Monday, March 23, 2015

NOTE: our April film is on Saturday, April 4th,
We are combining our monthly film with UPandOUT's 10thAnniversary pARtY!!!
(& a milestone birthday for pf :-[
Party starts at 5pm; film screens from 7-9; party renews 9-11pm
Come celebrate with us!!  Dance, play games, do  your stand-up routines :-)
Wanted:  minstrels and stand-up comedians :-)
[In May, we get back to our regular schedule - every 3rd Thursday]
Please let me know if you are willing to help:  either Friday nite for set up, early Sat afternoon to finish setup, or late Sat nite cleanup.
Also let me know if you can bring something to contribute to the food/drink tables. Thank you!

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you" ~Joseph Heller


[see trailer]
Showing SATURDAY, April 4, in Cambridge
[please download & distribute flyer]

Adapted from James Heller's book of the same name, and directed by Mike Nichols, Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality" and of a bureaucratic society in general.

Yossarian, a bombardier in World War II, tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. Yossarian learns that even a mental breakdown is no release; Doc Daneeka explains the Army Air Corps "Catch-22":  An airman "would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he'd have to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't, he was sane and had to."

Hilarious and tragic, at the heart of Catch-22 is a savage indictment of twentieth century madness, and a desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

The cast includes Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Italian actress Olimpia Carlisi, French comedian Marcel Dalio, Art Garfunkel (making his acting debut), Jack Gilford, Charles Grodin, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Buck Henry, Norman Fell, and Austin Pendleton.

"An apocolyptic masterpiece."  ~Chicago Times

"Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this."
~ Financial Times review of Joseph Heller's book

"Catch-22 is a must-see, particularly in today's world with its warped values of profiteering, corruption, abuse of power, lying, cheating and claims of being guided by 'higher' forces. Get it, see it, see it. I can understand why it wasn't an Oscar candidate, because that would have required large audiences of some sophistication, and where would you get that in the US (especially today)?"  ~Australian reviewer

Sample Bon Mots:   :-)

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.€
Major Sanderson: "You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you're at war and might get your head blown off any second."
Yossarian: "I more than resent it, sir. I'm absolutely incensed."
Sanderson: "You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don't like bigots, bullies, snobs, or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate."
Yossarian: "Consciously, sir, consciously," Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. "I hate them consciously."

"Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?"
"Every one of them," Yossarian told him.
"Every one of whom?"
"Every one of whom do you think?" Yossarian replied.
"I haven't any idea."
"Then how do you know they aren't?" Yossarian said.

"Hasn't it ever occurred to you that in your promiscuous pursuit of women you are merely trying to assuage your subconscious fears of sexual impotence?"
"Yes, sir, it has."
"Then why do you do it?"
"To assuage my fears of sexual impotence."

"From now on I'm thinking only of me."
Major Danby replied indulgently with a superior smile: "But, Yossarian, suppose everyone felt that way."
"Then," said Yossarian, "I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn't I?"

"I'm asking you to save my life."
"It's not my business to save lives," Doc Daneeka retorted sullenly.
"What is your business?"
"I don't know what my business is. All they ever told me was to uphold the ethics of my profession and never give testimony against another physician."

"The men were perfectly content to fly as many missions as we asked them as long as they thought they had no alternative. Now you've given them hope, and they're unhappy. So the blame is all yours [Yossarian]."

doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film & free door prizes[donations are encouraged]feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed
"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

UPandOUT film series - see

Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars - on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Libya. Syria, Iran, So America, etc etc - for billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for the loss of liberty and civil rights...

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