Schedule for Thursday, September 3
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Shoot the Piano Player
Illustrating noir's influence on the French New Wave, this second feature film from François Truffaut is loosely based on a book by pulp writer David Goodis, a favorite source of classic Hollywood noir producers. Like the novel, it's a bleak story of a man (popular singer Charles Aznavour) drowning his sorrows behind the piano in a smoky dive in Paris. The guns and gangsters are borrowed from the director's favorite Hollywood crime films, but the romance and playfulness are all his own.
François Truffaut. 1960. 92 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Janus Films.5:05 PM 7:20 PM 9:45 PM
"Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better." (LA Times)
After moving into her new apartment, Beth, a broken-hearted teacher, finds herself drawn to Adam, her socially inept downstairs neighbor whose head seems lost in the stars. When he reveals that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) are understandably concerned, but she can’t deny their unique connection. Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy deliver knockout performances, and Writer/Director Max Mayer examines the challenges of an exceptional modern relationship with a humorous and heartfelt touch.
Max Mayer. 2009. 99 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.5:15 PM 7:25 PM 9:35 PM
The September Issue
“Lusciously revealing fly-on-the-wall portrait of Anna Wintour.” (Entertainment Weekly)
R.J. Cutler takes us behind the scenes of the making of Vogue’s 2007 September issue, the largest in the magazine’s history. While the film has its Devil Wears Prada moments—See Anna Wintour alienate her staff! Watch sycophants suck up to their queen! Behold as she shatters designers with a single stare!—it also delves deeper, revealing a skilled, complex woman who does not take her considerable power lightly. Cutler examines a Vogue office populated with a wide array of characters, including the fire-haired Creative Director Grace Coddington. It’s Anna’s world, but in many ways Grace is the real star here. She’s fascinating, larger-than-life, and downright cool; much like the magazine itself.
R.J. Cutler. 2009. 90 m. PG-13. US. Roadside Attractions .5:30 PM 7:30 PM 9:30 PM