Wednesday, July 28, 2021

My Name, It's Being Called

I didn't really expect to burst into tears at some movie news this morning, but so it goes with anything Call Me By Your Name related yes even here four years on -- and if you missed MNPP's thorough CMBYN coverage well here's a good place to get started. Anyway no it's not news about the film's once-rumored sequel, which, well, I can't imagine that happening any time soon. It's something much simpler and much much more selfish, with regards to me in particular -- the movie is going to be screening here in New York again next month. And not just any ol' place -- it's going to be screening at The Paris Theater, where I saw it definitely more than half the 20 times I saw the film in the theater during its run.

Yes one of those times Timmy was there in person, totally swamped by groupies (which I suppose I was one of) -- you can read my account of that night along with video from the Q&A, right here. Aaaaanyway back to my point The Paris was screening the film right in the thick of Moviepass being a thing so it cost me nothing to go see the film there a dozen times, and a dozen times give or take I went, straight to my prime seat in the front row center. The Paris closed up last year when its lease expired, which was very sad, but then Netflix bought it, which was the opposite. The first movie I saw in the theater once things started re-opening this year was I got to see my number one movie of 2020, Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things, thanks to the Paris. (I posted about that here.) 

Anyway Netflix bought the theater but they're turning it into a real repertory theater now -- it won't just be Netflix movies, and today they announced their official plans for the next month or so, which marks their official official reopening. The first week is programmed by The Forty-Year-Old Version creator Radha Blank and is absolutely stellar, including The Apartment, Dog Day Afternoon, Fish Tank, Waiting For Guffman -- just a stunning and killer line-up. And then after that they have a month-long series called "Paris is For Lovers" which will showcase films that had their premiere at the Paris Theater and also were love stories...

... which is where Call Me By Your Name rears its luscious head. But it's not just that fave of mine -- oh no. Other titles include Maurice, Carol, Metropolitan, Amelie, Belle du Jour, Howard's End, The House of Mirth... I could keep listing and listing, but how about I just put the theater's press release here on the site and let them do their own talking. Hit the jump for it...

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - July 28, 2021 - New York City’s longest-running arthouse cinema, The Paris Theater, will officially reopen on August 6, 2021. To celebrate the re-opening, breakthrough director Radha Blank will program repertory films to screen alongside an engagement of her film, The Forty-Year-Old Version, from August 6th through the 12th. This is the long-awaited New York City premiere engagement for the acclaimed debut film that earned Blank the 2020 Sundance Vanguard Award and the Gotham Award for Best Screenplay.

The Paris, a cinematic landmark that opened in 1948, is the only single-screen movie theater in Manhattan, and the borough’s largest theater, with 545 seats.  In 2019, Netflix announced the theater would remain open which in turn, saved the beloved institution. Dedicated to celebrating film culture, the Paris will open with a full slate of screenings and live events, including premiere engagements of first run Netflix films, repertory screenings, filmmaker series, retrospectives, discussions and more. 

Radha Blank, director of the acclaimed debut feature The Forty-Year-Old Version, is a devoted cinephile. She selected nine films to show alongside her film:  

               John Cassavetes’s Shadows (35mm)
               Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon (35mm)
               Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank (35mm)
               Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground (Digital) Followed by a discussion with Kathleen Collins’ 
               daughter, Nina Collins
               Nick Castle’s Tap (35mm)
               Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (4K Digital)
               Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman (35mm)
               Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail (Digital)
               Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle (35mm) Followed by a video conversation with
“I made Forty-Year-Old Version in 35mm Black & White in the spirit of the many great films that informed my love of cinema.” says Blank. “I’m excited to show the film in 35mm as intended and alongside potent films by fearless filmmakers who inspired my development as a storyteller and expanded my vision of what’s possible in the landscape of cinema. That Forty-Year-Old Version gets to screen alongside them at the Paris theater, a NY beacon for cinema, makes it all the more special”
Following the opening week engagement programmed by Blank, the theater will screen films that premiered at The Paris.  “The Paris is For Lovers,” curated by Paris Theater programmer David Schwartz, is a selection of some key films from the history of the theater, largely focusing on romance, and relationships: 

               Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman 
               Bertrand Blier’s Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Digital)
               Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (Digital)
               Louis Malle’s The Lovers (35mm)
               Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan (35mm) (with Stillman in person)
               Albert & David Maysles’s Grey Gardens (Digital)
               Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie (35mm)
               Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie (35mm)
               Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry (35mm)
               Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (35mm) and The Namesake (35mm)
               James Ivory’s Room With A View (Digital)
               Ira Deutchman’s Searching for Mr. Rugoff (with Ira Deutchman in person)
               Marcel Carne’s Children of Paradise (35mm)
               Todd Haynes’s Carol (35mm)
               Roger Vadim’s ….And God Created Woman (35mm)
               Pietro Germi’s Divorce Italian Style (35mm)
               Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear (35mm)
               Jacques Becker’s Casque D’Or (35mm)
               Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (35mm)
               Orson Welles’s Othello (Digital)
               Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (35mm) and Belle de Jour (35mm)
               Just Jaeckin’s Emmanuelle (DCP)
               James Ivory’s Maurice (Digital) and Howards End (Digital)
               Jean-Charles Tacchella’s Cousin Cousine (Digital)
               Alain Tanner’s La Salamandre (Digital) 
               Terence Davies’s The House of Mirth (35mm)
               Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name (Digital)
               Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story (35mm)
Showtimes for the week of August 6th, programmed by Radha Blank can be found below.

