The Cinema Arts Centre continues to provide online programming during our necessary shutdown to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections and protect our community. While we cannot physically be together right now, it remains vital to our mission to keep our community connections strong and provide independent film and cultural programming in the virtual setting.
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COMIC GEMS: CLASSIC FILMS WITH DAVID SCHWARTZ – Debuting April 28th!
April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Comic Gems: Classic Films with David Schwartz
An online film and discussion series
April 28 – May 26, 2020 at 8 PM
Pro-Rated offer $44 Public / $36 Members + discounted Criterion Channel subscription!
If you’re a fan of our Preview Club, or you’re just missing all the great post-film discussions at CAC, you’re in luck! We’ve partnered with the long-time host of the CAC Preview Club, David Schwartz, to bring you a special online film and discussion series!
Drama is easy, comedys hard, said film director Peter Bogdanovich. But with a world so full of drama and tragedy now, comedy is essential. As we all stay at home to help flatten the curve, this online film club offers a chance to see five of the great screen comedies, accompanied by live discussions. Its not the same as being at our beloved Cinema Arts Centre in person, but its an experience we can enjoy together.
Heres how it works: Your curator and host David Schwartz has selected five films available for viewing on the Criterion Channel
1. Sign up and purchase your Comic Gems program pass on our website ($55 Public / $45 Members).
2. If youre not already a member of the Criterion Channel, you can use an exclusive discount offer for the Cinema Arts Centre and get a three-month membership (plus a free two-week trial period) for just $5.49/month. The Criterion discount code will be included in your confirmation email after you purchase your Comic Gems program pass.
3. Youll then watch the films on your own, along with a video introduction by David Schwartz.
4. After watching the film, youll be able to join David online on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. for a live discussion, including a conversation with a special guest, and questions from members. Discussions will be hosted on Zoom.
If you need assistance with any step of your purchase, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative will get back to you.
Passes are limit one (1) per order. If you join or renew to purchase at the member discount, you will still be credited the number of days your membership was active during our closure. No active Cinema Arts membership will be penalized time or benefits during our closure.
Discussion on April 28
Day for Night (Francois Truffaut, 1973. With Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Leaud) French New Wave master Truffaut made one of the wittiest and most knowing behind-the-scenes movies ever, about a movie set where most of the drama takes place off camera.
Discussion on May 5
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bunuel, 1972. With Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig) The wry surrealism and social satire of Bunuel reached its height with this dreamlike movie about a group of wealthy friends constantly interrupted as they try to have a meal together.
Discussion on May 12
To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942. With Carole Lombard, Jack Benny) Lubitschs audacious and brilliant comedy about a group of Polish actors performing Shakespeare in Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II is at once daring and delightful, with the bonus of starring Jack Benny in what is by far his finest performance, alongside the ever incandescent comedienne Carole Lombard.
Discussion on May 19
Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958) French genius Jacques Tati satirized the cool modernity of the contemporary world by using the techniques of silent comedy. His character, Monsieur Hulot, tries to survive in his brother-in-laws ultramodern home, and at the hose factory where he works.
Discussion on May 26
Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984) With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. Follwing Willie, his pal Eddie , and sixteen-year-old cousin Eva as they aimlessly traverse the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.