All Quiet on the Western FrontThink Oliver Stone and all those commie-lovin' hippie filmmakers of the '70s and '80s were the first to make anti-war movies? Think again. This 1930 classic, set during the first World War, is about a German kid who soon figures out that war is indeed hell. So why should you see it again? Because the version the Cinematheque is showing this week is a newly discovered European silent print. It's longer than the film you're used to, but no less poignant. That final scene still resonates. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29. — Michael GallucciGladiatorRussell Crowe unleashes hell on a bunch of sword-wielding Romans in Ridley Scott's awesome 2000 Oscar-hogger. Crowe's weapons of choice: blades, lances, and telephones! Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zeeShane Meadows (who wrote and directed the terrific This Is England) returns with another slice-of-British-life comedy-drama. This one's about a roadie and his rapping friend. Yeah boyyy!!! Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, July 30.
The Red ShoesMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's luscious 1948 dance movie gets one of those fancy-ass restorations ... and it looks even more splendid. It's a classic fantasy about a ballerina and her totally awesome shoes. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 30, and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31.Horse FeathersThe Cinematheque's Marx Brothers celebration continues with another animal-titled movie from the '30s. In this one, they ... aw, does it really matter? It's the Marx Brothers! Harpo will play the harp, Chico will do something funny, and Groucho will be a smartass. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31.
Spring FeverNaked Chinese people alert! A private investigator, hot on the case of somebody doing somebody else wrong, gets involved in a steamy gay-straight love triangle. Yowza! Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, and 9:35 p.m. Saturday, July 31.