At the Arthouse

David Bowie leads the flick picks for the week

The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie is perfectly cast in Nicolas Roeg's 1976 sci-fi parable about an alien who comes to our planet to get water for his own dying world. To raise the funds he needs to return home, Ziggy starts a tech company. Greedy businessmen have plans of their own. The movie is definitely a product of its time and hasn't aged as well as other sci-fi parables from the era. Still, Bowie plays the glass-eyed alien with stoic remoteness, which we attribute to the mountains of coke he was doing at the time. The Cinematheque is showing the uncut version of the movie in a new print. You really should see this one on the big screen. At 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30. — Michael Gallucci

The Girlfriends Club/Facing Forward

Two documentaries about Cleveland schools. The first is about a group of fifth-grade inner-city girls preparing for tea at the Ritz-Carlton; the second profiles charter school E-Prep. Both filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their movies and answer your questions. Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29.


Four ghost stories from director Masaki Kobayashi. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.

The Naked Island

A Japanese farm family spends all day retrieving water to feed its crops in this dialogue-free 1960 film. Cinematheque. At 7:20 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The Robber

True story based on an Austrian marathon runner whose super-swift feet came in handy when he robbed banks in the '80s. Cinematheque. At 7:50 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 29.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Two 19th-century Chinese girls invent a code known only to them. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

We Are What We Are

A family of cannibals struggles to survive after the father dies. Yes, it's kinda gory. Bon appetit! Cinematheque. At 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and 9:40 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

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