*All screenings of The Forty-Year-Old Version will be preceded by music videos selected by Radha Blank
Friday, August 6
12:00, 2:45, 8:00    The Forty-Year-Old Version
                               (Dir. Radha Blank, 2020, 123 mins 35mm. Discussion with Radha Blank at 8:00 
5:30                        Shadows (Dir. John Cassavetes, 1959, 82 mins., 35mm)
Saturday, August 7
12:00                     The Apartment (Dir. Billy Wilder, 1960, with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, 
                              125 mins., 4K Digital restoration)
2:30, 8:15              The Forty-Year-Old Version
5:15                       Tap (Dir. Nick Castle, 1981, with Gregory Hines, Suzzanne Douglas, Sammy 
                              Davis Jr., 111 mins., 35mm)

Sunday, August 8
12:00                     Waiting for Guffman (Dir. Christopher Guest, 1996, 84 mins., 35mm)
2:15, 7:45              The Forty-Year-Old Version
5:00                       The Last Detail (Dir. Hal Ashby, 1973, with Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis 
                              Young, 104 mins. Digital) 

Monday, August 9
12:00, 2:40, 8:15   The Forty-Year-Old Version
5:15                       Dog Day Afternoon (Dir. Sidney Lumet, 1975, with Al Pacino, 150 mins., 
Tuesday, August 10
12:00, 2:40, 8:00  The Forty-Year-Old Version
5:15                      Fish Tank (Dir. Andrea Arnold, 2009, with Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, 
                             124 mins., 35mm)
Wednesday, August 11
12:00, 2:40, 8:00  The Forty-Year-Old Version
5:30                      Hollywood Shuffle and virtual conversation with Robert Townsend (Dir. 
                             Robert Townsend, 1987, 78 mins., 35mm)
Thursday, August 12
12:00, 2:40, 8:00  The Forty-Year-Old Version
5:30                      Losing Ground and conversation with Nina Collins (Dir. Kathleen Collins, 
                             1982, with Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, 86 mins., digital restoration)

Showtimes for the “The Paris is For Lovers”, beginning on August 13th can be found below.

*All films below premiered at The Paris

Friday, August 13
12:00, 5:00           Room With A View (Dir. James Ivory, 1985, with Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham                                         Carter, 117 mins., Digital)
2:30                      Grey Gardens (Dirs. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, 1976,                               94 mins. Digital)
7:30                      Searching for Mr. Rugoff with Ira Deutchman in person (Dir. Ira Deutchman, 2019,                                 94 mins.) 

Saturday, August 14
12:00                    Children of Paradise (Dir. Marcel Carne, 1945, with Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, 190                                 mins, 35mm.)
4:00, 8:00             The Lovers (Dir. Louis Malle, 1958, with Jeanne Moreau, 90 mins., 35mm)
6:00                      Vivre Sa Vie (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1962, with Anna Karina, 83 mins., 35mm).

Sunday, August 15
1:00                      Amélie (Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001, with Audrey Tatou, 122 mins., 35mm)
4:00                      Carol (Dir. Todd Haynes, 2015, with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, 118 mins., 35mm.                                 Discussion with cinematographer Ed Lachman after 3:00 show)

Monday, August 16
12:00, 5:00           ….And God Created Woman (Dir. Roger Vadim, 1956, with Brigitte Bardot. 95 mins.,                                 35mm.) 
2:15, 7:30             Divorce Italian Style (Dir. Pietro Germi, 1961, with Marcello Mastroianni, 105 mins.,                                   35mm)

Tuesday, August 17
12:00, 5:15           The Wages of Fear (Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953, with Yves Montand, 131 mins,                               35mm)
2:45, 8:00             The Trouble With Harry (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1955, with John Forsythe, Shirley                                       MacLaine, 99 mins., 35mm) 

Wednesday, August 18
12:30, 5:30           Casque D’Or (Dir. Jacques Becker, 1952, with Simone Signoret, 94 mins. 
3:00, 8:00             The Seventh Seal (Dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1957, 96 mins. 35mm)

Thursday, August 19
12:00, 5:00           Romeo and Juliet (Dir. Franco Zeffirelli, 1968, with Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting,                                   138 mins., digital)
3:00, 8:00             Othello (Dir. Orson Welles, 1951, with Welles, Michéal MacLiammóir, 90 mins. Digital.)

