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					Season 2
August to December, 2009



AdelAide
CinémAthèque
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FILM SOCIETY dEvOTEd TO SCREEN CULTURE
LION ARTS CENTRE, 13 MORPHETT STREET, ADELAIDE Tel: 8410 1934
Presented by Screen Australia and the Media Resource Centre. Curated by the MRC Exhibition Manager Toby Bramwell,
with the generous assistance of the MRC Members Exhibition Group.



Welcome to Adelaide Cinémathèque 2009
Adelaide Cinémathèque, South Australia’s premier film society, returns
with the second half of its year long program of classic, cult, experimental,                                                                      SPECIAL SPECIAL 4
documentary, silent and short films. You cannot purchase tickets to just                                                                           ANNUAL 16          SESSION
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a single session. You must join up as a member, which you can do on the
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spot. Memberships are excellent value, easy to purchase and you can                                                                                                                           $35 full
choose an option that suits you best. Everyone’s invited. Just one payment                                                                         $80                   $50                  $25 conc
and you can enjoy inexpensive screen culture all year long.


FIRST LOOK                                                                    SAM PECKINPAH: A MAN APART
3 – 6 August                               adelaide premiere                  10 – 20 August
BLINdNESS                                                  With his innovative depiction of action and violence, Sam Peckinpah (1925–1984) cultivated a
                                                                (MA15+)
7:30pm Monday 3 August                                     macho image that belied the depth of characterisation in his films. Peckinpah’s world is populated by
DIR: FERNANDO MEIRELLES                 P brews & reviews outsiders, forced to compromise their honour in order to survive. This theme mirrored a professional
Canada/Brazil/Japan 2008 121mins 35mm                      life notable for battles with producers and crew members that almost destroyed his reputation.
An pandemic sweeps through the population of an unnamed    Perhaps no other American director spent as much of his career fighting studio interference, his films
city causing sudden blindness and widespread panic. Social were often butchered before their release, several emerging years later as restored classics.
order disintegrates and the infected are quarantined in
an abandoned hospital, left to fend for themselves. Amid
the chaos a small group band together into a family unit,                     BRING ME THE HEAd OF                                    (R18+)       THE BALLAd OF
surviving by their wits and the good fortune that one of them                 ALFREdO GARCIA                                                       CABLE HOGUE                                               (M)
is secretly sighted. Based on the novel by José Saramago,                                                                           specia
Meirelles’ most recent film opened the Cannes Film Festival
                                                                              7:30pm Monday 10 August                              importlly       7:30pm Monday 17 August
                                                                                                                                           e
in 2008 amid great controversy. Stars Julianne Moore, Mark                    DIR: SAM PECkINPAH                                     print d       DIR: SAM PECkINPAH
Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael García Bernal.                                 US/Mexico 1974 112mins 35mm                                          US 1970 121mins 35mm
                                                                              A powerful Mexican rancher demands the head of the man               A change of pace for Peckinpah who takes a lighter turn in
REd LIKE THE SKY                                                       (M) who impregnated his daughter, sending bounty hunters                    this rambunctious ode to the dying West. A roguish prospector
                                                                              scrambling for the million-dollar prize. Bennie, a down-             becomes a small-time entrepreneur by transforming a desert
7:30pm Thursday 6 August                                                      and-out piano player who happens to know that Garcia has             water-hole into a flourishing business on the stagecoach line,
DIR: CHRISTIANO BORTONE                                                       already died in a car accident and where the body is buried,         only to see his dreams evaporate with the appearance of the
Italy 2006 96mins 35mm                     adelaide premiere                  thinks he can make some easy money if he digs the head up.           first automobile on the horizon. A fine example of Peckinpah’s
Based on the true story of Mirco Mencacci, who became                         But Bennie pays a high price for his ambitions, sending him          ability to make unconventional and original work without
one of the most renowned sound editors in the Italian film                    on a tequila-fuelled path of self-destruction and leaving only       resorting to explicit violence, it is often cited as one of his
industry, this is an inspirational testament to the magic of                  death in his wake. Capturing the very essence of Peckinpah,          personal favourites. Stars Jason Robards and David Warner.
cinema. As a young child Mirco loses his sight in a freak                     this film is still controversial today, even among his fans. Stars   Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.
gunshot accident and is forced into an institution by law.                    Warren Oates and Kris Kristofferson.
There the boy finds an old reel-to-reel tape player and                       Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                    THE WILd BUNCH                                     (MA15+)
discovers that by cutting up the tape and piecing it back
together, he can create fairy tales using only sound. Mirco’s                 THE GETAWAY                                                  (M)
                                                                                                                                                   7:30pm Thursday 20 August
example gradually teaches the other blind children to                                                                                              DIR: SAM PECkINPAH
discover their own innate talents and to pursue their dreams.
                                                                              7:30pm Thursday 13 August                                            US 1969 145mins 35mm
                                                                              DIR: SAM PECkINPAH                                                   After a botched robbery that leaves a town devastated, several
                                                                              US 1972 122mins 35mm                                                 outlaws regroup over the border of Mexico while pursued
                                                                              Master thief Doc McCoy gets sprung from jail after his wife          by a former member of their gang. In a mechanised world
                                                                              beds a corrupt local politician and is promptly employed by          of Model-T Fords and Gatling machine guns, this bunch of
                                                                              the same man to plan a bank robbery. Doc finds himself in            misfits soon realise that their time has passed and resolve
                                                                              the middle of a series double-crosses that propels him on            to take one last stand in order to set things right. This
                                                                              the wrong end of a high-speed pursuit across Texas with his          restored version is a violent, lyrical and unexpectedly moving
                                                                              adulterous wife in tow. This tough, lean and non-stop action         cinematic masterpiece. Stars William Holden, Robert Ryan,
                                                                              film was scripted by Walter Hill and features an original score      Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates and Peckipah’s
                                                                              by Quincy Jones. Stars Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw and Ben             repertory company of rogues.
                                                                              Johnson. Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.        Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die



