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Oldboy 2013

Oldboy (2003)

Cafe Cinema Event
When: Friday Oct 18 @ 7 PM
Film: Oldboy (2003)
Year: 2003
Director: Chan-wook Park
Format: Color
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Adventure
Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang
Country: Korea
Runtime: 120 Min
Cost: Free

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Oldboy (2003)

This Friday night, Cafe Cinema presents its first film from Korea, Oldboy, the 2004 winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. Directed by Chan-wook Park, this absorbing neo-noir thriller follows the predicament of a drunk Dae-su Oh, who is dragged off the streets and imprisoned, without explanation, for years. In the same mysterious way
he was captured, he is released. His journey for truth begins and is nothing short of mind-bending.

Oldboy (2003)

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Oldboy (2003)

Cafe Cinema has weekly screenings of great films and is a production of and local filmic venue outlet for Idyllwild Film Festival.

Strange Illusion (1945)

Strange Illusion (1945)

STRANGE ILLUSION (1945)

Cafe Cinema Event
When: Friday June 14 @ 7 PM
Feature: Strange Illusion
Format: BW
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Year: 1945
Genre: Film Noir, Thriller
Photography: Philip Tannura
Starring: Jimmy Lydon, Warren William, Regis Toomey
Country: US
Runtime: 87 Min
Cost: Free

For our second film to showcase the recent Arthur Lyons Film Noir Film
Festival, Cafe Cinema presents another dark classic that wowed the
crowd. A combination of Shakespeare and a low budget film giant, Edgar
J. Ulmer, produced one of the strangest noirs ever. The ultra
paranormal and ‘out of the swamps’ wierd, STRANGE ILLUSION by short
lived PRC Pictures, stars James Lydon, as Paul Cartwright and a
ensemble of highly skilled and entertaining character actors from the
‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood. Lydon portrays a college student tormented
by prophetic dreams. In his dreams he sees a male gold-digger trying
to wed his wealthy widowed mother. Naturally, he won’t allow this, so
crosses over his dreams into reality.

Strange Illusion

This strange mixture of fantasy, drama, mystery and Freud is
characterized by dream-like photography that is low key and
atmospheric. Incredibly fun from the very beginning, director Ulmer’s
stamp is all over it. Style is always given precedence above common
sense. There never was a financial obstacle for Ulmer, he could create
any ‘Illusion’ he wished in his films. He believed that one’s
enjoyment of the film medium was purely a cognitive one and not one
based in any real or rational world.

The Suspect

Cafe Cinema has weekly screenings of great films and is a production of and local filmic venue outlet for Idyllwild Film Festival.

The Suspect (1944)

The Suspecct (1944)

THE SUSPECT (1944)

Cafe Cinema Event
When: Friday May 31 @ 7 PM
Feature: The Suspect
Format: BW
Director: Robert Siodmak
Year: 1944
Genre: Film Noir, Thriller
Photography: Paul Ivano
Starring: Charles Laughton, Ella Raines
Country: US
Runtime: 85 Min
Cost: Free

Fresh from the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Film Festival, Cafe Cinema will present a few noirs that wowed the crowd. This week, the incomparably entertaining and thrilling noir, THE SUSPECT, starring Charles Laughton and Ella Raines. This very rare noir (not available on DVD) was exhibited at 10 in the morning on a Sunday and the packed audience was totally engaged and boisterous from the outset.

The Suspect

Often considered as the closest to an Alfred Hitchcock film that wasn’t made by him, THE SUSPECT is a expertly directed thriller by noir giant, Robert Siodmak. Set in London circa 1902, Charles Laughton portrays an unhappy tobacconist married to a real bitch. He puts up with it but his life changes when he finds love with the ever beautiful Ella Raines.

The Suspect

Cafe Cinema has weekly screenings of great films and is a production of and local filmic venue outlet for Idyllwild Film Festival.

The Long Wait (1954)

 

The Long Wait (1954)

THE LONG WAIT (1956)

When: Friday May 10 @ 7 PM
Feature: The Long Wait
Format: BW
Director: Victor Saville
Year: 1954
Genre: Film Noir
Photography: Franz Planer
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Peggy Castle
Country: US
Runtime: 85 Min
Cost: Free

It doesn’t get much better that this. Anthony Quinn is double crossed by a hood who wants his woman. Quinn plays a character that suffered a severe head trauma that made him lose his long term memory… he can’t remember who he is or anything from his past. This presents a huge problem as he is directed by the guy who wants his woman to pick up his reward in his old hometown.

THE Long Wait

Quinn’s character, Johnny McBride, heads for his hometown and learns that the reward is actually a bounty as he is wanted for MURDER. He is forced to defend himself with no knowledge of his past. The only way he can save himself is through past relationships with women that loved him. They hold the secret to his past! In Charles Bronson fashion, Quinn goes on a quest to find the true murderer and his true identity!

Cafe Cinema has weekly screenings of great films and is a production of and local filmic venue outlet for Idyllwild Film Festival.

CONTRABAND (1940)

 

Contraband (1940)

Cafe Cinema Event
When: Friday April 5 @ 7 PM
Feature: CONTRABAND
Format: BW
Director: Michael Powell
Year: 1940
Genre: Thriller, Romance, Comedy, Suspense, Adventure
Country: UK/Denmark
Runtime: 92 Min

This Friday, April 5, Cafe Cinema will present an
alternative take on the the beloved Hitchcock
films we all grew up on … spy suspense and
romance between lovers argumentative lovers
enveloped in dangerous predicaments. CONTRABAND, a
delightful comedic film was directed by England’s
legendary director, Michael Powell and is also a
terrific spy story from the prodigeous writing
team of Powell and Pressburger. A Danish freighter
captain, Conrad Veidt, is detained due to wartime
Contraband Control. To free his ship, he is forced
to trail temptress Valerie Hobson through blacked
out London.

Contraband (1940)

THE WAY OUT (1955)

 

The Way Out (1955)

Showing Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Director: Montgomery Tully
Writers: Bruce Graeme (novel), Montgomery Tully
Genre: Film Noir, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Technical: Black and White, Sound, 86 Min
Fee: Free

On Friday, January 4, Cafe Cinema brings back a rare piece of British film noir, THE WAY OUT (alternatively known as DIAL 999). It concerns a husband that tells his spouse that he is on the lam as
for having killed a bookie during an drunken episode.

The Way Out (1955)

He claims that he is innocent and that he is being framed. While in hiding, his wife and her brother try to find out who the actual murderer is, only to run into detail that cast doubt on his innocence.

 

Cafe Cinema has weekly screenings of great films and is a production of and local filmic venue outlet for Idyllwild Film Festival.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944)

Christmas Noir (1944)

 

 

 

 

Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Director: Robert Siodmak
Writers: W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Herman J. Mankiewicz (screenplay)
Genre: Film Noir, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Technical: Black and White, Sound, 93 Min
Fee: Free

Christmas Noir (1944)

Cafe Cinema will be trying something new this
year, a Evening of Xmas Noir. We start the
somber evening off with a couple of noirish shorts
and then precariously follow with the showing a
true Xmas noir classic, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944).

This would have to be one of the strangest holiday-themed movies ever made. Deanna Durbin has her first adult role  (she was a child star up to this point) in this Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane screenwriter) adaptation of  Somerset Maugham’s novel. Gene Kelly (no, its not a typo) is particularly sinister as the abusive husband. A true noir tale that weaves in and out of all the familiar elements of the holiday season and then some.

Cafe Cinema has weekly screenings of great films and is a production of and local filmic venue outlet for Idyllwild Film Festival.