A list of this week's events for cinephiles.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The ultimate summer movie: cowboys on the run—and what cowboys they were: Robert Redford and Paul Newman in their prime. This film is ranked No. 7 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest Westerns, and yeah, it’s not too shabby. Also starring Katharine Ross and, uh, Cloris Leachman before she became a 21st-century punch line. (Liz Spikol) Mon., Aug. 17, 7pm. $4.75-$8.75. County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.678. countytheater.com
Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
It’s a title that sounds like a mournful country song, and there’s certainly something elegaic about this Robert Altman film. Sandy Dennis, Cher and Karen Black star as members of a James Dean fan club who come together at a Woolworth’s (remember those?) in Texas 20 years after Dean’s death. There they ruminate in Altmanesque fashion. This was the first big film-award nomination for Cher (a Golden Globe) and she really, really deserved it. Shown with HWY: An American Pastoral, which stars another James Deanean lost soul: Jim Morrison. (L.S.) Thurs., Aug. 13, 8pm. Free. Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. armcinema25.com/AVV.html
Cool Hand Luke
Paul Newman leads a kick-ass cast—George Kennedy! Jo Van Fleet! Harry Dean Stanton! Dennis Hopper! Joe Don Baker!—as a prison camp inmate suffering from antidisestablishmentarianism. Allegedly, he eats eggs. (Matt Prigge) Mon., Aug. 10, 7pm. $4.75-$8.75. County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. countytheater.com. Tues., Aug. 11, 7pm. $5-$9.50. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. brynmawrfilm.org. Thurs., Aug. 13, 7pm. $4.75-$8.75. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. 215.345.7855. amblertheater.com
Masahiro Motoki plays a failed cellist who accidentally winds up working as a nokanshi, or “encoffining master”—a purely Japanese occupation involving a mix of embalming and funeral rites performed in front of the mourners. Motoki feels compelled to keep his new profession a secret from his otherwise loving, supportive wife (Ryoko Hirosue). Early scenes recall a Japanese Six Feet Under, but director Yojiro Takita quasi-notoriously used to make “pink films”; he’s apparently comfortable working multiple genres, even at once. (M.P.) Wed., Aug. 12, 4pm and Thurs., Aug. 13, 9:30pm. $4.75-$8.75. Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. 215.345.7855. amblertheater.com
Dillinger Is Dead (Dillinger è morto)
I-House, where this movie is playing, says Dillinger Is Dead is a cult classic awaiting its cult. So get in line. This Italian film from the prolific Marco Ferreri (the bizarre La grande bouffe, among many others) is set in a claustrophobic apartment, where a man comes home from work and sets about making dinner while his wife (Anita Pallenberg)—in bed with a migraine—lies inert. He makes pasta alone in the kitchen, and while puttering, finds a gun that might have been John Dillinger’s. Why would it be in his apartment? Why wouldn’t he have known about it? Why would he cook with it? These are all questions that can be pondered watching this film that’s been analyzed and overanalyzed by film buffs, such analysis begging more questions: Is it a commentary on bourgeoise ennui? On violence? On using honey to enhance your sex life? Go see it. Janus wants you to. (L.S.) Sat., Aug. 15, 7pm. $5-$7. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Scream it with me: “Hey, you guys!” Scream it in that absurd elephantine bellow that Sloth speaks in. Don’t you feel better than you did a minute ago? Don’t you suddenly love the stranger sitting next to you on the El with all your heart and soul (even if that stranger might only enjoy The Goonies ironically with the same sense of smug hipsterdom that allows them to don a mustache and listen to Iron Maiden)? Those three little words and that ridiculous howl, like the movie itself, are an incredibly beautiful and pure expression. (Matt Soniak) Sat., Aug. 15, midnight. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. 215.925.7900. landmarktheatres.com
High School Confidential!
Jack Arnold, the B-movie maven behind The Incredible Shrinking Man and Creature From the Black Lagoon, helmed this timely crime pic, which is best known for its Jerry Lee Lewis song or, in a close second, as a vehicle for Mamie Van Doren (and assets). Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling and Jackie Coogan co-star. Shorts and trailers round out the evening, presented by preservationist Lou DiCrescenzo. (M.P.) Wed., Aug. 12, 7pm. $4.75-$8.75. County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.678. countytheater.com
Marley & Me
Screening Under the Stars? How about Suicide Under the Stars? When I went to see Marley & Me in the theater (yes, I did, with a friend who thought Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and a yellow dog were irresistible), kids left crying in Bambi-like heaps after the sad ending. Parents, keep your children away. Discerning viewers: Keep your eyes away. This is a dog that needs to be put down. (L.S.) Thurs., Aug. 13, 8pm. Free. Screening Under the Stars, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Market St. and Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com
This silent film by Fritz Lang gets a special gift from Cinema 16:9: a project called Lens Flare, which includes several silent shorts before the main event and a live soundtrack courtesy Jesse D.J. There’ll also be specialty drink mix ingredients to mark the celebration of Lang’s futuristic vision, though you have to bring your own booze. Check the website for more specifics, along with a video of what Lens Flare looks like when it’s going down. (L.S.) Fri., Aug. 14, 10pm. $10. Cinema 16:9, 35 N. Landsdowne Ave., Landsdowne.