Masters: Robert Altman
Robert Altman is regarded as one of the most influential American filmmakers in history. For this season’s Master Series, Calgary Cinematheque is presenting a selection of Altman’s films released between 1971 and 1977, a period in which his work exemplified the Maverick style for which he became known. The films inherent to this collection – THE LONG GOODBYE, 3 WOMEN, NASHVILLE, THIEVES LIKE US and MCCABE & MRS. MILLER – showcase Altman’s unrelenting tendency to de- and then re-construct Hollywood genre, his unmistakable blending of scripted and improvised dialogue, and the trademark of a uniquely mobile camera.
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Focus: 21st Century Cinema of Argentina
Between November and December Calgary Cinematheque presents a four-film series from a diverse set of Argentine directors, all released in the 21st Century as Argentina was emerging from their economic crisis. The four films, JAUJA (Lisandro Alonso), THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel), BOMBON (Carlos Sorin) and VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro), are by directors associated with different regions of Argentina because of their film settings. In addition, these directors themes and styles range from a vérité style to a cinema inspired by theatre and literature.
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SPOTLIGHT: Spaghetti Westerns
Between January and March Calgary Cinematheque presents a six film spotlight on Spaghetti Westerns that expands on the different themes and symbols of the sub-genre. The selections range from the lone wolf (DJANGO) looking for revenge (DEATH RIDES A HORSE) and money (THE BOUNTY KILLER) to political films (COMPANEROS, A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL). The selected films also cover the gambit of characters from bounty hunters (THE BOUNTY KILLER, THE BIG GUNDOWN), a gun-carrying priest (Klaus Kinski in A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL), corrupt generals, double crossing gunmen to crazed machine gun toting characters.
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Contemporary World Cinema
One-time opportunities to find rising masters and see critically acclaimed, under-exposed world cinema.
This year's Salon Cinema series gathers some of Calgary’s brightest local luminaries in the film community to share and discuss their favourite movies.