Get Your Ingmar On: Cinematheque celebrates "50 Years of Janus Films"

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The Seventh Sealplays September 6 and 9.
Next week, the Cleveland Cinematheque kicks off its two-month “50 Years of Janus Films” series, which pays tribute to the company that’s distributed some of the world’s best-ever foreign movies to the U.S. over the past five decades. The schedule (which includes more than a dozen black-and-white, subtitled classics) can be daunting – especially to folks who aren’t used to reading their movies. We’re here to help. You’ve probably heard some of these filmmakers’ names heralded by Roger Ebert or some other movie critic during their evisceration of Brett Ratner’s latest craptacular -- most likely within some variation of “Ratner doesn’t even deserve to mow Kurosawa’s/Fellini’s/Truffaut’s lawn.” Here’s your chance to feel like a real cinephile. These are the movies you shouldn’t miss. Plan now. The Seventh Seal: Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 existential masterpiece features a knight returning from war, a determined grim reaper, and the world’s most famous chess match. (September 6 at 7 p.m., September 9 at 7 p.m.) Beauty and the Beast: Jean Cocteau’s 1946 fantasy includes some of the most gorgeous, dreamlike images ever put on film. Not to be confused with Disney’s dancing-dinnerware version. (September 7 at 9:25 p.m., September 9 at 4:15 p.m.) Seven Samurai: Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic – about a group of sword-wielding fighters defending a poor village from bullies – influenced tons of other action pics over the years, including Hollywood’s The Magnificent Seven, a direct rip-off. (September 15 at 7:30 p.m.) -- Michael Gallucci

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