What’s Showing Today? Thursday, May 26
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As part of the Re-Visions American Experimental Film series, Anthology Film Archives this month brings together a stellar program of filmmaker Ericka Beckman’s work, most notably, her “Super-8 Trilogy” from 1978-81. Preserved in 16mm, these works mine the original experimental nature of experimental film—like early Surrealist films of the 1920s, Beckman plays around with the technology of Super-8, splicing together sound and color and objects in a patchwork of kinetic imagery.
The Trilogy starts with We Imitate; We Break Up (1978), the story of a girl with marionette legs. The girl imitates a boy named Mario (a pun that definitely got a chuckle out of me), learning his fancy footwork, and eventually surpassing him in her abilities. Mario does not like this. Interspersed with the main narrative are shots of men boxing, phantom bowling, and a man driving eyeglasses. J. Hoberman described We Imitate as possessing “the vitality of primitive cartoons”—the dynamic, palpable excitement of exploring a new medium is indeed almost childlike.
The Broken Rule stars frequent Beckman collaborator and artist Mike Kelley as a man engaged in competitive capitalism—teams of green-suited and white-suited men compete to see who can get down the laundry fastest, and have relay races with briefcases in which Kelley has to relive his mistakes. The teams are cheered on by housewife cheerleaders who chant, “Compete! Compete! Compete!” and supply the acapella chanting to accompany the games. It’s an anti-capitalist musical with bright, beautiful colors and constant movement. Out of Hand, the final film in the trilogy, tells the story of a young boy who is searching for something in his house, which is being evacuated. It moves between memory and present-time, with the musical accompaniment and constant movement that characterizes the entire trilogy. Out of Hand experiences these conditions from the eyes of a child, bringing another new and thoughtful dimension to the project.
The colors in Beckman’s films are vivid in Super-8, so the 16mm restorations should prove to be eye candy on the big screen. Along with Beckman’s Super-8 Trilogy, Anthology is screening The Super 8 Show: Beyond Home Movies, a short 1981 documentary by Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn about Super-8 filmmakers, as well as Tension Building, Beckman’s most recent video. —Dana Reinoos
- Ericka Beckman. Details. 16mm and digital. 1978-2014. 105 min. 7:30 pm.
- Lamb (Yared Zeleke) Details. 2015. 94 min. 7:30 pm.
- Greaser’s Palace. Details. DCP. 1972. 91 min. 2:30 pm.
- Chafed Elbows. Details. 35mm. 1966. 58 min. 8:20 pm.
- Putney Swope. Details. DCP. 1969. 85 min. 9:40 pm.
- Angelina (Luigi Zampa). Details. 35mm. 1947. 90 min. 2:30 pm.
- La vita è bella (Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia). Details. 35mm. 1943. 76 min. 4:30 pm.
- Wild is the Wind (George Cukor). Details. 16mm. 1957. 114 min. 6:30 pm.
- Full Speed (Mario Mattoli). Details. 35mm. 1934. 78 min. 9:00 pm.
- Presenting Princess Shaw (Ido Haar). Details. Q&A with Princess Shaw, Kutiman, and Ido Haar. 2016. 80 min. 7:30 pm.
- In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Details. 35mm. 1978. 124 min. 7:00 pm.
- Advise and Consent. Details. 1962. 138 min. 1:30 pm.
- A House Divided (William Wyler). Details. 1931. 70 min. 4:00 pm.
- Seed (John M. Stahl). Details. 1931. 96 min. 7:00 pm.
- Straub-Huillet Shorts Program 4: O somma luce, Schakale und Araber, Un conte de Michel de Montaigne, and Dialogue d’ombres. Details. 2009–2013. 90 min. 4:30 pm.
- Cézanne. Conversation with Joachim Gasquet and A Visit to the Louvre. Details. 1989/2004. 99 min. 7:00 pm.
- An Initiation Into Violent Exhibitions Of Machine Performance: Three Decades of Survival Research Labs. Details. Digital video. 1987-2011. Approx. 65 min. 7:30 pm.
- She’s Real (Worse Than Queer) (Lucy Thane). Details. Digital video. 1997. 50 min. 10:00 pm.
Kevin Geeks Out About Sex Scenes & Love Stories at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. With special guests. 9:30 pm.
The Monument Hunter (Jerónimo Rodriguez) at NYU Michelson Theater. Details. Q&A and reception. 2015. 6:00 pm.
Indie Film Shorts at Ridgewood Library. Details. Work by Craig Rosenthal, Sophie Byrne, Emilia Forstreuter, Kristen Lepore, and Pippa Riddick. 6:30 pm.
Destiny (Fritz Lang) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1921. 98 min. 12:30, 4:20 and 6:20 pm.
Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto) at Metrograph. Details. DCP. 1973. 93 min. 9:30 pm.
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan) at Metrograph. Details. DCP. 2016. 113 min. 4:00, 6:15 and 8:30 pm.
Los Sures (Diego Echeverria) with Of Memory & Los Sures (Andrew Parsons & Laurie Sumiye) at Metrograph. Details. DCP. 1984/2011. 74 min. 5:30 pm.
- Neïl Beloufa “Projects 102” at MoMA. $25 adults/$18 seniors/$14 students. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Ends June 12.
- Bouchra Khalili “The Mapping Journey Projects” at MoMA. $25 adults/$18 seniors/$14 students. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Ends June 12.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $15 general/$11 students and seniors/$7 ages 3 to 17. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Beatriz Santiago Muñoz “Song, Strategy, Sign” 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 June 12.
- Park Chan-kyong at Tina Kim Gallery, 525 West 21 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends July 1.
- Tal Eshed “Dive In…” at Tanja Grunert Gallery, 524 West 19 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 4.
- Bunny Rogers “Columbine Cafeteria” at Greenspon Gallery, 71 Morton Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 25.
- Amie Siegel “The Spear in the Stone” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 19.
- Josh Kline “Unemployment” at 47 Canal, 291 Grand Street, 2nd floor. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Ends June 12.