LIvES OF SHAdOW
ANd LIGHT: THE FILMS
OF INGMAR BERGMAN
24 – 31 August
One of a handful of directors to have irrevocably
altered the language of cinema, Ingmar Bergman
(1918 – 2007) penetrated the human condition
and the frailty of the soul. His films focussed on
themes of loss, despair and death, but also held
glimmers of hope through the transformative
power of faith and redemption. Bergman drew
upon a repertory company of actors and crew,
among them Oscar winning cinematographer
Sven Nykvist, cinematic axiom Max von Sydow
and the particularly strong and assertive female
leads Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann.

THE vIRGIN SPRING                                                      (M)
                                                                              ROCK ON REELS:                                                       KUROSAWA & MIFUNE:
Monday 24 August                                                              MUSIC MEETS MOvIES                                                   A SHOGUN ANd
DIR: INGMAR BERGMAN
Sweden 1960 88mins 35mm                                                       3 – 10 September                                                     HIS SAMURAI
When a devout young girl is raped and killed by goat herders,
the most sacred beliefs of her deeply religious parents are
                                                                              Rock stars and the camera have a natural                             14 – 21 September
                                                                              affinity. Australian rock stars and filmmakers
challenged as they become consumed by a violent need for                                                                 Over a seventeen year period, Akira Kurosawa
justice and revenge. Based on a medieval ballad set in 14th                   are no less entwined and the near-parallel
                                                                                                                         (1910-1998) and Toshirô Mifune (1920-1997)
century Sweden, this allegorical tale examines the conflicts of               ascendency of Australian New Wave film and
a society transitioning from Paganism to Christianity. It is also
                                                                                                                         collaborated on sixteen films. Under Kurosawa’s
                                                                              the pub rock scene led to inevitable collaboration
notable for being the unlikely inspiration for Wes Craven’s                                                              expert hand they pushed the boundaries of action
                                                                              in the 1980s. From brightly coloured pop
notorious nasty Last House on the Left. Stars Birgitta Valberg                                                           cinema without ever losing their shared humanist
and Max von Sydow. Print courtesy of the ACMI collection.                     comedy, to drug-addled romantic tragedy and
                                                                                                                         vision. These three jidaigeki, Japanese period
winner Oscar Best Foreign Language Film 1961                                  the chaos of the Melbourne post-punk scene.
                                                                                                                         dramas, rank among their finest work together
CRIES ANd WHISPERS                                         (M) dOGS IN SPACE                                     (MA15+) and the most influential films ever made. They
7:30pm Thursday 27 August                                      7:30pm Thursday 3 September                               are some of the most imitated, each one remade
DIR: INGMAR BERGMAN                                            DIR: RICHARD LOwENSTEIN                                   more than once, sometimes with greater financial
Sweden 1972 91mins 35mm                                        Australia 1986 103mins 4k Digital                         and pop-cultural success, though never told as
Terminally ill Agnes is joined at her bedside by sisters Maria A Melbourne squat in the late 1970s is populated by an    brilliantly as by one of cinema’s finest pairings.
and Karin. As her sisters’ jealousies and resentment surface,                 eccentric group of social misfits and home to the dire punk
much of Agnes’ emotional comfort is left to Anna, her devoted                 band Dogs in Space. This funny, tragic and sometimes uplifting
and fatalistic maid. Through a series of flashbacks, the inner                portrait of a subculture at the end of an era, centres on the
lives of these women are examined as each one recounts a                      relationship between one of the band members and a quiet
painful moment in their lives. Stars Harriet Andersson, Ingrid                young girl who drifts into the scene. This newly created digital
Thulin and Liv Ullmann. Print courtesy of the ACMI collection.                restoration premiered at this year’s Melbourne International
Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                             Film Festival. Stars Chris Haywood and Michael Hutchence.

