'Tokyo Story', one of the greatest films of all time, screens here
Revivals, special screenings and festivals certain to spark the interest of Seattle area film buffs this week of Friday, Sept. 21, include the Seattle Art Museum series, "Women in the Shadows: The Film Noir Cycle"; films on architecture and design at the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center; and a showing of the movie chosen by this year's Sight & Sound directors' poll as the greatest film of all time, Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 masterpiece "Tokyo Story."
Seattle Times movie critic
"Women in the Shadows: The Film Noir Cycle," the 35th- anniversary edition of Seattle Art Museum's popular fall noir series, begins Thursday with one of the greats: "Double Indemnity," starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. It continues on Thursday nights through Dec. 6 (no shows Oct. 11 and Nov. 22) with "Mildred Pierce," "Sorry, Wrong Number," "Criss Cross," "In a Lonely Place," "The Big Heat," "Female on the Beach," "The Killers" and "Fargo." Series passes are $68 ($63 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF or TheFilmSchool members) and available at www.seattleartmuseum.org or through the SAM box office at 206-654-3210.
The Seattle Design Festival: Films on Architecture and Design screens this weekend at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus), with seven documentaries, one feature (the romantic comedy "Sidewalls," taking place in contemporary Buenos Aires) and several short films. Also at the Film Center is "Man on the Moon," screening as part of the ongoing Milos Forman film series Tuesday at 7 p.m.; the contemporary ballet evening "Move to Move," performed by Nederlands Dans Theatre and screening as part of the Command Performances in HD series Monday at 6:30 p.m.; and the documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car," which will have a special free screening Wednesday at 7 p.m.
At the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle), the Films4Families $4 weekend matinee series continues with the 2006 version of "Charlotte's Web," screening at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also at the Uptown, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema gets under way Thursday with a gala opening-night screening of the crime drama "No Rest for the Wicked," winner of six Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscars), followed by a reception. Tickets are $25 for the film and reception ($20 SIFF members), or $10 ($5) for the film only; the festival continues through Sept. 30. For more info on any SIFF event, see www.siff.net or call the box office at 206-324-9996.
"Queen: Live in Budapest," the film of Queen's 1986 concert in front of 80,000 fans, will show twice at the Harvard Exit this week, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary. Screenings are Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $12.50 and available through www.landmarktheatres.com.
The 13th annual Port Townsend Film Festival takes place this weekend, with special guests Bruce Dern (who'll do a Q&A after a screening of "Smile") and Chely Wright (who's present for the documentary "Wish Me Away"). Should you be in the neighborhood, or wish to take a pleasant day trip to see a few movies, information is available at www.ptfilmfest.com or 360-379-1333.
Julia Haslett's documentary "An Encounter with Simone Weil," which chronicles the filmmaker's attempts to connect with the French mystic (who died many decades ago), plays at Northwest Film Forum this week, nightly Monday through Thursday. Also at NWFF, Tuesday only: a timely one-night return of the documentary "Battle for Brooklyn," a thoughtful film about one man's battle to save his condo building from demolition required to build an arena for the New Jersey Nets. The film, directed by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, played here last year; the arena opens this week. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
The Grand Illusion presents a 35mm run of Yasujiro Ozu's quiet 1953 masterpiece "Tokyo Story," about an elderly couple visiting their busy grown children in the big city. The Japanese film was the winner in this year's Sight & Sound directors' poll as the greatest film of all time; beating out "2001," "Citizen Kane" and "8 ½." It plays through Wednesday night: 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
And finally, Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn," starring Bruce Campbell, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a midnight run at the Egyptian on Friday and Saturday. 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org