Monday, March 03, 2008

cool films coming to a theatre near here

If you haven't seen these films you really should they are awesome.....


The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue - Nashville TN 37212
Box Office: (615) 383-9140
Main Office: (615) 846-3150
Fax: (615) 846-3151

WEEKEND CLASSICS
Saturdays and Sundays at Noon
March-April: Staff Picks
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They print your ticket, pour your beer, focus your film, scoop your popcorn and more. Shouldn’t they get to pick some films too? Of course. For these two months, the WEEKEND CLASSICS series and MIDNIGHT MOVIES (<--click to see the line up) have been chosen by the fun-and-film-loving employees here at the Belcourt, and the result cuts quite the eclectic swath. So get a load of this…

Alfred Hitchcock’s ROPE – Sat-Sun, March 8-9 @ Noon
A professor (James Stewart) discovers his theories into a brutal reality when two students conspire to commit the “perfect murder”. Composed of only ten shots fluidly edited together and loosely based on a true murder case, ROPE goes beyond cinematic stunt with excellent performances and a mesmerizing storyline in what would be Hitchcock’s first work in color. Dir Alfred Hitchcock, 1948, 35mm, 80min - Selected by Ben Smythe, a bespectacled multi-instrumentalist, who can be found in the lobby assisting you with all of your needs.

CLASH OF THE TITANS – Sat-Sun, March 15-16 @ Noon
Lawrence Olivier, Burgess Meredith, Harry Hamlin and Judi Bowker star in this classic Greek myth about Perseus and Andromeda. To win the right to marry his love (Andromeda) and fufill his destiny, Perseus must complete a number of tasks -- including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa and answering riddles. The result is a timeless adventure and a treat for both kids and adults. Dir. Desmond Davis, 1981, 35mm, 118min - Selected by Josh Hayes, Communication & Marketing guy at the Belcourt who enjoys swimming with the Kraken and thinks there needs to be more stop-motion in your life. He chose CLASH OF THE TITANS as a tribute to the great Ray Harryhausen, pioneer of visual effects.

THE HAUNTING – Sat-Sun, March 22-23 @ Noon
They came to Hill House in search of a mystery: the pragmatic Doctor, the bisexual adventuress, the playboy, and young Miss Eleanor. Who is to say what waited for them in those ancient hallways, or even if they had brought it with them? Within the walls of Hill House was a place where dark things flourished, and in its untouched spaces the delicate and troubled mind of Eleanor Lance has finally found a place to call home. From the acclaimed novel by Shirley Jackson, with unparalleled black & white cinemascope photography by Davis Boulton. Dir Robert Wise, 1963, 35mm, 112 min. - Selected by Jason Shawhan, SEFCA, who walks along darkened corridors and has been a leepa sank tone since 1994.

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS - Sat-Sun, March 29-30 @ Noon RARE 16mm PRINT!!
One of the most singular and controversial statements of the Czech New Wave of filmmaking, Jaromil Jireš' infamous masterpiece Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a psychedelic blend of fever-dream horror and erotic fantasy. The film concerns the sexual awakening of 13 year old Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová); thrust into a gothic fairytale where friends and family alike become pedophilic vampires, vying for her virginal purity. A poetic feast of imagery, it is that rare sort of film that will forever linger in the crevasses of your memory. Dir. Jaromil Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1970, 16mm, 70min. Unavailable on 35mm, this will be the premiere exhibition of an extremely rare 16mm print, presented from the private collection of Tom Wills. - Selected by James Cathcar, whot was once a bright young man with great potential, before he squandered the best years of his life in dark and lonely rooms with a glowing screen.

SOLARIS – Sat-Sun, April 5-6 @ Noon RARE 35mm PRINT
Director Andrei Tarkovsky's science fiction cult classic presents an uncompromisingly unique and poetic meditation on space travel and its physical and existential ramifications. Scientist Kris Kelvin travels to the mysterious planet Solaris to investigate the failure of an earlier mission. When his long-dead wife appears on the space station, he realizes that the planet has the power to perceive human desires and make them a reality. Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1972, 35mm, 165min. The Belcourt wishes to acknowledge Kino Int’l for loaning their 35mm print, the only one in the US. - Selected by Max Chester, Second Lt. Projection - A-Team – Max frequents the village area often, shopping, drinking espresso out of little cups with his pinkie up, and running around the streets like a homeless boy.

THE PINK PANTHER – Sat-Sun, April 12-13 @ Noon
Arriving at a posh resort with her precious "Panther" -- a large, priceless diamond with the image of a leaping feline inside -- sexy princess Dala meets the debonair Sir Charles, who happens to be a professional thief. Enter the ever-incompetent Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers), the clumsiest inspector ever to trip over a case. Can he stop Charles's attempts to relieve the princess of her diamond? Dir. Blake Edwards, 1963, 35mm, 115min - Selected by Melinda Morgan, the Operations Director for the Belcourt who enjoys the twisted humor of Peter Sellers and THE PINK PANTHER.

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY – Sat-Sun, April 19-20
Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) prepares to remarry, but her ex (Cary Grant) and a tabloid reporter (James Stewart) have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit. The three stars form an incomparable romantic triangle in one of the most tantalizing screwball romances ever. Dir George Cukor, 1940, 35mm, 112min - Selected byKirk Futrell, the Head Projectionist and Facilities Coordinator of the Belcourt Theatre.

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD – Fri-Sun, April 25-27 – Multiple showtimes TBA NEW 35mm PRINT from Rialto Pictures!
At a lavish European hotel, a handsome stranger tries to convince a lovely young woman that they had a passionate affair a year ago -- "perhaps at Marienbad," he suggests. When she claims not to remember him, he keeps trying to convince her, building a story that mixes memory and fantasy. … Or is it all fantasy? French New Wave director Alain Resnais helms this complex, controversial film that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. Dir Alain Resnais, France, 1961, 35mm, 93 min. - Selected by Zack Hall, who likes film and works at the Belcourt.