Movie Nights

Click here for the 2008/09 edition. Below is the old edition (only for historical record).
  TONIGHT's SHOW | Movie Marathon
Every tuesday night at 7pm we meet to watch two movies. Normally, the first one is long and rather intellectual, the second one is a shorter action movie or comedy. They are both selected from a list of the greatest movies of all times, focusing on films/directors that won international festivals.

Like most things in life, this event is made of an intellectual part and a mundane part.

The intellectual part...

The original Movie Night is based on these principles:
  1. We watch "important" films by "important" directors (not "popular" movies by "popular" actors), in particular those (the majority, unfortunately) that are difficult to see in movie theatres or on tv.
  2. Suggestions welcome, but please make sure you have a good argument to nominate a film. There may be one film that you heard of and would like to see, but that does not mean that the other thousand films that you never heard of are not better. Quoting a reliable source helps: if Sight & Sound or the New York Times or whatever selective publication wrote that it is a masterpiece, then we are all curious to see it. If it won an international festival, it got to be at least interesting. If the publicity says it is a masterpiece... well, they all say so. If you heard from your cousin who heard from her colleague who heard from the baker that a certain film is good... that is not a convincing argument. Make sure you specify who made the movie: if you do not even know who made it, it is unlikely to be a masterpiece. There are 30-50 directors in the world who dare make unconventional films. We try to focus on those directors. It may not be possible to watch a specific film, because not all of their films are on video/dvd, but the director is often more important than the specific film, and another film by the same director is as good (this is not true of Hollywood films, for example, where directors are often faceless employees of large corporations).
  3. We watch two movies per night, one very intellectual (no love story, no car chase, no funny lines) and one more conventional (to survive the evening). No, we don't watch Hollywood movies, especially if they are famous, especially if acted by famous actors, especially if they have a nice story, especially if they have a happy ending. We can watch those in normal theatres any time we like... And we like to suffer at least one night a week.
  4. No cell phones, thanks.

and the mundane part...

  • We try to eat according to the nationality of the movies. So if you choose an Iranian movie, people should bring Iranian food.
  • If you are interested in joining this group, send me an email and I'll give you the details.

For reviews and general information on films, check my page on cinema.

Sometimes in 2001: 7:30pm: Shinya Tsukamoto: Tokyo First or Tetsuo 9:15pm: Manuel De Oliveira: Viagem ao Principio do Mundo/ Journey to the Beginning of the World

Sometimes in 2001: 7:30pm: Victor Sjostrom: The Wind (1928) 9:15pm: Woody Allen: Manhattan (1979, 96')

Sometimes in 2001: 7:30pm: Martin Scorsese: Kundun 9:15pm: No second movie due to the length of the first movie

Sometimes in 2001: 7:30pm: Emir Kusturica: Dom za Vesanje/ Time of the Gypsies (1989) 9:15pm: Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Die Ehe der Maria Braun/ The Marriage of Maria Braun
Scroll UP to see future program, scroll DOWN to see the movies shown the previous evenings.

April 3, 2000: 7:30pm: Raul Ruiz: Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting 9:15pm: Shohei Imamura: The Eel (1997)

March 1, 2000: 7:30pm: Claude Chabrol: Le Boucher (1969) 9:15pm: Ken Russell: The Lair Of The White Worm

February 10, 2000: 7:30pm: Jean Eustache: La Maman et la Putain/ The Mother and the Whore (1973) 9:15pm:

February 3, 2000: 7:30pm: David Lynch: Elephant Man 9:15pm: Jerzy Skolimowski: The Shout (1978)

January 27, 2000: 7:30pm: Pavel Lungin: Taksi-Blyuz (1990) 9:15pm: Vittorio Desica: Ladri di Biciclette

December 17, 1999: 7:30pm: Stanley Kubrick: Shining 9:15pm: Alejandro Jodorowsky: El Topo (1970)

December 10, 1999: 7:30pm: Godard: Breathless 9:15pm: Wayne Wang: Smoke (1995)

December 3, 1999: 7:30pm: John Sayles: Secret of Roan Inish (1994) 9:15pm:
John Woo: Die Xue Shuang Xiong/ Killer (1989)

October 28, 1999: 7:30pm: Ettore Scola: Brutti Sporchi e Cattivi/Down And Dirty (1976) 9:15pm:

October 21, 1999: 7:30pm: Woody Allen: Everyone Says I Love You 9:15pm:

October 13, 1999: 7:30pm: Zhang Yimou: Dahong Denglong Gaogao Gua/ Raise of the Red Lantern (1991) 7.0 9:15pm: Jane Campion: The Piano 7.0

October 6, 1999: 7:30pm: John Sayles: Eight Men Out (1988) 9:15pm: Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine (1993)

August 24: 7:30pm: Walter Hill: The Long Ryders 9:30pm: Mario Monicelli: I Soliti Ignotri/ Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

August 17: 7:30pm: Patrice Leconte: Monsiur Hire (1989) 9:30pm: Pedro Almodovar: Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios/ Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

August 10, 1999: 7:30pm: Yilmaz Guney: Duvar/ The Wall
or Yilmaz Guney: Yol (1982)7.
9:30pm: Alex Cox: Repo Man

August 3, 1999: 7:30pm:
  • Werner Herzog: Aguirre
  • 9:30pm:
  • Jim Jarmusch: Down by Law (1986)

  • July 27, 1999: 7:30pm: Jean-Claude Lauzon: Leolo (1992) 9:30pm: Dario Argento: Suspiria 5.

