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“A film gourmand’s lusty dream . . . Perhaps the funniest movie about the connection between food and sex ever made.” – Hal Hinson, Washington Post “No foodie film is as deliriously, obscenely pleasurable . . . A kind of food reverence that borders on porn.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine “A weird, mouth-watering masterpiece . . . It’s delicious and you’ll slurp up every bite.” – Dan Kois, Slate

Tampopo タンポポ Japan 1985. Dir: Juzo Itami. 115 min. DCP

Food, sex, and movie madness are the main ingredients of Juzo Itami’s oh-so-tasty Tampopo, a major art-house hit in the 1980s now newly restored and available for the first time in decades. When Clint Eastwood-like trucker Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and his young sidekick Gun (Ken Watanabe) land in the struggling roadside ramen joint of widow Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto), it sets off a madcap (and surprisingly sensual) quest for the perfect bowl of Japanese noodles. Itami’s rambunctious “Ramen Western,” a freewheeling surrealist satire in the Buñuelian manner, is full-to-bursting with movie parodies, erotic exploits, and noodle-slurping ecstasy, and more or less introduced ramen to North America. For which we say: Domo arigato! “In a new restoration, more vivid and seductive than ever . . . Tampopo creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy” (Michael Sragow, Film Comment). THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 – 8:30 PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 – 6:30 PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 – 4:00 PM & 8:30 PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 – 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – 8:30 PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – 6:30 PM

NEW CINEMA “A holy-shit movie . . . The most shocking movie at Cannes last year.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair “A perversely humorous and frequently bizarre tragicomedy . . . Strange, wholly unpredictable, and invigorating.” – Jordan Cronk, Sight & Sound "Top Ten Films of of 2016." - Cahiers du Cinéma

The new film from the director of Stranger by the Lake

Staying Vertical (Rester vertical)

France 2016. Dir: Alain Guiraudie. 100 min. DCP

The startlingly unconventional Staying Vertical, French auteur Alain Guiraudie’s follow-up to 2013’s Stranger by the Lake, his international breakthrough, finds beauty, wonder, and mystery everywhere it looks – at rolling landscapes and wild wolves; at birth, death, and sex; at the messy, marvellous spectrum of carnal desire. A fairy-tale-like meditation on what it means to be a vertical animal, it follows sexually-fluid screenwriter Léo (Damien Bonnard), who, while wandering the countryside in search of inspiration, unexpectedly becomes a single parent after fathering a child with a shepherdess (India Hair). Pitched somewhere between the neo-Bressonian austerity of Bruno Dumont and the deadpan comedy of Luis Buñuel, Guiraudie’s bawdy, beguiling film subverts norms and expectations at every turn, and has a dreamlike logic that begins to approach the mythic. With its oddball digressions and often very explicit images, it’s also guaranteed to divide audiences – but there’s no denying that Guiraudie is a singular, and singularly open-hearted, talent! THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 – 6:30 PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 – 8:45 PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 – 6:30 PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 – 8:45 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – 6:30 PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – 8:45 PM

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The Cinematheque JAN + FEB 2017