Seattle Screens: French Animation – ‘Phantom Boy’ and ‘Fantastic Planet’

Fantastic Planet

Werner Herzog tackles the Internet in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, opening at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Robert Horton reviews it for Seattle Weekly.

The new animated features Phantom Boy from France plays for a week at SIFF Film Center.

A 35mm print of the award-winning animated French feature Fantastic Planet (1973) plays on Saturday, August 20 and Thursday, August 25 at Grand Illusion. Andrew Wright reviews it for The Stranger: “… its combination of seriously trippy illustrations and groovy jazz-porny musical score creates a stunning, vividly potent sensation. Once it hits your brain, it’s there to stay.”

Midnight movies: Clue (1985) plays Friday and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is Saturday night at The Egyptian.

This week’s free outdoor movie at Cal Anderson Park is Roger Vadim’s Barbarella (1968) with Jane Fonda. The screening begins at sunset on Friday, August 19, around 8:30 pm, but viewers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat, concessions, and entertainment by a DJ playing from 7pm.

Seattle Center Movies at the Mural continues with a free outdoor screening of West Side Story at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 20. The film begins a dusk, around 8:30 or 9pm, and seating is first come, first served.

On Tuesday, August 23, Magic Society presents Super Duper Video, a curated collection of Puppet-centric clips from films and TV shows interspersed with live puppet performances. One show only at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 7pm.

The documentary Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho plays one show only on Tuesday, August 23 at Grand Illusion.

Wedding Doll from Israel plays one show only at NWFF on Wednesday, August 24.

The Seattle Erotic Society presents the uncut version of Radley Metzger’s Score (1972) on Wednesday, August 24 at Grand Illusion.

The Cinerama has announced its 70mm Film Festival schedule. Along with the usual suspects (Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus) are some oddities: Starman, Lifeforce, and Year of the Dragon). Which is cool. It begins September 9.

SIFF has announced the Cinema Dissection schedule for the 2016-2017 season has been announced. The deep dish dive into movies, hosted by a critic / facilitator who stops the film to dig into images, scenes, details, is a six-hour experience, and two Parallax View contributors are among the hosts this season.
September 18: Moonrise Kingdom with Lyall Bush
October 29: Ghostbusters with Diane Mettler
November 12: The Matrix with Malory Graham
January 21: The Third Man with Sean Axmaker
February 18: Mad Max: Fury Road with Mita Mahato
March 26: Vertigo with Robert Cumbow

Visit the film review pages at The Seattle TimesSeattle Weekly, and The Stranger for more releases.

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