Meet Malcom at the Movies at Carl Cherry Center
- When: Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
- Where: Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel
- Cost: $10 - $100
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Film, Lectures
Malcolm Weintraub can be considered the de-facto film programmer at Carl Cherry Center, a cineaste who loves sharing his joy, fandom and knowledge with others. He's curated several screening series at the small and streamlined theater of the Cherry, including the films of Orson Welles and, most recently, Robert Altman. No surprise, then, that he launches a self-named, year-long, monthly film screening and discussion series on a Wednesday of each month. This one searches out, according to Weintraub, "movies which you might have missed from genres and filmmakers you might have thought you knew." The run moves through four decades of auteur filmmaking. John Huston's naturalistic and realistic 1950 crime film The Asphalt Jungle (Jan. 23) spawned the heist film subgenre. Federico Fellini's lyric neo-realist 1954 film La Strada (Feb. 27) stars a young Anthony Quinn and won the first Oscar for Foreign Film. Robert Mulligan's 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird (March 27), based on Lee Harper's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, exalted childhood, justice and Gregory Peck. Ingmar Bergman's 1961 Through a Glass Darkly (April 24), the first in a trilogy of spiritual films from the influential and sometimes inscrutible director. Francois Truffaut's 1960 noir film Shoot the Piano Player (May 15) is an homage to the American movies he grew up on. Jacques Tati, another Frenchman, played one of the key roles in his architecturally magnificent and humanly humorous 70mm film Playtime (June 26), about people's aversion to the angular glass and steel environment of modern Paris. Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 black-and-white realist film The Battle of Algiers (July 24) is a serious examination of guerilla warfare in the aftermath of the war to liberate Algieria from France. John Cassavetes self-distributed his 1974 film A Woman Under the Influence (Aug. 28) because audiences were thought not ready for its rawness, depth and uncompromising portrayl of desperate humanity. Woody Allen's 1983 Zelig (Sept. 25) offers the few light laughs of the lot with its clever visual images and satire and slapstick about a man who is practically a changeling. Ridley Scott's 1982 future-punk-sci-fi-noir masterpiece Blade Runner (Oct. 23) changed the way future sci-fi movies looked and seared a place into modern movie DNA. Steven Soderbergh's 1989 Sex, Lies & Videotape (Nov. 20) may seem tame and dated, but that's only owing to the legions of imitators it spawned. Spain's Pedro Almodovar has had one of the most enduring and succesful creative lives of any director and his 1988 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Dec. 18) only represents one pinnacle in the stylish master's body of work. This series is a film education course. [WR]
7pm film (discussion follows). Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel. $10/film; $100/all 12 films. 624-7491, www.carlcherrycenter.org.