(Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1966, DCP, Japanese with English subtitles, 83 min)
Tasked with making a vehicle for actor/singer Tetsuya Watari to croon the title song, Suzuki concocted this crazy yarn about a reformed yakuza on the run from his former comrades. The film is mainly an excuse to stage an escalating series of goofy musical numbers and over-the-top fight scenes.
Apr 22 - May 05
(Arnaud Desplechin, France, 2015, DCP, 123 min)
Prolific French writer/director and five-time Cannes contender Arnaud Desplechin’s (My Sex Life… Or How I Got Into an Argument, Hitchcock/Truffaut,) latest film is an uncommonly resonant coming-of-age story that mines the breadth of human emotion and explores the power of the past to define our present.
(Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1966, B&W, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles, 89 min)
A 1960s riff on the opera Carmen (including a rock version of its famous aria “Habanero”), this picaresque tale sends its heroine from the countryside to Osaka and Tokyo in search of success as a singer.
Restored 35mm print!
Restored 35mm print!
(Sam Taylor, United States, 1927, 35mm, 90 min)
After nearly 15 years as the silver screen’s reigning “Queen of the Movies,” Mary Pickford lovingly concluded her silent movie career with one of her best films—the utterly charming romantic comedy, My Best Girl. Featuring future husband Charles “Buddy” Rogers as her leading man, Pickford shines as a department store Cinderella who falls in love with the owner’s son, once again exhibiting the wide-ranging talent that had made her a sensation the world over.
(Věra Chytilová, Czech Republic, 1966, 35mm)
(Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967, B&W, DCP, Japanese with English subtitles, 91 min)
This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture hero and putting him out of work for a decade. An anarchic send-up of B movie clichés, it stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself.
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Children's Film Festival Seattle
See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!
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