Cinematheque 7/28-31: The Man Who Fell To Earth, Barbarella at the Norwalk Theatre

David Bowie stars in Roeg’s newly-restored, uncut THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH!

Ziggy Stardust – er, David Bowie – plays an alien searching for water for his drought-stricken planet in Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976), a cult sci-fi film that was initially released in the U.S. in a heavily-cut version—and has been unavailable theatrically here, in any version, for well over a decade. But now it’s back, complete and uncut and looking better than ever! The film follows an E.T. named Newton as he lands in the American Southwest, conceals his identity, and proceeds to build a huge corporate empire that proves painfully seductive to him. Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn co-star in this ambitious, visually-stunning work from the director of PERFORMANCE and DON’T LOOK NOW. It lands in Cleveland on Friday and Saturday only.

Mexican thriller WE ARE WHAT WE ARE will be a cannibal classic; you’ll eat it up!

In Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 Mexican horror movie WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, an impoverished family of Mexico City cannibals is left to fend for itself after their patriarch (and provider) dies. This stylish, gory, ghoulishly funny, social-realist horror film was selected for last year’s prestigious New York Film Festival. No one under 17 admitted will be admitted to this movie that “does for cannibals what LET THE RIGHT ONE IN did for vampires” (The London Times). It shows in a 35mm color & scope print on Thursday and Saturday. Here’s the trailer. Print this email and present it at the box office and see WE ARE WHAT WE ARE for only $7 ($5 if you’re a Cinematheque member). It’s our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

Back to the future: 1968 sci-fi classic BARBARELLA anchors “Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre” in Norwalk, OH

Step into the wayback machine and travel with us on Sunday night to the Norwalk Theatre in Norwalk, Ohio, for an evening of classic cinema the way it used to be seen! (We’re calling it Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre.) And we’re not just taking vintage movies; we’re talking vintage movies, vintage prints, and vintage projection! The Norwalk Theatre (57 East Main Street in downtown Norwalk) is a single-screen theatre with over 900 seats and a balcony. It still shows movies reel to reel on two projectors (like the Cinematheque does) but, most remarkably, is one of the few U.S. theatres still using carbon-arc lamp houses! For six decades slow-burning carbon rods illuminated the screen in almost every movie theatre. But when xenon lamps were introduced in America in the 1960s, carbon went the way of the dinosaurs. Xenon bulbs were cleaner and longer-lasting than carbon, but what was lost in transition, according to old timers, was the pure white light of carbon-arc lamps; xenon, by comparison, had a bluish tinge. (These fanatics were not carbon-neutral!) And what really looked nice projected on carbon-arc machines were dye-transfer Technicolor prints—the kind Hollywood made for years, until Technicolor’s dye plant was shuttered and dismantled in 1974. After this happened it was discovered that the colors in old dye-transfer Technicolor prints never fade, unlike colors in more recent films made on newer film stocks and churned out on high-speed printers. Because of their beauty and stability, dye-transfer Technicolor prints are highly coveted by collectors and archivists. And on Sunday you can see one, illuminated by carbon-arc lamps and projected (in scope!) on the Norwalk’s big, wide screen. The film is BARBARELLA, Roger Vadim’s 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi classic in which a sexy spacewoman must rescue genius scientist Durand Durand. It will be preceded by 40 minutes of classic trailers (many in Technicolor) and vintage shorts. Believe us: when this show is all over you won’t want to return to 2011! Special admission is $10, Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $8, anyone ages 25 & under $5; no passes or twofers.

Thu., July 28, at 6:00 pm
Sat., July 30, at 9:40 pm
Mexican horror film
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

Thu., July 28, at 7:50 pm
Fri., July 29, at 5:30 pm
Fast-moving crime movie
THE ROBBER

Fri., July 29, at 7:20 pm
Sat., July 30, at 5:00 pm
Japanese masterpiece
THE NAKED ISLAND

Fri., July 29, at 9:15 pm
Sat., July 30, at 7:00 pm
David Bowie is
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

Sun., July 31, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
Nostalgia Night at the Norwalk Theatre, Norwalk, Ohio
Jane Fonda is
BARBARELLA
Tix $10/$8/$5

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