Spring Film Series 2017

King of Jazz & Glory of Venice

 

King of Jazz (1930) Directed by John Murray Anderson.  Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante (98 min)  DCP

This scintillating two-strip Technicolor restoration of a landmark cinematic musical review, seen in its dazzling original form for the first time in 87 years, has been acclaimed by sell-out crowds.  Directed by a master of 1920s stage musicals and hosted by one of the Roaring Twenties most popular band leaders, it includes the dancers who were renamed the Rockettes,  26 year old Bing Crosby, a cartoon by Woody Woodpecker creator Walter Lanz (including some dubious musical history) and great jazzbos like Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang.  Jazz historian Gary Giddens calls it “a Rosetta stone of early American pop.” Introduced by David Pierce, the co-author of the book King of Jazz, who will sign copies after the screening.  Whiteman biographer Don Rayno will also appear.

 

Don’t Look Now (1973) Directed by Nicolas Roeg.  Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason (110 min) R Blu Ray

A dreary, haunted Venice holds uneasy secrets, in a film that begins with the ultimate horror, the death of a child.  A shiny red raincoat signals all is not as it should be, and ominous signs dapple an art restorer’s crumbling marriage. Adapted from a chilling story by Daphne du Maurier, “Nicolas Roeg's 1973 film remains one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension” (Roger Ebert) Film notes for Don't Look Now

 

The Wings of the Dove (1997) Directed by Iain Softley. Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alison Elliot (102 min) R  DVD

An impoverished beauty on the edge of polite Edwardian society schemes to leverage her charms and marry her penniless beau by befriending a gentle, ailing heiress, “the world’s richest orphan.”  Within a melancholy, drizzling Venice, they pursue their labyrinthine passions through the maze of canals. Thoughtfully adapted from a story by Henry James, in a psychological landscape where passions run deep, constrained by propriety.  “Satisfying, Sexy, Superb.” (CBS TV). Film notes for The Wings of the Dove.

 

Casanova (2005) Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.  Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons  (112 min) R DVD

The world’s greatest lover meets his match in this merry romp through 18th century Venice.  Ledger’s purring voice and swashbuckling allure reveal Casanova as an unexpected philosopher:  Be the flame, not the moth.  A feast for the eyes, using Venetian locations never before seen on screen, and designed to complement the burnished reds, glittering golds, and greyish blues of Venetian painting.   “Wholly enjoyable…It’s an absurdly joyous bit of fluff.” (salon.com). Film notes for Casanova

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All films are shown in 35mm when possible, check listings for format

Fridays at 8:00 pm unless noted

The galleries and Iris Restaurant will be open prior to screenings

Box Office: (919) 715-5923

Tickets to most films: $7.00/$5.00 NCMA Members

Special Events may have different pricing

Introductions are by Film Curator Laura Boyes unless otherwise noted.

For more information about the NC Museum of Art: ncartmuseum.org

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