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Tuesday, April 28 | Sugar Cookies at BAMcinématek

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What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, April 28
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Featured Screening: Sugar Cookies at BAMcinématek. Post by Dana Reinoos:

Sugar Cookies is the Vertigo concept taken to nasty extremes. Adult film director Max (George Shannon) goes on TV to profess his sadness over the tragic mid-production death of his leading lady Alta (Lynn Lowry). But Alta’s lover Camilla (Mary Woronov) suspects foul play. She begins to hatch a plan to get to the bottom of Alta’s death when she meets Julie (also Lowry), a naive young actress who is Alta’s exact doppelgänger. From there, it’s erotic twists and turns, crosses and double-crosses, and the sinking feeling that history will be repeating itself ad nauseum.

Equally interesting is the film’s pedigree: Sugar Cookies was originally written by Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman, who formed his first production company, Armor Films, to make it. Kaufman hired Theodore Gershuny as director and roped in childhood friend and Yale classmate Oliver Stone to produce. Gershuny cast his wife, Warhol superstar Woronov, in the lead role.

The relationship between Camilla and Julie is the most fascinating part of the film: at times teacher-student, at other times mentor-mentee, or master-slave. It’s an almost Bergman-esque treatment of the female characters, and more nuanced and complex than one might expect from a Lloyd Kaufman-penned film. Most of the strength of the movie comes from the power of Woronov’s and Lowry’s performances. Woronov is a strong, unreadable power bitch, wearing androgynous clothes and seducing people of all genders. Lowry, in her first major film role, is all soft and innocent and becomes more and more confused as she falls into the lives of these majorly spoiled rich people.

Scenes continue beyond audience expectations: when Camilla finally turns her attentions to seducing Julie, their scene together in the bedroom is complex in its sexual power dynamics. Camilla and Julie’s tryst is a complex lesbian relationship, the dimensions of which are rarely seen in exploitation films. On top of that, the film’s wardrobe and sets are truly of their time: Woronov spends much of an extended scene in a really groovy red-lined egg chair. Add in a synth-based score by Gershon Kingsley (pioneer of synth composition and composer of “Popcorn”), and Sugar Cookies pleases the eyes, ears, and the id. —Dana Reinoos

Today

New York Women in Film & Television Presents at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Dreadlocks Story (Linda Aïnouche). Digital. 2014. 83 min. 7:00 pm.

The Vertigo Effect at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Sugar Cookies (Theodore Gershuny) with Beneath the Skin (Cecelia Condit). Details. 1973/1981. 35mm. 103 min. 7:00 pm.

Eric Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Full Moon in Paris. Details. New digital restoration. DCP. 1984. 102 min. 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:50 pm, 9:10 pm.

Haute Couture on Film at French Institute Alliance Française
Series Details

  • Gloria (John Cassavetes). Details. 35mm. 1980. 123 min. 4:00 and 7:30 pm.

Bruce LaBruce at MoMA
Series Details

  • Hustler White. Details. 1996. 79 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Raspberry Reich with Give Piece of Ass a Chance. Details. Introduction and Q&A with Bruce LaBruce. 2004/2007. 104 min. 7:00 pm.

Juche Your Illusion Part II at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Dear Pyongyang (Yonghi Yang). Details. Digital video. 2005. 107 min. 7:30 pm.

Peter Fleishmann: Trolling the Backwaters at Spectacle
Series Details

  • The Hamburg Syndrome. Details. Digital video. 1979. 117 min. 10:00 pm.

Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Q&A with Thomas Vinterberg and actor Matthias Schoenaerts. DCP. 2015. 119 min. 7:00 pm.
Quality Television: Screening & Lecture by Martine Syms at Light Industry. Details. Work by Nicole Miller, Dara Birnbaum, Lex Brown, Stan Douglas, Ximena Cuevas, Michael Smith, Sondra Perry, Joan Logue, and Syms. 7:30 pm.
Shocked and Amazed: The Unseen Footage with Jeff Krulik at Morbid Anatomy Museum. Details. Screening and discussion. 8:00 pm.

Ongoing

Hard To Be a God (Aleksei Guerman) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. DCP. 2013. 170 min. 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
Forbidden Games (René Clément) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1952. 87 min. 12:30, 2:20, 4:10, 6:00, 7:50 and 9:40 pm.

Galleries

Museums

  • “Cut to Swipe” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Dara Birnbaum, Rosetta Brooks, Kevin Beasley, Ken Okiishi, Luther Price, James Richards, Hito Steyerl, and The Otolith Group with Chris Marker. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes May 25.
  • Wael Shawky “Cabaret Crusades” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes August 31.
  • View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
  • “2015 Triennial: Surround Audience” at The New Museum, Bowery. $16 general/$14 seniors/$10 students. Pay-what-you-wish Thursdays 7:00 to to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Closes May 24.

Downtown

Brooklyn

  • Paolo Gioli “Volto” at Microscope Gallery, 1329 Willoughby Avenue #2B. Open Thursday-Monday, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Closes May 18.
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Wednesday, April 29 | The Driver’s Seat at Nitehawk Cinema

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What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, April 29
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Featured Screening: The Driver’s Seat at Nitehawk Cinema

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Today

The Vertigo Effect at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Special Effects (Larry Cohen). Details. 1984. 35mm. 93 min. 5:00 and 9:30 pm.
  • High Anxiety (Mel Brooks). Details. 1977. DCP. 94 min. 7:15 pm.

