Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Foreign, domestic classics fill up AFI’s Silver Theatre

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John Hughes’ comedy ‘‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” starring Matthew Broderick, is part of AFI’s Totally Awesome! Films of the 1980s series.
A series of movies set in and starring the city of Madrid, a group of ‘‘totally awesome” 1980s films, retrospectives of movies by director John Huston and the distribution company Janus Films, and movies featuring Al Pacino, AFI’s 36th Life Achievement Award recipient, join first-run movies during the balance of the summer season at The American Film Institute’s Silver Theater in Silver Spring.

Madrid in the Movies

‘‘Not on Your Life” (El Verdugo), black comedy by director Garcia Berlango, B&W, 1963, July 29-30

‘‘Cria Cuervos” won the Grand Jury Award at Cannes, director Carlos Saura, 1976, Aug. 31, Sept. 2, 3, 5

‘‘Death of a Cyclist” (Muerte de un Ciclista), won the International Critics Award at Cannes, director Juan Antonio Bardem, B&W, 1955, Sept. 1, 3, 5

Totally Awesome!Films of the 1980s

‘‘Purple Rain” (1984) Prince in a semi-autobiographical role, July 27, 31, Aug. 2

‘‘This is Spinal Tap” (1984) Christopher Guest’s spoof of heavy metal music, artistic vanity and lower-rung celebrity, July 27, 28, Aug. 1, 2

‘‘Say Anything” (1989) romantic comedy with John Cusack, Aug. 3, 4, 9

‘‘Repo Man” (1984) underground zeitgeist film, cult classic with Emilio Estevez, Aug. 3, 4, 9

‘‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), John Hughes’ comedy with Matthew Broderick, Aug. 10, 11, 16

‘‘The Terminator” (1984) Arnold promises ‘‘I’ll be back,” Aug. 10, 11

‘‘Pretty in Pink” (1986) Brat Pack flick with Molly Ringwold, Aug. 12, 16

‘‘Brazil” (1985) Terry Gilliam⁄Tom Stoppard script about totalitarian future, with Robert DeNiro, Aug. 18, 21, 23

‘‘Big Trouble in Little China” (1986), John Carpenter East⁄West action-adventure cult hit, with Kurt Russell, in English and Cantonese, with English subtitles, Aug. 18, 19, 23

‘‘Coming to America” (1988), comedy with Eddie Murphy, Aug. 24, 25, 28-30

‘‘Stranger Than Paradise” (1984), black and white triptych of tales, in English and Hungarian, with English subtitles, Aug, 24, 26, 30

‘‘Blue Velvet” (1986), David Lynch’s signature film, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, 3, 4, 6

‘‘Porky’s” (1982), 25th anniversary of this raunchy comedy, Aug. 31, Sept. 1

NIH Science in the Cinema

A film with a medical or science related theme is followed by an audience Q&A session with a guest expert at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 15. Admission is free.

‘‘Half Nelson” (2006), inner city teacher’s battle with drug problem, July 25

‘‘The Sea Inside” (Mar Adentro), Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2005, right to end life with dignity, Spanish⁄Catlan⁄Galican with English subtitles, Aug. 1

‘‘Rory O’Shea Was Here” (2004), living with a disability, Aug. 8

‘‘The Lost Weekend” (1945), Billy Wilder’s film with Ray Milland as a disillusioned writer on a self-destructive three-day bender won four Oscars including Best Picture, Aug. 15


John Huston: American Maverick

‘‘Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” (1957), Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum marooned on a Pacific Island during World War II, July 27, 28, 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2

‘‘The Misfits” (1961), Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe’s last film, Arthur Miller screenplay, July 28, 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2

‘‘The Night of the Iguana” (1964), Oscar winning adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award winning play, with Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Richard Burton, English and Spanish, with English subtitles, Aug. 4, 6

‘‘Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967), adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel, with Marlon Brando and Brian Keith, Aug. 5, 7

