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A Useful Life  /  The Seats of the Alcazar

The Seats of the Alcazar
June 15, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Special Panel Discussion:  following the second film on tonight's program, the Archive is pleased to host a panel of film programmers and curators from venues around the city to discuss the joys and challenges of repertory and art house film programming in Los Angeles in the age of DCP and online streaming.  Panelists will include:  Bret Berg, Alamo Drafthouse, Los Angeles; Ross Melnick, co-curator of "Marquee Movies;" Grant Moninger, American Cinematheque; KJ Relth, Cinefamily; Bernardo Rondeau, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A Useful Life  (Uruguay, 2010)

La vida útil

A middle-aged cinema manager in Montevideo must deal with the reality that his beloved cinema, and only workplace for a quarter-century, is on its last legs.  But as dwindling audiences and disastrous finances signal the death of cinephilia as he has known it, a potential romance suggests there just might be life beyond the movies in this sweet and wistful human comedy.

35, b/w, in Spanish with English subtitles, 67 min.  Production: Cinekdoque, Mediapro, Versátil Cinema.  Distribution: FiGa Films, Global Film Initiative.  Producer: Federico Veiroj.  Director: Federico Veiroj.  Screenwriter: Gonzalo Delgado, Federico Veiroj, Inés Bortagaray, Arauco Hernández Holz.  Cinematographer: Arauco Hernández Holz.  Editor: Arauco Hernández Holz, Federico Veiroj.  Music: Eduardo Fabini, Macunaima, Leo Masliah.  Cast: Jorge Jellinek, Manuel Martinez Carril, Paola Venditto.

The Seats of the Alcazar  (France, 1989)

Les sièges de l’Alcazar

The legendary feud between French film journals Cahiers du Cinéma and Positif is given a loving and masterfully droll send up—along with cinephilia itself—as only French writer-director Luc Moullet could.  Cahiers critic Guy Moscardo (Olivier Maltinti) happily extols the virtues of his favorite theater, the Alcazar, until Jeanne (Elizabeth Moreau), a Positif critic, turns up during a Vittorio Cottafavi retrospective and he’s faced with a double bill of rivalry and potential romance.

16mm, color, in French with English subtitles, 54 min.  Production: Les Films d'Ici.  Director: Luc Moullet.  Screenwriter: Luc Moullet.  Cinematographer: Richard Copans.  Editor: Guy Lecome.  Cast: Olivier Maltinti, Elizabeth Moreau, Sabine Haudepin, Micha Bayard, Dominique Zardi.