SERIES AT A GLANCE
All shows $9.50 general admission, $7.50 w/college ID; $6.50 seniors & children under 12. All shows before 5:00 PM are $7.50 bargain matinees.

Fri 3/14 Hohokam
5:30, 7:30

Sat 3/15 Triple Feature! Tickets $15, Click Here:
Vertigo
4:30
La Jetée (+Sans Soleil)
7:00
Twelve Monkeys
2:00, 9:30

Sun 3/16 Double Feature!
The Best Man
7:15
Wild In The Streets
5:15, 9:30

Mon 3/17Double Feature!
Wattstax
7:30
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
5:15, 9:30

Tue 3/18Minnie & Moskowitz
4:45, 7:15, 9:45

Wed 3/19 Written On The Wind
4:30, 7:00
Repertory Series
Selected By... Andrew Bujalski
Friday, March 14 - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Boston's most recent claim-to-fame in the indie film world has been Andrew Bujalski, unofficial Don Corleone to the so-called Mumblecore movement and director of the superlative lo-fi films, Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation. Faced with the unfortunate news that Mr. Bujalski will be leaving the nest and moving to the current mecca of indie filmmaking, Austin, TX, the Brattle asked him to program a series for us. And this is the result... a mélange of the films that may (or may not) have influenced a young Bujalski. Included in this wonderful hodgepodge are a mind-bending triple-and-a-half feature of Hitchcock, Marker and Gilliam; an election year special with THE BEST MAN and WILD IN THE STREETS; and nods to Bujalski influences both obvious (Cassavetes) and not-so-obvious (Sirk). Also in the mix, HOHOKAM, an independent, undistributed feature by Frank V. Ross that Bujalski marks as one of his favorites from recent years. Join us for this fascinating glimpse into the mind of a very interesting young filmmaker.

Program Notes by Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski on Wikipedia
Funny Ha Ha (2005) Official Site
Mutual Appreciation (2006) Official Site

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
Friday 3/14 at 5:30, 7:30Hohokam
(2007) dir Frank V. Ross w/Anthony Baker, Allison Latta, Denise Blank, Sasha Giappo [93 min]

When digital video technology made it into consumers' hands in the 90s, the optimists predicted an explosion of brilliant idiosyncratic personal narratives; if Frank Ross' Hohokam is a harbinger, perhaps they'll be proven right after all. A unique, funny snapshot of a 30-ish Arizonan couple (played by remarkable discoveries Latta and Baker), it has all the intimacy and laser-like detail you might expect from a 'small' film but plenty of inventiveness & curveballs, as well as a jaunty jazz score, exotic animals, and a gun in the first act! An "under your skin" movie.

Official Trailer
Saturday 3/15 at 4:30Triple Feature w/LA JETÉE and TWELVE MONKEYS
Vertigo
(1958) dir Alfred Hitchcock w/Jimmy Stuart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes [128 min]

Part one of this mindbending triple-and-a-half feature! VERTIGO has lost none of its power as a gripping thriller, but as we know in our Dr.-Phil-enlightened age, it's also an exploration of some serious untreated emotional disorders. Stewart doesn't play against type so much as he burrows into his persona to newfound and frightening depths as a San Francisco detective who finds himself obsessed by (at least) two versions of Novak. Twists, turns, the 'trombone shot,' and a philosophical moment in the redwoods that would have a profound effect on Chris Marker...

Original Theatrical Trailer
Saturday 3/15 at 7:00Triple Feature w/VERTIGO and TWELVE MONKEYS
La Jetée
(1962) dir Chris Marker [28 min]

The gold standard of experimental narratives, Chris Marker's 1962 short remains inimitable - even Twelve Monkeys, the ostensible remake, wisely sidesteps any attempt to recreate the mood of this haunting short told (almost) entirely in still images. A World War III survivor is sent on a time travel mission back to contemporary Paris, and stumbles onto love, the tragic secret of a childhood memory, and a Vertigo allusion...

