Free Film Screening at the Fine Art of Design

Sunday at 8:00pm

Are you (a) a film nerd?  (b) free on Sunday evenings?  (c) looking to meet cool/interesting/good looking/intelligent over a free film in an air conditioned space?  or (d) all of the above?

 I am assuming, because the CVAS blog readers are the bomb digity, that you guys all answered (d) to the questionnaire I just made up.  Great!  That means I can expect to see you all this Sunday at the bran-spankin new Stacked Bookshop inside of the tastefully put together, independently owned, Fine Art of Design shop in Palm Desert.  Yes, this means that Cinematheque has moved from the old Ace Hotel location into a new, more centralized location.

Exquisite free films will be screened, glasses of champagne will be sipped, discussions will be held, and the evening will be curated by the great John Steppling.

This week’s film:

The American Soldier

a film by Fassbinder (1970)

from the very words of the Cinematheque crew…

“Hello Cinematheque goers! Exciting news to annouce… Cinematheque Palm Springs is not only back with a new venue, we will be opening this Sunday with a special event. Join as we celebrate in the new vintage stores located in Palm Desert: Stacked Bookshop and The Fine Art of Design.  Screening will feature Rainer Fassbinder’s The Stationmaster’s Wife and of course, an introduction and discussion afterwards led by John Steppling. Please come in for a glass of champagne to celebrate not only Cinematheque starting up again – but the opening of my bookstore… Looking forward to seeing everyone!”


About the Film:



“Fassbinder’s revisionist homage to gangster movies and film noir, is alternately playful and deeply disturbing.

It tells the story of Ricky (Karl Scheydt), a professional killer, who returns to his German hometown from America, where he fought for the US in Viet Nam. Three renegade detectives, unknown to their chief, hire Ricky to kill the people behind a crime wave which, humiliatingly, the police have been unable to stop. During his mission, Ricky visits family, meets up with friends, and drops by old haunts, all the while murdering his targets with stone-cold resolve. After finishing his kills, including a final one caused by the lead detective’s jealousy, Ricky finds himself in a shootout with his illicit employers. Some people consider the climax the most startling of any Fassbinder picture.” – as said by Jim of Jim’s Reviews


About the Director:

Rainer Werner Maria Fassbinder (May 31, 1945 – June 10, 1982) was a German movie director, screenwriter and actor. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the New German Cinema.

He maintained a frenetic pace in film-making. In a professional career that lasted less than fifteen years, Fassbinder completed 40feature length films; two television film series; three short films; four video productions; twenty-four stage plays and four radio plays; and 36 acting roles in his own and others’ films. He also worked as an actor (film and theater), author, cameramancomposer,designereditorproducer and theater manager.

Underlying Fassbinder’s work was a desire to provoke and disturb. His phenomenal creative energy when working contrasted violently with a wild, self-destructive libertinism that earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, as well as being its central figure. He had tortured personal relationships with the actors and technicians around him who formed a surrogate family. However, his pictures demonstrate his deep sensitivity to social outsiders and his hatred of institutionalized violence. He ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity.” – as said by Wikipedia



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