WILd STRAWBERRIES                                                      (PG)   MONKEY GRIP                                                  (M)
7:30pm Monday 31 August                                                       7:30pm Monday 7 September
DIR: INGMAR BERGMAN                                                           DIR: kEN CAMERON
Sweden 1957 93mins 35mm                                                       Australia 1982 99mins 35mm
A cynical, ageing academic, travels with his daughter-in-law                  Single mother Nora wants the same lifestyle as her artistic
to receive an honorary University degree. Reliving his past                   friends. But drawn into an obsessive and passionate affair with      THE HIddEN FORTRESS                                      (PG)
through a series of memories and dreams that blur reality                     heroin-addicted actor Javo, Nora struggles to overcome the           7:30pm Monday 14 September
and imagination, Professor Borg embarks on a journey from                     complications of love, desire and freedom in order to regain
emotional isolation to redemption. Recalling his childhood                    control of her life. Based on Helen Garner’s award-winning           DIR: AkIRA kUROSAwA
with its wild strawberry patch and his childhood sweetheart,                  novel. Stars Noni Hazlehurst, Colin Friels, Michael Caton and        Japan 1958 139mins 35mm
his elderly mother alone in her large house, and his long-                                                                                  In 16th century feudal Japan, two bickering farmers encounter
                                                                              Christina Amphlett from The Divinyls. Print courtesy of Patricia
dead wife, bitter and disappointed by her husband’s inability                 Lovell and the National Film & Sound Archive.                 the fierce General Rokurota Makabe as he attempts to escape
to love. Stars Bibi Andersson, Max Von Sydow and Victor                                                                                     hostile territory in the aftermath of a clan war. Makabe is
Sjöström. Print courtesy of the ACMI collection.                              STARSTRUCK                                               (PG) determined to rescue the wilful Princess Yukihime of his ruling
winner Golden Berlin Bear Berlin Film Festival 1958                                                                                         house and reclaim their royal fortune, while the misfit farmers
Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                             7:30pm Thursday 10 September                                  follow in the hopes of richly rewards. If the plot of this light-
                                                                              DIR: GILLIAN ARMSTRONG                     P brews & reviews hearted adventure sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because it
                                                                              Australia 1982 105mins 35mm                                   served as George Lucas’ inspiration for the original Star Wars.
                                                                              Determined to launch his cousin Jackie into pop superstardom, Stars Toshirô Mifune. Print courtesy of the ACMI collection.
                                                                              teenager Angus conceives of a bizarre publicity stunt that
                                                                              scores her instant celebrity. With her band The Wombats       YOJIMBO                                                      (PG)
                                                                              Jackie enters a talent competition held at the Sydney         7:30pm Thursday 17 September
                                                                              Opera House on New Year’s Eve. If they win Jackie’s career
                                                                              is assured, and the $25,000 prize will keep her parents’      DIR: AkIRA kUROSAwA
                                                                              struggling city pub afloat. Featuring The Swingers and an     Japan 1961 110mins 35mm
                                                                              infectious soundtrack by Phil Judd and Tim Finn from Split    A masterless samurai wanders into a rural town where two
                                                                              Enz. Print courtesy of Palm Beach Pictures and the National   corrupt families are feuding with each other over complete
                                                                              Film & Sound Archive.                                         control while the townsfolk live in fear. Hiring himself out
                                                                                                                                            as a bodyguard to the highest bidder, the samurai with no
                                                                                                                                            name craftily manipulates the warring camps, pitting them
                                                                                                                                            against each other and raising the stakes each time he defects
                                                                                                                                            to the other side. The quintessential “Eastern” Western, the
                                                                                                                                            plot was inspired by the writing of Dashiell Hammet and in
                                                                                                                                            turn was reworked into A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone.
                                                                                                                                            Stars Toshirô Mifune and Takashi Shimura.