‘‘Fat City” (1972), Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges as amateur boxers, based on Leonard Gardner’s novel, Aug. 11-13

‘‘The Man Who Would Be King” (1975), adaptation of Rudyard Kipling adventure yarn with Michael Caine and Sean Connery, Aug. 17-23

‘‘The Dead” (1987), based on James Joyce’s classic novella, Huston’s last film, son Tony Huston wrote screenplay, with daughter Angelica Huston, Aug. 31, Sept. 4, 6

AFI Life Achievement Award

Eight-time Oscar nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Al Pacino was selected to receive the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award. The celebration continues with:

‘‘And Justice for All” (1979), Norman Jewison’s blackly comic satire of the justice system, July 25, 26

‘‘The Insider” (1999), seven Academy Award nominations, adaptation of true story of journalistic ethics and corporate secrecy, in English, Japanese and Arabic with English subtitles, Aug. 3, 4, 6-9

‘‘Donnie Brasco” (1997), Pacino as low-level Mafioso, with Johnny Depp, Aug. 10, 11, 13-16

‘‘Heat” (1995), Pacino and DeNiro together for the first time in suspenseful thriller, Aug. 17, 20, 22

‘‘The Godfather” (1972), 11 Oscar nominations, darkly sympathetic family drama based on screenwriter Mario Puzo’s novel, English, Italian and Latin with English subtitles, Aug. 24, 25, 28

‘‘The Godfather, Part II” (1974), 11 Oscar nominations, continuation of family drama, based on screenwriter Mario Puzo’s novel, English, Italian and Latin with English subtitles, Sept. 1-3

Janus Films

The classic distribution company Janus Films brought many of the greatest movies ever made by the now legendary directors who defined the art of cinema to America. A half-century later, the name is synonymous with the groundbreaking foreign language films it championed. All films shown are new 35mm prints.

‘‘The Organizer” (I Compagni), 1963, director Mario Monicelli, with Marcello Mastroianni, Italian with English subtitles, July 26; ‘‘Jules and Jim” (Jules et Jim), Francois Truffaut, 1962, French and German with English subtitles, July 27-29, 31; ‘‘Knife in the Water” (Noz W Wodzie), Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1964, director Roman Polanski, Polish with English subtitles, July 28-30

‘‘Fires on the Plain” (Nobi), landmark film from post-war Japan, 1959, Japanese with English subtitles, Aug. 3, 5, 7; ‘‘Virdiana,” director Luis Bunuel, 1961, Spanish with English subtitles, Aug. 4-6; ‘‘Ballad of a Soldier” (Ballada O Soldate), director Grigori Chukhrai, 1959, Russian with English subtitles, Aug. 11, 13; ‘‘The Cranes are Flying” (Letyat Zhuravli), director Mikhail Kalatozishvili, 1957, Russian with English subtitles, Aug. 12, 14; ‘‘Cleo From 5 to 7” (Cleo de 5 A 7), director Agnes Varda, 1961, French with English subtitles, Aug. 18, 19, 21; ‘‘Kwaidan” (Kaidan), director Masaki Kobayashi, 1964, Japanese with English subtitles, Aug. 25, 26, 30; ‘‘WR: Mysteries of the Organism,” director Dusan Makavejev, 1971, Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles, Aug. 25-27.

‘‘Cria Cuervos” and ‘‘Death of a Cyclist” (Muerte de un Ciclista) are also part of the Madrid in the Movies series noted above.

Finally, the classic ‘‘Lawrence of Arabia,” internationally recognized as best picture of 1963, returns in 70mm at 7:15 p.m. on Sundays, July 29 through Sept. 2.

AFI’s Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets, unless specified otherwise, are $9.75, $8.50 for AFI members, students with I.D., military, seniors 65+; $7.50, 12 and younger. Matinee tickets — good for weekdays before 6 p.m. (except on holidays) — are $6.75. Call 301-495-6700 or 6720 or visit⁄Silver.