Monday, August 20, 2007

Weak Six @ Chez Poulet: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

FREE POPCORN! Cold Drinks! Teeth-Rotting Snacks!
Faith-Based Seating! Double Stuf Stereo Spectrum
Soni-Wave Speaker System!

Just Added -- Just press the button marked BOOZE!
The lovely Spy has joined the Film Farm. She'll be on
hand to serve (KrOB cNeek whisky) Old-Fashioneds at 5
bucks a pop!

opening EYENOISE includes Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube" Video featuring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross from TV's "Mr. Show" and Lots of Drive-In Theater Concession Stand Ads.


August 20th


3359 Army St. (cesar chavez) @ Mission

Like "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for
Halloween or anything with Arch Hall Jr. for
Groundhog's Day, or "It's a Wonderful Life" during
wartime, I think everybody should watch this movie
once a year. Somewhere in the netherworld between
Star Wars and Vaudeville, is the one of the greatest
comedies of all time! Film Farm continues it's
tradition of presenting

"It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"

soon before the Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Telethon, for
very 1st time! Oh wait. you probably don't have a time
machine, so that sentence will seem confusing...
(ahem) i've said too much.

Edie Adams as Monica Crump, wife of Melville Crump

Milton Berle as edible seaweed company owner J.
Russell Finch

Sid Caesar as dentist Melville Crump (a role
originally meant for Ernie Kovacs before his death in
a car accident)

Buddy Hackett as gambler Benjy Benjamin

Ethel Merman as Mrs. Marcus, mother-in-law of J.
Russell Finch and a very cranky woman

Dorothy Provine as Emeline Marcus-Finch, wife of J.
Russell Finch

Mickey Rooney as gambler Dingy 'Ding' Bell

Dick Shawn as Sylvester Marcus, Mrs. Marcus' son and
Emeline's brother

Phil Silvers as Otto Meyer

Terry-Thomas as Lt. Col. J. Algernon Hawthorne

Spencer Tracy as Captain C.G. Culpepper

Jonathan Winters as truck driver Lennie Pike

Secondary characters:
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson as a cab driver
William Demarest as Santa Rosita's chief of police
Jimmy Durante as Smiler Grogan
Peter Falk as a cab driver
Paul Ford as Col. Wilberforce
Cameo appearances by:
Jim Backus as boozy airplane owner Tyler Fitzgerald
Jack Benny as a man who drives by in a Maxwell,
offering to help
Paul Birch as a policeman
Ben Blue as the biplane pilot
Joe E. Brown as the union official
Alan Carney as a police sergeant
Chick Chandler as detective outside of Chinese laundry
Barrie Chase as Sylvester's love interest
John Clarke as helicopter pilot
Stanley Clements as squad room detective
Lloyd Corrigan as the mayor of Santa Rosita
Howard Da Silva as airport official
Andy Devine as the sheriff
Selma Diamond (voice only) as Ginger Culpepper
Minta Durfee as a crowd extra
Roy Engel as patrolman
Norman Fell as a detective
James Flavin as patrolman
Stan Freberg as a deputy sheriff
Nicholas Georgiade as detective
Louise Glenn (voice only) as Billie Sue Culpepper
Leo Gorcey as a cab driver
Don C. Harvey as policeman
Sterling Holloway as the fire chief
Edward Everett Horton as Mr. Dinckler
Allen Jenkins as police officer
Marvin Kaplan as garage man Irwin
Robert Karnes as Officer Simmy
Buster Keaton as Jimmy the Crook (boatman)
Tom Kennedy as the traffic cop
Don Knotts as the nervous motorist
Charles Lane as the airport manager
Harry Lauter as police dispatcher
Ben Lessy as George the steward
Bobo Lewis as pilot's wife
Jerry Lewis as the man who runs over Culpepper's hat
Mike Mazurki as the miner bringing medicine to his
Charles McGraw as Lt. Matthews
Cliff Norton as a reporter
Barbara Pepper as a crowd extra
ZaSu Pitts as the switchboard operator
Carl Reiner as the tower controller
Madlyn Rhue as Secretary Schwartz
Roy Roberts as a policeman
Eddie Ryder as air traffic control tower staffer
Arnold Stang as garage man Ray
Nick Stewart as migrant truck driver
The Three Stooges as airport firemen
Sammee Tong as a laundryman
Doodles Weaver as a hardware store employee
Jesse White as an air traffic controller

