The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: EASY VIRTUE w/ live musical accompaniment by JOSHUA PEARL

Easy Virtue

The tyrannies of polite British society come under scrutiny in this adaptation of Noël Coward’s stage hit of the same name. Adapted by Eliot Stannard, who scripted most of Hitchcock’s silent films, EASY VIRTUE offers an early example of one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes: the “wrong man”—in this case, woman. After Larita Filton is unjustly accused of having an affair, her hard-drinking husband divorces her. She heads for the South of France under a new identity to escape the press, but not for long, as her would-be fiancé’s mother finds out about her past in The Tatler and begins meddling in the couple’s fate. “Hitchcock’s handling of flashbacks shows impressive narrative flair, as does his frequently imaginative play with point-of-view.”—Time Out, London. (80 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by Joshua Pearl.

Joshua Pearl is a musical explorer and adventurer (www.joshuapearl.com), internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, transplant from the theater world of New York, founding member of the cross-disciplinary trio Incorporamento (with dancer Gavin Larsen and poet David Biespiel) (www.dancemusicpoetry.com), executive director of The Portland Music Collaborative.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Restoration funding provided by The American Friends of the BFI, The John S. Cohen Foundation, Deluxe 142, The Idlewild Trust, and numerous film societies across the U.K. that donated to the Hitchcock 9 campaign.

 

EASY VIRTUE screens Sunday, October 27 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  THE HITCHCOCK 9 is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.
Series passes to The Hitchcock 9 available here.

The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: THE MANXMAN w/ live musical accompaniment by TRES GONE

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In a remote fishing village on the Isle of Man, two boyhood friends—one a lawyer, the other a fisherman—are torn apart when they discover they are in love with the same woman—smolderingly sensual Anny Ondra, whom Hitchcock also cast in his suspense masterpiece BLACKMAIL. Shooting in Cornwall, Hitchcock makes striking use of the dramatic natural surroundings and vertiginous seaside cliffs in “one of the best and most mature works of his early career.”—BFI. (101 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by Tres Gone.

Born from the ashes of Portland’s Gone Orchestra, Tres Gone is Mike Mahaffay on drums, Scott Steele on guitar and bass and Eric Hausmann on guitar synth; a  trio of improvisers who frequently collaborate with multimedia and an assortment of other artists.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by Daniel and Joanna Friel and Ronald T. Shedlo. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142.

THE MANXMAN screens Saturday, October 26 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  THE HITCHCOCK 9 is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.
Series passes to The Hitchcock 9 available here.

The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: THE PLEASURE GARDEN w/ live musical accompaniment by the 1939 ENSEMBLE

The Pleasure Garden

Hitchcock’s first film, shot in Germany and on location in Italy at Lake Como, is set in the world of seedy London nightclubs. Two young dancers, one celebrated, the other finding her way, take intertwined paths to romantic tragedy. The first of several Hitchcock films about women putting faith in men they don’t really know—to perilous effect—THE PLEASURE GARDEN also offers hints of the visual flourishes and thematic obsessions later to become iconic. Alma Reville served as the film’s assistant director (one of 19 films of his she worked on over 50 years), and the story goes that Hitchcock proposed to her after the shooting wrapped. (90 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by the 1939 Ensemble.

1939 Ensemble is Jose Medeles and David Coniglio, an instrumental duo from Portland, featuring metal, wood,drums and vibes, beats and melody. Random precision through noise, 1939 Ensemble doesn’t just cross genres, they both embrace and exploit them, inviting each listener in through the familiar, and leaving them with something new to explore.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and by Matt Spick. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142.

THE PLEASURE GARDEN screens Friday, October 25 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  THE HITCHCOCK 9 is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.
Series passes to The Hitchcock 9 available here.

The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: CHAMPAGNE w/ live musical accompaniment by THE BILL MARSH ENSEMBLE

Champagne

CHAMPAGNE stars the bubbly Betty Balfour as a frivolous flapper whose millionaire father looks to teach her a lesson in frugality by letting her think he’s gone bankrupt. The movie brims with sight gags, with a swaying camera mimicking the roll of an ocean liner to generate several humorously queasy moments. But the comedy also has an unsettling undercurrent in the way the men in Betty’s life—her father, her fiancé, a mysterious admirer—seem eager to see her shamed. Throughout, Hitchcock revels in provocative uses of POV, including a look through the dregs of a glass of champagne that brackets the picture.”—BFI. (105 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by The Bill Marsh Ensemble.
Mr. Marsh is a sought after guitarist based in Portland who is currently recording and performing with Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Halie Loren and Morning Ritual.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142

 

CHAMPAGNE screens Wednesday, October 23 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  THE HITCHCOCK 9 is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.
Series passes to The Hitchcock 9 available here.

