ALL SCREENINGS: JUNE 19-JULY 26

DOGVILLE

  • Wed., Jun. 19 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

The feature debut for the writing-directing team of Joel and Ethan Coen is a drenched-in-sweat, swarming-with-shadows thriller set deep in the heart of Texas. When a sleazy bar owner (Hedaya) recruits a private detective (Walsh) to catch his young wife (McDormand) with her lover (John Getz), the stage is set for a series of violent double-crosses. Working with cinematographer Barry Sonnefeld, the Coens and the colorful cast go beyond film noir with their stylish storytelling. “The characteristic Coen awareness, a sly recognition of letting the audience share their power over our access to the story world, is everywhere in evidence” (David Bordwell). The screening of a 35mm print, courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research, dwill be followed by David Bordwell’s video essay discussing point-of-view in Blood Simple (2021, 15 min.)

  • Thu., Jun. 20 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

When Fanny (de Laâge) unexpectedly reunites with an old acquaintance (Schneider), he unveils a long-held crush, initiating a clandestine series of meetings over drinks and lunches. Meanwhile, Fanny navigates the delicate art of concealing these encounters from her possessive, affluent husband (Poupaud). For his 50th theatrical feature, writer-director Woody Allen has returned to themes of crime and punishment that he previously explored in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point. A compelling tale of fate and murder with a sardonic sense of humor, Coup de Chance “​​looks and plays like many of [Allen’s] recent movies, only better; it sounds like them, too, except that it’s in French” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).

  • Fri., Jun. 21 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

As a pair of hapless plumbers mistaken for high society elites, Abbott and Costello unleash a flood of sight gags, physical comedy, and classic vaudeville-era bits on the manner born, with great help from Marion Hutton (sister of Betty!) and the inimitable Arthur Treacher. Consistently hilarious, and featuring a handful of memorable songs, In Society stands out as one of the very best of the 28 features A&C made for Universal Pictures. Preceded by A Tale of Two Kitties (1942, 7 min.) Looney Tunes’s loving tribute to A&C and Tweety Bird’s origin story! (BR)

  • Wed., Jun. 26 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Ozu's first movie made after World War II is set in a Tokyo neighborhood where a stoic middle-aged widow begrudgingly shelters an abandoned child, their initially chilly relationship thawing over time. With humor, poignancy, and a stark lack of sentimentality, the film delicately unveils the unlikely bond that forms between them amidst the rubble of war. “If Ozu had only made this seventy-two minute film, he would have to be considered one of the world’s great directors” (David Bordwell). 35mm print courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research.

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

All aboard for this ultraviolent extravaganza, set almost entirely on a passenger train across India. Commando Amrit is riding the Rajdhani Express to rescue his girlfriend from an arranged marriage, when knife-wielding bandits climb on board. Armed with a fire extinguisher and anything else he can get his hands on, Amrit takes them on, teeing off a nonstop barrage of close-combat mayhem. “Sublimely savage. It’s adrenaline-fueled combat for the ages—a special brand of action showstopper that will leave you begging for more.” (/Film). (MK)

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

Danish writer/director von Trier's scathing, riveting drama is set in a secluded Rocky Mountain village during the 1930s. The story follows Grace (Kidman), a woman running from her past whose presence disrupts the tightly woven fabric of the community, slowly revealing the small-town’s duplicity and bigotry. This sprawling saga, told from an outsider’s perspective with a bare minimum of sets and production design, provides viewers with an audacious challenge to American society.  Kidman leads a stellar ensemble that also includes Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, Patricia Clarkson, and James Caan.

  • Wed., Jul. 3 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

A disgruntled explosives expert (Hopper) holds Los Angeles for ransom by arming a city bus with a bomb that will detonate if the vehicle slows down below 50 mph. Attempting to foil the dastardly plot is a dedicated bomb-squad cop (Reeves) and a brave and clever bus passenger (Bullock) who must navigate the oversized vehicle through very busy crosstown traffic. One of the best-remembered summer blockbusters of the 90s, Speed marked the directorial debut of Die Hard cinematographer de Bont and “exemplifies the fairly well-crafted action picture” (David Bordwell). 35mm print courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research.

  • Thu., Jul. 4 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

After a chance encounter at a karaoke bar in contemporary Helsinki, Ansa (Pöysti) and Holappa (Vatanen) encounter a series of obstacles, including misplaced contact information, alcoholism, and an endearing stray dog. Amidst the trials of lost connections and unexpected companions, the duo navigates a poignant and heartwarming path towards happiness in this charming tale. Filled with deadpan comic touches and homages to other filmmakers like David Lean, Leo McCarey, Yasujiro Ozu, and Jim Jarmusch, Fallen Leaves is also one of the most touching and pleasurable movies of this century. Don’t miss your chance to experience it in a cinema with an audience.

  • Fri., Jul. 5 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

This suspenseful character study, an influence on The Hurt Locker, tells of a neurotic and alcoholic munitions expert (David Farrar) during World War II. The climax of the story, a long tense scene of bomb disposal, is a virtuoso suspense sequence that is one of the most memorable in the filmography of Powell & Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus). The Small Back Room, which will be screened in a new 4K restoration, also offers a uniquely atmospheric evocation of the British wartime home front.

