Thursday, August 30, 2018

FILMS THIS WEEK @ THE SNF PARKWAY THEATRE

NICO, 1988
Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli 2017, Italy, Belgium, 93 Minutes

Nico, 1988 features a tour de force performance from Trine Dyrholm as the aging Nico (aka Christa Päffgen), interpreting rather than impersonating the famed singer-songwriter as she approaches 50. Leading a solitary existence in Manchester, Nico’s life and career are on the ropes, a far cry from her glamorous days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for The Velvet Underground. Nico’s new manager Richard (John Gordon Sinclair) convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with the son Ari (Sandor Funtek) she lost custody of long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s is the story of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Director: Stanley Kubrick, 1968, UK, USA, 149 Minutes, 4K DCP

A brand new 4K restoration for the 50th anniversary supervised by Christopher Nolan! Twice the resolution of normal digital projection - see it like you've never seen it before!

With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking in this classic science fiction masterpiece; a contemplation on the nature of humanity.

This dazzling, Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with “The Sentinel” author Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

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WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST
Director: Lorna Tucker 2018, UK, 80 Minutes

Dame Vivienne Westwood is Punk Rock’s Grande Dame. One time agent provocateur, the doyenne of British fashion, an eco-conscious activist, and one of the most influential originators in recent history.

The film explores her uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her activism, and her cultural significance. Blending iconic archive and newly shot observational footage, this era defining, intimate origins story is told in Vivienne’s own words, and through touching interviews with her inner circle of family, friends, and collaborators.

WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles – and her legacy.

Join us Friday 8/31 at 4:30pm for a post-screening talk with Fashion Designer Stacy Stube as we launch the Fashion-A-Preneur Film Lecture Series.

International Fashion Designer & Dressmaker Stacy Stube returns to her hometown of Baltimore to Revive what is left of the garment industry. Ms. Stube designs and makes her vintage inspired lace dresses within the Bromo Clock Tower.

The Fashion-A-Preneur Film Lecture Series was created to bring the fashion community together in dialogue around reshaping the industry for social good. By reviewing the films in a 30-minute discussion the group is able to share ideas and network on a regular basis at the Parkway Theatre becoming a portable Fashion Mainstreet of change creators.

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PATHS OF GLORY
Director: Stanley Kubrick 1957, USA, 88 Minutes

Two Nights Only! 9/6 + 9/8
Adapting Humphrey Cobb’s novel to the screen, director Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson set out to make a devastating anti-war statement, and they succeeded above and beyond the call of duty. In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified “Ant Hill” from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrifice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling. When, after witnessing the slaughter of their comrades, a handful of the French troops refuse to leave the trenches, Mireau very nearly orders the artillery to fire on his own men. Still smarting from the defeat, Mireau cannot admit to himself that the attack was a bad idea from the outset: he convinces himself that loss of Ant Hill was due to the cowardice of his men.

Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.

"Banned in France for 18 years, this masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist."
—Jonathan Rosenbaum

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SUPPORT THE GIRLS
Director:
Andrew Bujalski 2018, USA, 91 Minutes

Lisa Conroy is the last person you’d expect to find in a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves’, but as general manager at Double Whammies, she’s come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely — but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction… Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?

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THE CAKEMAKER
Director: Ofir Raul Graizer, 2017, Israel, Germany, 105 min

Brought back by popular demand! Final two screenings Saturday, 9/1 at 4:30pm and Sunday, 9/2 at 2:00pm.

In this captivating, twist-filled narrative a German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search for the wife and son of his dead lover.

The Cakemaker is a NYT Critics' Pick: "Sad and sweet, and with a rare lyricism, 'The Cakemaker' believes in a love that neither nationality, sexual orientation nor religious belief can deter." — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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