Eric Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Full Moon in Paris. Details. New digital restoration. DCP. 1984. 102 min. 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 9:10 pm.
  • Pauline at the Beach. Details. 35mm. 1983. 94 min. 4:30 pm.

I Put a Spell on You: The Films of Bertrand Bonello at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Saint Laurent. Details. DCP. 2015. 150 min. 7:00 pm.

Acteurism: Joel McCrea at MoMA
Series Details

  • He Married His Wife (Roy Del Ruth). Details. 1940. 83 min. 1:30 pm.

Bruce LaBruce at MoMA
Series Details

  • Otto; or Up with Dead People. Details. 2008. 94 min. 4:00 pm.
  • L.A. Zombie with Défense de fumer. Details. 2010/2014. 67 min. 7:00 pm.

Origins and Ends: 35mm Films from the Film-Makers’ Cooperative at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Work by Siegfried Fruhauf, Jeroen Eisinga, Louise Bourque, Martha Colburn, Nicole Koschmann, Ken Jacobs, Caspar Stracke, Lar Tusb, Mark Street and Joel Schlemowitz. 35mm. 1970-2008. ca. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
The Driver’s Seat (Giuseppe Patroni Griffi) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 35mm. 1974. 102 min. 10:00 pm.

Ongoing

Forbidden Games (René Clément) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1952. 87 min. 12:30, 2:20, 4:10, 6:00, 7:50 and 9:40 pm.

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Thursday, April 30 | House of Pleasures at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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What’s Showing Today? Thursday, April 30
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Featured Screening: House of Pleasures at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Today

The Vertigo Effect at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Phoenix (Christian Petzold). Details. 2015. DCP. 98 min. 7:30 pm.

Eric Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Full Moon in Paris. Details. New digital restoration. DCP. 1984. 102 min. 2:00 pm, 9:30 pm.

I Put a Spell on You: The Films of Bertrand Bonello at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Pornographer. Details. Introduction by Bertrand Bonello at the 9:30pm screening. 35mm. 2001. 108 min. 4:30 pm, 9:30 pm.
  • House of Pleasures. Details. Q&A with Bertrand Bonello. 35mm. 2011. 122 min. 6:45 pm.

Print Screen at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Print Screen: Corina Copp and Eric Rohmer’s ‘The Green Ray’. Details. Corina Copp will introduce The Green Ray and read from her own new book of poems. 35mm. 1986. 128 min. 6:50 pm.

Acteurism: Joel McCrea at MoMA
Series Details

  • He Married His Wife (Roy Del Ruth). Details. 1940. 83 min. 1:30 pm.

Bruce LaBruce at MoMA
Series Details

  • L.A. Zombie with Défense de fumer. Details. Introduction and Q&A with Bruce LaBruce. 2010/2014. 67 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Otto; or Up with Dead People. Details. Introduction by Bruce Benderson, Q&A with Bruce LaBruce. 2008. 94 min. 7:00 pm.

Screen Loud Film Festival 2015 at Anthology Film ArchivesFestival Details. 7:30 pm.
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) (Scott Crawford) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. Digital. 2014. 102 min. 9:30 pm.

Ongoing

Forbidden Games (René Clément) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1952. 87 min. 12:30, 2:20, 4:10, 6:00, 7:50 and 9:40 pm.

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Friday, May 1 | 3D in the 21st Century at BAMcinématek

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What’s Showing Today? Friday, May 1
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Featured Screening: 3D in the 21st Century at BAMcinématek

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Today

3D in the 21st Century at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Step Up 3D (Jon M. Chu). Details. DCP. 2010. 107 min. 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Jon M. Chu) with Joule (Nadia Ranocchi & David Zamagni). Details. 2011. 128 min. 4:15 and 9:30 pm.

I Put a Spell on You: The Films of Bertrand Bonello at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • On War. Details. Q&A with Bertrand Bonello. 35mm. 2008. 130 min. 6:30 pm.
  • Something Organic. Details. Introduction by Bertrand Bonello at 9:30pm screening. 35mm. 1998. 90 min. 4:15 pm, 9:30 pm.

Columbia University Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • CUFF 2015 Program A (Various Filmmakers). Details. DCP. 75 min. 7:00 pm.
  • CUFF 2015 Program B (Various Filmmakers). Details. DCP. 82 min. 9:00 pm.

Acteurism: Joel McCrea at MoMA
Series Details

  • He Married His Wife (Roy Del Ruth). Details. 1940. 83 min. 1:30 pm.

See It Big! The Lord of the Rings at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson). Details. 2001. 208 min. 6:00 pm.

Piotr Szulkin’s Apocalypse Quartet at Spectacle
Series Details

  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End Of Civilization. Details. Digital video. 1984. 85 min. 10:00 pm.

Three Scapulars (Tres Escapularios) (Felipe Aljure) at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. With filmmaker Felipe Aljure in person. Digital Projection. 2015. 118 min. 7:30 pm.
Leptirica (aka The Butterfly) (Djordje Kadijevic) at Spectacle. Details. Digital video. 1973. 63 min. 7:30 pm.

Ongoing

Forbidden Games (René Clément) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1952. 87 min. 12:30, 2:20, 4:10, 6:00, 7:50 and 9:40 pm.

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