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Friday, April 18

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What’s Showing Today? Friday, April 18

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Featured Screening: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Anthology Film Archives

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Today

Old School Kung Fu Fest 2014 at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Canton Viper (Hwang Jang-lee). Details. 16mm. 1975. 78 min. 6:00 pm.
  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung). Details. 35mm. 1978. 119 min. 7:45 pm.
  • Pedicab Driver (Sammo Hung). Details. 35mm. 1989. 94 min. 10:30 pm.

Back with a Vengeance at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Nine to Five (Colin Higgins). Details. DCP. 1980. 110 min. 2:00 and 4:30 pm.

Art of the Real at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Lukas the Strange (John Torres). Details. DCP. 2013. 85 min. 5:00 pm.
  • A Thousand Suns with Atlantiques (Mati Diop). Details. HDCAM. 2013. 60 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Time Goes by Like a Roaring Lion (Philipp Hartmann). Details. Hartmann and DP Helena Wittmann in attendance for Q&A. 2013. 79 min. 9:00 pm.

Weekend Classics: American Hustlers at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch). Details. 35mm. 1932. 83 min. 11:00 am.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Point Blank (John Boorman). Details. 1967. 92 min. 1:30 pm.

Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective at MoMA
Series Details

  • Fists in the PocketDetails. Bellocchio in attendance. 1965. 105 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Eyes, The Mouth. Details. 1982. 101 min. 7:00 pm.

Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema at MoMA
Series Details

  • Reunion in Vienna (Sidney Franklin) with Charly Chaplin in Wien (Selenophon). Details. 1933/1931. 102 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Prater (Ulrike Ottinger) with The Case of Lena Smith [Fragment] (Josef von Sternberg). Details. 2007/1929. 111 min. 8:00 pm.

See It Big! Science Fiction at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Alien (Ridley Scott). Details. DCP. 1979. 117 min. 7:00 pm.

Cabaret Cinema at The Rubin Museum

  • M*A*S*H (Robert Altman). Details. Introduced by psychiatrist Kristina Jones. 1970. 116 min. 9:30 pm.

Audio Vérité Presents: Jason Lescaleet’s Trophy Tape at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Work by C. Spencer Yeh, Adel Souto, Ellen Frances, Jason Lescalleet, Aaron Dilloway, Annie Feldmeier Adams, Justin Meyers, Antony Milton, Olivia Block, Neil Young Cloaca, Todd Deal, Jubal Brown, Heidi Alasuvanto, and Robert Beatty. 55 min. 7:30 pm.
Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette) at BAMcinématek. Details. 10th annviersary screening with Caouette in conversation with John Cameron Mitchell. Digital projection. 2004. 88 min. 7:30 pm.
Smash TV Presents The Gunslinger at Spectacle. Details. 2014. 62 min. 7:30 and 10:00 pm.

Ongoing

Godzilla (Ishiro Honda) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1954. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:30 and 9:45 pm.

Midnight

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1980. 146 min. 12:00 am.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1981. 115 min. 12:05 am.
Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1981. 113 min. 12:15 am.
Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1980. 80 min. 12:25 am.
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 2001. 108 min. 12:00 am.
Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 12:10 am.
Mistaken for Strangers (Tom Berninger) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. DCP. 2013. 75 min. 12:15 am.
Ghoul Friday at SpectacleDetails. Digital video. 90 min. 12:00 am.

Galleries

Museums

Below Listed North-South

Chelsea

Downtown

Brooklyn

  • Surveillance.01-USA at Made in NY Media Center, DUMBO. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closes April 25.
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Saturday, April 19

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What’s Showing Today? Saturday, April 19

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Featured Screening: Ray of Sunshine at MoMA

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Show & Tell: Mike Hoolboom at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Public Lightning. Details. Digital video. 2004. 70 min. 6:30 pm.
  • Lacan Palestine. Details. Digital video. 2012. 70 min. 8:30 pm.

