The Mercury is Rising While the Weather is Cold.

Gene Hackman and Al Pacino in Scarecrow

Mercury Cinema once again plays host to Adelaide Cinematheque.

Adelaide’s wonderful Mercury Cinema is once again hosting  Cinematheque, from May -November. This offers a range of films, recent and past, from significant directors, actors and others, often under the banner of themes.

A significant part of the program is devoted to the essence of the year of protest, 1968. In Something In The Air (22 Aug – 24 Sep) eight films capture the year’s essence: exploring the growing mood for and willingness to rise up for change across gender, race, generational and both communism and capitalism. The films includes Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamer and Milos Forman’s 1967 The Fireman’s Ball.

The program includes The Black Experience (26 Sept – 8 Oct) which comprises the films, The Emperor Jones (1933), Watstax (1973), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Do The Right Thing (1989).

The first master season is devoted to the Cannes favourite and great contemporary Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (2-9 Jul).  The season comprises Three Monkeys  (2008), Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2011) and Winter Sleep (2014).

The second master season is devoted to cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond (30 Jul- 8 Aug) including the standout films Blow Out (1981), The Deer Hunter (1978) and the much under-rated Scarecrow (1973) starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino, described by The Guardian “as a jewel in American Cinema.”

The Films of Jean Gabin will be shown from July 18-25  French actor Jean Gabin known as the French everyman is celebrated in Day Break (1939), The Grand Illusion (1937) and The Sicilian Clan (1969).

This season of  Cinematheque also sees a return to Silent Remasters (Sat 8 Sep). where contemporary musicians are matched to silent films to write a new score to be performed live. The films to screen are the Buster Keaton classic, The General, regarded as one of the greatest flms ever made, Hitchcock’s take on Jack The Ripper, The Lodger and the classic, Faust, regarded as not only one of the best silent but one of the best films ever made. The musicians will be programmed by music festival guru, Ann Wieberg.

Later in the year, Cinematheque will once again host the film section of the splendid OzAsia Festival.

Adelaide Cinematheque memberships are available from $30-$160.

All films screen at Mercury Cinema.
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