  • Wed., Jul. 10 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Winner of the top prize at the 1985 Venice Film Festival, Vagabond begins with the discovery of the lifeless, frozen body of the young hitch-hiker Mona (Bonnaire). Through flashbacks recounted by individuals who crossed paths with her (portrayed predominantly by amateur actors), Varda constructs a fragmented depiction of this mysterious woman, crafting a mosaic-like portrayal that the director playfully referred to as “Rashomona.” Bonnaire’s multi-faceted turn won her several awards, including France’s Cesar, and the Los Film Critics Association prize for Best Actress. The presentation of a 35mm print, courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research, will be followed by David Bordwell’s video essay discussing plotting in Vagabond (2019, 15 min.)

  • Thu., Jul. 11 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

When a typhoon makes landfall, a group of junior high students are stranded inside their school, while their classmate (Mystery Train’s Yuki Kudo) runs away to Tokyo. Winner of the Grand Prix at the first Tokyo Film Festival and voted the 10th best Japanese film of all time in a poll by Kinema Junpo (Japan’s leading film magazine), Typhoon Club is another waiting-to-be-discovered classic by Shinji Somai, director of 2024 Wisconsin Film Festival favorite Moving. (MK)

  • Fri., Jul. 12 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

In director Sarafian’s existential car chase classic, Newman stars as Kowalski, a society dropout recruited to bring a Dodge Challenger R/T from Denver to San Francisco. Hoping to make it in record time, Kowalksi drives at such high speeds that police in three states quickly become obsessed with capturing him. Along the way, the driver is helped to avoid the cops by a network of hippies and outsiders, most notably radio DJ Super Soul (memorably played by a pre-Blazing Saddles Cleavon Little). The camera and driving stunt work in Vanishing Point will take your breath away and the desert scenery is gorgeous. “What I like best about the film…is its depiction of a coast-to-coast network of weirdos, dropouts, and misfits ready to help wayfaring strangers – this was one of the finer aspects of sixties-seventies counterculture” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic).

  • Wed., Jul. 17 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Tough and crude cop McPherson (Andrews) investigates the murder of beautiful advertising executive Laura Hunt (Tierney) and falls in love with her portrait. The chief suspects are Waldo Lydecker (Webb), Laura’s cynical friend and companion; Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her good-for-nothing fiancé; and Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson), her rich, unscrupulous Aunt, who loves Shelby. Filled with shocking twists and revelations, Preminger’s classic gracefully mixes elegance with decadence. 35mm print courtesy of Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research.

  • Thu., Jul. 18 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Junhee, a disillusioned novelist, meets a film director during a visit to an old friend, reigniting her passion for storytelling. As she bonds with Kilsoo, a renowned actress grappling with her own artistic identity, Junhee decides to embark on a unique cinematic journey, envisioning a film that defies conventions and reflects her own creative vision. For his 27th feature film, the prolific and immensely gifted Hong Sang-soo holds a mirror up to his own artistic process and asks what exactly it is we’re looking for from a work of art. “One of the director’s sweetest films, registering ultimately as a touchingly sincere tribute to his life in filmmaking, and to love discovered through art-making” (Matt Turner, Little White Lies).

  • Fri., Jul. 19 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Fonda and Oates play a couple of pals who take their wives on a roadtrip in a decked-out Winnebago. When the fellas witness what looks like a human sacrifice at their campsite, they find themselves fleeing from a widespread cult of Southern Satan worshippers. Loaded with thrilling chases and steeped in a redneck milieu, this 70s drive-in staple, a mash-up of Deliverance and Rosemary’s Baby, is as fun as it sounds!

  • Wed., Jul. 24 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

In this HK buddy cop drama in the tradition of Lethal Weapon, Chow Yun-Fat stars as a clownish, womanizing Sergeant more interested in flashy shirts than fighting crime, until he's paired with a serious rookie (Conan Lee) to bust a cocaine ring. As they attempt to uncover the criminal masterminds, the pair are led to a final showdown involving shotguns-on-strings and flying chainsaws, one of the most jaw-dropping sequences in the celebrated history of Hong Kong action movies. “Such flagrantly loopy combat is quite exciting, even exhilarating….Artificially shaped grace can be tremendously arousing. Don’t forget how people get carried away watching dancing, acrobatics, or basketball” (David Bordwell). 35mm print courtesy Academy Film Archive.

  • Thu., Jul. 25 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

In a genuine movie star performance, Mikkelsen embodies Ludvig Kahlen, a determined figure born of humble origins, who rises within Denmark's military ranks in the 18th century. Following the wishes of the King to cultivate the unforgiving heath of Jutland, Kahlen confronts not only the harsh terrain but also the numerous cruelties of an enormously wealthy local landowner (Bennebjerg), who knows that any progress on the heath will cost him his power. “A full-blooded epic of one man’s achievements against all odds played perfectly by Mads Mikkelsen” (Leonard Maltin), The Promised Land is grand entertainment that demands to be seen on the big screen.

  • Fri., Jul. 26 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

After the U.S. is turned into a wasteland following a nuclear war, five survivors (Peppard, Vincent, Sanda, plus Paul Winfield and Jackie Earle Haley) travel cross country in a souped-up, high tech Winnebago, searching for civilization. Along the way, they battle freak tornadoes, giant desert scorpions, mutated killer cockroaches in Salt Lake City, and gun-toting Midwest rednecks. A campy cult favorite, 20th Century Fox expected Damnation Alley to be their top blockbuster in 1977, not quite recognizing the potential of their other sci-fi fantasy release that year, Star Wars. A restored 4K DCP will be screened.