Screens With
Sans Soleil
(1983) dir Chris Marker [100 min]
An entirely different sort of piece from Marker, this 1983 "essay film" returns explicitly to his Vertigo fascination - and his puzzlements over the nature of memory & the rings of the redwood - as an unseen female narrator describes Marker's meditations on revisiting Vertigo's San Francisco locations, as well as travels to Japan, Iceland, and elsewhere. A thick, heady philosophical trip that's no more conventional documentary than La Jetee is sci-fi.
Saturday 3/15 at 2:00, 9:30Triple Feature w/VERTIGO and LA JETÉE
Twelve Monkeys
(1995) dir Terry Gilliam w/Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, Brad Pitt [129 min]

Who knows what horrors and blasphemies were spoken at pitch meetings for this film, but through perseverance or luck or some combination, Terry Gilliam managed the delicate trick of both respecting & sweeping aside his source material in the right measures to cook up his strongest film of the 90s. Featuring the performances that were Pitt's first stab at major critical credibility and Willis', let's say, most recent... Gilliam provides catnip for the film students as Willis and Stowe seek refuge in a theater showing Vertigo, and Bernard Herrmann's score continues to swell up into the next scene...

Original Theatrical Trailer
Sunday 3/16 at 7:15Double Feature w/WILD IN THE STREETS
The Best Man
(1964) dir Franklin J. Schaffner w/Henry Fonda, Cliff Robinson, Edie Adams [102 min]

An election year special! Back in the day, political conventions were more than just scripted coronation ceremonies, and given the unpredictability of this year's proceedings, The Best Man may be a sneak preview of the kind of smoke filled room dealmaking set to make a comeback this time around. A script by height-of-his-powers Gore Vidal adapted from his own play, gorgeous b&w cinematography, and terrific performances from Fonda and Robertson (among many others) bring to life the clashes of idealism and pragmatism at the heart of our democratic process in a way few other Hollywood films have even attempted to approach.
Sunday 3/16 at 5:15, 9:30Double Feature w/THE BEST MAN
Wild In The Streets
(1968) dir Barry Shear w/Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi [94 min]

...and another political fable, this one ceding realism in favor of balls-tripping psychedeligasmic entertainment. What happens when you give the vote to 14 year olds? (And it's 1968. And the movie is produced by schlock titan Samuel Z. Arkoff.) Obviously a teen idol rock star is elected President, the Senate gets packed with stoners, and everyone over 30 is sent to internment camps where they're forced to drop acid!

Original Theatrical Trailer
Monday 3/17 at 7:30Double Feature w/DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY
Wattstax
(1973) dir Mel Stuart w/Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Kim Weston, The Bar Kays, Rufus Thomas, Richard Pryor [98 min]

One of the great concert films. A killer line-up of soul hitmakers from the Stax label, which was in the midst of a major "second wind," plays a concert at the Los Angeles Colliseum in Watts, site of notorious 1965 riots. Though the stadium footage provides story enough, we're also treated to terrific documentary work on the streets of Watts, much of it featuring Richard Pryor riffing and rapping in the community.

Trailer
Monday 3/17 at 5:15, 9:30Double Feature w/WATTSTAX
Dave Chappelle's Block Party
(2005) dir Michel Gondry w/Dave Chappelle, The Fugees, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, Telib Kweli [103 min]

Anyone who's seen Chappelle's Show will come ready to laugh, but don't say you weren't warned if you find yourself falling in love with the man by the end credits. After notoriously walking away from his Comedy Central contract, Dave poured his energy into putting on a free concert in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, featuring his dream hip-hop lineup, and invited French commercial auteur/trickster Michel Gondry to document not just the music, but the preparations, including Dave's last-minute acquisition of a high school marching band in Dayton, OH.

Original Trailer
Tuesday 3/18 at 4:45, 7:15, 9:45Minnie And Moskowitz
(1971) dir John Cassavettes w/Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel [114 min]

Cassavetes' 1971 'romantic comedy' is perhaps the strangest film that the headstrong auteur's auteur ever made, featuring Cassel and Rowlands as a pair of lovers (a free-spirited parking lot attendant and a reserved museum administrator) who take star-crossed to the next level - from scene to scene we question and re-question not only their compatibility but their respective sanities. Featuring some radical, sharp editing and a host of how-did-they-come-up-with-that moments, it manages to be Cassavetes' warmest film without compromising any of his bite or vision. And anyone who's ever driven in Los Angeles will seethe with envy at Moskowitz's fearless U-turn abilities.

Clip
Wednesday 3/19 at 4:30, 7:00Written On The Wind
(1956) dir Douglas Sirk w/Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack [99 min]

One of Douglas Sirk's greatest. I'm not sure if "emasculation tragedy" constitutes a genre, but if it does then this may be the pinnacle. Stack as a fortunate-son oil heir, accompanied by childhood best friend Hudson, pursues and captures knockout Bacall, bringing her back to Texas and marrying her... and slowly, painfully learning that he isn't much of a man compared to his buddy Rock. Being a Sirk film, that is of course only the tip of the melodramatic iceberg.

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