Spring 2020 special presentations will include the rare Egyptian feature, The Night of Counting the Years (Al-Mummia), in a restored 35mm print from Cineteca di Bologna . Plus, Bela Tarr’s seven-hour opus Satantango; a 35mm presentation of Kiss of the Spider Woman shown in conjunction with the Center for the Humanities Great World Texts program; a restored DCP of the action classic The Great Escape presented by scholar Dana Polan; Ruth Gordon and George Segal in Carl Reiner’s outrageous black comedy Where’s Poppa?; and Francis Ford Coppola revisits and re-edits one of his most under-appreciated movies with The Cotton Club Encore.

  • Sat., Feb. 1 | 1:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Legendary for its uncompromising length as much as its indisputable power, Bela Tarr’s mammoth masterpiece secured his permanent position in the art cinema canon. Set in an unforgettable post-apocalyptic landscape etched in rich black-and-white cinematography, Satantango follows members of an agricultural community awaiting a financial windfall. A fixture on all-time best-of lists, the hallowed experience of Satantango in a theater is an essential notch in any cinephile’s belt. “Enthralling for every minute of its seven hours.  I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life” (Susan Sontag). “In many ways my favorite film of the 1990s” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader). Our screening will be shown with one short intermission and a 90-minute dinner break starting at 5:30 p.m. (MK)

  • Thu., Feb. 27 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

A group of Allied POWs attempt a daring escape from a Nazi prison. Pooling their talents the soldiers try to stay one step ahead of their captors. Skilled direction and an all-star cast helped make this rousing action movie one of the most successful and memorable releases of the 1960s. The screening, a co-presentation of the Cinematheque and the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research, in honor of their 60th anniversary, will be preceded by a special introduction from film scholar Dana Polan. Support has been provided by the Jay C. & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar fund from UW-Madison's College of & Letters & Science.

  • Fri., Feb. 28 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

In an Academy Award winning performance, Hurt plays Luis Molina, a flamboyant homosexual thrown into a South American jail cell with the macho revolutionary Valentin (Julia). As Luis regales his cellmate with recollections of schlocky Hollywood entertainment, the two men transcend their dire situation and reach a deeper understanding of each other. Brazilian director Babenco and screenwriter Leonard Schrader adapted Manuel Puig’s novel into "one of those rare and entrancing stories where one thing seems to happen while another thing is really happening” (Roger Ebert). 35mm print courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archive.  Presented in conjunction with the UW’s Center for the Humanities and their Great World Texts program. Viewers will be provided a free copy of Manuel Puig’s novel while supplies last.

  • Sat., Mar. 7 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

In the late 1800s, an isolated Egyptian mountain clan sustains itself by exploiting Egypt's ancient heritage, secretly raiding the tombs of the Pharaohs in Thebes. “One of the greatest Egyptian films ever made, Al-Mummia has an extremely unusual tone – stately, poetic, with a powerful grasp of time and the sadness it carries. The carefully measured pace, the almost ceremonial movement of the camera, the classical Arabic spoken on the soundtrack, the unsettling score by the great Italian composer Mario Nascimbene – they all work in perfect harmony... This picture has a sense of history like no other, and in the end, the film is strangely, even hauntingly consoling – the final understanding of who and what we are” (Martin Scorsese). Restored in 2009 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna /L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Egyptian Film Center. Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, Qatar Museum Authority and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.  Screening co-presented with support from UW Middle East Studies.

  • Fri., Apr. 17 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Segal plays a NYC lawyer whose senile, yet domineering mother (a hilarious Gordon) has all but ruined his life. When he falls in love with his mother’s nurse (Trish Van Devere) the time has come to make some life changes. Reiner’s film displays an unfailing commitment to truly tasteless humor, and special mention must be made of the uniformly superb ensemble cast, in particular the late Leibman, who, as Segal’s brother, spends much of the movie in and out of a gorilla suit. (BR)

  • Fri., Apr. 24 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

The real-life, white gangster-owned Harlem nightclub that allowed only black performers on stage but refused customer entry to people of color provides the backdrop for the fictional story of the ascending careers of musician Dixie Dwyer (Gere) and dancer Sandman Williams (Hines) from the late 1920s into the early 1930s. Marked by a troubled, controversial production history and modest box-office receipts upon its original release, The Cotton Club can now be appreciated as the most entertaining and satisfying of Coppola’s 1980s movies. The co-screenwriter/director has re-edited the film and inserted several sequences never seen before, including a performance of “Stormy Weather” by the magnetic McKee. Coppola’s impeccable flair for casting and discovering new talent is evident when listing the supporting cast: Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage, Bob Hoskins, Fred Gwynne, Maurice Hines, James Remar, Jennifer Grey, Gwen Verdon, Joe Dallesandro, Woody Strode, Laurence Fishburne, Tom Waits, and Giancarlo Esposito.

  • Sat., May. 2 | 7:00 PM

Highlighting works produced in Communication Arts Media Production courses at UW Madison, this program is curated by the instructors of film, video and animation courses and gives new filmmakers the opportunity to present their films on screen for the first time.