Friday, August 20
12:30, 5:30           A Man and a Woman (Dir. Claude Lelouch, 1966, with Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis                                       Trintigant, 102 mins.)
2:45, 8:00             Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Dir. Bertrand Blier, 1978, with Gerard Depardieu, Carole
                             Laure, Patrick Dewaere, 108 mins., digital)

Saturday, August 21
12:00                    Viridiana (Dir. Luis Buñuel, 1961, with Sylvia Pinal. 90 mins. 35mm)
2:00, 6:15             Belle de Jour  (Dir. Luis Buñuel, 1967, 100 mins., 35mm)
4:15, 9:00             Emmanuelle  (Dir. Just Jaeckin, 1974, 95 mins., DCP)

Sunday, August 22
12:00, 8:30           Maurice  (Dir. James Ivory, 1987, with Hugh Grant, James Wilby, 140 mins. Digital)
3:00, 5:50             Howards End (Dir. James Ivory, 1992, with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson,
                             Vanessa Redgrave, 142 mins., digital)

Monday, August 23
12:30, 8:00           Cousin Cousine (Dir. Jean-Charles Tacchella, 1975, with Marie-Christine Barrault,                                     Victor Lanoux, 95 mins., Digital)
2:45, 5:15             La Salamandre (Dir. Alain Tanner, 1971, with Bulle Ogier, 125 mins., Digital)

Tuesday, August 24
12:00, 6:00           The House of Mirth  (Dir. Terence Davies, 2000, with Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd,                                 135 mins., 35mm)
3:00, 9:00             Call Me By Your Name  (Dir. Luca Guadagnino, 2017, with Armie Hammer, Timothée                                 Chalamet, Michael Stuhlberg, 132 mins, Digital)

Wednesday, August 25
12:30, 5:45           Monsoon Wedding (Dir. Mira Nair, 2001, with Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, 114                                   mins. 35mm)
3:00, 8:30             The Namesake (Dir. Mira Nair, 2006, with Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, 122 mins.,                                       35mm)

Thursday, August 26
12:00, 8:00           Metropolitan (Dir. Whit Stillman, 1990, with Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris
                             Eigeman, 98 mins., 35mm) Discussion with Whit Stillman and cast members at
                             8:00 show

2:15, 5:15             Marriage Story (Dir. Noah Baumbach, 2019, with Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson,                                   Laura Dern, 137 mins., 35mm)

From March 19, 2021 - June 13, 2021: The Paris hosted limited theatrical engagements. Programming highlights included:
               ●     Citizen Kane in 35mm
               ●     Goodfellas introduced by Glenn Kenny
               ●     Charlie Kaufman Retrospective
               ●     The Color Purple and a conversation with Michael Koresky
               ●     Army of the Dead featuring an live Q&A with Zack Snyder
               ●     Zombie Classics: Night of the Living DeadShaun of the DeadThe Dead Don’t
                      DieDawn of the Dead
               ●     Monte Hellman’s Two Lane Blacktop
               ●     Bob Dylan Film Series: Rolling Thunder Revue,  No Direction HomeThe Last Waltz
                      Don’t Look BackPat Garrett and Billy the Kid
               ●     All 17 Netflix Oscar Nominated Films
               ●     The Disciple directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
               ●     A Weekend with Orson Wells including screenings of The Other Side of the WindThe 
                      Magnificent Ambersons, and F For Fake
For More information about the Paris please visit:

The legendary Paris Theater is the longest-running arthouse cinema in New York City. It is also Manhattan’s only remaining single-screen cinema, and the borough’s largest movie theater, with 571 seats. Built by French distributor Pathe as a showcase  for their films and opened on September 13, 1948, the elegant theater, with its distinctive Arte Moderne style, became a premier venue for the best films from around the world. Over the years many hits such as A Man and a WomanRomeo and JulietMonsoon WeddingMetropolitanA Room With a View and Belle de Jour were introduced to the United States with a theatrical run at the Paris.

Since opening an engagement of Marriage Story on November 6, 2019, Netflix now operates the theater, giving new life to a landmark of New York moviegoing. As the studio’s New York flagship theater the Paris is the home for exclusive premieres, special events, retrospectives, and filmmaker appearances. The Paris is New York’s movie palace, and Netflix will honor the theater’s great history while offering the finest in contemporary cinema, introducing the theater to a new generation of film lovers.

1 comment:

Millions of Peaches said...

That sequel will never happen thanks to fucking Armie Hammer being a classic 1%er freak-on-a-leash. God just imagine the level of pleasure James Woods got when he heard what Armie had done and that he had been "cancelled". Just more bullshit "blood drinking pedo" kindling for the Qanon fire...unfortunately.