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Saturday, March 28 | Four Flies on Grey Velvet at Anthology Film Archives

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What’s Showing Today? Saturday, March 28
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Featured Screening: Four Flies on Grey Velvet at Anthology Film Archives. Post by Danielle Burgos:

Dario Argento intended 1971 giallo Four Flies on Grey Velvet to be his swan song to the genre, but after the poor reception of 1973’s clunky comedy The Five Days he came running right back (with Deep Red and Suspiria, no less). In Four Flies, hunky young prog drummer Roberto confronts and accidentally kills a stalker, only to be photographed in the act by another stalker masked in creepy child-face. Growing paranoid, Roberto tries to find out who set him up, slowly realizing a better question might be why. As the stalker turns killer and circles ever closer, Roberto realizes they’re after something more sinister than blackmail.

Despite the grim premise, Four Flies’ constant humor hints Argento’s mind was on his upcoming comedy. Outlandish supporting characters populate the city including a morose, bumbling mailman, a flamboyantly gay private eye, and two beatnik sleuths named The Professor and God.  Late in the film the beatniks meet Roberto at a Funerary Art convention—featuring Death as highly stylized product, it’s a silly microcosm of the genre. Amidst mod baroque coffins the beats offer him advice, foreground detective work dwarfed by background slapstick, including a salesman assuring a customer worried his green sarcophagus fits ‘too tight’ that no customers have ever come back with complaints.

Likely because it was supposed to be farewell, Argento went for broke pushing genre convention and visuals to their extreme. Four Flies utilized two different special slow-motion cameras, one to capture a bullet’s trajectory for dramatic effect (a first in film), and another slowing down the final horrific comeuppance to beautiful abstraction. A plot point even Argento considered ‘too fantastic’ – lifting the last-seen image from a dead retina (the titular ‘four flies’)—was included because SFX wizard Carlo Rambaldi showed him how amazing the graphics looked. Impressionistic editing turns day instantly to windy night, leaving a woman in a crowd suddenly alone and vulnerable. Identity blurs as we become killer, victim, even murder weapon – we are the knife slamming down on a hapless person, followed by a fall down stairs directly echoing Psycho‘s infamous shot. The only person whose point of view we don’t see is leading man Roberto’s—we voyeuristically experience the killer’s pleasure in his torment, watching him wear down over the full course of the film. With one ironic exception—Roberto’s repeating nightmare of a man about to be beheaded, the blade flashing closer each time. These prophetic manifestations of his anxiety become the film’s gruesome capper, Argento literally going out with a bang. —Danielle Burgos

Today

Malastrana Film Series Presents: The Killer Must Kill Again!: Giallo Fever, Part 2 at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Death Laid an Egg (aka Plucked) (Giulio Questi). Details. In English. 35mm. 1968. 86 min. 5:00 pm.
  • Torso (Sergio Martino). Details. In English. 35mm. 1973. 92 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Dario Argento). Details. In English. 35mm. 1973. 104 min. 9:00 pm.

Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • L’âge D’or (Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí). Details. In French with English subtitles. 35mm. 1930. 73 min. 5:30 pm.

Paul Sharits – Recent Preservations at Anthology Film Archives

  • Paul Sharits Program 2 with Dream Displacement, Analytical Studies II: Un-Framed Lines and Axiomatic Granularity. Details. 16mm. 1972-1976. ca. 80 min. 7:30 pm.

New Voices in Black Cinema at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The Supreme Price (Joanna Lipper). Details. 2014. 75 min. 2:00 pm.
  • Life’s Essentials With Ruby Dee (Muta’Ali Muhammad). Details. 2014. 90 min. 4:30 pm.
  • In The Morning (Nefertite Nguvu). Details. 2014. 75 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Gone Too Far (Destiny Ekaragha). Details. 2013. 88 min. 9:45 pm.

New Directors/New Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Line of Credit (Salomé Alexi). Details. Q&A with director Salomé Alexi. 2014. 85 min. 1:00 pm.
  • The Great Man (Sarah Leonor). Details. Q&A with director Sarah Leonor. DCP. 2014. 107 min. 3:30 pm.
  • Christmas, Again (Charles Poekel). Details. Q&A with director Charles Poekel and Going Out director Ted Fendt. DCP. 2014. 79 min. 6:15 pm.
  • The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy). Details. DCP. 2014. 132 min. 8:45 pm.

