Remember the good old Renaissance, when dogma gave way to progress, when ignorance gave way to great science and art?
Um, maybe not. Some might argue that we are going backwards – look no further than the Delta variant and “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” – but you can enjoy a dose of true grandeur by revisiting Raphael, the painter and architect who is considered the one of the three Renaissance superstars of art.
The artist’s surprising blend of freshness, intimacy and historical grandeur is exhibited in “Raphael Revealed”, a sumptuous documentary film which is screened on October 13 and 17 only at the Liberty Theater in Camas. The film is among the hot deals at local independent theaters this month.
Raphael’s cool, balanced and refined painting style ultimately made him less famous and revered than his more eccentric rivals, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. But during his lifetime he was the supreme rock star of the art world, beloved by the popes and patron of a thriving art workshop. Raphael couldn’t walk without a phalanx of his respectful students forming a guard of honor around him. By the time of his death in 1520, he was considered the greatest painter who ever lived, and the whole city of Rome – the center of the Western world – mourned his passing.
“Raphael Revealed” facilitates spectators through the halls of the Scuderie del Quirinale, a historic Roman art gallery, during his artist’s 2020 summer celebration on the 500th anniversary of his death. It also recounts the biography destined for Raphael’s greatness, visits the extraordinary and ancient sites that inspired Raphael (such as the rarely seen “Golden House” of Emperor Nero) and spends long breaks studying closely the art.
Directed by Phil Grabsky, “Raphael Revealed” arrives at Liberty as part of its Event Cinema series, which features on-screen works of art such as museum exhibits and theatrical and lyrical performances. This winter, a series of screenings of the Bolshoi Ballet at the theater will keep ballet lovers on their toes.
Worthy of screaming
These are dark, difficult, and deadly times – and what else is new?
“How civilized this world was,” summed up a villainous scientist near the end of the big bang of “Kiss Me Deadly,” the latest installment in the Kiggins Theater noir series. It only airs on October 11.
Film noir, a style generated by all the anxieties of modern life, from urban alienation to gangsters with machine guns to atomic warfare, began to develop in the 1930s and reached its peak in the 1950s d ‘after war. Some say it has never been more anxious and brutal (and macho toxic) than this 1955 study on the spread of paranoia, based on a novel by Mickey Spillane and directed by Robert Aldrich. It stars Ralph Meeker as ultra-hard private cock Mike Hammer and young Cloris Leachman in her first major movie role: a hitchhiker on the run from a mental institution.
Hammer hugs her, lets himself be drawn into mysterious and highly garish complications (there’s a lot of screaming in this movie), and finds himself in pursuit of an imminent but ambiguous apocalyptic threat known only as “The great whatsit “.
” Does that exist ? Who cares, ”says Hammer’s girlfriend, Velda (Maxine Cooper). “Everyone, everywhere, is so involved in the unsuccessful search – for what? “
Hardcore anxiety fans will flock to “Lamb,” a subtitled Icelandic folk horror film whose insane B-movie premise is swaddled like a cozy baby demon inside one diaper after diaper. a tense, cold and frightening atmosphere. Part domestic drama and Norse myth, “Lamb” is so artfully directed (by Valdimar Jóhannsson) and sincerely performed (by Noomi Rapace, plus many supporting dogs, horses and sheep) that, by the time the big revelations begin to emerge happen, there is more unbelieving the incredible.
In a wickedly fun choice of music, the trailer for “Lamb” features the Beach Boys’ extremely sunny “God Only Knows,” which I would be without, well, the sheep.
Tired of fear and anxiety? Try sheer madness for Halloween.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” that ridiculously lovable, hummable, burlesque parody of bad sci-fi movies, gets two screams – er, screenings – at the Kiggins. Tim Curry plays a mad scientist in fishnet stockings to completely steal the show from young Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf in this 1975 rock musical. Screenings on October 23 and 31 will be accompanied by live shadow projection by Denton Delinquents , a bunch of superfans from Portland who can’t help but dress up and act.
Somewhere between creepy and silly you’ll find “Campfire Tales: Monster from the Couve Lagoon,” the latest installment in the History on Tap lecture series from the Clark County Historical Museum. Museum Executive Director Brad Richardson will exchange spooky stories about the places and the locals – and ghosts – with authors Pat Jollota and Jeff Davis. It’s scheduled for October 21 at the Kiggins.
Musical movies are reliable ticket sellers, so the Liberty and the Kiggins are planning special October releases that should intrigue classic rock finalists.
“Tom Petty: If You Feel Free”, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Petty’s beloved 1994 album “Wildflowers”, screened on October 20 (the late Petty’s birthday) at the Kiggins and on October 21 at Liberty. “The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68: Special Edition”, a concert film that makes Jim Morrison larger than life even more monstrous than before, screened in both theaters on November 4 only.
Do you remember what winter was like? If it’s never cold and snowy enough for you in this temperate, warm part of the world, try the “Warren Miller: Winter Starts Now” downhill festival, which kicks off on October 28 in Kiggins.
The late Miller was a young man when he merged his hobbies – skiing and photography – with a Super 8 camera that he took with him to the slopes. He was surprised when people got excited about his films and invited him to present and tell them. Miller ended up producing hundreds of ski movies, and his company continues to produce them.
In the final one, you’ll meet some of today’s best skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities, and accompany them via a drone and GoPro as they take on some of the most beautiful snowy, sloping landscapes in the movie.