It’s raining, it’s pouring! We at Cinefiles are no strangers to the rain, and one of us is actually quite partial to it. We may have posed the question of favorite rain scene in a movie to you all before, but who remembers that far back anyway? Tell us in the comments your thoughts on the use of rain in movies. Are you a fan of the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” kiss? Or “The Notebook?” One of our personal favorites is the “Blade Runner” ending. Whew, does the torrential downpour give that dramatic final line given some extra oomph!
Remember to stay on top of the Ring Family Israeli Festival with this week’s new installment from Eitan Anner, “A Quiet Heart.” On Friday we are tickled pink to bring you Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s saturated surreal adult fairy tale “Amelie.” Close off your Valentine’s weekend with a beautiful 35mm print of shadowy noir “Nightmare Alley.”
Oh, and one last thing before we let you run off to frantically finish your Petrarchan sonnets and effusive love letters: Go apply to the Film Board! The Film Series Board applications are out! Get going on this application because we have many seniors leaving us (tearful goodbyes ensue) and you’ll want to get writing soon to snap up their spots!
1989. USA. Dir: Marlon Riggs. With Essex Hemphill. Documentary. 55 min.
Wednesday, Feb. 14. 8 p.m. Free.
One of the most memorable and politically significant films to come out of the AIDS crisis in the U.S., “Tongues United,” is awash with art and activism during a time when queer people of color, particularly Black gay men, were being ignored and sidelined. Marlon Riggs’s defiant documentary stakes claim to his and his brothers’ poetic territory and their collective right to creative self-expression and unapologetic self love. The film recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary, and in the three decades that have elapsed since its release, it has become a touchstone for many generations of queer and trans people of color and artists around the globe. The film features testimonies from Essex Hemphill and Brian Freeman, among others, and, in the words of Riggs himself, “Tongues Untied is motivated by a singular imperative: to shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.” Celebrate the lives and creative contributions of these queer Black men and uplift their voices and their love for one another this Valentine’s Day, this Black History Month, and every day.
“A Quiet Heart”
2016. Israel. Dir: Eitan Anner. With Ania Bukstein. 92 min.
Thursday, Feb. 15. 8 p.m. Free.
Relocating from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a secular young pianist, brought to life by “Game of Thrones” regular Ania Bukstein, suffers from the deficiency of confidence and rents an apartment in a community densely populated by Orthodox Jews. Faced with the neighboring and looming animosity that plagues her daily life, she finds that her only exits are the mute boy with unusual musical talents whom she uncovers and a nearby Italian monk who plays pipe organs. And yet, driven helpless by the hostile community, she discovers multiple traces that seem to substantiate the horrifying truth behind the death of her apartment’s former tenant. An intense community drama, “A Quiet Heart” signifies the efforts made by the award-winning director Eitan Anner to inspect the long-established social and religious conflicts in Israel.
2001. France. Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Audrey Tautou. 123 min.
Friday, Feb. 16. 8 p.m. $5.
A cult classic and fan favorite of many, “Amelie” is Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s charming story of a girl who carves out a very special and peculiar life for herself. We follow our endearing titular character as she navigates the magical kingdom of Montmartre, picking up Polaroids and friends along the way. We watch her wait tables among self-important wannabe writers and hypochondriac tobacconists, visit her father and his garden gnome companion, and fall in love with a mysterious stranger. It’s a whimsical and instantly lovable comedy worth every moment of your time this Friday—and many re-visits in the years to come.
1947. USA. Dir: Edmund Goulding. With Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell. 110 min. 35mm print.
Saturday, Feb. 17. 8 p.m. Free.
Upon his return from the Second World War, Tyrone Power was determined to adjust the route of his screen career to more thought-provoking and socially aware roles, which eventually gave birth to his dazzling performance in one of the most brutal examples of film noir, whose release was promoted in ways that resembled those of B productions among classic Hollywood. In the film, Tyrone Power plays a good-looking young con man/mentalist who desires a spot in the high society away from the murky carnival. Upon encountering a psychologist whom he discovers to have taped sessions with her wealthy customers, Power develops a deceitful scheme to draw a large sum of money from them, whose very insidious methods bring about irreversible changes to his life.
Correction: This article has been amended to indicate that “Tongues Untied” was released in 1989.