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Wednesday, October 2 - Thursday, October 10

INVINCIBLE

A New Film By
Werner Herzog

Propelled by Tim Roth's riviting perfomance, Werner Herzog continues his cinematic exploration of the human soul with this true story of a simple man who is transported from his humble village roots to the giddy excesses of the 1930s Berlin and finds himself becoming the new Samson to protect the Jewish people. At the end of the 1920s, Zishe Breitbart (Jouko Ahola), a young impoverished Jewish blacksmith from a shtetl in eastern Poland, becomes a popular sensation as the "strongest man in the world." Discovered by a talent scout, he leaves his hometown for the bright lights of 1930s Berlin to perform in a vaudeville show. The underdog, he is seen by the Jews as a hero. At the same time, Breitbart antagonizes the Nazis, who are rising in power, who cannot accept a Jew with such physical and spiritual strength. Soon he finds himself in deep conflict with his employer, Erik Jan Hanussen (Tim Roth) who poses as a clairvoyant and dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Once it is discovered that Hanussen's real name is Herschel Steinschneider, a Jew in disguise as a Danish nobleman, he is abducted and murdered by Nazis. As Hitler's hold on power grows and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Breitbart takes counsel from a local rabbi and becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger to come. He returns to his homeland and preaches to young men to become strong like himself in order to protect the Jewish people against Nazi persecution. Undefeated and invincible - and only two days before Hitler takes power - he succumbs to a mere scratch from a rusty nail he's driven through a wooden log with a single blow of his fist. Obsessed with his mission, he ignores the developing blood-poison. Within a few weeks, and after many operations, he dies on a cold, winter day in January 1933. His legend lives on in folk songs, stories and ballads.Official Website. With Tim Roth,Juoko Ahola and Udo Kier. Written and directed by Werner Herzog. In Color. 35mm. 128 mins. 2001. SHOWTIMES: Nightly at 7:00 and 9:30; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 and 4:30.

"Two thumbs way up! This is one of the best films of the year… a magnificent film. Invincible is fresh, inventive , and surprising from beginning to end!" - Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper

"Herzog is a powerful, unique visionary!" - Kevin Thomas, LA Times

" Mesmerizing is the only word to describe Tim Roth's profoundly sinister portrayal of a ruthless magician, hypnotist and mind reader in Werner Herzog's surreally flavored historical epic, INVINCIBLE. "
- Stephen Holden, NYTimes


Friday, October 11 - Thursday, October 17

INVINCIBLE and BIGGIE & TUPAC
- Separate Admission -

INVINCIBLE

A New Film By
Werner Herzog

Propelled by Tim Roth's riviting perfomance, Werner Herzog continues his cinematic exploration of the human soul with this true story of a simple man who is transported from his humble village roots to the giddy excesses of the 1930s Berlin and finds himself becoming the new Samson to protect the Jewish people. At the end of the 1920s, Zishe Breitbart (Jouko Ahola), a young impoverished Jewish blacksmith from a shtetl in eastern Poland, becomes a popular sensation as the "strongest man in the world." Discovered by a talent scout, he leaves his hometown for the bright lights of 1930s Berlin to perform in a vaudeville show. The underdog, he is seen by the Jews as a hero. At the same time, Breitbart antagonizes the Nazis, who are rising in power, who cannot accept a Jew with such physical and spiritual strength. Soon he finds himself in deep conflict with his employer, Erik Jan Hanussen (Tim Roth) who poses as a clairvoyant and dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Once it is discovered that Hanussen's real name is Herschel Steinschneider, a Jew in disguise as a Danish nobleman, he is abducted and murdered by Nazis. As Hitler's hold on power grows and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Breitbart takes counsel from a local rabbi and becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger to come. He returns to his homeland and preaches to young men to become strong like himself in order to protect the Jewish people against Nazi persecution. Undefeated and invincible - and only two days before Hitler takes power - he succumbs to a mere scratch from a rusty nail he's driven through a wooden log with a single blow of his fist. Obsessed with his mission, he ignores the developing blood-poison. Within a few weeks, and after many operations, he dies on a cold, winter day in January 1933. His legend lives on in folk songs, stories and ballads.Official Website. With Tim Roth,Juoko Ahola and Udo Kier. Written and directed by Werner Herzog. In Color. 35mm. 128 mins. 2001. SHOWTIMES: Nightly at 7:00 only. Wednesday, Saturday bargin matinees at 2:00 only. NO SHOW SUN., OCT 13.

