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Cinema Essentials – May 2022

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For your consideration: our Cinema Essentials series, hitting the Frida screen this month! Featuring films representing different Oscar categories, this programming block brings together a wide selection of Academy Award winners from various genres and eras! Opening the series and highlighting the Oscar category of Editing is All That Jazz, Bob Fosse’s semi-autobiographical musical masterpiece. Next is James Cameron’s Aliens, the action-packed follow-up to Ridley Scott’s Alien and our entry for the category of Sound. Then, representing Score, is Roland Joffe’s The Mission, a historical drama starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. Wrapping up the series is Tim Burton’s Ed Wood for Makeup/Hairstyling and Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro’s The City of Lost Children for Production Design. From dance-driven musicals and sci-fi favorites to period pieces and French fantasies, there’s something for everyone on this trip through cinematic history.

All That Jazz – May 6 – 8
Directed by Bob Fosse | 1979

Gifted director and choreographer Joe Gideon (Jaws’ Roy Scheider) is exhausted. In the middle of mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest feature film by night, Joe falls prey to a vicious routine of amphetamines, alcohol, and infidelity just to get through the day. As his health and happiness begin to decline, Joe’s reality becomes wildly punctured by phantasmagoric musical spectacles, overflowing with sublime footwork, dazzling photography, and an Oscar-winning soundtrack full of funky showtunes.

Aliens – May 14 – 16
Directed by James Cameron | 1986

57 years after the events of Alien, Ripley awakes from her stasis. Her testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism; she loses her space flight license as a result of her “questionable judgment,” and finds out that her daughter, Amanda, is dead. However, after contact was lost with a colony on LV-426, the planet where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, Ripley is requested to go with Colonial Marines aboard the Sulaco to LV-426. They find the planet infested by many Aliens, who wipe out almost all of the marines.

The Mission – May 17 – 18
Directed by Roland Joffe | 1986

In 1750, the Treaty of Madrid establishes borders between the Spanish and Portuguese empires, with Spain ceding part of Jesuit Paraguay to Portugal. Spanish Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) ventures into the wilderness to convert an indigenous community to Christianity. Seeking penance for his past sins, mercenary and former slaver Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro) joins Father Gabriel in building and running a mission, a place of sanctuary and education for the local indigenous people. When the Portuguese colonials seek to enslave the natives, Father Gabriel and Mendoza must defend their mission with their lives.

Ed Wood – May 22 – 24
Directed by Tim Burton | 1994

Johnny Depp stars as Edward D. Wood Jr., the young director behind such cinematic gems as Glen or Glenda and the notorious Plan 9 From Outer Space. Desperately trying to make it in Hollywood, while hiding his transvestism from his wife, he befriends horror legend Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) and the two form a partnership that not only pushes both to their personal limits, but those of cinemas as well.

The City of Lost Children – May 29 & 30
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro | 1995

An abandoned oil rig contains the lair of the sinister Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who shares the space with his many creations. Ailed by his inability to dream, Krank conjures up a machine to extract the dreams from children kidnapped for him by an elite team of cyborgs. It is only after Denree (Joseph Lucien), younger brother of local carnival strongman One (Ron Perlman), gets kidnapped that a vast rescue operation goes underway, no matter how strange the journey may get.


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