Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque at Wilkinson Public Library



Vampires and witches? Yawn. So much of that going around these days. But lively conversation and great food too? Now you’re talking.

And what we are talking about is Cinematheque, a free film club produced and programmed by the Telluride Film Festival and hosted by the five-star Wilkinson Public Library. The current six-part series guides viewers through the tombs of the seminal horror classics, exploring the impact the genre has had on the world of cinema. Showtime is Monday, March 4, 5:30.

March’s SHOW begins with  NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979, 107 min, Rated PG):

Written and directed by cinematic master Werner Herzog, this award-winning West German homage to the 1922 classic features the exquisitely creepy Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula.

“The most evocative series of images centered around the idea of the vampire that I have ever seen since F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times who gave the film four out of four stars, “It is about the mood and style of vampirism, about the terrible seductive pity of it all.” 



Followed by SUSPIRIA (1977, 98 min, Rated R):

Dario Argento’s Italian horror rollercoaster was named as one of Wired magazine’s “Best 25 Horror Films of All Time.”

Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper) is a naïve American ballet student who is already attending the German Dance Academy Freiburg by the time she discovers that it is governed by witches.

“Suspiria is a very special film. For most fantasy and/or horror fans, and cineastes who enjoy or revel in the act of viewer-ship itself, Dario Argento’s 1977 occult masterpiece is the apotheosis of ‘pure cinema’: a film to be experienced almost entirely in terms of the immediate overwhelming impact it has on the senses, and which gains its subsequent meaning therefrom… when you raise your head at last, as though waking from some febrile dream, the only disappointment is that you will never be able to experience it for the first time again,”

Patrons get to enjoy food and drink at the pre-show reception as well as between the films.

For a preview of “Nosferatu,” watch this trailer.

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