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Semana De Los Muertos Series (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3)

Semana de los Muertos series (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3)

The Civic Theatre celebrates some of the great artists who have departed this world in 2016.

A “Week of the Dead” series of films, by or featuring the artists, runs over Halloween, Dia de los Muertos and a couple of bookends.

2015davidbowie_press_220915-heroFollowing our 2016 Zombie Walk & Shin Godzilla screening on Oct 29th, we begin the Semana with a family friendly Sunday matinee saluting the late, great David Bowie by screening Labyrinth, now in its turned 30th year. A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King (Bowie).


2016 also saw the untimely death of Anton Yelchin, best known as Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek alternate timeline films, but should be equally recognized for his stellar performance in Jeremy Saulnier’s (Blue Ruin) art-house horror, Green Room, screening on Halloween night where a punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

And on Tuesday, Dia de los Muertos, we support the spiritual journey of royalty and send Prince off with a screening of Purple Rain, gotta love that bike.  The Kid, a young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

tony_conrad_of2Also playing on Tuesday as an experimental short preceding Purple Rain, we recognize Tony Conrad, American avant-garde video artist,experimental filmmaker, musician, composer, sound artist, teacher, and writer. Active in a variety of media since the early 1960s, he was a pioneer of both structural film and drone music. He was most notably part of the musical ensemble, Theatre of Eternal Music, where he collaborated with the likes of La Monte Young, John Cale and John Hassell among others. As a filmmaker, his film The Flicker ’65, is a seminal work that transcends viewing into an experience of the psyche.  A rare experience, especially to see it on a big screen, so don’t miss the opportunity to see it at The Civic on Tuesday. Simply consisting of black and white alternating frames, the stroboscopic cycles are hypnotic, shifting in pulse and rhythm.  Just to tantalize you, I give you the film’s opening:

WARNING. The producer, distributor, and exhibitors waive all liability for physical or mental injury possibly caused by the motion picture “The Flicker.” Since this film may induce epileptic seizures or produce mild symptoms of shock treatment in certain persons, you are cautioned to remain in the theatre only at your own risk. A physician should be in attendance. 

FYI, we will have a physician in attendance, no prescription necessary.

kiarostamiWe complete the “Week” with a perfectly suited Thursday night movie, from the recently passed Iranian master of cinema, Abbas Kiarostami.  We salute him here with his 1999 film, The Wind Will Carry Us. Irreverent city engineer, Behzad, comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. Here are just a couple of quick quotes to illustrate the effect of Kiarostami’s style. “This is a deeply, patiently observational film, and the details Kiarostami emphasizes … seem somehow profound in their banality, a mystery of ineffable beauty.” ~ Callum Marsh, Village Voice. “Magical realism without the magic. Wonderment comes from rural people (and goats, chicken, and cattle) being themselves–caught in the moment by a director with an affinity for ordinary people.” ~ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.

We have already sent off Gene Wilder with our September Member Monday, but I would have loved to also include one of the films animated by Makiko Futaki who passed away this year.  Makiko was key animator or animator on every major studio Ghibli film and was key animator on the cult classic Akira. 

We hope to see you out at one or more of these unique repertory offerings to remember these amazing artists.

Sun. Oct 30 @ 4:00

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Mon. Oct 31 @ 7:30

 [/one_half_last] [one_half]purpleraindannysays_poster_27x40_low1-copyPurple Rain w/ The Flicker
Tues. Nov 1 @ 7:00

[/one_half] [one_half_last]wind_will_carry_usThe Wind Will Carry Us
Thurs. Oct 27 @ 7:30

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