Hitchcock/Truffaut doc kicks off UW Cinematheque’s 2016 calendar

Other highlights include the epic new Arabian Nights and an Ingmar Bergman series.


Hitchcock/Truffaut screens January 22 at Vilas Hall.

Hitchcock/Truffaut screens January 22 at Vilas Hall.

The free campus film program UW Cinematheque has rolled out its winter and spring 2016 screening schedule, which begins January 22 with the Madison premiere of Hitchcock/Truffaut. Kent Jones’ new documentary digs into the 1966 book of the same title, in which Francois Truffaut presents an exhaustive, career-spanning interview with Alfred Hitchcock.

But as usual the season calendar is kind of a lot to digest, spanning several additional premieres of new films and revival/restoration series centering around Ingmar Bergman, Robert Altman, obscure musicals, and the more campy/trashy leanings of the Marquee Mondays series. Screenings will take place at the main Cinematheque screening room in Vilas Hall, at the Chazen Museum of Art, and at the Marquee in Union South.

The Bergman series is all over the map, embracing iconic works like The Seventh Seal (February 7, Chazen) and earlier ones like 1948’s Port Of Call (Feb. 21, Chazen). The Altman series is more straight-up canonical, with selections like M*A*S*H* (April 8, Vilas) and the delightfully weird Raymond Chandler adaptation The Long Goodbye (May 6, Vilas).

Marquee Mondays will return with an unrated-edition 35mm print of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left (Feb. 1, Marquee) but is a little more slim overall this season, with just two other screenings: A night of B-movie trailers on March 7 and the daring, Joe Strummer-soundtracked Western Walker on April 11.

Highlights of this season’s Premiere Showcase include an all-day January 23 screening of the three-part, five-and-a-half-hour Arabian Nights, in which Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes weaves together the folktale collection of the same title with a documentary look at the modern-day economic crisis in Portugal.

We’ll be previewing a bunch of the individual films from week to week, and in more detail, in our weekly calendar here at Tone Madison. For now, I recommend browsing the calendar for yourself, as it involves nine different curated series and dozens of individual screenings.

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