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Almost Famous (4/4), Shattered Glass (4/11), All the President’s Men (4/17), The Post
(4/18) and Medium Cool (4/24) Raise Issues as Relevant Today as When First Released
CINCINNATI. April 1, 2019 – At a time when discussions and considerations of the journalism
field are the most vibrant in a generation, the Esquire is screening five important films related
to the field in April that will include introductions and post-film Q&A with subject matter
"Journalism is one of the most discussed, analyzed and debated areas in U.S. society today,"
said Jeff Blevins, Professor and Head of UC's Department of Journalism. "These films explore
this through stories of real-life journalists dramatized in major motion pictures that depict
tensions between professional expectations, as well as ethical concepts around loyalty,
sourcing, objectivity, deception, trust and celebrity." UC is hosting three of the films in its
“Exploring Journalism Through Film” Series: Almost Famous, Shattered Glass and The Post.
Blevins will introduce and lead discussion of these films.
With clear parallels to the current government news coverage in Washington D.C., All The
President’s Men is part of a two-film celebration of screenwriter William Goldman who passed
away last November. Goldman’s two Oscar-winning screenplays (this story of Watergate along
with Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid that the Esquire is screening on April 10 th ) are major
reasons while many critics consider Goldman the greatest screenwriter in the second half of the
20 th century. Both the Goldman films also include an introduction and Q&A following the films.
Medium Cool is the second installment in the latest “Essential Viewing” series of films selected
by UC Film and Media professors with an introduction and discussion by Chris Carter from UC.
Also involving media reporting of politics, this “cinema verite” classic presents a documentary-
style story surrounding press coverage of the 1968 Democratic Convention.
While The Post also involves political journalism in dealing with the Washington Post’s coverage
of the Pentagon Papers, Almost Famous handles a different area of the media through a
comedy about a young journalist writing an article on a band for Rolling Stone magazine.
While it doesn’t directly fall in the journalism space, the 1979 comedy classic Being There deals
directly with the media and politics. It plays at the Esquire April 19 th and 20 th as part of a series
of films by director Hal Ashby (also including Harold and Maude on April 12 th and 13 th and
Shampoo on April 20 th and 26 th ).
Writer and Director Patrick Wang on hand for live discussion following “Part One” and “Part Two” of films that were both ranked in the “Top Five for 2018” by Metacritic
CINCINNATI. January 28, 2019 – The Esquire Theatre is screening a couple of 2018’s most lauded movies by both critics and audiences, A Bread Factory, Part One and Part Two, in February as part of its on-going mission to bring art films and smart films to Cincinnati that you can’t see anywhere else.
“We’re excited to show both movies at such an historic and vibrant cinema in the Cincinnati community,” said Patrick Wang, writer and director of the Bread Factory films. “I love having screenings at theatres that do interesting alternative programming. It gives audiences a choice, and with this event we have the chance to create a really memorable experience.” Wang will be in attendance at the Esquire following the second film to chat with audience members.
A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold introduces the main characters of Dorothea and Greta (played by Tyne Daly and Elisabeth Henry) who have transformed an abandoned bread factory into a community venue for plays, moves, dance and other arts. All is well until some performance artists from China open a competitive space in the neighborhood, pushing Dorothea and Greta into a fund-raising effort to save their home for arts, community meetings and after-school programs.
Part Two, Walk With Me A While, continues the story with on-going challenges for Dorothea and Greta amidst a production of a Euripides’ play and intrigue surrounding the disappearance of a local newspaper reporter. The first film scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Critics Consensus: “A Bread Factory … delivers the sprawling storytelling and nourishing drama audiences might expect from it imposing title.”
“Bringing exciting films like this that you can’t see anywhere else in the Cincinnati area is one of our main objectives,” said Diane Janicki, Operations Manager for the Esquire. “And when we have the opportunity for the writer or director to be in attendance and interact with our patrons, it’s even better for our goal of making going to the movies a more fulfilling experience than just streaming entertainment at home,” she added.
Many film critics lavished acclaim on the Bread Factory films. Matt Zoller Seitz, the Editor At Large of RogerEbert.com who will also be on hand for the screening and discussion, claiming it was, “The most original film-going experience of the year.”
A Bread Factory, Part One and Part Two, are showing at the Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Avenue, February 10 th at 1:00 and 3:30, followed by a discussion with Writer/Director Patrick Wang. Tickets are $20 for the event.
CINCINNATI. October 23, 2018 – Combining international and American film classics in the always popular mystery/thriller genre that span the 1950s to the 1980s, the Esquire kicks off its new “What Really Happened?” series this week with Blow Out, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The quartet of films in the series that completes in January are all mysteries where it’s not clear what’s true and what’s not at the outset, presenting a puzzle for the characters and audience to piece together.
“Part of our goal is to offer our audiences the kind of entertainment diversity and variety that they can’t get on the big screen anywhere else,” said Diane Janicki, Operations Manager. “We’re especially excited about how this series combines some fantastic international titles that viewers might have heard of but not seen, with a couple popular films from well-known American directors that are fun to watch over and over again.”
Mixing subtle references to the Kennedy assassination Zapruder film with the Chappaquiddick incident, 1981’s Blow Out marked John Travolta’s second leading performance outside musicals (Saturday Night Fever and Grease) following Urban Cowboy the year before. He plays a movie sound engineer who might have recorded a tragic accident … if it was indeed an accident. Political intrigue and murder ensues in this roller coaster ride that is reminiscent of Hitchcock classics like Rear Window and Vertigo. It’s also a good fit for the Esquire’s “Shocktober” as it opens with a “slasher” film-within-a-film sequence.
“De Palma was heavily influenced by Hitchcock, and Blow Out is a great example,” said Joe Horine, part of UC’s Film and Media Studies program, who met De Palma in connection with his 1984 Hitchcockian Body Double thriller and will be introducing and discussing all four films in the “What Really Happened?” series. “Every movie in this series touches on subjective perception of what really did or didn’t happen, and this makes for an interesting psychological study of the characters as well as lots of fun for the audience to try and figure out as the story unfolds.”
The “What Really Happened?” series picks up in the new year with Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 landmarkRashomon, which presents one of cinema’s greatest meditations on subjective reality with four characters who tell dramatically different versions of the same incident. Continuing with international classics, Michelangelo Antonioni’’s Blow-Up is most closely linked to Blow Out and features David Hemmings as a photographer who “perhaps” inadvertently captures some foul play with his lens. Moving back to Hollywood icon Francis Ford Coppola, the series rounds out with The Conversation, another Hitchcock-style suspense drama about another audio specialist who starts to wonder if one of his recordings might be mixed up in some dangerous mayhem.
“WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?” SERIES
Blow Out: October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Rashomon: January 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Blow-Up: January 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
The Conversation: January 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
All screenings are at the Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Avenue