                                                                                                                                                   SEvEN SAMURAI                                            (PG)
                                                                                                                                                   7:30pm Monday 21 September
                                                                                                                                                   DIR: AkIRA kUROSAwA
                                                                                                                                                   Japan 1954 203mins 35mm
where is the mercury cinema?                                                                                                                       A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, assembles
                                                                                                                                                   a motley team of seven samurai in response to a farmer’s
         hindley street




                                                north terrace




                                                                                                                                                   desperate plea for help. For three meals a day, they agree
                          mrc                                                                                                                      protect the farmer’s village from bandits and train the
                                                                tram




                                                                                                                                                   peasants to fight back. This humanistic tale of courage and
                                   lion
                                                                                                                                                   kinship combines action swordplay with gripping drama and
                          mercury arts                                                                                                             comedy. Kurosawa‘s technically and dramatically innovative
                           cinema centre                                                                                                           masterpiece is widely considered among the greatest films
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                                                                                                                                                   ever made. Stars Toshirô Mifune and Takashi Shimura.
          morphett street             bridge                                                                                                       Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die



BEYONd BLACK & WHITE                                                                                                                               KILLER OF SHEEP                                         (18+)

24 September – 1 October                                                                                                                           7:30pm Thursday 1 October
                                                                                                                                                   DIR: CHARLES BURNETT
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRd                                                  (PG)   THE COOL WORLd                                            (18+) US 1977 83mins 16mm
                                                                                                                                                   Stan, a sensitive working man living in south central Los
7:30pm Thursday 24 September                                                  7:30pm Monday 28 September                                           Angeles, is conflicted by his job in an abattoir that numbs
DIR: ROBERT MULLIGAN                                                          DIR: SHIRLEy CLARkE                                                  his emotions, alienating him from family and friends. He
US 1962 129mins 16mm                                                          US 1964 106mins 16mm                                                 has no illusions that hard work will win the rewards of the
Set in 1930s Alabama, feisty six-year-old Scout spends her                    A teenager searches for a gun in this seminal study of power         American Dream but cannot bring himself to take up easier,
days playing with her brother while avoiding Boo Radley.                      struggles and violence among urban black youths. Shot on             and more destructive, alternatives. Running against the grain
She sees disturbing aspects of the adult world when her                       location around Harlem, life in the ghetto possesses a rough         of the Blaxploitation phenomenon of the day, Burnett shot
widowed father Atticus Finch, a lawyer, is employed to defend                 authenticity. Clarke’s background in experimental dance              this unsensationalised portrait of the African American
a black man accused of raping a white girl. Adapted from the                  films lends a rhythmic pattern to the filming and editing, tied      experience on weekends while a student at UCLA film school.
novel by author Harper Lee. Stars Gregory Peck and Robert                     together by a powerful jazz soundtrack. Print courtesy of the        Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.
Duvall. Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.                  National Film & Sound Archive.                                       Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                             Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
                                                                                                                                                   JOE’S BEd-STUY BARBERSHOP:
                                                                                                                                                   WE CUT HEAdS           (18+)
                                                                                                                                                   9:00pm Thursday 1 October
                                                                                                                                                   DIR: SPIkE LEE
                                                                                                                                                   US 1983 61mins 16mm
                                                                                                                                                   Zack inherits a barbershop, a local meeting place for the black
                                                                                                                                                   community, and tries to break away from the local gangster-
                                                                                                                                                   controlled numbers racket, in this engaging perspective on city
