The fall 2010 schedule at UW Cinematheque is full of hooks.
2010 is the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's birth, so what better occasion for a series? Cinematheque brings in eight 35mm prints, beginning with a restored version of the multiple-points-of-view classic Rashomon on Friday, Sept. 3. Like all Cinematheque screenings, it's free in 4070 UW Vilas Hall.
UW alum Errol Morris comes to town on Oct. 21-22, and Cinematheque marks the visit with five of his idiosyncratic documentaries: The Fog of War, Gates of Heaven, A Brief History of Time, The Thin Blue Line and Vernon, Florida. The series is appropriately called "Elusive Truths," and it begins Saturday, Sept. 4, with The Fog of War, Morris' squirm-inducing portrait of Vietnam War architect Robert S. McNamara.
Another hook: a series called "Korean War Memories" to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. It includes three Korean films (Aimless Bullet, The Marines Who Never Returned and Rainy Days) along with Sam Fuller's brutal American take on the conflict, 1951's Steel Helmet.
Dario Argento's witchy Suspiria is tied to Halloween with an Oct. 30 screening, and Andy Warhol's Poor Little Rich Girl is tied to an exhibit of Warhol's photographs at the Chazen Museum of Art. The exhibit opens Oct. 9, and the film screens on Nov. 12. It features Warhol's favorite poor-little-rich girl, Edie Sedgwick.
Three other series have no tie-ins whatsoever: Italian comedies (beginning Sept. 24), Anthony Mann film noirs (beginning Dec. 4) and the best of the Polish Film Festival in America (Nov. 19-21). You can check out all those screenings just for the hell of it.