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Jodorowsky’s Dune! Afternoon of a Faun! War Horse!
 
Thursday, March 27th, 2014

A happy Thursday to you, Music Boxers

Opening Friday, the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune explores one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a fond tribute to erratic, creative crackpots everywhere, and to films that almost got the green light, nearly got made and practically had a chance to change the world”.

Also opening this week is Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clerq. Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since. Currently rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

On Saturday morning, join us for a broadcast of National Theatre Live presents War Horse. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Our midnights this week include Jodorowsky’s avant-garde mind-bender The Holy Mountain and William Friedkin’s underseen thriller Sorcerer.

Also playing this week is the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Enemy, weekend matinees of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow Of A Doubt (Sunday only) and the illuminating documentary Particle Fever, and a special Tuesday presentation of music supergroup Swedish House Mafia’s Leave The World Behind.

See you at the movies

Thursday, March 27th – Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

 
 

Jodorowsky’s Dune

A film by Frank Pavich starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger

 

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune – and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. Even though the project exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and as the hundreds of illustrations they left behind, Pavich’s documentary chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films that came after it, from STAR WARS to ALIEN to countless more. This is an inspirational story about the power of the creative spirit, one that establishes Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time.

 


Fri, Mar 28 2:40pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sat, Mar 29 2:40pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Sun, Mar 30 2:40pm · 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Mon, Mar 31 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Tue, Apr 1 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Wed, Apr 2 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Thu, Apr 3 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:40pm
Fri, Apr 4 1:35pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Apr 5 1:35pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Apr 6 1:35pm · 3:30pm · 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Apr 7 5:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Apr 8 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Apr 9 5:30pm · 9:30pm
Thu, Apr 10 5:30pm · 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Apr 11 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Apr 12 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Apr 13 3:20pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Apr 14 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Apr 15 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Apr 16 5:20pm · 9:30pm
Thu, Apr 17 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:30pm
Fri, Apr 18 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sat, Apr 19 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Sun, Apr 20 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Mon, Apr 21 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Tue, Apr 22 7:30pm · 9:30pm
Wed, Apr 23 9:30pm
Thu, Apr 24 7:30pm · 9:30pm
 
 
 

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

A film by Nancy Buirski starring George Balanchine, Tanaquil Le Clercq

 

Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. With her elongated, race-horse physique, she became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine.


“It is almost as though you are beholding mythological deities who have alighted briefly on the earth....one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century.”
–Stephen Holden, New York Times

Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She eventually married Balanchine and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her.

She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since.

 


Fri, Mar 28 5:35pm · 7:40pm
Sat, Mar 29 1:35pm · 5:35pm · 7:40pm
Sun, Mar 30 1:35pm · 5:35pm · 7:40pm
Mon, Mar 31 5:35pm · 7:40pm
Tue, Apr 1 5:35pm
Wed, Apr 2 5:35pm · 7:40pm
Thu, Apr 3 5:35pm · 7:40pm
 
 
 

Enemy

A film by Denis Villeneuve starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

 

Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, disinterested in everything, even his beautiful girlfriend. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his doppelgänger, actor Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, director Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange — and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.

 


Thu, Mar 27 5:00pm · 7:20pm · 9:45pm
Fri, Mar 28 3:35pm · 9:45pm
Sat, Mar 29 3:35pm · 9:45pm
Sun, Mar 30 3:35pm · 9:45pm
Mon, Mar 31 9:45pm
Tue, Apr 1 9:45pm
Wed, Apr 2 9:45pm
Thu, Apr 3 9:45pm
Fri, Apr 4 midnight
Sat, Apr 5 midnight
Fri, Apr 11 midnight
Sat, Apr 12 midnight
 
 
 

NT Live: War Horse

 

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

 
 
 

Swedish House Mafia Leave the World Behind

A film by Christian Larson starring Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso

 

Who walks away from success? In just a few years electronic dance trio Swedish House Mafia were amongst the biggest, highest paid names in dance music. Yet, despite their success, in June 2012 the group announced they were to split following a spectacular farewell world tour. Now audiences worldwide can experience these mindblowing live shows from the group’s final days, and discover the turmoil beneath the surface that led three best friends to bring the era of Swedish House Mafia to a close.

Swedish House Mafia is a house music supergroup comprised of Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso, each of whom is an accomplished DJ, Producer and Label Owner in his own right.

Directed by Christian Larson, ‘Leave the World Behind’ is a new documentary film following on from 2010’s ‘Take One’ and includes never-before-seen interviews and exclusive concert footage alongside intimate backstage access, bringing the fans closer to the artists and their music than ever before. This state of the art audio and visual global cinematic experience is a must-see for fans all over the world.

 


Tue, Apr 1 7:30pm
 
 
 

Shadow of a Doubt

A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

 

A young woman (Teresa Wright) discovers her visiting Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) may not be the man he seems to be. It would appear that dear old Uncle Charlie is being pursued by a couple of detectives who suspect him of being “The Merry Widow Murderer”, an evil strangler wanted in connection with the deaths of several rich East coast widows.

 


Sun, Mar 30 11:30am
 
 
 

The Holy Mountain

A film by Alejandro Jodorowski

 

Chilean avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky weaves a grotesque tale rich in allegory and sacrilegious imagery as a thief (Horácio Salinas) is first crucified, then enlisted by an alchemist (Jodorowsky) to join a group of elites who seek divinity and immortality in this surreal mind-trip of a film.

 


Fri, Mar 28 midnight
Sat, Mar 29 midnight
 
 
 

Sorcerer

A film by William Friedkin starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer

 

William Friedkin’s 1977 remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Wages of Fear stars Roy Scheider in a story of tough guys driving truckloads of high explosives over hellacious South American roads. Featuring a pulsing score by Tangerine Dream, Sorcerer shifts Friedkin’s trademark urban settings to the depths of the jungle, where the director’s passion for realism and flawless instinct for suspense blend to masterful effect in the legendary, nerve-wrecking bridge-crossing scene. A difficult production to begin with, Sorcerer was a controversial film at the time of its release (a week after George Lucas’ Star Wars). Since then it has become one of Friedkin’s most critically praised titles and one of the hardest to experience on a big screen. Recently restored by Friedkin himself, we are delighted to bring this long underseen masterpiece back to theatres!

 


Fri, Mar 28 midnight
Sat, Mar 29 midnight
 
 
 

Particle Fever

A film by Mark Levinson starring Martin Aleksa, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos

 


“Particle Fever succeeds on every level.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“A surefire crowdpleaser with ravishing imagery and immensely likable subjects.”
Variety

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they search for the Higgs-Boson particle, our subjects confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

 


Thu, Mar 27 7:45pm
Sat, Mar 29 11:30am
Sun, Mar 30 11:30am
Sat, Apr 5 11:30am
Sun, Apr 6 11:30am
 

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