September 7 – October 1, 2006 See individual films for dates & showtimes.
This retrospective selection of eight films by Spain’s celebrated director Pedro Almodovar is being presented in all-new 35mm prints for the fist time since their original release. In addition to his status as one of the cinema’s great storytellers, Almodovar is also an unparalleled visual stylist. Viva Pedro! offers a rare opportunity to experience these masterful entertainments the way they were meant to be–on the big screen. For complete film descriptions also visit www.vivapedro.com. All films in Spanish with English subtitles.
“Almodovar is the movies” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Crossing The Bridge: The Sounds of Istanbul, Sept 28
(Germany-Turkey/2005) directed by Faith Akin
Alexander Hacke, a veteran of the German avant-garde music scene, became fascinated by the mysteries of Istanbul while working with filmmaker Fatih Akin on the music for the award-winning film Head-On. This time they team up for a fascinating and wonderfully photographed exploration of Istanbul’s daily life and its remarkable musical landscape. Interviews and riveting performances by new generation musicians including neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula, DJ Orient Express, digital dervish Mercan Dede, as well as Orhan Gencebay, the ‘arabesque Elvis.’ Crossing the Bridge is an inspired- and inspiring – convergence of a fabulous metropolis and its intoxicating musical culture. In German and Turkish with English subtitles. (90 min.) Thur. at 7:30
HORRORS! THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA
September 29 – October 1, 2006
For their only visit to Detroit this year, Boston’s acclaimed Alloy Orchestra will present beautifully restored versions of two legendary horror classics in an unprecedented double feature! The original 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera, one of the scariest and most influential horror films of all time, stars the astonishing Lon Chaney as the mysterious Erik, the Phantom. This gorgeous new print reproduces the intricate color scheme of the original release with the experimental Technicolor sequence at the masked ball and luscious hand tinting throughout. Combined with Alloy’s rich new score, this entertaining classic is as creepy today as ever. ALSO: after a short intermission, the Alloy returns with Nosferatu (1922), German director F.W. Murnau’s eerie adaptation of Dracula, considered by many to be the greatest vampire movie of all time. One of the year’s most exciting events, presented for three performances only! (3 hours total) Fri. & Sat. at 7:00, Sun. at 3:00
September 30 – October 1, 2006
(Spain/1986) Pedro Almodovar
Sex and murder form a potent pairing in this pitch-black comedy about an ex-matador (Antonio Banderas) whose arousal by the notion of death is shared by a twisted and deviously brilliant female criminal lawyer (Assumpta Serna). One of Almodovar’s most outrageous, controversial and explicit explorations of forbidden passions and deadly desires. (107 min.)