Old School Kung Fu Fest 2014 at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-leung). Details. 35mm. 1978. 119 min. 1:00 pm.
  • Challenge of the Masters (Lau Kar-leung). Details. 35mm. 1976. 95 min. 3:30 pm.
  • Heroes of the East (Lau Kar-leung). Details. Digital video. 1978. 104 min. 5:30 pm.
  • Super Special Secret Screening!. Details. 7:45 pm.
  • Master of the Flying Guillotine (Jimmy Wang Yu). Details. 35mm. 1976. 93 min. 10:00 pm.

Back with a Vengeance at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen). Details. Digital video. 1977. 92 min. 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Nine to Five (Colin Higgins). Details. DCP. 1980. 110 min. 2:00 and 4:30 and 9:15 pm.

Art of the Real at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Witout Images (Eric Baudelaire). Details. Baudelaire in attendance for Q&A. DCP. 2011. 66 min. 4:15 pm.
  • The Ugly One (Eric Baudelaire). Details. DCP. 2013. 101 min. 6:30 pm.
  • Castanha (Davi Pretto). Details. Pretto in attendance for Q&A. DCP. 2014. 95 min. 9:00 pm.

Weekend Classics: American Hustlers at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch). Details. 35mm. 1932. 83 min. 11:00 am.

Penumbra (Eduardo Villanueva) with Letter (Sergei Loznitsa) at UnionDocs. Details. Digital video. 2013. 118 min. 7:30 pm.

Midnight

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1980. 146 min. 12:00 am.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1981. 115 min. 12:05 am.
Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1981. 113 min. 12:15 am.
Ms. 45 (Abel Ferrara) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1980. 80 min. 12:25 am.
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 2001. 108 min. 12:00 am.
Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 12:10 am.
Mistaken for Strangers (Tom Berninger) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. DCP. 2013. 75 min. 12:15 am.
Argoman (Sergio Grieco) at SpectacleDetails. Digital video. 1967. 92 min. 12:00 am.

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Sunday, April 20

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What’s Showing Today? Sunday, April 20

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Featured Screening: Xala at BAMcinématek

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Today

Show & Tell: Mike Hoolboom at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Buffalo Death Mask and Other Stories. Details. 1993-2013. 50 min. 8:00 pm.

Old School Kung Fu Fest 2014 at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Canton Viper (Hwang Jang-lee). Details. 16mm. 1975. 78 min. 1:00 pm.
  • Master of the Flying Guillotine (Jimmy Wang Yu). Details. 35mm. 1976. 93 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Pedicab Driver (Sammo Hung). Details. 35mm. 1989. 94 min. 5:00 pm.
  • Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung). Details. 35mm. 1979. 103 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Legendary Weapons of China (Lau Kar-leung). Details. Digital video. 1982. 107 min. 9:15 pm.

Back with a Vengeance at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Xala (Ousmane Sembène). Details. 35mm. 1975. 123 min. 2:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman). Details. 35mm. 1975. 201 min. 4:30 pm.

Art of the Real at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • A Thousand Suns with Atlantiques (Mati Diop). Details. HDCAM. 2013. 60 min. 2:30 pm.
  • Dust Breeding (Sarah Vanagt) with The Garden on Both River Banks (Amel El Kamel). Details. Amal El Kamel in attendance for Q&A. Digital video. 2013. 47 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Amy Siegel: Recent Works. Details. Siegel in attendance for Q&A. Digital video. 2010-2013. 60 min. 6:30 pm.
  • Lukas the Strange (John Torres). Details. DCP. 2013. 85 min. 8:30 pm.

Weekend Classics: American Hustlers at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch). Details. 35mm. 1932. 83 min. 11:00 am.
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Thursday, April 17

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What’s Showing Today? Thursday, April 17

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Featured Screening: Jewel Robbery at MoMA. Guest post by John Migliore:

It’s after closing time in a quietly exclusive commercial thoroughfare. The inept security guard having been lured away to guard the getaway car, the staff, and a few unlucky society customers present for a private viewing are held captive as the glittering inventory of a jewelry store is spirited away. It’s just another night in the inky cul-de-sacs of the Warner Brothers backlot, doubling for the mean streets of old Vienna.

