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January 29–February 4, plus February 7, 9–11

Hitchcock/Truffaut

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Kent Jones
2015, USA-France
80min / Blu-ray

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock’s incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today’s leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader.

“Critics’ Pick! Mr. Jones fashions an unfaltering encomium that's entirely free of the highfalutin monologues that might deter noncinephiles.” New York Times

"Hitchcock/Truffaut packs plenty of cogent observations into a modest package, but avoids turning into a Cliff's Notes version of the book, instead using it and its history as a jumping-off point for new insights.” The A.V. Club

“…offers deep insight into the watershed moment and the enduring forms of Hitchcock's canonization.” The New Yorker

Showtimes:
Thur 2/4: 845pm
Sun 2/7: 315pm
Tues 2/9 – Thur 2/11: 9pm


February 6, 7 & 9

Notorious

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Notorious

Alfred Hitchcock / 1946, USA
101min / 35mm

In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film. Proclaimed by François Truffaut to be “the very quintessence of Hitchcock.”

"The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships." Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious is the most elegant expression of the master's visual style, just as Vertigo is the fullest expression of his obsessions." Roger Ebert

Showtimes:
Sat: 715pm
Sun: 5pm
Tues: 7pm


February 6, 7 & 11

Mississippi Mermaid

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Mississippi Mermaid

François Truffaut / 1969, France-Italy
123min / 35mm

In this tale of obsessive love, based on Cornell Woolrich's WALTZ INTO DARKNESS, wealthy plantation owner Louis Mahé (Jean-Paul Belmondo), of Réunion Island, falls madly in love with his mail-order bride, Julie (Catherine Deneuve), despite the fact that she is not quite what she seems — and is, in fact, a lot worse. Even after becoming the victim of her deleterious influences and discovering that she is not the woman with whom he had been corresponding, Louis allows himself to be drawn into a downward spiral of criminality and a self-injurious lifestyle just to prove his undying devotion to this French femme fatale.

"A film noir shot in dazzling color, a Hitchcock movie with the soul of a Jean Renoir drama." Boston Globe

"the creation of a superior moviemaker who works eccentrically in the classical tradition"." NY Times

Showtimes:
Sat: 445pm
Sun: 730pm
Thur: 645pm


February 6 & 10

Pieces

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Pieces

Juan Piquer Simon / 1982, USA-Spain
85min / 35mm

A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old! PIECES is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan.

"One of my top horror films of all time! Not only is this the ultimate chainsaw movie, it's the ultimate slasher film. A masterpiece of early 80's sleaze. " Eli Roth

"The best chain-saw flick since the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Splatter City. FOUR STARS!" Joe Bob Briggs

Showtimes:
Sat: 930pm
Wed: 7pm


February 6 – March 26, Saturdays

Saturday Secret Matinees

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The Sprocket Society presents
Saturday Secret Matinees

Various directors & years
approx. 120 min. / 16mm

Escape the winter doldrums at a good old-fashioned Saturday matinee, with a thrilling serial episode and a classic feature film -- all on glorious 16mm! SPY SMASHER (1942), considered the best serial ever made, is presented complete in 12 weekly episodes. The feature films are a secret, but follow monthly themes. January: Classic Comedies! February: Serial Heroes & Heroines! March: Fantasy & Adventure!

In SPY SMASHER, a freelance agent assumes a secret identity to fight a series of Nazi plots led by a master spy known only as The Mask. Based on a popular comic book of the time, filming began just two weeks after Pearl Harbor -- and you can feel it. With breakneck pacing, surprising plot twists, and some of the best action scenes of the decade, legendary serial director William Witney outdid himself and made a finely-honed cliffhanger that remains in a class by itself.

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


February 12-18

The Treasure

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The Treasure

Corneliu Porumboiu / 2015, Romania-France
89min / blu-ray

A hunt for buried treasure sends two men on a surprising comic caper in this Cannes prize-winning charmer from acclaimed director Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective; 12:08 East of Bucharest). Costi (Cuzin Toma) is a workaday family man whose cash-strapped next-door neighbor (Adrian Purcarescu) makes him an intriguing proposition: help him find the fortune reportedly buried somewhere on the grounds of his family’s country home and split the profits. But as the two men dig, they unearth more than they bargained for, excavating not only dirt, but traces of Romania’s often tumultuous history. Part modern day fable, part profound social commentary, The Treasure confirms Porumboiu’s status as “one of our great contemporary observers of the human comedy” (Variety). In Romanian with English subtitles.

