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Friday, January 5 — Thursday, January 11, 2001

Due to popular demand

Breathless
will show all week long with KESTRAL’s EYE

When the enigmatic and hugely talented young film critic Jean-Luc Godard completed this, his first feature, he dedicated it to Monogram Pictures, the Hollywood "B" movie factory notable for cranking out scores of cheap, black and white "potboilers" in the 1930’s and 40’s. Godard’s brilliantly innovative film, Breathless, captured the essence of the pugnacious "B" gangster film: a smarmy but irresistible hood (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is on the run from the cops, stealing cars and blasting his way to imaginary immortality with his American girl friend (the ravishing Jean Seberg) by his side. But their relationship is steeped not only in Monogram "B" movie atmosphere, it is also quite drenched in its own French milieu of boudoir philosophy, blank stares and plenty of deep cigarette inhalation. Godard took what was ostensibly a story outline by fellow Cahiers du Cinema critic Francois Truffaut and created one of the benchmarks of the burgeoning French New Wave, seemingly reinventing cinema itself as well as rocketing its romantic leads to world stardom. The films pace is non-stop (as much a reflection of its title as anything else) thanks to the startling, then revolutionary use of jump-cutting and an apparent disregard for conventionality. Breathless is being presented in a brand new 35mm print. Also in the cast are Daniel Boulanger, Liliane David and New Wave godfather himself, Jean-Pierre Melville. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Black & White. 35mm. 89 mins. 1959. In French, with English subtitles.
Nightly at 9:45 ONLY; Sat, Sun, and Wed matinees at 4:00 ONLY. Seperate Admission

Kestrel’s Eye

To put it simply, this extraordinary documentary is a spectacle of life and death. This remarkable and beautiful Swedish film views the world through the eyes of two kestrals, or European falcons, that make their home in the upper reaches of a 13th century church. In an age when virtual reality has become commonplace, this film astonishes by capturing reality with a fidelity and intimacy that prompt old fashioned wonder at how the feat was accomplished. Using remote controlled cameras placed at various vantage points, including inside the nest in an aperture high in the church, the viewer is treated to what seems to be every aspect of the bird’s life. There is no narration or sounds other than those captured in the moment: the whirr and rustle of wings and feathers, the chatter of the adult birds and the clamor of their hungry offspring, a dog barking, the voices and laughter and music that drift up from below. Produced, edited, written and directed by Mikael Kristersson. Color. 35mm. 86 mins. 1999. Sweden. Bay Area Theatrical Premiere.
"Remarkable!" -- Dennis Harvey, S.F. Bay Guardian
NEW SHOWTIMES: Nightly at 6:00, and 8:00 only. Sat, Sun, Wed matinees at 2:00 only .


Friday, January 12 — Thursday, January 18

Premiere Revival! New 35mm Print!

Female Convict "Scorpion"

(Jailhouse 41)

Fans of high octane Japanese cinema have good reason to celebrate: a brand new widescreen print of Shunya Ito’s surrealistic masterpiece, Female Convict "Scorpion" has finally been struck and the Roxie will be hosting its premiere revival! Long unseen (at least by Western audiences) the film stars action goddess Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) as the notorious inmate Scorpion, who breaks out of prison with her fellow female convicts.

Together they travel a desolate, blasted landscape–a village half-buried in volcanic ash, melancholic autumnal woods and barren mountains of stone–all the while defending themselves against pursuing guards and bestial scavengers. This film, in all of its widescreen splendor is nothing short of a transcendental masterpiece of primo 1970’s violent cinema. If you’ve never seen any of Ito’s astonishing manga epics, then you owe it to yourself to jump full on into the deep end of the pool. Also featuring Fumio Watanable. Directed by Shunya Ito. Color. 35mm. 93 mins. 1972. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Nightly at 7:00 and 9:15; Sat, Sun, Wed matinees at 2:00 and 4:30.

"Plumped with grind-house outrage, the film makes up for lost time with a dozen meaty distractions: castrated prison guards, ravenous she-ravens gobbling spit-roasted dog flesh, a tour bus filled with rapists, and a shotgun-wielding wanton who proudly displays the scar on her belly where, upon an outrage, she gutted her unborn child. In essence, the film's manga-derived story details a jailbreak perpetrated by six of Sasori's sorority scorpi-ettes and ambivalently abetted by our lethal heroine." -- Chuck Stevens, S.F. Bay Guardian

"Female Convict, Scorpion: Jailhouse 41" needs to be seen to be believed. It's both an art film and an exploitation film. Most of all, it's a feminist document that makes Thelma and Louise look like sewing-circle matrons. SCORPIAN is in every way an ambitious, audacious piece of work -- socially, thematically and cinematically."
-- Mick, LaSalle, S.F. Chronicle

"Psychotropic arthouse women-in-prison exploitation classic"
-- Spense Abbott, IGN Movies.com


Friday, January 19 — Thursday, January 25

Megacities


A revelatory new documentary that probes both the micro and macrocosm of human experience, drawing an archetypal sketch of life in the Big City at the dawn of the 21st century. It is at once a cutting commentary on the socially marginalized and poverty stricken and a comprehensive vision of "the world city," the dominant habitat for the majority of the Earth’s population. It is panglobal in its scope, examining the lives of four families in four different megacities (Mexico City, Bombay, New York and Moscow), ultimately constructing one "story" that takes on universal appeal.
Megacities covers the spectrum from exotic to well-known territories (much in the manner of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi and never balks at revealing what constitutes urban life for a staggering number of people: the cruel realities of prostitution, homelessness, crime, and drug addiction. Megacities is a testament to the courage and dignity of those who manage to survive day after day in our sprawling metropolises. Written and directed by Michael Glowogger. Color. 35mm. 90 mins. 1999. In German, with English subtitles. U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE. Nightly at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00; Sat, Sun, Wed matinees at 2:00 and 4:00.

