Celluloid experiments, an electronic musical tribute, RRR, and Halloween weekend

This is one of those weeks where All-Access Passholders really get their money’s worth! Where else can you catch visiting experimental filmmakers, live music, a Telugu-language action sensation, a timely documentary, horror films, and the latest from Hollywood all in one week?

It all starts Monday when Cornell Cinema welcomes French filmmaker Emmanuel Lefrant, who will present his celluloid experiments The Secret Forms of Emulsion on 16mm and 35mm. Lefrant is the director of Light Cone, a well-regarded distributor of artist-made films based in Paris, and his own work is dedicated to the exploration of celluloid’s properties. We imported these film prints from France and they look beautiful!! 

On Wednesday, we are hosting a FREE screening of Stan Brakhage’s Dog Star Man, screening on a brand-new 16mm print with live musical accompaniment by Owen Marshall and Adam Southard. Sponsored by Cornell Media Studies and Science & Technology Studies, this special screening is happening in memory of Trevor Pinch and Jeffrey Valla, two devotees to sonic experimentation. 

Later this week, we’ll screen the global sensation RRR! We are so excited to finally bring this to Cornell Cinema’s audience (Will there be dancing in the aisles during Naatu Naatu?? We hope!). Word on the street is the filmmakers are planning a serious For Your Consideration push to get this film nominated for the Academy Awards, and one you see RRR, you’ll agree there’s only one choice for Best Picture this year!

On Friday night, we’ll screen the compelling, timely documentary The Monopoly of Violence, which examines the ways in which a government justifies brutal acts against its own citizens by playing back cellphone and news footage of police crackdowns back to the people directly involved, protestor and officer alike. Film Inquiry writes, “In a world that seems to be leaning more to authoritarian power and rule, we need documentaries such as The Monopoly of Violence to become witnesses to the change and speak up before it is too late.” Director David Dufresne dares to point a damning finger at a society that at once swells the budgets of police departments whilst failing to meet the basic needs of its underserved populations.

For those looking for something a little more in the Halloween spirit this weekend, we’ve got Bodies Bodies Bodies on Friday and Saturday night. Need a last-minute costume idea? Look no further than Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis! Once you have a costume, come wear it to our special Halloween screening of Ringu next Monday! Best costume wins a prize!

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image from the film ELVIS
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