                                                                                                                                                   life. Made by Spike Lee as part of his NYU Film School thesis.
MAd, BAd ANd dANGEROUS TO KNOW                                                                                                         A PALACE OF dREAMS:
5 – 12 October                                                                                                                         LAST dAYS OF MOTION
The human mind is a fragile thing, as can be illustrated by three characters who have slipped the                                      PICTURE THEATRES
shackles of the mundane to drive the narrative of three very different films. From the hallucinatory
madness of a Spanish conquistador too hungry for power, through the antics of an artist too poor to                                    7:30pm Thursday 15 October
be called eccentric we collapse into the world of an alcoholic who listens too closely to the voices in his
glass. Lest you find your own grip faltering, remember to keep telling yourself… “It’s only a movie”.
                                                                                                                                       Iris Cinema
                                                                                                                                       For one night only Adelaide Cinémathèque
AGUIRRE THE WRATH                                                  THE SHINING                                            (MA15+) members are invited to view our venue by moving
OF GOd                                                   (PG)      7:30pm Monday 12 October                                            into the Iris Cinema for a nostalgic look at the fast
7:30pm Monday 5 October                                            DIR: STANLEy kUBRICk                                                dwindling moving picture palaces of yesteryear.
                                                                   Uk/US 1980 119mins 16mm                                             Seats are strictly limited, so it is recommended
DIR: wERNER HERzOG
west Germany 1972 93mins 35mm                                      In the hope of a bit of peace and quiet, writer Jack Torrance       that Cinémathèque members reserve their seat in
Drawn from a handful of lines scrawled in a 16th century           takes a caretaking job at the isolated Overlook Hotel while
                                                                   it closes for the winter. He brings with him his wife and           advance. Don’t worry if you miss out, members
monk’s journal, Herzog constructed his hallucinatory myth
of conquistadors searching for El Dorado, the elusive city         young son, whose psychic gift tells him of the hotel’s terrible     who can’t get into the Iris will be able to purchase
of gold in the Amazon. As the jungle closes in and their           secret history. Kubrick’s pessimistic assessment of the human       a $5 ticket to see Derek Yee’s Protégé which will be
separation from civilisation grows, sanity and order break         condition suggests that real terror lies within the family unit.
                                                                   Stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers.          screening in the Mercury as part of OzAsia’s Hong
down, descending into collective madness. Gorgeously shot
on location in Peru, with a sublime Popul Vuh score and Klaus      Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.                Kong OnScreen program on the same night. Prints
Kinski’s intense central performance, this is the benchmark for    Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                   courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.
any depiction of man versus the jungle. A major influence on
Coppola when he directed Apocalypse Now.                                                                                               OdEON CAvALCAdE                                            (18+)
Preceded by documentary short Showing the World We’re
Still Here (1972)                                                                                                                      DIR: BARRy CLAyTON
Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                                                                                      Uk 1973 35mins 16mm
                                                                                                                                       A documentary tour through the ornate art deco architecture
MORGAN: A SUITABLE CASE                                                                                                                and interior design of the Odeon chain of cinemas in England.
FOR TREATMENT           (18+)                                                                                                          MEMOIRS OF A
7:30pm Thursday 8 October                                                                                                              MOvIE PALACE                                               (18+)
DIR: kAREL REISz
Uk 1966 97mins 16mm                                                                                                                    DIR: CHRISTIAN BLACkwOOD
                                                                                                                                       US 1980 47mins 16mm
Morgan, a working class artist with an obsession for Gorillas
and Karl Marx, has married above his social standing.                                                                                  A documentary portrait of Loew’s Kings Cinema in the Bronx,
Desperate to win his wife back after she asks for a divorce,                                                                           an old picture palace under the threat of closure.
Morgan wages a campaign of bizarre stunts that first get him
arrested and then committed to an insane asylum. Turning its                                                                           TWO SEATS IN THE CIRCLE                                    (18+)
back on the gut-wrenching social realism of the British New                                                                            DIR: BARBARA AND ROGER SECCOMBE
Wave this anarchic comedy embraces the anti-establishment                                                                              Australia 1995 45mins 16mm
mood 1960s Britain and its celebration of non-conformism.                                                                              An organist introduces the Wurlitzer while a veteran
Stars David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave and Bernard Bresslaw.                                                                             projectionist reflects on life in the bio box before automation
Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.                                                                                   and the multiplex in this nostalgic reminiscence of film
winner Best Actress (Redgrave) Cannes Film Festival 1966                                                                               exhibition during the golden age of cinema.


MOvING PICTURES: AdAPTATION TO ANIMATION                                                                                               PERSEPOLIS                                                   (M)
                                                                                                                                       7:30pm Monday 26 October
19 – 29 October                                                                                                                        DIR: VINCENT PARONNAUD AND MARJANE SATRAPI
By drawing from deep within their creators’ lives and taking full advantage of the visual                                              France/US 2007 96mins
freedoms that the medium allows, these animated adaptations manage to skirt some of the                                                Satrapi’s acclaimed adaptation of her own autobio-graphic
inherent problems of traditional filmmaking. On a canvas varying in scale from mythological                                            novel, is the story of a Iranian girl growing up during the
                                                                                                                                       Islamic Revolution. With a love of Bruce Lee films, punk
epics to more immediate personal stories set against the backdrop of the changing times,                                               music and high hopes for change, Marjane finds herself living
each of these films paint a unique picture.                                                                                            under a repressive regime. A bold insight into the daily lives
                                                                                                                                       of the Iranian people a country that continues to transform.
GRENdEL GRENdEL GRENdEL                                      (G)   AKIRA                                                         (M)   Featuring the voice of Catherine Deneuve.
                                                                                                                                       winner Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 2007
7:30pm Monday 19 October                                           7:30pm Thursday 22 October
DIR: ALExANDER STITT                                               DIR: kATSUHIRO ÔTOMO                                                WALTZ WITH BASHIR                                     (MA15+)
Australia 1981 88mins 35mm                                         Japan 1988 124min 35mm
The Nordic saga of Beowulf is sympathetically retold from          Neo-Tokyo is about to explode… In the aftermath of                  7:30pm Thursday 29 October
the monster’s point of view, in which Grendel, thoughtful and      World War III, the reconstructed metropolis is rife with            DIR: ARI FOLMAN
contemplative, then a rampaging monster attacking a Danish         political corruption, military brutality and motorcycle gang        Israel 2008 90mins 35mm                     P brews & reviews
kingdom and biting the heads off defenders. By and large           warfare. Tetsuo, a member of Kaneda’s gang, becomes                 A visit from an war buddy hounded by recurring nightmares,
a gentle, humourous take on a classic legend with an oddly         embroiled in a top-secret government project code named             poses troubling questions for retired Israeli soldier Ari Folman.
affecting ending. Based on the novel by John Gardner, this         Akira. Kaneda attempts to save Tetsuo while his physically          Unable to remember his own tour of duty during the Lebanon
was the second animated feature made in Australia. Features        frail friend’s latent psychic powers emerge and threaten            War, Folman interviews other former comrades in an attempt
the voices of Peter Ustinov and Arthur Dignam. Print courtesy      to destroy the city once again. A landmark anime film               to unlock his repressed memories. Uniquely told through
of Alexander Stitt and the National Film & Sound Archive.          based on the acclaimed manga by Katsuhiro Ôtomo.                    simple yet stunning animation, this is both an innovative
Preceded by documentary short Maurice Sendak (1966) and            English language version.                                           documentary and an allegory for a nation’s collective
animation Where the Wild Things Are (1973).                        Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                   amnesia. This is unlike any war film you’ve ever seen before.