Reel Music 31 – MEAN STREETS

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Based in part on his own experiences in the darker corners of New York’s Little Italy, MEAN STREETS is Martin Scorsese’s parable of a man attempting to reconcile his violent lifestyle with an irresolute Catholic faith. Harvey Keitel portrays Charlie, a well-meaning, small-time hood whose conflicted nature is slowly beginning to jeopardize both his work and his private life. Robert De Niro turns in a startling performance as Johnny Boy, Charlie’s arguably psychopathic friend, whose quick temper and unpaid debts quickly become menacing liabilities. A powerful, character-driven film, Scorsese’s Italian-American tale is one of the classic films of its era and remains the standard for great rock soundtracks. (112 mins.)

MEAN STREETS screens Tuesday, October 22 at 9pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Reel Music 31 – BROTHERS HYPNOTIC

Brothers Hypnotic

For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, “brotherhood” is literal: they’re all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago’s South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk, and black consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass horns to the sky—while playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested and must decide whether his principles really are their own. BROTHERS HYPNOTIC is a coming-of-age story, for eight brothers and for an ideal. (86 mins.)

 

BROTHERS HYPNOTIC screens Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Reel Music 31 – THE GREAT FLOOD

Great Flood

THE GREAT FLOOD is a film-music collaboration inspired by the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society. A pivotal event that set off massive migration, the flood fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Chicago and Detroit, which in turn became the wellspring for R&B and rock, as well as developing jazz styles. Using minimal text and no spoken dialogue, director Bill Morrison (DECASIA, THE MINERS’ HYMNS) weaves incredible archival footage with composer/guitarist Bill Frisell’s evocative score to create a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history. As the incredible footage unfolds, some pristine and some decayed, the images from this milestone tragedy narrate a haunting, dreamlike, and unique cinematic experience. (80 mins.)

THE GREAT FLOOD screens Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Reel Music 31 – VIDEO MUSICS III: FLOATING OCEANS

Video Musics 3

Portland musician, animator, and filmmaker Alexis Gideon combines all these interests in his stop-motion animated video operas. FLOATING OCEANS explores and celebrates Irish literature and mythology, as reexamined through contemporary styles such as hip-hop and psychedelia. Based on the works of Lord Dunsany, an early 20th-century Irish fantasy writer, the piece is also inspired by the experiments of John William Dunne, an Irish engineer interested in dreams and parapsychology. And all this plays out through the form of a bourgeois dinner party. The live music mirrors the video’s action exactly, and the animated characters’ mouths are perfectly in sync with the sung lyrics. (38 mins.)

Director Alexis Gideon will introduce the film.

VIDEO MUSICS III: FLOATING OCEANS happens Monday, October 21 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: DOWNHILL w/ live musical accompaniment by GIDEON FREUDMANN

Downhill

“DOWNHILL mixes cynical humor with sexual horror as it tracks star rugby player Roddy’s descent from upstanding British schoolboy to Montmartre gigolo, the downhill road laid for him by a series of scheming women. Hitchcock’s formal audacity is on flamboyant display in false flashbacks, upside-down POV shots, and massive foreground objects dwarfing the characters behind them. The film reaches a psychological and stylistic climax with delirious, nightmarishly vivid visions of an evil feminine conspiracy. ‘I wanted to embody the dream in the reality, in solid, unblurred images,’ Hitchcock later said.”—BFI. (105 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by Gideon Freudmann.
Mr Freudmann is a cello innovator, composer, songwriter, improvisor who plays a fusion of Blues Jazz, Folk, Classical, Rock and more. He plays an electric cello with real time looping gear and a fertile imagination.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios, Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by Simon W. Hessel. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142 and The Headley Trust

 

DOWNHILL screens Sunday, October 20 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  THE HITCHCOCK 9 is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.
Series passes to The Hitchcock 9 available here.

Reel Music 31 – BABE’S AND RICKY’S INN

Babe's & Ricky's Inn

From 1957 to its closing in 2007, Laura Mae Gross’s legendary South Central Los Angeles blues club was ground zero for a generation of music lovers and legends. Welcoming to all audiences, everyone from Johnny Lee Hooker, BB King, Albert King, and T-Bone Walker to the up-and-coming shared the stage in an open, creative, and safe environment. Ramin Niami’s loving valentine is a homey ode to a 50-year story of music and family with Guitar Shorty, Ray Bailey, Deacon Jones, Keb’ Mo’, South Side Slim, Tokyo Mississippi, and many others testifying to the club’s profound influence on their lives and music and demonstrating it in rousing performances. “If you don’t want to get up and move at some point during this film, go see a doctor.”—The Los Angeles Times. (90 mins.)

BABE’S AND RICKY’S INN screens Wednesday, October 16 at 9pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.