aki Kaurismäki)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
*1. The Tree of Life – 76 (Emmanuel Lubezki)
2. Melancholia – 41 (Manuel Alberto Claro)
3. Hugo – 33 (Robert Richardson)

EXPERIMENTAL
Ken Jacobs, for “Seeking the Monkey King.”

FILM HERITAGE
1. BAMcinématek for its complete Vincente Minnelli retrospective with all titles shown on 16 mm. or 35 mm. film.
2. Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema for the restoration of the color version of George Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon.”
3. New York’s Museum of Modern Art for its extensive retrospective of Weimar Cinema.
4. Flicker Alley for their box set “Landmarks of Early Soviet Film.”
5. Criterion Collecton for its 2-disc DVD package “The Complete Jean Vigo.”

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