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Schedule for Thursday, September 17
12 Angry Men
"Taut, absorbing and compelling drama that reaches far beyond the close confines of its jury room setting." (New York Times)
One of the most masterful and enduring feature debuts ever, this adaptation of Reginald Rose's blistering television play was shot on a minuscule budget in only 19 days on a single set...and it earned Lumet his first of five Oscar nominations. A young man is on trial for his life—eleven jurors vote guilty, but one stands unconvinced. His endeavor to change the minds of the others uncovers deep-seated prejudices and sparks explosive performances by Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb, and Martin Balsam.
Sidney Lumet. 1957. 96 m. NR. US. MGM.5:00 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
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 .7:15 PM
The Burning Plain
PREVIEW! OPENS IN NYC SEPT. 18!
Guillermo Arriaga—who wrote the scripts for Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel—has created another mind-bending jigsaw puzzle of a story in his directorial debut. With terrific acting by a cast led by Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, and up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence, this drama zooms around in time and place while taking on complex and dark emotional issues. The spectacular cinematography is by Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood).
Guillermo Arriaga. 2009. 106 m. R. US/Argentina, English/Spanish with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.7:30 PM
Q&A w/director Guillermo Arriaga & New York Times critic Janet Maslin
Tickets: $9 (members), $13 (nonmembers)