Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN

Left-Handed Woman

“Writer-director Handke and producer Wenders present a new digital restoration of this exquisite—and little seen—film of the 1970s. A married woman living in the suburbs of Paris separates from her husband and begins adjusting to a life alone. She translates Flaubert, putters around the kitchen, picks up her father from the train station, and hikes with her son. As the banal particulars of her daily routine proceed in a rigorously poetic fashion, every spoken word and gesture feels deliberate and momentous. With its austere compositions, minimal camera movement, and delicately restrained performances by Edith Clever and Bruno Ganz, THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN is a powerful meditation on autonomy, self-preservation, and liberation. Handke cited Chantal Akerman as a key influence when the film premiered at Cannes, though the family dramas of Yasujiro Ozu seem equally apt.”—The Museum of Modern Art. (115 mins.) 

THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN screens Saturday, March 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – WINGS OF DESIRE

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WINGS OF DESIRE marked Wenders’ homecoming and was his first German film after eight years in America. The main characters are guardian angels—benevolent, invisible beings in trench coats—who listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Actor Peter Falk, playing himself, helps Damiel during his transformation by introducing him to life’s little pleasures. The film is narrated from the perspective of the angels, who see the world in black and white. Only when Damiel becomes human does a world of color reveal itself to him. (128 mins.) 

WINGS OF DESIRE screens Saturday, March 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

UCLA Festival of Preservation: John Ford’s THE LONG VOYAGE HOME

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Between 1939 and his departure for the war in 1942, director John Ford was in the middle of a remarkable string of masterpieces. Gregg Toland, one the greatest-ever cinematographers, was revolutionizing film style with the deep-focus camera techniques that would culminate in his work on CITIZEN KANE. Together, Toland and Ford transformed this adaptation of four one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill (who considered it the best film version of his work) into a melancholy shadow-play about a group of sailors manning an explosives-carrying freighter. In the powerful final act, the sailors flounder amidst the onshore nightlife of a desolate harbor-side town. “An essential work . . . as personal and as deeply felt as any of the more recently canonized Ford masterpieces.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader. (105 mins.) 

Preservation funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. 

 

THE LONG VOYAGE HOME screens Saturday, March 19 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring UCLA Festival of Preservation series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

UCLA Festival of Preservation: Anthony Mann’s MEN IN WAR

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MEN IN WAR represents a pinnacle of achievement in both the war movie genre and for director Anthony Mann. In the early days of the Korean War, a cut-off platoon tries to get back to its battalion, as Mann’s mythic brother-against-brother theme is played out between a war-weary lieutenant (Robert Ryan), an opportunistic loner (Aldo Ray), and a strange, mute father figure (Robert Keith). From the opening tracking shot across a smoking wasteland, the terrain is established as a palpable, living force that has to be fought through inch by inch. “Stunningly shot . . .War on the ground has rarely been done much better than this.”—David Denby, The New Yorker. (104 mins.) 

Preservation funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute. 

 

MEN IN WAR screens Friday, March 18 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring UCLA Festival of Preservation series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – PARIS, TEXAS

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This unconventional road movie is based on a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sam Shepard and tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who one day wanders out of Mexico and into the blazing heat of the South Texas desert. Travis does not speak a word and seems to have lost much of his memory, but he is driven by a desire to find and reunite his family: his young wife, Jane (Nastassja Kinski), whom he estranged through his pathological jealousy, and his seven-year-old son, Hunter (Hunter Carson). Travis is helped in his quest by his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) and Walt’s wife Ann (Aurore Clément), who have cared for Travis’s son in the years he’s been missing. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.” The movie lacks any of the gimmicks used to pump up emotion and add story interest, because it doesn’t need them: It is fascinated by the sadness of its own truth.”– Roger Ebert. (148 mins.) 

PARIS, TEXAS screens Sunday, March 13 at 7:15pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

From Bombay to Bollywood: LAGAAN

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At the height of the British Raj (colonial rule) in the district of Champaner, extreme drought forces a poor village to appeal to the local governor for relief from their high taxes (“lagaan”). When the handsome young villager Bhuvan insults the commanding officer of the cantonment, the village is offered a wager: beat the British officers in a game of cricket and enjoy three years free of tax—or lose, and pay triple tax. Nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and featuring an exuberant soundtrack from renowned composer A.R. Rahman (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), LAGAAN is a timeless, endlessly entertaining fable—not to mention the best epic-sports-movie-musical-romance you’ll ever see (no previous knowledge of cricket required). “The answer to those who ask why they don’t make movies like they used to: They do, but in India.”—Jami Bernard, New York Daily News. (225 mins.) 