If you’ve seen many Depression-era crime films, the Austrian capital might not be the locale you’d expect. In addition to their celebrated Cagney-Robinson epics, the studio, with many emigre directors under contract, kept up a more refined sideline of releases featuring gentleman thieves and other assorted larcenists smoothly stealing hearts and valuables in a variety of European settings, each painstakingly recreated in the glamorous wilds of Burbank. The goal was to shamelessly copy Ernst Lubitsch, whose elegant sex comedies for Paramount had set the contemporary standard in high-level filmmaking.

This aspiration, shared by every other studio in town, was keenly felt at Warners, which had somewhat improbably been Lubitsch’s first permanent studio home in America. Always hungering after prestige even if he was often too cheap to pay for it, Jack Warner got lucky with William Dieterle‘s Jewel Robbery, one of the few entrants in the knockoff sweepstakes witty and stylish enough to merit the Lubitschean comparison.

The film’s limited budget and running time (a swift 67 minutes) work strongly in its favor, presenting a louche Vienna whose luxe surfaces provide a veneer for jaded socialites to conduct a seemingly endless round of furtive, fleeting affairs both sexual and financial. A refined urban jungle in which a jaded baroness’ kidnapping by an urbane thief can be experienced as the most authentic emotional experience she’s ever had.  That being said, don’t get the wrong idea: we’re not in Fritz Lang territory. This is a racy bauble shot through with just enough grit to lend moments of real sting to the repartee.

William Powell‘s typical urbanity and insouciance serve well as he conducts the most civilized heist in movie history, offering his unwilling guests “special (herbal) cigarettes” to calm their nerves, while conveying a light sense of menace beneath the banter.

Never possessing dramatic ability on a level to keep Barbara Stanwyck up nights, Kay Francis has a real way with a cutting line, and comes off now as a strikingly modern presence, commenting on the general nuttiness of most of her films without ever derailing them. Even her much derided lisp makes her seem more human in our current era of obsession with “relatable” celebrities. As Jeanine Basinger put it in her indispensable book, A Woman’s View, “Acting is not what [Francis] is doing onscreen. Being there is what she is doing, and at that she is an Olympic champion.” Much of her dialogue in this film centers on the affairs she has had, and may have in the near future, and she lends the characterization an air of wry erotic authority and steely control.

A romp featuring an undersung star team, Jewel Robbery remains one highlight among many from pre-1934 Hollywood. It’s an excellent entry point if you haven’t seen much from that time, and the perfect excuse to head to MoMA and spend an hour in Vienna. —JM

John Migliore is an audiovisual archivist who has worked with MoMA, The Kitchen and Electronic Arts Intermix, among other organizations.

Today

Tout Truffaut at Film Forum
Series Details

  • The Last MetroDetails. 35mm. 1980. 131 min. 1:30, 4:00, 7:00 and 9:40 pm.

Art of the Real at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Sweetgrass (Ilsa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor). Details. 35mm. 2009. 105 min. 6:30 pm.
  • The Silent Majority Speaks  (Bani Khoshnoudi). Details. Digital video. 2010. 94 min. 9:15 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Point Blank (John Boorman). Details. 1967. 92 min. 1:30 pm.

Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema at MoMA
Series Details

  • Jewel Robbery (William Dieterle). Details. 1932. 68 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Reunion in Vienna (Sidney Franklin) with Charly Chaplin in Wien (Selenophon). Details. 1933/1931. 102 min. 7:30 pm.

The Aesthetics of Shadow, Part 2: Europe and America at MoMA
Series Details

  • Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur). Details. 1947. 97 min. 4:30 pm.

Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective at MoMA
Series Details

  • Dormant Beauty. Details. Bellocchio in attendance. 2012. 115 min. 7:00 pm.

Nouveau Roman Cinema: Marguerite Duras at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Destroy, She SaidDetails. Digital video. 1969. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Le Camion. Details. Digital video. 1977. 76 min. 10:00 pm.

Ongoing

The King of Escape (Alain Guiraudie) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 35mm. 2009. 93 min. 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy) at BAMcinématekDetails. DCP. 1967. 124 min. 4:30, 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

Galleries

Museums

Below Listed North-South

Chelsea

Downtown

Brooklyn

  • Surveillance.01-USA at Made in NY Media Center, DUMBO. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closes April 25.