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Reel Cleveland: The Cinematheque Takes Note 

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Last year, when the French journal Cahiers du cinéma published its list of the 100 greatest films, it included several movies that Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11141 East Blvd., 216.421.7450, cia.edu/cinematheque.) director John Ewing calls "oddball entries." So he's decided to show them. "I'm not making light of the list," explains Ewing. "I just found it intriguing. This gives me an excuse to show films that are revered in France but not seen so much in the States. The choices are just so French. But I can't knock them because they're the only ones keeping film culture alive." The Cinematheque tribute to the Cahiers list starts this week with the 1954 Humphrey Bogart/Ava Gardner flick The Barefoot Contessa, which shows at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11. and 9 p.m. Friday, June 12. Others on the schedule include the Blake Edwards' comedy The Party (June 12 and 13), the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin drama Some Came Running (June 18 and 21), Fritz Lang's "cinemascope" experiment Moonfleet (June 20 and 21) and John Huston's last film, The Dead (June 26 and 27). Tickets are $8.

Balkan pop superstar Goran Bregovic comes to town with his large orchestra to turn the Ohio Theatre upside down on Monday, June 15. In the wake of his performance, the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd., 216.421.7350, clevelandart.org) will show several films that feature his music. The schedule includes the war film Charuga (June 17), the coming-of-age drama Time of the Gypsies (June 19), the Johnny Depp vehicle Arizona Dream (June 24) and the 1995 Cannes Film Festival winner Underground (June 26). Tickets are $8.

Numerous movies from Ohio will show at the Geauga Film Festival, which runs through June 14 at the Geauga Theater on Gordon Square (101 Water St., Chardon). Films that made the cut include Interns, Nachos, Broken Oath and Marvelette and the Rubber City Madmen (June 10); The Bocce Bunch, So Long to Owl Creek, Measured Sacrifice, American Stories and Murder @ Midnight (June 11); Jean Claude the Gummie Zombie, Interrogation, Visit China, Breath of Courage and Hellementary (June 12); Samaritan, The Rapture, Six Days, The Struggle for Existence, In the Trenches and Impaled: Painfully Blunt (June 13); and Lies in the Reflection, The Voices, Hush and Red Battle (June 14). Go to geaugafilm.org for more info.

jniesel@clevescene.com

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