What’s Showing Today? Sunday, December 8
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Today the Museum of the Moving Image‘s See It Big! Great Cinematographers series features a 35mm print of The Marriage of Maria Braun, one of 15 films Michael Ballhaus photographed for Rainer Werner Fassbinder over the span of a decade that represents one of the most fruitful director-cinematographer collaborations.
Considered one of the best of the 41 films Fassbinder directed during his brief, prolific career, The Marriage of Maria Braun is also probably the most polished and accessible. The film was the first to reteam Fassbinder with actress Hanna Schygulla after their falling out on the set of Effi Briest. She stars as the title character, who remains devoted to her soldier husband despite their only being married for mere hours before he’s sent to fight. When he’s reported dead, Maria begins a romance with an American GI, who she needlessly kills to defend her husband his sudden return. He takes the blame and is sent to prison, at which point Maria seduces a French industrialist, ostensibly to support a lavish lifestyle for her and her husband upon his release. Though supported by some of Fassbinder’s largest production value and framed as a Hollywood-style romance, Maria Braun is, at it’s core, as cynical (and darkly comic) as Fassbinder gets: a profile of cold, calculated manipulation and tragic self-deception that corrupts all the lives in its vicinity.
Though Fassbinder represents an imposing body of work that any cinephile must reckon with sooner or later, The Marriage of Maria Braun is a perfect starting point — and one worth the pilgrimage to Astoria to see on 35mm.
- The River with Trofim. Details. 2002/1996. 2:00 pm.
- Me Too. Details. Video. 2012. 83 min. 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
- The Stoker. Details. Video. 2010. 89 min. 6:00 pm.
- Monkey Business (Norman Z. Mcleod). Details. Video. 1931. 77 min. 11:00 am.
- Meet John Doe (Frank Capra). Details. 35mm. 1941. 132 min. 1:00 pm.
- Baby Face (Alfred E. Green). Details. 35mm. 1933. 71 min. 3:30, 6:50 and 9:50 pm.
- Night Nurse (William Wellman). Details. 35mm. 1931. 72 min. 5:20 and 8:20 pm.
- In Vanda’s Room (Pedro Costa). Details. 35mm. 2000. 171 min. 3:15 pm.
- Tropic Thunder. Details. Video. 2008. 107 min. 1:00 pm.
- The Cable Guy. Details. 35mm. 1996. 96 min. 9:15 pm.
- Jeremiah Johnson (Sydney Pollack). Details. 35mm. 1972. 108 min. 11:00 am.
- Ginger e Fred (Federico Fellini). Details. 1986. 125 min. 2:00 pm.
- Silver Linings Playbook. Details. 35mm. 2012. 122 min. 3:00 pm.
- The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Details. 35mm. 1978. 120 min. 4:00 pm.
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik). Details. Video. 2007. 160 min. 7:00 pm.
- Sweet Bunch (Nikos Nikolaidis). Details. Video. 1983. 154 min. 8:00 pm.
Cousin Jules (Dominique Benicheti) at Film Forum. Details. 1973. 91 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10 pm.
Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Video. 1957. 118 min. 6:45 pm.
Mauvais Sang (Leox Carax) at Film Forum. Details. 1986. 116 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
They Live (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. Video 1988. 93 min. 10:40 am, 3:20, and 7:50 pm.
- “Images of an Infinite Film″ at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Hollis Frampton, Paul Sharits, Kerry Tribe, Nan Hoover, and David Lamelas. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes March 2.
- Dante Ferretti “Design and Construction for the Cinema” at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes February 9.
- 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.
- “Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980″ at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $20 general/$16 ages 19-25, 65+ and students. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Closes February 2.
- T.J. Wilcox “In the Air” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $20 general/$16 ages 19-25, 65+ and students. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Closes February 9.
Below Listed North-South
- “Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s ‘Selves’” at Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall, 116 Street and Broadway, Eighth Floor. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closes December 7.
- “An I for an Eye: Counter-Representations of Geopolitical Conflict” at Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, 11 East 52 Street. Open daily, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes January 6.
- “Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori” at Japan Society, 333 East 47 Street. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Tu-Th), 9:00 pm (F) or 5:00 pm (Sat-Sun). Closes January 12.
- Janaina Tschäpe “The Ghost in Between” at Tierney Gardarin, 546 West 29 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 14.
- Isaac Julien “PLAYTIME” at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 17.
- Jaime Davidovich “Museum of Television Culture” at Churner and Churner, 205 Tenth Avenue. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 21.
- Jumana Manna at CRG Gallery, 548 West 22 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 21.
- Mary Ellen Strom “Stand By Snow” at Longhouse Projects, 285 Spring Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 20.
- Bruce Nauman “Some Illusions: Videos and Drawings” at Sperone Westwater, 257 Bowery. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 21.
- casting a wide net at Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin Street, Tribeca. Work by JODI, Olia Lailina, Wolfgang Staehle, Eva & Franco mattes, Constant Dullaart, Oliver Laric, Petra cortright, Katie Torn, Austin Lee, and Rollin Leonard. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am through 6:00 pm. Closes January 18.
- Gretchen Bender: Image Redux at Bunker259, 259 Banker Street, Greenpoint. Open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with appointment. Appointment includes snacks. Closes December 20.
- Agnieszka Kurant “exformation” at SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, LIC. Open Thursday-Monday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes January 27.