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Wenders and Godard Films Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 20-22)

From: John
Sent on: Friday, January 16, 2009 7:24 PM
Three remarkable films are scheduled for the long weekend. I hope you can join us. Details are posted below. If you need to find me at either event, I'll be wearing a black shirt and brown blazer. My cell is (347) 579-3190.


What: Wim Wenders? Kings of the Road
When: Sunday, January 18, 7:30
Details: Join us Sunday, January 18 when we visit the beautiful Castro Theatre to see Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit) by German director Wim Wenders. Elegant, intimate, serious, and whimsical, Kings of the Road (1976) is also Wenders' most visually sophisticated and artistically daring film. ?Movie projector repairman Bruno and suicidal Robert travel together in a truck on the dusty roads along the border between East and West Germany. Lonely and introspective, they both long for the company of women. By the end of their journey, they derive comfort from the fact that 'in the course of time' their lives have taken on some shape and significance. A quiet, lyrical film that refuses psychological insights, suspense and dramatic tension Kings of the Road reflects Wenders' admiration for the films of Yasurjio Ozu. The intricate allusions and resonant implications evoke Wenders' favorite themes: the difficulties of communication, the Americanization of German life and the fate of German cinema."
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Jean-Luc Godard?s Vivre sa vie
When: Monday, January 19. 6:15
Details: Join us this Monday at the Red Vic Movie House where we will see Jean-Luc Godard's 1962 comic ode to Hollywood noir, Parisian cafe-cabarets, and Marxist analyses (Karl, Groucho) of bourgeois marriage. "The beautiful actress Anna Karina was the love of Godard's life, but in Vivre sa vie he turned her into a vibrant and existentially tormented prostitute, in probably their best collaboration as husband and wife. The story is a gangster tale set in a chic underworld milieu with quirky song and dance routines, cafe posturing and idiosyncratic philosophizing, but it is the ennui-laced street scenes of Paris (shot in stunning high contrast black and white by Raoul Coutard) and Godard's heartfelt and energetic attempts to deconstruct the medium that make Vivre sa vie so remarkable." Francois Truffaut: "The best films open doors, they support our impression that cinema begins and begins again with them. Vivre sa vie is one of those films.?
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Wenders? premiere: Palermo Shooting
When: Tuesday, January 20, 6:00
Details: On Tuesday, January 20 we return to the Castro Theatre to see Palermo Shooting, the latest film by acclaimed German director Wim Wenders. Presented as part of the 2009 Berlin and Beyond Film Festival's tribute to Wenders, the director himself will be present and will discuss his work in a conversation with Gerd Gemunden immediately following the screening. Synopsis: "As a successful photographer of world-wide renown, Finn leads a life that is as prominent as it is hectic. He gets by with very little sleep, his cell phone is never still, and the music from his headphones is his most constant companion. But when his life suddenly spins out of control, Finn takes off and leaves everything behind. His journey leads him from Dusseldorf to Palermo. While a new life and a new love is unfolding for him in a country whose language he does not understand he finds himself persecuted by a mysterious shooter who's after him with a vengeance."
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

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