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December 22nd, 2009

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02:52 pm - Never ever try to fool a cat with mislabelled cat food cans
The Brattle just published its January and February programming schedule. There will be tons of Jacques Tati at the end of February (if you have never seen Mr. Hulot's Holiday you owe it to yourself to watch, but do so full in the knowledge that anybody who tells you "It's a knock-down drag-out laff riot every single second!" is a liar and has never seen it.)

There will also be the Marx Brothers Marathon on January 1st and I am psyched to notice, upon reading the schedule, that they're showing the films in chronological order: Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup (their last at Paramount), A Night at the Opera (having moved to MGM under Irving Thalberg's wing) and A Day at the Races (probably the best of their later stuff, though I have a soft spot for At The Circus since Groucho sings Lydia, The Tattooed Lady in it.)

Oh, and they throw in a random Truffaut film for good measure: I haven't seen L'Argent de Poche since junior high French class, but it's a wonderful little peek into the world of French kids in the 70s. You'll be hollering "J'ai faim! J'ai faim!" for a few days afterwards.

BUT. That's not the coolest part. The coolest part occurs on Saturday January 23, when they hold a humongous Robert Altman retrospective. I mean, check this list out, all in one day: Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Brewster McCloud; The Long Goodbye and The Player.

But you see that's just not enough dammit for one Saturday thing, so they're holding QA sessions with some of Altman's favorite stars: Sally Kellerman and Michael Murphy after Brewster McCloud, for example.

And Elliot Gould after The Long Goodbye.

I know the Brattle just screened it a few months back.
But they didn't do so with Elliot Gould talking to us afterwards.

This is making me one of the happiest Spatches around. If tickets were on sale already, I'd have purchased mine. I don't even care how much it costs. I don't even care if I have a question or not for any of the folks showing up. I am just going to go.

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Date:December 22nd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
J'ai faim! J'ai faim! Jiai faim!....

Don't even have to see the movie again....

J'ai faim! J'ai faim! Jiai faim!....

It'll stay for you forever.

J'ai faim! J'ai faim! Jiai faim!....
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Date:December 23rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
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Date:December 22nd, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I mean, check this list out, all in one day: Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; Brewster McCloud; The Long Goodbye and The Player.

Well, I'm definitely going to see Brewster McCloud.

Thanks for the heads-up!
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Date:December 22nd, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
"M. Hulot's Holiday" IS a laugh-a-minute riot.

It's just a nuanced one.
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Date:December 23rd, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
"You know what word I'm not comfortable with? Nuance. It's not a real word, like gesture. Gesture's a real word. With gesture you know where you stand. But nuance? I dunno. Maybe I'm wrong."

For me, the film is a smile, grin, giggle at the dining room door spring, laugh, grin again, and keep beaming for the entire time. If it's a riot, it's gonna be a really giddy one.

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Date:December 23rd, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I remember laughing through Mr. Hulot's Holiday in a room full of people who hated it. At the time this just convinced me of my superior taste, because I was like that then.
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Date:December 23rd, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)

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