Emory Cinematheque Film Series Screens Restored Gems, Polish Masterpieces, and Celebrates Harold Pinter

Still from <em>Gun Crazy</em>, © United Artists Corporation

August 14, 2014

Emory University's Cinematheque film series returns August 27 with a screening of Arthur Ripley's atmospheric noir The Chase. The free, weekly screenings present a rich and varied slate of programming this fall, including the "UCLA Festival of Preservation" tour, a short series of films scripted by Nobel-Prize winning writer Harold Pinter, and a selection of films from the series "Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema." All films are shown in 35mm or DCP.

UCLA Festival of Preservation, Aug. 27 - Oct. 10

The "UCLA Festival of Preservation" tour showcases cherished classical and seldom-seen gems of American Film culture, all recently restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Highlights include the 1949 low-budget noir classic Gun Crazy, Robert Altman's psychological thriller That Cold Day in the Park (1969), two silent films with live piano accompaniment by the acclaimed Donald Sosin.

"American cinema is one of our country's greatest and most influential artistic achievements," says Film and Media Studies professor Matthew H. Bernstein. "We are delighted to celebrate the arduous work of archives such as UCLA in preserving and restoring our film heritage for future generations."

Complete list of screening dates and films below.

Screenplay By Harold Pinter, Sep. 12 - Sep. 26

The "Screenplay By Harold Pinter" series offers three of the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright's most accomplished and innovative works for the screen, in collaboration with Theater Emory's Pinter Fest this fall. Screenings include The Servant (1963) and Accident (1967), as well as The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), adapted from the novel by John Fowles.

All three films demonstrate Pinter's much-noted ability to create a sense of menace and ambiguity underlying the surface of human relationships

Complete list of screenings dates and films below.

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, Oct. 8 - Dec. 5

"Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema" represents a selection of recent Polish film restorations curated by Martin Scorsese. The touring series is organized by Scorsese's Film Foundation in partnership with Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory and CRF, distributed by Milestone Films in cooperation with Janus Films.

"Almost everyone who studies film as an art form has seen at least one film by Andrzej Wajda or Krzystof Kieślowski, but the Polish film industry, in fact, has developed an incredible wealth of talent for a country of its size," says Dr. James Steffen, Emory's Film and Media Studies Librarian and a scholar of Soviet and East European film. "For years it has been difficult to find good quality, full-length prints of these films. The new restorations are a revelation."

Complete list of screening dates and films below.

All Emory Cinematheque screenings take place Wednesdays (and some Fridays) in White Hall 208 on the Emory campus and start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information on the series, contact Maureen Downs at mndowns@emory.edu or (404) 727-6761.

UCLA Festival of Preservation - Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 27 - The Chase (1946)
Sep. 3 - Gun Crazy (1950)Sep. 10 - Mantrap (1926) & Midnight Madness (1928), with live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin
Sep. 17 - International House (1933), Thirty Day Princess (1934), & Busy Bodies (1933)
Sep. 24 - Double Door (1934) & Supernatural (1933)
Oct. 1 - That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
Fri., Oct. 10 - Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975) & Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World (1963)

Screenplay by Harold Pinter - Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Sep. 12 - The Servant (1963)
Sep. 19 - Accident (1967)
Sep. 26 - The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema - Wednesdays and some Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 - Ashes and Diamonds / Popiół i diament (1958)
Oct. 15 - Eroica (1957)
Oct. 22 - Jump / Salto (1965)
Oct. 24 - Black Cross / Krzyżacy (1960)
Oct. 29 - Pharaoh / Faraon (1965)
Nov. 5 - The Wedding / Wesele (1972)Nov. 7 - The Saragossa Manuscript / Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie (1964)
Nov. 12 - The Illumination / Iluminacja (1972)
Nov. 19 - The Hourglass Sanatorium / Sanatorium pod Klepsydrą (1973)
Dec. 3 - Blind Chance / Przypadek (1981)
Dec. 5 - A Short Film About Killing / Krótki film o zabijaniu (1987)