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Sag Harbor Cinema's Eclectic Weekend

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 15:50
A farm stand provides the backdrop for a scene from "East End," a short film by Grant Curatola.

On the heels of the March release of Depeche Mode's 15th album, "Memento Mori," the Sag Harbor Cinema will screen D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's recently restored 1989 documentary "Depeche Mode 101" on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. The film chronicles the final leg of the band's 1988 Music for the Masses Tour, including its last (and 101st) performance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Depeche Mode's original idea for the film was to convey how they fit into the 1980s. After discussions with a director whom they felt was going to do something too slick, the band contacted Pennebaker, who discarded their original concept and decided instead to focus on their performance and the busload of young fans who traveled with the tour after winning a dance contest.

Ms. Hegedus and Frazer Pennebaker, the director and producer respectively, will attend the screening and take questions afterward.

In conjunction with the cinema's yearlong retrospective, The Worlds of Julie Andrews, its Memorial Day weekend will include a showing of the comedy "A Shot in the Dark" by Blake Edwards, the film's director and Ms. Andrews's husband.

That film followed "The Pink Panther," also directed by Edwards, by only a few months, perhaps to capitalize on the popularity of the original in the series, which featured Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. His performance in "A Shot in the Dark" was called "enjoyable to the end," by Bosley Crowther of The New York Times. 

The screening, set for Saturday at 8:30 p.m., will be introduced by another comic master, John Landis ("Animal House," "Trading Places"). "It is a thrill to have John offer his perspective on another genius of American comedy, Blake Edwards, and one of the funniest 'Pink Panther' films," said Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan.

The holiday weekend will conclude on Monday afternoon at 4 with "Sound Visions," a program of short films by East End filmmakers organized by Ms. Vallan with Sam Guest and Julia Baylis, whose short film "Wiggle Room" premiered at Sundance in 2021. The program includes films by Grant Curatola, Adrian Dexter, Tij D'oyen, Dane Ray, and Spencer Holden. 

Kicking off the weekend on Friday will be the theatrical release of Nicole Holofcener's comedy "You Hurt My Feelings," which premiered in January at Sundance.

The cinema's website is the source for tickets and showtimes.

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