Alloy Orchestra and Silent Films Highlight Week

By: Cinema Staff, 
Mon, 11/04/2019

This weekend features the main event of the semester: the return of the  Alloy Orchestra! The group that Roger Ebert dubbed "the best in world at accompanying silent films" will perform their original scores with the definitive restoration of Fritz Lang's dystopian epic, METROPOLIS (pictured), on Friday at 7:30pm, and with a brand-new restoration of French actor/director Jaque Catelain's GALLERY OF MONSTERS, a rarely-seen tale of love, danger & the circus, on Saturday at 7pm. 

Tuesday night, our Cinematic Cities series continues with a new restoration of I AM CUBA, which is a must-see for cinephiles whose minds will be blown by the "awe-inspiring visual miracles" (BFI) achieved by filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov.  To celebrate the conclusion of WAR AND PEACE, the History Department will host a reception & discussion on Wednesday at 6:15pm following the 4:30pm screening of CHAPTER IV, PIERRE BEZUKHOV. Please join us!

Come back on Thursday at 5pm for a FREE screening of the Sundance Film Festival's Indigenous Shorts, screening in honor of National Native American Heritage Month. The screening of short films by artists from the Sámi, Ho-Chunk, Mi'gmaq, Inuit, and Ojibwe peoples will be introduced by Jeff Palmer (PMA) and is sponsored by Cornell's American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP).  Featuring narrative, experimental, and documentary shorts, this program is a great survey of the incredible work out there by indigenous filmmakers.

Our Human Flow series about refugees and migration continues with the Ithaca premiere of Thailand's MANTA RAY, an impressive feature directorial debut by veteran cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng. This "mysterious, intoxicating work" (Film Society Lincoln Center) centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute Rohingya refugee he rescues from a swamp. It will be introduced & discussed by graduate student Ornwara Tritrakarn (Asian Studies), who is slated to become a diplomat in Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Haven: Cornell's LGBTQ Student Union and the LGBT Resource Center are sponsoring our screenings (Thursday & Saturday) of PARIS IS BURNING, so come see a new restoration of this legendary document of NYC drag balls in the '80s for FREE! Later on Thursday we'll present Paul Thomas Anderson's THERE WILL BE BLOOD, with an intro by Karen Pinkus (Comp Lit/Romance Studies), who is teaching the film for her Introduction to Energy course. (Before you ask: we regret to inform you we are unable to sell milkshakes at our concessions stand.)
We also continue the IthaKid Film Fest on Saturday with a screening of the New York International Children's Film Festival shorts program, KID FLICKS, recommended for ages 3-7. And finally, our Francophone Film Festival concludes on Sunday with Claude Lanzmann's final documentary, SHOAH: FOUR SISTERS

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image from Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS