2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp! Once dubbed “the most famous man in the world,” Charlie Chaplin has long been recognized as one of the preeminent icons of both comedy and cinema. From 1914 until 1967, Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, and starred in over 80 films, quickly advancing from basic slapstick to a unique comic style – immaculately constructed, deeply human, and always hilarious. (c) Janus
Celebrate 100 years of one of the most loved and admired characters in cinema that “warmed hearts and raised smiles” of all ages. Join us for the touring retrospective of a collection of Chaplin’s greatest works from 1918 to 1952, recently restored and available digitally for the first time.
Sat. Aug 2. @ 12pm – The Kid (1921) / A Dog’s Life (1918)
Sat. Aug. 2 @ 2:30pm – Sunnyside (1919) / The Idle Class (1921) / Pay Day (1922)
Sun. Aug. 3 @ 1:30pm – The Gold Rush (1925)
Sat. Aug. 9 @ 2:30pm – The Circus (1928)
Sun. Aug. 10 @ 1:30pm – City Lights (1931)
Sat. Aug. 16 @ 2:30pm – Modern Times (1936)
Sun. Aug. 17 @ 4pm – The Great Dictator (1940)
Sat. Aug. 23 @ 2:30pm – Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Sun. Aug 24 @ 1:30m – Limelight (1952)
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FRI. AUG. 1 @ 5PM
VENUS IN FUR
FRI. AUG. 1 @ 7:30PM
VENUS IN FUR
SAT. AUG. 2 @ 12PM
THE TRAMP AT 100! A CHAPLIN RETROSPECTIVE
THE KID | A DOG’S LIFE
SAT. AUG. 2 @ 2:30PM
THE TRAMP AT 100! A CHAPLIN RETROSPECTIVE
CHAPLIN SHORTS: SUNNYSIDE | THE IDLE CLASS | PAY DAY
SAT. AUG. 2 @ 5PM
VENUS IN FUR
SAT. AUG. 2 @ 7:30PM
VENUS IN FUR
Brian King & What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? are previewing their new show “Gravitational Fool” on Thursday July 31 at 8pm for Cape Ann friends and fans before heading to the “other” cape for the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown on Sept 10.
How often do we play The Fool? Throughout history society has often relegated the queer to the role of the clown, from sad Pierrot to the sissy, the funny fop to the lonely dandy. Backed by his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, singer-songwriter, Brian King performs an internal/external wrestling match onstage with these characters. Through make-up, costume, monologues and original music, Brian examines the ways these archetypes both empower and limit our identities and relationships. From soul-searing ballads to hilarious songs about “sex with the ex,” “Gravitational Fool” will cure you of your clown phobia.
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? features Nathan Cohen on violin, trumpet. Mike Leggio on bass. Dennis Monagle on drums. Shana Cahill and Elizabeth Bean on background vocals, and special guest Renee Dupuis on piano, melodica, and background vocals.
Tickets are $12.00 General Admission, and $10.00 Cinema Members. Advance tickets are preferred.
“Helium” by What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?
OH, THE HORROR! – Killer 40th Anniversary Screening of ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ in Salem on August 21!
On Thursday, August 21st at 8:00pm, the Cape Ann Community Cinema‘s sister cinema CinemaSalem, will host a special screening of the newly-restored version of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic. In attendance for a special Q&A will be horror movie veteran Gunnar Hansen, who played the grotesque, power-tool-wielding psychopath “Leatherface” in the film. The re-release comes in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary with the restoration having its unveiling at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this year.
In 1973, Tobe Hooper, a cast of unknown actors, and a crew of Austin film students and recent graduates headed to Round Rock, Texas, in the middle of July. For the next 32 days they worked around the clock in 100-degree weather to make “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” The movie became a huge hit on the drive-in circuit and eventually grossed $30 million. It was invited to the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Since then it has become the eighth highest-grossing horror franchise of all time. In 2012, Sight & Sound Magazine named it one of the 250 most important movies ever made.
The new version of the film features a brand new 4K transfer, roughly four times the resolution of today’s more commonly used 2K for cinema. This is the only transfer of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras. The restoration of the film, overseen by Todd Wieneke of Dark Sky Films, took place at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago with the use of an ARRISCAN Film Scanner.
Taking 5 months of 40-hour workweeks to complete the color grading and the restoration, NOLO engineer Boris Seagraves stated, “This film probably needed the most restoration of any project we’ve done.” Having been shot on less expensive 16mm film stock and cheaper, tougher “reversal” stock (which means there is no negative), the restoration started by taking the original 16mm film that rolled through the cameras and transferred all 120,960 frames to a 4K scan. Scratches, film stains, chemical stains, dirt, torn perforations, rips in the film image, and glue splices had to go through a painstaking correction process frame by frame.
“There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame,” said Seagraves. “Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70’s looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element. There were tears in the film that we had to digitally rebuild from adjacent frames. There were tens of thousands of things we were dealing with.”
Estimating that he spent about 50 hours on the color correction alone, NOLO Colorist Michael Matusek used a previous transfer of the film that had been supervised by Tobe Hooper as his guide to a rough color correction. Tobe Hooper then gave notes on this roughly timed version, and the process of adjusting the color began.
“I’ve seen the film literally frame by frame, and I’m still hearing and seeing things I never noticed before… it just adds a whole different level,” Todd Wieneke stated. “This 4K scan delivers such an intense reality that it feels like you’re really seeing through the film to the actual world behind it.”
“I haven’t seen ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ on the big screen for many, many years,” stated Tobe Hooper, who helped score the film and did the sound design, was also deeply involved with the audio restoration. “This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked. The color and clarity is spectacular, displaying visual details in the film that were never before perceptible. The newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack breathes new life and energy into the film. I am very much looking forward to audiences experiencing this film as they never have before.”
Now, 40 years after its initial release and coming back home, the film’s new transfer can be seen with a fresh pair of eyes at its special CinemaSalem screening. Tickets for the event are $16.00, or $14.00 for Members of CinemaSalem or Cape Ann Community Cinema. Also, Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen will avail for purchase at the screening a variety of photos, which he will autograph. Patrons who purchase a photo will receive a free posed snapshot with the horror star.•••
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING TRAILER IS NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH.
Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it’s a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness. – Rotten Tomatoes
Field of Dreams sustains a dreamy mood in which the idea of baseball is distilled to its purest essence: a game that stands for unsullied innocence in a cruel, imperfect world. – Variety
Is this Heaven? No, it’s a Dinner & A Movie at the Cape Ann Community Cinema! Join us for a special screening of the inspirational film “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner, hosted by Farmer Dave’s. Sit back and enjoy a delicious American summer light meal featuring local vegetables, especially CORN, and other tasty treats while watching this American family classic.
“If you build it, he will come.” This is the voice that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to construct a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. At first, “he” seems to be the ghost of disgraced ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who materializes on the ball field and plays a few games with the awestruck Ray. But as the weeks go by, Ray receives several other messages from a disembodied voice, one of which is “Ease his pain.” He realizes that his ball field has been divinely ordained to give a second chance to people who have sacrificed certain valuable aspects of their lives. One of these folks is Salingeresque writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), whom Ray kidnaps and takes to a ball game and then to his farm. Another is Doc Graham (Burt Lancaster), a beloved general practitioner who gave up a burgeoning baseball career in favor of medicine. The final “second-chancer” turns out to be much closer to Ray. That “magical” field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year. © Movie Guide
Our menu features:
- Hot dogs with all the fixin’s from Salty Franks
Common Crow will be preparing the following dishes with fresh veggies from Farmer Dave’s:
- Green salad
- Pasta Salad with fresh veggies
- Corn on the cob
- Bean salad
- Blueberry cake
Farmer Dave’s is a small farm located in Dracut, Massachusetts that produces high-quality, and delicious seasonal produce. The farm has Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share opportunities with multiple pick-up locations, including farmer markets around eastern Massachusetts.
Tickets are $18.00 General Admission, and $16.00 for Cinema Members.
Advance ticket purchases are preferred. Click on the big green “buy tickets” button to buy your tickets.
While the Cape Ann Museum will be closed during their upcoming remodeling through the summer, they will be hosting a monthly movie series here at the Cape Ann Community Cinema. Tickets for all features are $10.00 adults, $8.50 students & seniors, and $7.00 for Members of CAM and CACC, with the exception of “Dinner & Movie” events, which are priced as listed.
Advance purchase is recommended,
as these events have become wicked popular:
SUN. AUGUST 17 @ 6:30PM
What does the Louvre look like when all its visitors have gone home? For the first time, a camera goes behind the scenes at a major museum to film the hanging of paintings, the reorganization of galleries, the positioning of artworks… Various characters appear, their paths cross and they interact, weaving the threads of a narrative within the vast network of underground passageways and storerooms that the public never sees. Here is a city within the city, with its blend of the banal and the extraordinary, the ridiculous and the sublime, the commonplace and the fantastic. It was almost by chance that Nicolas Philibert came to film the Louvre’s reorganization in 1988 when work on the Grand Louvre began, prior to the inauguration of the Pyramid…He ended up staying five months.
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Thomas Dolby, whose name you might have heard, or seen scrawled like graffiti on a blog about Moogs or something like that, is to pop music what Voyager 2 is to space exploration. And no, “She Blinded Me With Science” is not his only hit song, although you have probably seen the video all those years ago on MTV. Perhaps you bought “The Golden Age of Wireless” and came to appreciate this long-legged kind of glamorous Brit-pop for what lies beneath those strange album covers and glints of engineering on the bespectacled face of this heroic and legendary proto-geek. I didn’t. Instead, I huddled while imprisoned in the grey halls of a New England prep school, lonely, angry, and bewildered by joules of hormones, beneath my Walkman headphones listening to “Cloudburst at Shingle Street” and thinking of seducing the girls in my car pool if only they would talk to me. And I heard things I could only hope to say to myself in the submarine of scrubbing desks or sweeping floors during the summer break:
when I was small
I was in love
in love with everything
and now there’s only you
And now there’s only you, Thomas: the last bottle of New Wave Lafite ’82, a bouquet of Art Deco and stratospheric synths emboldened by persistence of vision and impeccable taste, whose sadness and observation, manic moments, and blind science create haunting atmospheres out of baryonic matter.
Having taken off two decades to facilitate a queue of non-pop accomplishment before returning with “A Map of the Floating City,” Thomas Dolby behind his insane steampunk facade offers something between friendly and spooky, reaching out with ordinary metaphor, in this case “Flying North” with a lo-fi digital camera, to catch the wonder betwixt the emptiness of “The Invisible Lighthouse.” He seems fine. More than that. Relaxed. Unrushed. The same man who referred to himself in the third person just a wee bit on “Weightless” to let us in on the frustration of his love life is now playing live the electronic sounds and lost melodies for which he continues to be loved.
I’ve waited thirty years.
You see, Thomas Dolby: The Idea is ever-present to his fans, who hover over him in chat rooms asking Who Is Caroline 452? Or, is that really the riff from “The Six Million Dollar Man” embedded in “One of Our Submarines”? (Yes, it is!) And Thomas Dolby is a good idea, thick in Britannia like on his album covers, whether he’s lost in the sauce expatriated in Los Angeles or sampling the doppler of church bell on “Cruel.” Between the electronic drum sounds of “Europa and the Pirate Twins,” he mentions his preteen crush to “The Twelfth of Never,” which I take as Nina Simone’s unforgettable 1963 version. And once you are old, and hear Nina sing it, and think about Thomas referencing this all those years ago, you get trapped in his mythology.
Then into “The Flat Earth” you go, with the maturity at hand to know why “Screen Kiss” makes you hurt, why it leaves you rushed and needy to have somebody love you before it’s too late. And if you’re like me, you grow up and move out West and behold the haze above old Hollywood, where deer look down from the hills, and it’s three o’ clock in the morning. And perhaps, if you’re lucky, you’ll synch a near perfect seduction to his cover of “I Scare Myself,” slow-dancing to the handsome Joe Jacksonesque piano blurs and so unbelievably lost in whatever that is.
Mr. Dolby, may I say what a pleasure it’s been to live inside your music for thirty years. I’ll see you November 1 for “The Invisible Lighthouse.” And most properly, sir, Adieu.•••
Thomas Dolby will present his film “The Invisible Lighthouse” with live music, narration, and foley at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Friday, November 1st at 7:30pm to kick off the 6th annual Cape Ann Film Festival.