“Raging Bull” – March 13th

(I managed to completely destroy my knee skiing last weekend, so be aware that the Sunday Night Film Club will have some alternative hosts over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out to each weeks newsletter to see who you need to look for until I get back on my feet — Sean)

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, March 13th at 4:15pm for “Raging Bull” at the Brattle Theatre. Look for Audra wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull focuses on Jake’s rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage.

“The Nomi Song” – March 6th

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, March 6th at 5:15pm for “The Nomi Song” at the Brattle Theatre. Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

Looks like an alien, sings like a diva – Klaus Nomi was one of 1980’s most profoundly bizarre appearances. He was a cult figure in the New Wave Underground scene who sang pop music like opera and brought opera to club audiences. He was a performer with a look so strong, that his first audiences went wild before he even opened his mouth. On the verge of international fame as a singer, he instead became one of the first prominent artists to die of AIDS. But the reaction Nomi provoked was so strong, that he is still unforgettable even 20 years after his death.

THE NOMI SONG is a story of love of music and love of performing at a time when it seemed as though everyone was struck by a sense of urgency to make something (anything) simply because they wanted to make the most of the limited time they felt they were given on this earth. It’s a story that grows out of a group of people who influenced him, loved him, felt pity for him or betrayed by him, yet above all, were inspired by him.

Nomi constructed his own myth out of elements so completely wrong, yet so deliberate, that it all seemed oddly possible. He was an alien amongst the outcasts, a tortured soul who also radiated optimism at a time when optimism was officially out of fashion. He was as much a genuine talent as he was the engine of his own destruction. His appeal is not easy to explain in words. He has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

“Cursed” – February 27th

Forget all the high-falutin Oscar mumbo-jumbo this Sunday and come out for a good ol’ popcorn flick. (And for those of you who want to watch the Oscars, we’re meeting early so you have enough time!)

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, February 27th at 4:30pm for “Cursed” at the Fenway 13. Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the building lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend upon a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

“Estranged siblings, still mourning the recent loss of their parents, struggle with daily life in Los Angeles, when a werewolf attack unites them and a stranger, who then must fight for survival against the beast and its curse.”

“La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc” – February 20th

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, February 20th at 7:00pm for “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)” at the Harvard Film Archive. This silent film will feature live piano accompaniment by Yakov Gubanov. Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the building lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

“The close-up of the tear-stained face of Marie Falconetti in Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of the most famous images in all of cinema. Based on authentic records of the eighteen-month-long trial of the fifteenth-century warrior-saint in Orlians, the film brings a rigorous formal style, exquisite cinematography, and striking architectural sets to bear on the moral questions that surround Joan, her judges, and her ultimate fate. Falconetti had never appeared in films before and would never act again, but her performance here is ranked among the greatest creations of cinema.”

“Inside Deep Throat” – February 13th

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, February 13th at 7:40pm for “Inside Deep Throat” at the Kendall Square Cinema. Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

WARNING: This film is rated NC-17, and those under 18 years old will not be admitted to the theatre. Consider this and the subject of the film when deciding whether or not to join us this Sunday. If you feel you might be offended, it might be a good week to take off (of course, you can always join up with us afterwards!).

Inside Deep Throat examines the unanticipated lasting cultural impact generated by Deep Throat, a sexually explicit film first shown in a midtown Manhattan adult theatre in 1972 that quickly became the flashpoint for an unprecedented social and political firestorm. Generally considered the most profitable film of all time (produced for less than $25,000 but earning countless millions), the barely one-hour movie became compulsory viewing for millions of ordinary Americans and celebrities, as an individual’s fascination or repulsion identified his or her place in the cultural shifts of the time. Written and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye)”

“Born into Brothels” – February 6th

Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, February 6th at 7:20pm for “Born into Brothels” at the Kendall Square Cinema. Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.

“In a tribute to the resiliency of childhood, debut writers/directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman offer a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Briski, a photographer, gives each child a camera and teaches them how to take pictures, causing them to look at their world with new eyes. Humorous and heartfelt, the film reveals the power of art and how beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places. Winner of ten major film festival prizes, including the 2004 Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary. Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature.”

“The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial”

This Sunday (January 30th), join the Boston chapter of the Sunday Night Film Club at the Harvard Film Archive for the film “The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial”.

“The proceedings of a Paris courtroom are the basis for one of the most striking nonfiction works to emerge from the continent in recent years. Drawing from over two hundred appearances in the 10th District Courtroom, all featuring the same steadfast judge, renowned photographer Raymond Dipardon provides compelling, often humorous observations of a series of misdemeanor hearings and sentencings. Using a simple, static formal structure, he captures the subtler details of human behavior which reveal the complexities of race, class, and gender in contemporary society.” Directed by Raymond Dipardon.

Showtime is at 7pm, and I will be there about 15 minutes early wearing a nametag reading “Sean”. The first few people who show up will get a somewhat discounted ticket thanks to Corinna’s employee discount.

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