The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara at Japan Society
Series Details

  • Bell of Sayon (Hiroshi Shimizu). Details. Introduction by Darrell Davis, Visiting Professor, NYU Cinema Studies. 16mm. 1943. 75 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Toward the Decisive Battle in the Sky (Kunio Watanabe). Details. 35mm. 1943. 81 min. 7:00 pm.

New Directors/New Films 2015 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley). Details. 2015. 100 min. 1:00 pm.
  • Line of Credit (Salomé Alexi). Details. 2014. 85 min. 1:00 pm.
  • The Great Man (Sarah Leonor). Details. 2014. 107 min. 3:30 pm.
  • Court (Chaitanya Tamhane). Details. 2014. 116 min. 3:45 pm.
  • Christmas, Again with Going Out (Charles Poekel, Ted Fendt). Details. 2014. 87 min. 6:15 pm.
  • Goodnight Mommy (Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz). Details. 2014. 100 min. 6:45 pm.
  • The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy). Details. 2014. 132 min. 8:45 pm.
  • Los Hongos (Oscar Ruiz Navia). Details. 2014. 103 min. 9:30 pm.

Downtown New York Film: The 1970s and 1980s at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Unmade Beds (Amos Poe) and short films by Jack Goldstein, Cindy Sherman, and Ericka Beckman. Details. With Amos Poe and Ericka Beckman in person. 98 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Films by Vivienne Dick and Eric Mitchell’s Red Italy. Details. With Vivienne Dick in person. 128 min. 6:00 pm.

Juche Your Illusion Part I at Spectacle
Series Details

  • The Flower Girl (Ik Kyu Choe & Hak Pak). Details. Digital video. 1972. 121 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Urban Girl Comes to Get Married (Kim Il-Sung University Students). Details. Digital video. 1993. 73 min. 10:00 pm.

Swing Time (George Stevens) at The Landmark Loew’s Jersey. Details. 1936. 103 min. 6:00 pm.
North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock) at The Landmark Loew’s Jersey. Details. 1959. 136 min. 8:15 pm.
Double Trouble: The Complete Seet of Six Films by Gary Goldberg at Millennium Film Workshop. Details. Presented by Jerry Tartaglia. 7:30 pm

Midnight

The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) at IFC Center. Details. 2014. 93 min. 11:40 pm.
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1971. 136 min. 12:05 am.
Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 2014. 70 min. 12:10 am.
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland) at IFC Center. Details. 2014. 101 min. 12:15 am.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 2014. 109 min. 12:20 am.
The Warriors (Walter Hill) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1979. 93 min. 12:00 am.
Paranoia (Umberto Lenzi) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 35mm. 1969. 91 min. 12:05 am.
Night of the Creeps (Fred Dekker) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. DCP. 1986. 88 min. 12:15 am.
Witchcraft 70 (Luigi Scattini/Lee Frost) at Spectacle. Details. 1970. 95 min. 12:00 am.

Ongoing

From Mayerling to Sarajevo (Max Ophüls) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1940. 97 min. 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 pm.
Freeway: Crack in the System (Marc Levin) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2015. 103 min. 7:30 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.
  • “The Little Things Could Be Dearer” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes April 6.
  • “Zero Tolerance” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes April 13.
  • 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.

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Sunday, March 29 | From Mayerling to Sarajevo at Film Forum

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What’s Showing Today? Sunday, March 29
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Featured Screening: From Mayerling to Sarajevo at Film Forum

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Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel). Details. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. 1950. 88 min. 4:30 pm.

Malastrana Film Series Presents: The Killer Must Kill Again!: Giallo Fever, Part 2 at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Tenebrae (Dario Argento). Details. In English. 35mm. 1982. 101 min. 4:45 pm.
  • The Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado). Details. In Italian with projected English subtitles. 35mm. 1971. 92 min. 7:00 pm.
  • The Psychic (aka Seven Notes in Black) (Lucio Fulci). Details. In Italian with projected English subtitles. 35mm. 1977. 90 min. 9:00 pm.

Paul Sharits – Recent Preservations at Anthology Film Archives

  • Paul Sharits Program 3. Details. 16mm. 1966-1976. ca. 65 min. 6:45 pm.
  • Paul Sharits Program 4 with Figment I: Fluxglam Voyage in Search of the Real Maciunas. Details. Super 8mm-to-video. 1977-86. 104 mins. 8:30 pm.