Also opening at the Fine Arts Cinema in Berkeley on January 26!


Friday, January 26 — Thursday, February 8, 2001

Due to popular demand

PANIC
will show all week long with MEGACITIES

Megacities


A revelatory new documentary that probes both the micro and macrocosm of human experience, drawing an archetypal sketch of life in the Big City at the dawn of the 21st century. It is at once a cutting commentary on the socially marginalized and poverty stricken and a comprehensive vision of "the world city," the dominant habitat for the majority of the Earth’s population. It is panglobal in its scope, examining the lives of four families in four different megacities (Mexico City, Bombay, New York and Moscow), ultimately constructing one "story" that takes on universal appeal.
Megacities covers the spectrum from exotic to well-known territories (much in the manner of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi and never balks at revealing what constitutes urban life for a staggering number of people: the cruel realities of prostitution, homelessness, crime, and drug addiction. Megacities is a testament to the courage and dignity of those who manage to survive day after day in our sprawling metropolises. Written and directed by Michael Glowogger. Color. 35mm. 90 mins. 1999. In German, with English subtitles. U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE. Nightly at 6:00 and 9:45 only; Sat, Sun, Wed matinees at 2:00 only.

Panic
A Film by Henry Bromell


Midlife crises are a normal event for many forty-plus American males, and Alex (Bill Macy) seems no different from the average. He is going through a very difficult time. He has a marriage that’s been through the normal ups and downs but is now struggling, a young son who he’s devoted to but worried about, and a particularly stressful job: he works for his father in the family business…and kills people for a living. More than the specific tensions that this particular occupation brings with it, Alex is tired of hiding what he does from his wife and child and wants to leave the profession. Feeling tormented, he seeks the services of a good therapist to unload his burdens but finds unexpected solace in the waiting room, where he meets Sarah (Neve Campbell). She’s manic, confused, and at loose ends; he’s repressed and trapped in career and domestic turmoil, but somehow this odd couple manages to connect, and each one makes the other feel like life’s worth living. With the potential for an affair looming on the horizon but an increasingly problematic professional life, Alex is caught in a difficult family bind whose resolutions will not be easy. Also starring Donald Sutherland, John Ritter, Tracey Ullman. Written and directed by Henry Bromell.

In Color. 35mm. 88 mins. 1999. Nightly at 6:00 and 9:45 only; Sat, Sun, Wed matinees at 4:00 only.

Panic opens in theaters nationwide. Click here to find out where.


THE CRITICS ARE IN A PANIC

  • "Excellent!" -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice
  • "A sneaky and smart film noir." -- Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
  • "Funny, frightening and provocative. The best movie you may never see this year is called PANIC.-- Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
  • "A sharp-edged and wicked comedy. It's for you and me, and you and other moviegoers who like films that don't fit into safe and predictable focus group mentalities. We deserve to see PANIC on the big screen !"
    -- Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert at the Movies
  • "Heart breakingly brilliant! " -- Michael Sragow, Salon.com
  • "4 STARS! PANIC is so good I almost couldn't believe it. "It's one of the best movies I've seen this year. I love this movie!"
    -- Jeff Anderson, S.F.Examiner
  • "Panic is a tightly wound, sharply written, superbly acted film. It's that rare article: a smart, taut, witty movie that deserves to be seen!"
    -- Sura Wood, SF Weekly
  • "Inspired, sublime fun. Bromell writes and directs so well that your cynicism doesn't stand a chance. Hold on tight, it's going to be a great ride"
    -- Desson Howe, Washinton Post
  • "3 1/2 STARS! Juicily evil ! Sutherland gives a career-capping performance. With this film and the much larger "Traffic", 2001 has gotten off to a really promising start. " - Joe Baltake, Sacrameto Bee
  • "A sly tale of lust, murder and one spectacular mid-life crisis that edges into dark comedy. ..a bright, energetic first feature full of wit and surprises… William H. Macy heads a cast in which every player is really is at the top of his or her game…."Panic" could be a sleeper hit and even with the wrong marketing, the film appears destined to become a cult favorite. It looks like Bromell will have to take more time off from television to write and direct movies…. Macy, gives yet another clearly articulated, delicately nuanced study in urban neurosis. Campbell brings tremendous sexual energy to this young woman."
    -- Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter.
  • "PANIC isn't for everyone. But if you're willing to take a risk on something that bears no resemblance to the typical Hollywood product, this may be the movie for you. "-- Bay Area Reporter
  • "Deeply subversive. Anyone interested in serious film should absolutely note miss it." -- Megan Rosenfeld, Washington Post
  • "A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters …the film's charm evolves from its measured, unhurried rhythms, and originality from the tone: quirky yet convincing, irreverent yet moral. Production design is sleek and clean, in contrast to the sordid subtext"-- Lisa Nesselson Variety
  • "Darkly funny, "Panic" takes a sinister turn at its climax that's both startling and inevitable, giving its plot a certain weight where it could have relied on novelty." - Boxoffice Magazine.
  • "PANIC" is far superior to AMERICAN BEAUTY in its study of a midlife crisis. The acting is superior throughout!" - Richard von Busack, The Metro
  • "Brilliantly observant, darkly humorous and immaculately acted! Writer-director Henry Bromell creates an utterly original spectacle. -- Rob Blackwelder, Spliced Online
  • "PANIC hits its mark with dark haunting accuracy!. -- Elais Savada, NitrateOnline


February '01 at The Roxie
 
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