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Schedule for Wednesday, September 16
"A sobering revelation." (New York Times)
Imprisoned in a British military "glasshouse" in Northern Africa during World War II, a group of soldiers including Sean Connery's insubordinate sergeant major are put through a grueling gauntlet of sadistic exercises meant to crush their spirits. Tensions mount as Lumet examines unyielding defiance in the face of brutal authority. A riveting and unjustly overlooked film, winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes.
Sidney Lumet. 1965. 123 m. NR. UK. Warner Bros.5:00 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 .5:05 PM
It Might Get Loud
"A marvelous rock doc that manages to be wistful, tasty, and jam-kicking at the same time." (Entertainment Weekly)
Director David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) penetrates the glamorous surface of three rock legends: The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). Audiences get up close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit (White), a studio musician and painter from London (Page) and a seventeen-year-old Dublin schoolboy (Edge), each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to the pantheon of superstar. A mix of expert storytelling and live performances, It Might Get Loud promises not only "an incredibly rich mix of their music, groundbreaking, defining," applauds the LA Times, but "that it comes with a righteous story too" makes this doc personal and wistful, accessible to rock enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Davis Guggenheim. 2008. 97 m. PG. US. Sony Pictures Classics.5:10 PM 7:20 PM
Directed by Jane Campion, the Academy Award–winning writer and director of The Piano, Bright Star was a hit at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A film of exquisite poetry, both literary and visual, it’s the true story of the 19th-century love affair between 23-year-old English poet John Keats, and Fanny Brawn, the girl next door. Starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, Bright Star has been called "one of the most deeply moving romantic films in memory” (LA Times).
Jane Campion. 2009. 119 m. PG. France/UK/Australia. Apparition.7:15 PM
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"Galvanizing and disquieting." (New York Times)
In this ultimate '70s policier, New York detective Frank Serpico refuses to fall in line with his department's casual corruption, at the risk of being ostracized by fellow officers and jeopardizing his own safety. Lumet's powerful direction and Al Pacino's dynamic turn as Serpico make this real-life story of one man against the system as compelling an action movie as it is a tense scrutiny of society's dirty dealings.
Sidney Lumet. 1973. 129 m. R. US/Italy, English/Italian/Spanish with subtitles. Paramount Pictures.7:30 PM