What’s Showing Today? Saturday, March 28
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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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
- “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.
- Joseph Smolinski “Second Nature” at Mixed Greens, 531 West 26 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 25.
- Michael Snow “A Group Show” at Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 4.
- Ericka Beckman “You the Better” at Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 25.
- Candice Breitz “Treatment” at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 535 West 22 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes March 28.
- Adam Magyar “Kontinuum” at Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22 Street. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 4.
- Leo Gabin “A Crackup at the Race Riots” at Elizabeth Dee, 545 West 20 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes March 28.
- “Coupe Int Vol 2″ at 308 at 156 Art Space, 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308. Open Monday-Friday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 25.
- Nicole Miller “The Borrowers” at Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 25.
- Subodh Gupta “Seven Billion Light Years” at Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 25.
- Joy Episalla “Street View Rear Window” at Participant Inc, 253 East Houston Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 7:00 pm. Closes April 12.
- Jonathan Monaghan “Escape Pod” at bitforms gallery, 131 Allen Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes May 3.
- “Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art” at The James Gallery, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, and e-flux, 311 East Broadway. Open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes March 28.
- Hito Steyerl at Artists Space, 38 Greene Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes May 24.
- Owen Kydd “Out-Of-Place Artifacts” at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 327 Broome Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 19.
- Marwa Arsanios “Notes for a choreography” at Art in General, 79 Walker Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, Noon to 6:00 pm. Closes April 11.
- Jessalyn Wakefield “BEASTS I – IX” at Songs for Presidents, 1673 Gates Avenue, Ridgewood. Open Saturday-Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes March 29.