SIFF SIFF 2008: Day 12 Recommendations
posted by June 2 at 10:21 AMon
SIFF Cinema is finally done with that unpleasant parade of short films, so it’s safe to return to SIFF Cinema. And that’s what we recommend you do if you can make it to an afternoon show today: Alexandra (4:30 pm at SIFF Cinema), the magisterial new film from Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark).
Next, you might consider peeling off from SIFF and checking out the first (and wildest) entry in the Paramount’s Silent Movie Monday series on Douglas Fairbanks. It’s called When Clouds Roll By, and it’s about hypnotism, an opal ring, and an act of God. I’m totally there.
If you’re sticking with SIFF, SIFF Cinema has a great archival screening too: 1961’s Night Tide (7 pm), recently restored by the Academy Film Archive, stars Dennis Hopper in a cute sailor outfit and Linda Lawson in a strap-on mermaid tail—or is it in fact fused to her flesh?!?!
In the final slot, your best bet is You, the Living (9:30 pm at the Egyptian), a strange little Swedish film made up of 50 short, loosely interlocking sketches.