What’s Showing Today? Sunday, May 24
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Kwaidan is a film about appearances, about our trust in the things we see and think we know. It is also a film about love, our longing for something that has left us, something we never truly had, and so is a film about memory, a film about the strange lonely places memory may lead us into. We see all these themes throughout the second of the film’s four sequences, Yuki-Onna, or The Woman Of The Snow. The connection between Masaki Kobayashi and Tatsuya Nakadai grounds this segment in a comprehensibility which almost seems simplistic. As viewers, the supernatural in Kwaidan never strikes us as obscure, or occult: it is a constant whose intentions are presented to both the characters and audience in the most direct terms. In contrast, the natural world takes on a stunningly beautiful artificiality through lavish sets maximizing the use of Technicolor. Compared to the increasingly high-contrast noir-influenced new wave influence prevalent in Japanese cinema by ’65, and contrasted to Kobayashi’s earlier socially-conscious films such as Black River, Kwaidan is a world of its own, a world like ours but not, of its own pace, and its own justice.
Nakadai plays a woodcutter stranded in a snowstorm and spared his life by a ghostly ice-spirit who makes him promise never to tell of what he’s seen. The woodcutter survives, finding happiness with his mysterious new wife, a woman who does not seem to age. Ten years pass, and Nakadai feels the past is far enough from his happy family to share the details of his nightmarish encounter with the supernatural with his loving wife. What is time to a ghost? What are the passage of years, of marriage and children and tranquility, to the dead? This is not a story of fear, but of dread, the dread we have knowing no secret is ever safe with the living, and it speaks to Nakadai’s connection to that shared nature that no amount of knowing what is to come takes the sting from its delivery. It’s a conclusion reminiscent of the heartbreaking end of 1968’s Kuroneko. Comparisons will always fall short, however—there is no other film like Kwaidan. —Darren Bauler
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Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. DCP. 2014. 150 min. 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:25 pm.
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- “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.
- Stan VanDerBeek at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 544 West 24 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes June 20.
- Bruce Conner at Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes June 26.
- Neil Goldberg “One Version of Events” at Participant Inc. Open Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 7:00 pm. Closes May 24.
- Carlo Ferraris, “I’m no longer obsessed with winning” at Lynch Tham, 175 Rivington Street. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes June 7.
- “So You Want to See” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway. Open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes June 6.
- Anna K.E., Dana Levy and Marilyn Minter “Enchanted Space” at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes June 6.
- Hito Steyerl at Artists Space, 38 Greene Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes May 24.
- Tabor Robak “Fake Shrimp” at Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes June 7.
- VALIE EXPORT “METANOIA” at Tanja Grunert, 33A Orchard Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes May 31.
- Holly Zausner “Unsettled Matter” at Postmasters, 54 Franklin Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes May 31.
- Clive Murphy & Trevor Tweeten “II Machines” at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth. Open Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 and 6:00 pm. Closes May 31.