Seattle’s not Paris, but we’re not too bad either


In The Front Row today:

If Paris, as Ernest Hemingway said, is a moveable feast, the menus are published on Wednesdays: that’s when the weeklies Pariscope and L’Officiel des Spectacles, the competing booklet-sized magazines of cultural listings, come out. L’Officiel is more austere, Pariscope (which was founded in 1965 as a French imitation of The New Yorker, down to the typeface, the cartoons, and the layout) a little more user-friendly; that’s the one I usually buy.

There are 110 movie theatres in Paris, not counting the Cinematheque, the Pompidou Center (locally called Beaubourg), the recently-reopened Forum des Images in Les Halles, and other noncommercial venues and museums. Here’s a sampling of series currently running: 100 best films; the films of Kiyoshi Kurosawa; of Philippe Grandrieux; of Pier Paolo Pasolini; the early films of Gerard Depardieu; the films of Humphrey Bogart; George Cukor; Sidney Lumet; Joel and Ethan Coen; Fellini; the complete films of Eric Rohmer; “Generation 2000,” whatever that means, but it includes “Manhattan,” “Play Misty for Me,” “Cruising,” and John Cassavetes’s “Minnie and Moskowitz”; films about the poet Aime Cesaire; and detective movies (called “polars”); as well as the complete Luc Moullet retrospective at Beaubourg, the Jacques Tati and Cecil B. de Mille series at the Cinematheque, and the dozens of other treasures available to those who can get to their once-weekly screenings, as, for instance, to the Latin Quarter Saturday at 6 for Jacques Demy’s “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” or 11:30 A.M. Monday for three new short films by Jean-Marie Straub.

Let’s see how Seattle compares.
According to this website, there are 63 movie theaters within 20 miles of Seattle, including alternative and occasional noncommercial venues like Seattle Art Museum and COCA. Movies playing this week include two from NWFF’s year-long series 69 (Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run, Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness, and The Virgin’s Bed), Carrie at the Central Cinema, Sunshine Cleaning at the Columbia City Cinema, El Camino at the Grand Illusion Cinema, a sneak-preview of Away We Go at the Harvard Exit, Jim Jarmusch’s latest Limits of Control at the Egyptian, Revanche and Field of Dreams at SIFF Cinema, The Lemon Tree at the Varsity,


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