SCREWBALL COMEdIES:                                                PICTURES TELL A THOUSANd WORdS:
FILMS OF CARY GRANT                                                THE GENIUS OF JACQUES TATI
2 – 9 November                                                     12 – 23 November
Leading man Cary Grant (1904 –1986) possessed                      Among French cinema’s most original and inventive comics, Jacques Tati (1907-1982) is fondly
all the attributes Hollywood desired. Handsome,                    remembered by audiences and critics alike for a small, nearly flawless body of work. With little to no
virile, charismatic and charming, his screen                       dialogue in his movies, employing tightly choreographed slapstick action to propel the story along
persona emerged through comedies that combined                     instead, Tati was a silent movie star in the age of sound. His precise films were made to look breezy
slapstick with fast-paced repartee worked into a                   and effortless and given a greater depth by successfully merging farce with social commentary on
plot that usually involved an unlikely courtship;                  materialism, class relationships and the impersonal nature of modernisation.
a style that came to be known as screwball.
                                                                   JOUR dE FETE                                                  (G)   MON ONCLE                                                     (G)
BRINGING UP BABY                                             (G)   7:30pm Thursday 12 November                                         7:30pm Thursday 19 November
7:30pm Monday 2 November                                           DIR: JACqUES TATI                                                   DIR: JACqUES TATI
DIR: HOwARD HAwkS                                                  France 1949 79mins 35mm                                             France 1958 110min 35mm
US 1938 102mins 16mm                                               Francois, a rural French postman, likes to go about his work        A little older but none the wiser, Monsieur Hulot returns in
Bumbling palaeontologist David Huxley’s plan to marry              the old fashioned way. But when the carnival arrives with           his second feature, this time leaving his colourful Parisian
his straight-laced fiancée is turned on its head following         a mobile cinema, a film extolling the virtues of American           neighbourhood for the suburbs to visit his sister in her ultra
a chance meeting with eccentric heiress Susan Vance and            modernisation causes the local villagers to wonder if Francois      modernised home and brother-in-law in his mechanised
her pet leopard named Baby. Years ahead of its time in its         has fallen behind the times. Up to the challenge the plucky         factory, bringing disaster with him. A notorious perfectionist,
reversal of gender roles, this box office flop cost Hawks his      postman hops on his bicycle and sets about improving the            Tati has crafted a remarkable, tightly choreographed piece
job at RKO but is now praised as a witty, sharp and hilarious      efficiency of his round with hilarious and sometimes hair-          of visual comedy that again targets the bourgeoisie and the
Hollywood classic. Stars Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.         raising results. Jacques Tati stars in a rare non-Hulot role in     paradoxical conveniences of modern life.
Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.               this fully restored original colour version.                        winner Oscar Best Foreign Language Film 1958
Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                  Preceded by the Tati short School for Postmen (1947)                Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

THE AWFUL TRUTH                                              (G)   M. HULOT’S HOLIdAY                                            (G)   PLAY TIME                                                     (G)
7:30pm Thursday 5 November                                         7:30pm Monday 16 November                                           7:30pm Monday 23 November
DIR: LEO McCAREy                                                   DIR: JACqUES TATI                                                   DIR: JACqUES TATI
US 1937 91mins 16mm                                                France 1953 114mins 35mm                                            France 1967 155mins 35mm
Loosely structured, largely improvised and combining               Monsieur Hulot makes his feature film debut in this satire          An ageing Hulot wanders through a futuristic city of glass
slapstick with romanticism, the love celebrated here is            of the idle bourgeoisie and their determination to enjoy            and steel, only identifiable as Paris by reflections of the Eiffel
difficult and anarchic rather than secure and predictable.         themselves no matter what. M. Hulot arrives at a sleepy             Tower on its polished, gleaming surfaces. Initially fearful,
Stars Cary Grant, Irene Dunne and Ralph Bellamy.                   seaside holiday resort, unintentionally creating havoc as he        our hero ultimately transcends this clinical universe by
Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive.               stumbles from one catastrophe to another, while everyone            finding the beauty and humanity that lies within. Tati creates
winner Oscar Best Director 1938                                    around him puts up a brave face. Gentle, innocent and               such an intricately detailed tableau that new comic gags
Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                  charming, this slapstick comedy remains hugely influential          become visible upon multiple viewings. Undoubtedly Tati’s
                                                                   and set the high standards that Tati sought to exceed in his        masterpiece, this funny yet melancholy existentialist comedy
                                                                   later films.                                                        is among the finest examples of film as art.
HIS GIRL FRIdAY                                         (PG)
                                                                   Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                   Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
7:30pm Monday 9 November
DIR: HOwARD HAwkS
US 1940 92mins 16mm
Walter Burns, the hard-boiled editor of a daily paper,
attempts to sabotage his ex-wife Hildegard’s plans to remarry.
Once his star reporter, Walter entices the reluctant Hildy
into covering one last story on the upcoming execution of a
convicted murderer, while distracting her fiancée by getting
him repeatedly arrested on trumped-up charges. Stars Cary
Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy. Print courtesy of
the National Film & Sound Archive.
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 SILENT REMASTERS:                                                                                                        live
                                                                                                                         music
 LIvE SCORES FOR CLASSIC FILMS                                                                                           show