"Two thumbs way up! This is one of the best films of the year… a magnificent film. Invincible is fresh, inventive , and surprising from beginning to end!" - Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper

"Herzog is a powerful, unique visionary!" - Kevin Thomas, LA Times

" Mesmerizing is the only word to describe Tim Roth's profoundly sinister portrayal of a ruthless magician, hypnotist and mind reader in Werner Herzog's surreally flavored historical epic, INVINCIBLE. "
- Stephen Holden, NYTimes

------- Also Showing October 11 - October 17 -------

""The film is both a thrilling ride for the audience and a major piece of investigative film journalism."
- Amy Taubin, Film Comment.

BIGGIE & TUPAC

Biggie & Tupac

A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, BIGGIE & TUPAC investigates the still unsolved murders of rap superstars Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G.) and Tupac Shakur. This is a story of two great friends who had a misunderstanding, a falling out and who became deadly enemies. Their murders were long explained as being the result of the rivalry that had grown up between them, but as the fifth anniversary of their deaths approaches, award-winning documentary maker Nick Broomfield reveals startling evidence to suggest the blame lays elsewhere. "The film traces the lives and violent deaths of former friends Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls), an exploration that ranges from Los Angeles to New York, from the insistent calls for justice by Wallace's mother to the unnerving threats, veiled and unveiled, by Suge Knight. Unexpectedly moving and tough-minded, at times even wildly, carelessly brave, this is the film that Broomfield has been working toward since he started down the documentary path. If the director makes it through the year alive-and given some of the revelations he secures, principally from friends of Wallace/Smalls who, out of love for the dead rapper and his mother, prove incredibly candid-Broomfield will have made not just the best film of his career, but one of the gutsier documentaries in memory."-- Manohla Dargis, LA Weekly
Featuring Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Suge Knight, Voletta Wallace, Lil' Cease, Snoop Dogg, and of course Nick Broomfield. Directed by Nick Broomfield. Cinematography by Joan Churchill. Running Time: 107 mins. 2002. 35mm. Color. U.K. Rated R. Showtimes: Nightly at 9:40 only. Additional Sat. and Wed bargin matiness at 4:45.

" In BIGGIE AND TUPAC (Broomfield) hits paydirt. This is an LA story worthy of Chandler or Ellroy. - TIME OUT, London.
"4 Stars. Gripping!" -- THE LONDON TIMES
"Skin-tingling, fabulously daring and intermittently hilarious. - ELLE MAGAZINE
"4 Stars. Pick of the Week" - THE GUARDIAN
"One of the most talked about films at Sundance" -- Roger Ebert"


Saturday, Oct 12 12:00 noon only
Sunday, October 13 shows at 12:00 noon, 3:00 & 6:00pm
Sat & Sun, Oct 19 & 20, 12:00 noon only.
Mon & Tues, Oct 21 & 22 at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00.

In Shifting Sands
The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq
A film by Scott Ritter

Due to last minute travel plans to meet heads of state on the African and European continents, Scott Ritter will NOT be in attendance as originally announced. Our humble apologies for any inconvenience.

AS THE WORLD TEETERS CLOSER TO THE EDGE OF WAR, the Roxie presents the U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE of IN SHIFTING SANDS: The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq, a feature-length documentary that looks at the complex issues surrounding the interplay between the United States, the United Nations, and Iraq in regard to Iraq's obligation to be disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction. IN SHIFTING SANDS is written and directed by former UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter. Ritter, who has been branded a traitor by the mainstream media and the Bush Administration, brings his first-hand insights and experiences in the telling of this complex story. Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have been at the forefront of international attention since the end of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. A program of arms inspection was implemented under UN Security Council resolution mandate requiring the removal, destruction or rendering harmless of Iraq's lethal arsenal in April, 1991. The lifting of a stringent economic embargo was linked to Iraq's compliance with its obligation to be disarmed. Ten years later the status of Iraq's weapons remains uncertain. UN weapons inspectors are no longer working in Iraq, and the economic embargo remains in place. How has this turn of events come to pass? And who is responsible? IN SHIFTING SANDS provides the full story, told here for the first time through interviews with: ROLF EKEUS (the first Chief of the UN weapons inspectors), TARIQ AZIZ (Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq) as well as numerous other former weapons inspectors and Iraqi officials. The result is a balanced, objective accounting of the work of the UN inspectors. Running time=92 mins. Admission = $8.00. SHOWTIMES: Saturday, Oct 12- 12:00 noon only. Sunday, October 13- shows at 12:00 noon, 3:00 & 6:00pm. Sat & Sun, Oct 19 & 20- 12:00 noon only. Mon & Tues, Oct 21 & 22 at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00.

"I predicted exactly what's happening right now. " -- SF Bay Guardian interview


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