Three movies spawned from the agitation and intensity of the West Berlin underground music scene come to the Film Forum this July. White Star, Roland Klick’s rarely-seen story of a synth-punk up-and-comer guided by the shaky but forceful hand of his drug-addled promoter and mentor (Dennis Hopper); Decoder, a techno-paranoiac punk noir in which a young Berlin punk (Einstürzende Neubauten’s F. M. Einheit) deciphers muzak and reveals it to be a neurotoxic tool of mass control; and B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin 1979-89, a documentary from the inside-out of the West Berlin scene’s manic vitality and violence that features appearances from Nick Cave, Keith Haring, New Order, Malaria!, and many, many others.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum have teamed up for a Pride month series that will make you cheer with delight! It’s an eclectic mix of fan favorites, hosted by avid queer fans ready to share (and defend) their picks.
Kick off each night with a pre-show happy hour in the Northwest Film Forum lobby!
Co-presented with the Grand Illusion Cinema
Screenings on Fridays in May at Northwest Film Forum
This year’s UCLA Festival of Preservation features the restoration of Men In War (1957), directed by Anthony Mann, who made a name for himself at Universal directing adult westerns. This big budget war film, starring Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray, details the troubles experienced by a platoon of American soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines during the Korean War. Unlike Hollywood’s more heroic representations of World War II, Mann’s film presages the disconnect between officers and enlisted men that would become systemic during the Vietnam War. The tour also highlights another classic war film, John Ford’s The Long Voyage Home (1940), starring John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell as merchant seamen transporting ammunition to England for the European war effort against the Nazis. Among the tour’s comedy offerings, which include The Big Broadcast (1932), is a new preservation of the comedy hit of last year’s Cinefest in Syracuse, Bachelor’s Affairs (1932), a pre-Code gem, starring Adolphe Menjou as a die-hard bachelor who is felled by a ditzy blonde bombshell. An area of increasing interest for the Archive is exploitation films, which have been for the most part ignored by film historians, even though such films were hugely popular at the time of their release. The tour includes a number of truly weird and wild films from the early 1930s: White Zombie (1932) features Bela Lugosi in the aftermath of Dracula in a horror film that has become a cult classic; and The Crime of Dr. Crespi, based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Premature Burial,” stars the great Erich von Stroheim, after his fall from grace in Hollywood. J.L. Anderson’s Spring Night, Summer Night (1967), an amazingly realistic film from rural Appalachia.
Co-presented with the Grand Illusion Cinema and the Japan Foundation
Introduction by City Arts Writer/ Film Historian Tony Kay for Youth of the Beast, Tokyo Drifter, Carmen of Kawachi, Branded to Kill, Gate of Flesh and Fighting Elegy
Sponsored by BBC Worldwide North America
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, BBC Worldwide North America has made available film adaptations of some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. Both screenings are free and open to the public.
Northwest Film Forum hosts networking events and visits from industry professionals to support our local community of artists and media makers.
VOD IRL is a series of video-on-demand screenings produced in the movie theater, with filmmakers and special guests in attendance. As audiences continue to migrate online, VOD IRL represents an experiment in creative adaptation to a changing industry.