New Voices in Black Cinema at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Shorts Program. Details. Works by Shaka King, Neil Creque Williams, Jonathan David Kane,  Fred Bumaye, Martine Jean, Princeton Holt, Mtume Gant, Ayana Saunders. 86 min. 2:00 pm.
  • Sixteen (Rob Brown). Details. 2013. 80 min. 7:15 pm.
  • Black Panther Woman (Rachel Perkins). Details. 2014. 53 min. 9:30 pm.

New Directors/New Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Los Hongos (Oscar Ruiz Navia). Details. Q&A with director Oscar Ruiz Navia. 2014. 103 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Entertainment (Rick Alverson). Details. Q&A with director Rick Alverson. 2015. 110 min. 7:00 pm.

Downtown New York Film: The 1970s and 1980s at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Films by James Nares and Beth B and Scott B. Details. With James Nares in person. 89 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Kathryn Bigelow’s The Loveless and John Lurie’s Men in Orbit. Details. With John Lurie in person. 127 min. 6:00 pm.

Strange Bedfellows: Alberto Cavallone at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Man, Woman and Beast. Details. Digital video. 1977. 100 min. 5:00 pm.

Five Element Ninjas (Chang Cheh) at at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers. Details. Presented by Chris Poggiali. 35mm. 1982. 105 min. 7:00 pm.
Fist Church at Spectacle. Details. Mystery kung fu matinee. 3:00 pm.
Todos Mienten (Matías Piñeiro) at Spectacle. Details. Digital video. 2009. 75 min. 7:30 pm.

Ongoing

From Mayerling to Sarajevo (Max Ophüls) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1940. 97 min. 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20 and 9:20 pm.
Freeway: Crack in the System (Marc Levin) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2015. 103 min. 7:30 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.
  • “The Little Things Could Be Dearer” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes April 6.
  • “Zero Tolerance” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes April 13.
  • 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.

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Queens

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Monday, March 30 | The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin at BAMcinématek

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What’s Showing Today? Monday, March 30
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Featured Screening: The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin at BAMcinématek

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Cuba: Golden 60s at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (Julio García Espinosa). Details. 16mm. 1967. 112 min. 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

The Films of Bong Joon-Ho at Jacob Burns Film Center
Series Details

  • Mother. Details. Q&A with Bong Joon-ho. 2009. 128 min. 7:30 pm.

Juche Your Illusion Part I at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Urban Girl Comes to Get Married (Kim Il-Sung University Students). Details. Digital video. 1993. 73 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Triumph of the Il: A Survey of North Korean Propaganda. Details. 70 min. 10:00 pm.

They Live (John Carpenter) at at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers. Details. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. 9:00 pm.
Jonas Mekas 365 Day Project – Part Three: March at Microscope Gallery. Details. 175 min. 7:00 pm.

Ongoing

From Mayerling to Sarajevo (Max Ophüls) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1940. 97 min. 12:40, 2:50, and 5:10 pm.
Freeway: Crack in the System (Marc Levin) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2015. 103 min. 7:30 pm.
The Devil is a Woman (Josef Von Sternberg) at MoMA. Details. 1935. 80 min. 7:00 pm.

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Tuesday, March 31 | Edward Owens: Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts at Light Industry

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What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, March 31
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Featured Screening: Edward Owens: Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts at Light Industry

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Flaherty NYC Presents: That Obscure Object of Desire at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Program 6: The Motherhood Archives: Irene Lusztig. Details. Lusztig will be present. This program is a co-presentation with Triple Canopy. Digital. 2014. 91 min. 7:00 pm.

Cuba: Golden 60s at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The First Charge of the Machete (Manuel Octavio Gómez). Details. Digital. 1969. 84 min. 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara at Japan Society
Series Details

  • Scandal (Akira Kurosawa). Details. 35mm. 1950. 105 min. 7:00 pm.

Strange Bedfellows: Alberto Cavallone at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Blue Movie. Details. Digital video. 1978. 84 min. 7:30 pm.

Juche Your Illusion Part I at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Centre Forward (Pak Chong Song). Details. Digital video. 1978. 77 min. 10:00 pm.

Edward Owens: Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts at Light Industry. Details. 16mm. 1967-1970. 63 min. 7:30 pm.

Ongoing

From Mayerling to Sarajevo (Max Ophüls) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1940. 97 min. 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:20 and 9:30 pm.
Freeway: Crack in the System (Marc Levin) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2015. 103 min. 7:30 pm.
The Devil is a Woman (Josef Von Sternberg) at MoMA. Details. 1935. 80 min. 7:00 pm.