Our little arthouse movie venue, the Doris Duke Theatre, begins the Halloween month of October with Masters of Horror, a diverse celebration of classic, spine-tingling screamers. Things start off with the 40th anniversary restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Then out pops Rosemary’s Baby, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Blue Velvet and The Shining.
The end of the month brings Cinematic Treasures from China, a festival highlighting the works of Chinese, Taiwanese and Chinese-American filmmakers. We’ll get Eat Drink Man Woman; Raise the Red Lantern; The Story of Qiu Ju; Chungking Express; King of Masks; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Wedding Banquet; and The Joy Luck Club. Also, part of the festival will be a lecture from Professor Yunte Huang, author of Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History.
In December, they will celebrate cinematic novel adaptations with Bookish! Books on the Big Screen. That festival will include From Here to Eternity, Makioka Sisters, High and Low, The River, Le Notti Bianche, Women in Love and Zazie Dans Le Metro.
And last but not least, the year ends with a bang as they present Oh My Godzilla!, a week devoted to everyone’s favorite giant, radioactive lizard. This year will end with Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla II and a restored print of the 1954 original, Godzilla.
Other noteworthy screenings include John Turturro’s directorial debut Passione, a film about the musical traditions of Naples, Giorgio Moroder’s controversial re-scoring of the Fritz Lang sci-fi classic Metropolis and the indie killer-redneck comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.