ARTS | Cornerhouse announces details of its ‘American Season’

February 3, 2012


The Cornerhouse, Manchester’s cultural hotspot for contemporary visual arts and independent film, has announced details of a special series of American films that will be screened every Sunday in March, April and May. The screenings will be accompanied by special art exhibitions from local residents who have been inspired by the films.

“We’re incredibly excited”, said Cornerhouse Managing Director Vladimir Bradley. “The Cornerhouse has previously celebrated countries with series of films in the past, but we’ve mainly concentrated on european art house works from areas such as Hungry, Romania and Spain. Our season of subtitled, black and white, Eastern European films that explored man’s relationship with man was especially popular. But America is not a nation we’ve previously focussed on.”

“Our staff have completed extensive research to find the hidden gems of art house American cinematography”, continued Bradley. “They might not be Oscar winners but we hope that Manchester appreciates these special choices.”

The season will commence on Sunday 4th March with a screening of 1991 comedy-drama Problem Child 2. “A poignant and insightful expose of the perceptions and reality of children”, says Bradley. “Essentially it’s an intellectual examination of morals.”

Sunday 18th March will see the first UK cinema screening of the 1991 film Cool as Ice, which sees the acting debut of  rapper Vanilla Ice. “We’re especially excited about this one”, said Juliet Strinch who works at the Cornerhouse and chose this film. “For some reason it went straight to video in the UK and was never issued on Blu-ray or DVD so is quite hard to find. It sees Ice ambitiously take on the lead role as 17th century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The film intelligently examines the influence of Carvaggio on the Baroque school of painting and specifically documents his rise to prominence in the famous Naples School of Art”.

Subsequent films to be shown through the season include romantic-drama Suburban Commando staring Hulk Hogan, which depicts one man’s struggle against economic and social segregation in Castro’s Cuba, Cop and a Half, which sees alcoholic policeman-turned activist Burt Reynolds fight for gay rights in 1970s San Fransisco and Street Fighter: The Movie, a documentary filmed and produced by undercover anarchist director Guy Starling, who managed to infiltrate one of Miami’s toughest street gangs and yet still depict the vulnerable side of youth violence.

“We know that people will need to invest a significant intellectual effort to full appreciate these works of art”, admits Bradley. “They are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But each showing will be followed by a two-hour discussion, so people can express what the film meant to them and explore the various themes on show.”

The showing of 1993 film Look Who’s Talking Now on Sunday 29th April, which documents a woman’s battle to speak after breaking her jaw as a child, will be followed by a special talk from Manchester based director Danny Boyle, who credits the film as a major inspiration for his Oscar-winning opus Slumdog Millionare.

The full list of films for the American Season. Tickets are available from the Cornerhouse.

4th March: Problem Child 2 (1991)
11th March: Cool as Ice (1991)
18th March: The Karate Kid, Part 3 (1989)
25th March: Short Circuit (1986) and Short Circuit 2 (1988)
1st April: Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)
8th April: Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
15th April: Cop and a Half (1993)
22nd April: Suburban Commando (1991)
29th April: Look Who's Talking Now (1993)
6th May: Throw Momma From The Train (1987)
13th May: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
20th May: King Ralph (1991)
27th May: Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (1990)

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2 Comments on “ARTS | Cornerhouse announces details of its ‘American Season’”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    They screened Home Alone over Christmas, so anything’s possible…


  2. agogo22 Says:

    Reblogged this on msamba.


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