    July 20, 1999: 7:30pm: Abel Ferrara: The Addiction (1996) 9:30pm: Eric Rohmer: Le Rayon Verte (1986)

    MAR 28, 1999: 7:30pm: Stanley Kubrick: Spartacus (1960) 5.5 9:30pm: Shohei Imamura: Kuroi Ame/ Black Rain (1988)

    DEC 15, 1998: 7:30pm:
  • Aki Kaurismaki: Leningrad Cowboys
  • 9:30pm: -

    DEC 8, 1998: 7:30pm: Abel Ferrara: King Of New York 9:30pm: Peter Jackson: Heavenly Creatures

    DEC 1, 1998: 7:30pm: Theo Angelopulos: To Pio Stin Omichli/ Landscape In The Mist (2 hours 20') 9:30pm: Benigni: Johnny Stecchino (1 hour 50')

    Suggestions for future shows

    : Send a new suggestion (make sure you specify the director).
    • Bernardo Bertolucci: The Last Emperor
    • Manuel de Oliveira: Os canibais
    • Abbas Kiarostami: Ta'ame-gilas/ A Taste of Cherry
    • Manuel de Oliveira: Nao/ Non (1990)
    • Harmony Korine: Gummo
    • Zhang Yimou: Hong Gaoliang/ Red Sorghum (1987)
    • Zhang Yimou: Ju Dou (1990)
    • Zhang Yimou: Huozhe/ To Live (1994)
    • Zhang Yimou: Shangai Triad (1995)
    • John Sayles: Matewan (1987)
    • Aki Kaurismaki: Hamlet Goes Business
    • Oliver Stone: Platoon
    • Stanley Kubrick: Full Metal Jacket (1987) or The Killing/ Rapina a Mano Armata (1956)
    • John Woo: Bullet in the Head (1990)
    • Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List (1993)
    • Babenco: Pixote (1981)
    • Roberto Benigni: Non Ci Resta Che Piangere (1984)
    • Jean Vigo: Zero de Conduit/ Zero For Conduct (1933)
    • Jean Vigo: Atalante
    • Jim Jarmusch: Mystery Train (1989)
    • Bertrand Tavernier: Daddy Nostalgia/ These Foolish Things (1990)
    • Joel Coen: Miller's Crossing (1990)
    • Werner Herzog: Jeder fur sich und Gott Gegen Alle/ Kaspar Hauser/ Every Man for himself(1975)
    • Werner Herzog: Auch Zwerge Haben Klein Angefangen/ Anche i Nani Hanno Cominciato Dal Nulla (1970)
    • Theo Angelopulos: To Vlemma tou Odyssea/ Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
    • Theo Angelopoulos: The Suspended Step of the Stork (1991)
    • Wayne Wang: Chan's Missing (1982)
    • Walter Hill: Southern Comfort (1981)
      or Johnny Handsome (1989)
      or Streets of Fire (1984)
    • Pedro Almodovar: La Ley del Deseo/ Law of Desire (1986) Walerian Borowczyk: Goto (1968)
      or Walerian Borowczyk: Blanche (1971)
    • Claude Chabrol: Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
    • Claude Chabrol: Que le Bete Meure/ This Man Must Die (1970)
    • Dusan Makavejev: Sweet Movie
    • David Lynch: Dune (1984)
    1. Blake Edwards: The Great Race (1965)
    2. Howard Hawks: Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    3. Billy Wilder: Front Page (1931)
    4. Mario Monicelli: La Grande Guerra/ Great War (1959)
    5. Charles Chaplin: Modern Times (1936)
    6. Billy Wilder: The Seven Year Itch (1955)
    7. Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    8. Peter Chelsom: Funny Bones (1994)
    9. Stanley Kramer: It'a A Mad Mad World (1963)
    10. Ernst Lubitsch: Heaven Can Wait (1943)
    11. Buster Keaton: The General (1927)
    12. Terry Gilliam: Brazil (1985)
    13. Donald Siegel: Charlie Varrick (1973)
    14. Sam Wood (Marx Brothers): A Night at the Opera (1935)
    15. Frank Capra: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    16. Howard Hawks: His Girl Friday (1940)
    17. George Cukor: The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    18. Mario Monicelli: Guardie e Ladri/ Guards and Thieves (1951)
    19. Roberto Benigni: Non Ci Resta Che Piangere (1984)
    20. Howard Hawks: Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    21. Blake Edwards: The Great Race (1965)
    22. Billy Wilder: Front Page
    23. Mario Monicelli: Guardie e Ladri/ Guards and Thieves (1951)
    24. Mario Monicelli: L'Armata Brancaleone (1966)