Behind the Burly Q
The swanky Capitol Theatre lets its hair down this week when the Cleveland Cinematheque presents this new documentary about classic burlesque shows. Before pierced, pale, and tattooed hipster girls made burlesque just another groan-worthy offshoot of internet porn, these road shows packed strippers, dancers, and comedians into a risqué package of old-school entertainment that was as corny as it was sexy. Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis (wife of Back to the Future director Robert) combines old clips and new interviews with some of burlesque's biggest stars. Capitol Theatre. At 7 p.m. Thursday, August 12. — Michael GallucciAidaVerdi's classic opera gets the big-screen treatment in a 1953 Italian film starring Sophia Loren (someone else did the singing for her). There are no subtitles here, so you're on your own if you want to follow the story. Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 11.
Comedy Stars Under the Stars 3
LYFAO at the Cinematheque's annual outdoor screening of a bunch of old comedies. This year's lineup includes Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harry Langdon. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 9:45 p.m. Saturday, August 14.
He Who Must Die
Jules Dassin's little-seen 1957 movie is set in a small Greek village, where a group of political refugees stumble on an annual religious ceremony. The allegorical implications are endless. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 8:55 p.m. Friday, August 13, and 7:25 p.m. Saturday, August 14.
Life During Wartime
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco — this is Todd Solondz's first movie in five years. And it's filled with his usual cast of pedophiles and other degenerates. If that's not enough, Pee-wee Herman is in it. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
A Night at the Opera
Like the Queen album it shares a title with, the Marx Brothers' first movie without Zeppo is big, bombastic, and kinda awesome. The stateroom scene is the film's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Friday, August 13, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14.
Only When I Dance
Documentary about a pair of poor Brazilian teens who dream of busting out of their slum and into the world of professional ballet. It's kinda like City of God, but with pirouettes. Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, August 13.
The Cinematheque's second Capitol Theatre outing on Thursday is a 2007 Spanish horror movie about a news crew that gets trapped in an apartment complex overrun by zombies. If the gore doesn't make you sick, the handheld camerawork will. Capitol Theatre. At 9:15 p.m. Thursday, August 12.
A French love story about a lost wallet and the couple that comes together because of it. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.