"CRITICS' PICK! an astonishing cinematic gesture, an appalling, hilarious statement about modern values, the state of the world, human nature and everything else." New York Times

"A deadpan gem. An exceptionally droll comedy of manners and morals that digs ever deeper into matters of personal and national history. Porumboiu is, simply put, one of our great contemporary observers of the human comedy" Variety

"Filming with long, ironically balanced takes, Porumboiu delivers an ingeniously intricate goofball comedy that evokes heroes of legend while bringing sociological abstractions to mucky life." The New Yorker

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February 12

The Demon Lover

VHS Über Alles presents The Demon Lover

Donald G. Jackson, Jerry Younkins / USA
83min / VHS

A group of hippies looking for kicks join an occult study group. Things get heavy when you party with black magic... When the kids threaten to back out of the coven, their leader uses his dark powers for revenge. Prepare yourself for rituals, freak-outs, whipped cream fights, plenty of karate, and a demon wielding kung-fu weapons! Make it a Valentine's Day date to remember! Romance is yours for only $2! Special thanks to Scarecrow Video!

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm


February 13

The Best of VHSEX

The Best of VHSEX

Various / 80min / VHS

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For the past three years, we ogled hours of vintage videotape from Scarecrow Video's Sexploitation room and exposed you to the juiciest bits. Now we collected the best awkward adult situations, humorous humping and weird sexual interludes from the three legendary volumes of VHSEX! Adults only!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


February 19 – 25

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!

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We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!

Andrew Horn / 2015, USA
134min / blu-ray

In the mid-1970s, Dee Snider and his Twisted Sister bandmates claimed glitter rock for their own, cross-dressing their way to headlining every club within 100 miles of New York City, from New Jersey bowling alleys to Long Island beach bars. With gigs six nights a week, they were the most successful live bar band of suburban New York, selling out 5,000-seat shows fueled by their no-holds-barred stage presence and aggressive metal setlists. But by the early 80s, they found themselves balancing on a double-edged sword, hugely popular with local audiences but without a national following or a record deal to speak of. When Twisted Sister finally got their big break in 1983, they'd go on to become one of the biggest glam rock bands of the decade, their over-the-top live shows drawing sell-out crowds and their music videos defining an early MTV network. To anyone who knew the hard-fought battle they'd won to get there, the band that killed disco was no overnight success. We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! is the mesmerizing, wickedly appealing and never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band s legendary career, recounted directly by the band themselves, their managers and their biggest fans.

"Noise, mayhem, pathos, endless reversals and plenty of uproarious comedy." The Independent (UK)

"A raucously riotous rags-to-riches record of rip-roaring rock renegades! (…) Very, very, very entertaining!" The Hollywood Reporter

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February 27 – March 3

The Vanished Elephant

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The Vanished Elephant

Javier Fuentes-León / 2015, Peru-Columbia-Spain
109min / Blu-ray

A tantalizing mystery in the vein of The Secret in Their Eyes and Tell No One, The Vanished Elephant follows popular crime novelist Edo Celeste after he receives a cryptic envelope on the eve of the publication of the final installment in his beloved “Felipe Aranda” detective series. The envelope, which contains a series of enigmatic photographs, may be a long-awaited clue to the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée seven years prior. As Celeste descends down a rabbit hole of strange occurrences, stumbling on a steady stream of new clues, his obsession becomes increasingly more complex and dangerous, and the line between the fiction he creates and the reality he lives in quickly blurs. In Spanish with English subtitles.

"A knotty, fascinating puzzle-plot riddled with anagrams, mirrors and doppelgängers that blur the material and the meta." CINEMA-SCOPE

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February 27 – March 3

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

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Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

Akiyuki Shimbou / 2015, Japan
64min / Blu-ray

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March 25th a day during spring break. Koyomi Araragi, a second year student at Naoetsu High School, gets to know a girl named Tsubasa Hanekawa, the top honors student at his school. Tsubasa mentions a rumor about a "blonde vampire" that has been sighted around their town recently. Koyomi, usually a not-so social guy, takes a liking to Tsubasa's down-to-earth personality. That evening, Koyomi encounters the rumored vampire. She is Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, also known as the "King of Apparitions." Koyomi sees this blonde, golden eyed vampire lying in a pool of her own blood, with all four of her limbs cut off. She asks Koyomi for help, sprinkling her blood around. Koyomi gives Kiss-shot his blood as told to save her life. And the very next moment he awakes, Koyomi finds himself become her vampire kin. As Koyomi struggles to accept his existence, Kiss-shot whispers: "welcome to the world of darkness." In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sat: 12pm & 5pm
Sun: 230pm & 9pm
Mon-Thur: 630pm


March 4 – 10

A Married Woman

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A Married Woman

Jean-Luc Godard / 1964, France
95min / Blu-ray

Legendary French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard reverses the standard love triangle and challenges the influence of consumer culture in one of his most provocative and overlooked dissections of modern life. Charlotte (Macha Méril) aimlessly drifts between morning affairs with the artistic Robert (Bernard Noël) and mundane evenings with her paternalistic husband Pierre (Philippe Leroy). Unsure of whether she loves either man, Charlotte discovers she is pregnant and must come to terms with her emotional infidelities. In French with English subtitles.

