THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – A Royal Shakespeare Company Performance
Friday September 4th at 7:00 PM & Sunday September 6th at 2:00 PM
Cinema Center is thrilled to continue hosting The Royal Shakespeare Company Live! In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all, as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. With the gold flowing all is well, but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood. Polly Findlay (Arden of Faversham 2014) directs Shakespeare's uncompromising tragedy. Tickets for these screenings are $10 for Members, $15 for General Admission. No Passes Accepted.
Phoenix - Opens September 4th
A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.
"A film this satisfying on every level — one that can be enjoyed purely for its narrative while also providing material for hours of discussion on its themes — is truly rare." - RogerEbert.com.
"For what it sets out to accomplish, across a brisk 98 minutes, Petzold’s film feels perfectly judged. And it builds to an ending that’s just plain perfect." - The A.V. Club
"A haunting, morbidly romantic melodrama with obvious links to "Vertigo," but from a reverse angle."- New York Magazine
98 min., PG-13
Best of Enemies - Opens September 18th
In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult-cementing their opposing political positions. Their explosive exchanges devolved into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News' ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born - a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.
"Fleet, brutally funny and ultimately mournful for the lost art of informed public intellectuals brandishing wounding insights, the film is a fizzy bath of expertly organized archival footage and commentary ..." - Los Angeles Times.
"A fascinating, supremely well-judged and unexpectedly touching documentary." - Time Out.
"The on-camera clashes between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal are vividly and entertainingly recounted in this fascinating documentary." - Variety.
87 min., Rated R.
The Look of Silence - Opens September 25th
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
"There's a rage far beneath Adi's placid expression and the director's dispassionate style. It's not a rage for vengeance but anger at an all-consuming blindness." - Boston Globe
"The film is all the more potent for its restraint, as constant on the mind as the cicadas that sound throughout the unyielding night.." - Toronto Star
"In contrast to the sometimes lurid tenor of The Act of Killing, and despite the extremity of its own content, Oppenheimer's follow-up has a calm, contemplative tone." - Film Comment
103 mins., Rated PG-13.
Call Me Lucky - Opens October 2nd
Barry Crimmins was a volatile but brilliant bar comic who became an honored peace activist and influential political satirist. Famous comedians and others build a picture of a man who underwent an incredible transformation.
"Bobcat Goldthwait's documentary about an underappreciated comedic mentor packs an unexpected wallop. - Variety.
"Call Me Lucky is a loving but fair portrait of the artist as a heroic hothead. - Village Voice.
"Angry, quixotic, tragic, heroic - Crimmins' life is stunning. Catch this portrait and you can definitely call yourself lucky." - New York Daily News.
105 min., Unrated.