Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Perverts of Miami, Unite and Take Over!

Oh Miami Beach Cinematheque, how do I love thee! Let me count the ways...

Let me take this opportunity to say - joking aside - that the Miami Beach Cinematheque is a cinephile's wet dream come true. It's one of the few places in Miami where you can watch films made for a beautiful frame, a wayward glance, the careful but seemingly spontaneous encounter or chance. The films displayed are made for the art of film-making and story telling; elements too often forgotten or ignored in blockbuster Hollywood films.

The theater fits 30 people at the most and seats fill up quickly - thank God! The walls are lined with movie postcards, books and posters of the latest flicks. Each time I've walked into the place, Maya Deren short films play in the background. For those unfamiliar, I can best sum up her visual poetry by saying this: sensuality wrapped up in a surrealistic knife and kiss.

Every week, the Cinematheque features a dynamic and interesting line-up of films and documentaries. But this particular feature caught my eye and I think it will appeal to many [hell yeah I plan to be there!] Here is a description taken from the Cinematheque's Web site:

April 10 FRI at 8:30pm:

The Pervert's Guide To Cinema

Directed by Sophie Fiennes/UK/Austria/Netherlands/2008
Featuring ZIZEK!

The Pervert's Guide To Cinema takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, acclaimed philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. Whether he is untangling the famously baffling films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Zizek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect, and unfailing sense of humor.

WINNER: British Independent Film Awards Best Documentary

“Highly entertaining and often brilliant.” –Guardian (UK)

“Here's a film guaranteed to make you smarter than all your friends for 48 hours, or at least feel like you are.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

* * * * * “ESSENTIAL VIEWING FOR CINEPHILES! But also for anyone else interested in the enduring power of cinema.”—Time Out

Buy tickets here.

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