“The best Godard I have ever seen... a nearly perfect study of what it is to be young and in love.” The New Yorker

"Thoughtful and fascinating...Godard's most interesting film." The New York Times

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March 11 – 17

Requiem for the American Dream

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Requiem for the American Dream

Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott
2016, USA
75min / Blu-ray

Requiem for the American Dream is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time - the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality - tracing a half- century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority - while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time - the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, Requiem for the American Dream is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

"CRITICS' PICK! This well-paced and cogent seminar spotlights a man who, now 87, seems at the height of his intellectual powers." New York Times

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March 13

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: The Blood of Jesus w/ Hell-Bound Train

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: The Blood of Jesus w/ Hell-Bound Train

Spencer Williams, James and Eloyce Gist
1941 & 1931, USA
100min / Blu-ray

A little-known chapter of film history, the “race film” - funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color – flourished from the 1920s into the 1940s. Previously circulated only in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly restored versions allow us to witness the legacies of African-American innovators with fresh eyes.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS (1941, Spencer Williams): Shot by her husband, a young Sister travels to the proverbial crossroads, facing the Devil himself. First feature for actor/director Williams, later the Amos of TV’s Amos and Andy. HELL-BOUND TRAIN (c. 1931, James and Eloyce Gist): home-grown evangelical surrealism, as a horned devil works the throttle of a symbolic locomotive, amid such deadly sins as dancing, gambling, and debauchery. Silent, with recorded music by Samuel Waymon (Ganja and Hess).

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March 20

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Within Our Gates w/ Two Knights of Vaudeville

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Within Our Gates w/ Two Knights of Vaudeville

Oscar Micheaux
1919 & 1916, USA
106min / Blu-ray

A little-known chapter of film history, the “race film” - funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color – flourished from the 1920s into the 1940s. Previously circulated only in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly restored versions allow us to witness the legacies African-American innovators with fresh eyes.

WITHIN OUR GATES (1919): When a young woman (“race film” super-star Evelyn Preer) gets swept up in the Great Migration from rural South to the big city, she makes discoveries about her own identity. Micheaux’s earliest surviving feature – or of any African American director. Silent, with recorded music by D.J. Spooky. TWO KNIGHTS OF VAUDEVILLE (1916): Featuring a long-forgotten Black comedy team. Silent, with recorded music by Donald Sosin.

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March 27

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Birthright w/ Darktown Revue

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Birthright w/ Darktown Revue

Oscar Micheaux
1939 & 1931, USA
88min / Blu-ray

A little-known chapter of film history, the “race film” - funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color – flourished from the 1920s into the 1940s. Previously circulated only in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly restored versions allow us to witness the legacies African-American innovators with fresh eyes.

BIRTHRIGHT (1939): An idealistic Harvard grad returns to the segregated South to establish a grade school, encountering opposition from both races. With Ethel Moses, aka the “Black Harlow,” and a bevy of moonlighting Cotton Club dancers. DARKTOWN REVUE (1931): Micheaux’s jaw-dropping spin on the minstrel show.

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April 3

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Dirty Gertie from Harlem USA w/ Hot Biskits

Pioneers of African-American Cinema: Dirty Gertie from Harlem USA w/ Hot Biskits

Spencer Williams
1946 & 1929, USA
70min / Blu-ray

A little-known chapter of film history, the “race film” - funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color – flourished from the 1920s into the 1940s. Previously circulated only in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly restored versions allow us to witness the legacies African-American innovators with fresh eyes.

DIRTY GERTIE FROM HARLEM U.S.A. (1946): In this unauthorized retelling of Maugham’s Rain (see Sadie Thompson on March 22), nightclub chantootsie Francine Everett arrives on a Caribbean island to “entertain” the GI’s and locals, inciting the wrath of a self-righteous missionary. Director Williams appears in drag as a voodoo fortuneteller – inexplicably. Restored by Southern Methodist University. Plus Williams’ recently-rediscovered HOT BISKITS (1929): comedy about a high-stakes game of mini-golf.

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Coming in 2016

The Beaver Trilogy Part IV, plus screenings of The Beaver Trilogy.

Our 12th anniversary celebration, featuring new 35mm prints of Max Ophuls' From Mayerling to Sarajevo, Robert Altman's first feature film Corn's-A-Poppin' and more!

A new digital restoration of Federico Fellini's City of Women.

Too Late: director Dennis Hauck's debut feature, shot on and presented in 35mm. Starring John Hawkes.

In partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, we're presenting 5 films on 35mm by legendary auteur Seijun Suzuki in April.

Drone Cinema Film Festival 2016: A festival of short digital films that visually conjure the essence of drone music, plus live performances. April 9.

Also in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, we're presenting 35mm screenings of a portion of the UCLA Festival of Preservation in May.