So, anyway... Film Farm is taking 3 weeks off. Soon,
the ASK Dr. HAL show will return to the 12 Galaxies
and Film Farm will expand and continue at Chez Poulet
in Mid-September.

arnold stang blog post on wfmu

Monday, August 13, 2007

Weak Five @ Chez Poulet: Faust

A full-length feature from the Czech animation director Jan Svankmajer.

3359 Cesar Chavez (aarmya) @ Mission Street

Thanks to Chicken John, we have our Film Farm back! What once was an Odeon tradition, in it's last years, returns again after a recent run at the 12 Galaxies. The intimate and casually elegant setting of Chez Poulet is ultimately fine for Film Farm, bringing you all the amenities without the bar-time retrograde. The screen is bigger, the sound is better, and you get to sit in pews, which makes every movie a bonafide religious experience. Drinks and snacks will be available, and, of course, the popcorn, topped with real greaseburg butter, is always free.

This Week's EYENOISE will feature The Brothers Quay -- look for Du JOUR postings on EYENOISE details.

One of the great Czech filmmakers, JAN SVANKMAJER was born in 1934 in Prague where he still lives. He trained at the Institute of Applied Arts from 1950 to 1954 and then at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (Department of Puppetry). He soon became involved in the Theatre of Masks and the famous Black Theatre, before entering the Laterna Magika Puppet Theatre where he first encountered film. In 1970 he met his wife, the surrealist painter Eva Svankmajerova, and the late Vratislav Effenberger, the leading theoretician of the Czech Surrealist Group, which Svankmajer joined and of which he still remains a member.

Svankmajer made his first film in 1964 and for over thirty years has made some of the most memorable and unique animated films ever made, gaining a reputation as one of the world's foremost animators, and influencing filmmakers from Tim Burton to The Brothers Quay. His brilliant use of claymation reached its apotheosis with the stunning 1982 film DIMENSIONS OF DIALOGUE. In 1987 Svankmajer completed his first feature film, ALICE, a characteristically witty and subversive adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and with the ensuing feature film FAUST.....

A tired Czech citizen is handed a map on the streets of Prague; it leads him to a shabby courtyard, a puppet theatre, and a bruising encounter with the powers of evil. He raises the Devil, only to be confronted by a replica of his own face: a typically bleak hint from Svankmajer that we invent our own temptations-that any of us would make a good Faust. The best introduction to Svankmajer remains his short films; "Faust" is less shocking, more narcotic. Still, with its blend of live action, chattering marionettes, and weird, fleshy stop-motion sequences-not to mention the pitch-black of the humor-it throws you off balance more thoroughly than any other movie in town

.....Svankmajer has moved further away from his roots in animation towards live-action filmmaking, though his vision remains as strikingly surreal and uncannily inventive as ever.

8PM AUGUST 132323 C H E Z P O U L E T


A D M I S S I O N23 I S 23 F R E E !!!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Weak Four @ Chez Poulet - Shorts

story without end
(vicki bennett, 2005) 6 minutes

stage fright
(steve box, 1998) 12 minutes

thine inward looking eyes
(thad povey, 1993) 2 minutes

the life and death of 9413 - a hollywood extra
(robert florey, slavko vorkapich, 1927) 13 minutes

fast film
(virgil widrich, 2003) 14 minutes

market street
(tomonari nishikawa, 2005) 5 minutes

rubber johnny
(chris cunningham, 2005) 6 minutes

the world of tomorrow
(kerry conran, 2005) 6 minutes

the mysterious geographical explorations of jasper morello
(anthony lucas, 2005) 26 minutes

la jetée
(chris marker, 1962) 28 minutes

AUGUST 623 8PM 23 C H E Z P O U L E T
3359 Cesar Chavez (aarmya) @ Mission Street

A D M I S S I O N23 I S 23 F R E E !!!