 The highlight of the Adelaide Cinémathèque season returns with an even bigger selection of
 classic silent cinema refurbished with newly composed scores from SA’s emerging musicians. With
 a focus on performance, each soundtrack will be performed live on stage. The Silent ReMasters
 program has been specifically created to foster the development of musicians seeking work in the
 film industry, made possible by the generous support of Billy Hyde Music and APRA|AMCOS.
 THE CABINET OF                                                    THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE                                       (G)
 dR. CALIGARI                                           (PG)       7:30pm Thursday 3 December
 7:30pm Thursday 26 November                                       DIR: RAyMOND LONGFORD
                                                                                                                                        CINÉMATHÈQUE
 DIR: ROBERT wIENE                                                 Australia 1919 72mins 16mm                                           CHRISTMAS PARTY
 Germany 1920 71mins 16mm                                          Classic Australian verse becomes a classic Australian film
                                                                   with Arthur Tauchert playing the titular hero. A larrikin with       The Adelaide Cinémathèque 2009 season ends
 This tale about the murderous Dr. Caligari manages
 to define German Expressionism, horror and film noir.             a good heart vows to change his drinking and gambling                with a celebratory night of good old-fashioned
 Psychosis and paranoia blur the line between sanity and           ways for the lovely Doreen, the woman he loves. The plot is          sentimentality and nostalgia. Enjoy a Christmas
 madness, while the hand-painted sets represents the               aided by the intertitles using C.J. Dennis’ writings in all their    classic and a comedy short followed by a
 mindset of the characters and draws the audience into this        colloquial glory, and the highly naturalistic performances in
                                                                   an era where such things were virtually unknown. An early            complementary Barossa Valley Brewing beer
 insular world. Prints courtesy of the National Film & Sound                                                                            at the final Brews & Reviews for the year. As a
 Archive. Preceded by silent shorts La folie du Docteur Tube       assertion of Aussie identity. Print courtesy of the National
 (1915) and Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921)              Film & Sound Archive. Preceded by the silent Australian              special Christmas treat, members are invited
 Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                 short The Sick Stockrider (1913)                                     to bring along a guest along for free so they can
                                                                                                                                        share the gift of Cinémathèque with someone
 SEvEN CHANCES                                               (G)   THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE                                      (PG)       new. Happy New Year and see you all in 2010!
 7:30pm Monday 30 November                                         7:30pm Monday 7 December
 DIR: BUSTER kEATON                                                DIR: VICTOR SJöSTRöM
                                                                                                                                        IT’S A WONdERFUL LIFE                                    (PG)
 US 1925 56mins 16mm                                               Sweden 1921 93mins 16mm                                              7:30pm Thursday 10 December
 Cash-strapped Jimmy Shannon learns that he can inherit            Alcoholic David Holm sits in a cemetery waiting for Death’s          DIR: FRANk CAPRA
 seven million dollars from his deceased uncle’s estate,           carriage in the hope of seeing its driver, his friend Georges.       US 1946 130mins 35mm                      P brews & reviews
 but the will stipulates Jimmy must marry by 7pm that day.         As his life is recounted through flashbacks, the tale tells          George Bailey has devoted his life to the people of Bedford
 The stage is set for the escalating physical comedy for           his destruction through drinking and how he came to lose             Falls through his modest building and loan company. On
 which Buster Keaton is best remembered. See how they              everybody close to him. A landmark Swedish film for both its         Christmas Eve George loses a large sum of money. When
 filmed a man outrunning an avalanche of 500 potential             technical innovations and its fully developed themes of love         the shortage is discovered George fears the worst and,
 brides before the age of sound, colour and computer               and redemption. Possibly the single greatest influence on            thinking that his loved ones will be better off without him,
 wizardry. Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound             Ingmar Bergman, who would direct Victor Sjöström, in Wild            contemplates suicide. But the prayers of the townsfolk
 Archive. Preceded by the silent Fatty Arbuckle comedy             Strawberries. Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound            result in an angel coming to earth to assist George.
 short Coney Island (1920)                                         Archive. Preceded by silent D.W. Griffiths shorts (1906 –1908)       Largely ignored on its initial release, this Capra classic has
 Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                 Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die                    endured to become a holiday season staple. Preceded by
                                                                                                                                        the classic Laurel & Hardy silent short Big Business (1929)
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charges for special events. All Adelaide Cinémathèque memberships expire at the end of 2009.                                            movie. Stay to chat about your favourite
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by the MRC Exhibition Manager Toby Bramwell, with the generous assistance of the MRC Members’
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                                                                                                                                        and what you want to see more of on the
Exhibition Group. The MRC acknowledges the continued support of Arts SA, South Australian Film
Corp. and Screen Australia.                                                                                                             big screen at Adelaide Cinémathèque.
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