LAGAAN screens Saturday, March 12 at 2pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of our From Bombay to Bollywood: 50 Years of Indian Cinema series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE STATE OF THINGS

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THE STATE OF THINGS is a highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America. A film crew finds itself stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe, where the director, Friedrich Munro (Patrick Bauchau), his cameraman (Sam Fuller), scriptwriter, and actors have been abandoned by their producer. After shooting their last feet of film, there is nothing left for them to do but wait. Friedrich finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer (Allen Garfield) and finds him hiding in his RV on Sunset Boulevard, attempting to evade a group of unscrupulous gangsters. Friedrich unwillingly finds himself pulled into the underworld conflict, armed with only a Super 8 camera for protection. (100 mins.) 

THE STATE OF THINGS screens Friday, March 11 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – THE AMERICAN FRIEND

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Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) believes that he will soon die of leukemia. An unscrupulous American named Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) learns of his plight and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes. He introduces Zimmermann to underworld figure Minot (Gérard Blain), who offers to hire the terminally ill man as a professional hit man. He is to be paid extravagantly for his work, thus enabling him to leave something behind for his wife (Lisa Kreuzer) and their child. What does he have to lose, since he is going to die anyway? The cast of Wenders’ film includes not only the directors Hopper and Blain but also Hollywood legends Sam Fuller and Nicholas Ray, as well as Peter Lilienthal, Daniel Schmid, and Jean Eustache. (126 mins.) 

THE AMERICAN FRIEND screens Sunday, March 13 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Friday Film Club: LAURA

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Widely hailed as one of the most influential and expertly crafted film noirs ever made, LAURA is also one of the greatest products to come out of the classical Hollywood studio system. The film was produced under difficult conditions at 20th Century Fox under the supervision of legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck, who held a long-standing grudge against director Otto Preminger. Despite these difficulties, however, the film became an immediate critical and box office smash upon release. Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), a young advertising executive, turns up dead one evening and cavalier New York City detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is assigned to the case. McPherson begins investigating those closest to Laura, including her mentor, eccentric dandy Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), and her fiancé, soft-spoken southerner Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). The investigation leads McPherson through Laura’s diaries and letters as well as a series of rose-tinted stories recounted by Waldo, Shelby, and others—all of whom have something to hide. Against the jaded cop’s best instincts, he finds himself falling in love with a ghost… watched over all the while by the haunting and transcendent portrait of Laura hanging on her living room wall. Winner of the 1945 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. (88 mins.) 

35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress. 

 

The theme of our second Friday Film Club discussion series is PORTRAITS—literal, narrative, existential and cinematic. Friday Film Club screenings are presented monthly when the Portland Art Museum’s galleries are open late on Friday evenings. Each screening is accompanied by a post-film discussion led by Film Center staff and Art Museum docents, in which a work from the Art Museum galleries is utilized to spark dialogue and debate about the film. Special Admission: $5.

Sponsored by Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing.

LAURA screens Friday, March 11 at 5:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of our Friday Film Club series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road – KINGS OF THE ROAD

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Wenders began shooting KINGS OF THE ROAD in an era of mass cinematic extinction, relying not on a script but on a pre-discovered route which took him through the little towns along the Berlin Wall that still contained movie theaters. KINGS OF THE ROAD is about a friendship between two men: Bruno, a.k.a. King of the Road (Rüdiger Vogler), who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, a.k.a. Kamikaze (Hanns Zischler), who is fleeing from his own past. After driving his old Volkswagen straight into the Elbe River in a half-hearted suicide attempt, Robert is fished out of the river by Bruno. Thus begins a shared journey through a German no-man’s-land, a journey that leads them from the Lüneburg Heath to the Bavarian Forest. The men’s old moving van, outfitted with film projectors in the back, becomes a metaphor for the history of film—it is no coincidence that the film is dedicated to legendary German director Fritz Lang. (175 mins.) 

KINGS OF THE ROAD screens Thursday, March 10 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is being presented as part of the touring Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road series.

Tickets available online and at the door.

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