What’s Showing Today? Sunday, December 18
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Featured Screening: The Wizard of Gore at Museum of the Moving Image
Today the Museum of the Moving Image‘s Magicians on Film series presents Screen Slate’s own favorite magic film, The Wizard of Gore, courtesy of the so-called Godfather of Gore Herschell Gordon Lewis.
Shot mostly on a single set that could have conceivably been built inside an American Legion Hall, The Wizard of Gore features the insidious magician Montag the Magnificent, who horribly mutilates his assistants on stage via chainsaws, drill presses and so on. Miraculously, they appear fine afterward—until suddenly dying later in the same fashion. Local reporter Sherry Carson puts two and two together and figures Montag may be the culprit. By the additive logic that HGL needed to continually top himself each time he stepped behind the lens, this relatively late entry in his filmography is one of his goriest; sure enough, the buckets of blood and entrails that spew from Montag’s buxom beauties come courtesy of two sheep carcasses used through the production, which were soaked in Pine-Sol to prevent the smell from overwhelming the crew. This is a major audience-pleaser in the exploitation auteur’s oeuvre, one that doesn’t fail to live up to HGL’s reputation for excess with some maniacally devious set pieces lovingly rendered in charming, lo-fi fashion. And what really pushes it over the top is HGL regular Ray Sager‘s hammy performance as Montag, one that will no doubt delight fans of Arrested Development‘s GOB. [Evidence here]
The Wizard of Gore screens 7 pm this evening, and Magicians on Film continues through January 1.
Journeys from Berlin/1971 is the fourth feature by Yvonne Rainer, best known for her work as a choreographer but also occupying an extremely significant role in the development of artists’ cinema. Structured around discussions between women and psychologists, Rainer’s film weaves together various text, sounds, images of contemporary Germany and Russia to present what’s been described as an “essay on radicalism and rehabilitation.” That’s today at Anthology Film Archives.
Le Corbeau, aka The Raven, plays MoMA‘s Henri-Georges Clouzot series today. This is one of the key pieces of his filmography; not only his masterpiece by some accounts, but one which forever altered the trajectory of his career. Backed by a Nazi-financed production company, the French director was both decried as a collaborator while also engendering the ire of his producers—the film’s story of a village beset by anonymous letters revealing the towns’ secrets has a political subtext that’s difficult to overlook.
At Spectacle Theater, Arrebato conflates drug culture, horror film tropes and avantgarde filmmaking techniques as a singularly wild, highly regarded and barely-seen masterpiece. That’s at 7:30 pm tonight followed by Rolling Like a Stone. It’s also the final afternoon of the weekend-long Framing Tintin retrospective, which examines the manifold cinematic approaches taken to adapting the exploits of Belgian artist Hergé’s young adventurer for screen before 3D motion capture was invented.
- La Commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins). Details. Video. 1999. 345 min. 12 pm.
- Journeys From Berlin/1971 (Yvonne Rainer). Details. 16mm. 1980. 125 min. 6:30 pm.
- The Angry Brigade (Gordon Carr). Details. Video. 1973. 60 min. 9 pm.
- L’amour Fou (Jacques Rivette). Details. 35mm. 1969. 252 min. 1 pm.
- James and the Giant Peach (Henry Selick). Details. 1996. 80 min. 4 pm.
- An Almost Perfect World (Esteban Ibarretxe, José Miguel Ibarretxe). Details. 2011. 97 min. 5:40 pm.
- Contacts (Paulino Viota). Details. 1970. 64 min. 7:45 pm.
- Crebinsky (Enrique Otero). Details. 2011. 90 min. 9:15 pm.
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 11 am and 7:30 pm.
- Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2002. 125 min. 12:55 pm.
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1984. 116 min. 3:20 pm.
- My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1988. 86 min. 5:40 pm.
- Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1997. 134 min. 9:35 pm.
- Le Corbeau. Details. 1943. 93 min. 2:30 pm.
- Return to Life (with André Cayatte, Georges Lampin and Jean Dréville). Details. 1948. 112 min. 5:30 pm.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson). Details. 1992. 85 min. 1 pm.
- Ernie Kovacs’s Festival of Magic. Details. 3 pm.
- The Magic Land of Allakazam. Details. 5 pm.
- The Wizard of Gore (Herschell Gordon Lewis). Details. 1970. 95 min. 7 pm.
- Tintin and the Lake of Sharks (Raymond Leblanc). 1972. 81 min. 3 pm.
- Tintin and the Blue Oranges (Philippe Condroyer). 1964. 93 min. 5 pm.
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 16mm-to-35mm. 1971-1972. 82 min. 2:15 pm.
Gabi on the Roof in July (Lawrence Michael Levine) at The Fifth Estate. Details. 2010. 101 min. 6 pm.
Share FREE Audio & Video Jam at Issue Project Room. Details. 8 pm.
OPTIMAL: Live Sound Performance & Video by DataSpaceTime at Microscope Gallery. Details. 7 pm. FREE
!Women Art Revolution: A Secret History (Lynn Hershman-Leeson) at MoMA. Details. 2010. 83 min. 4:30 pm.
Sleepless Nights Stories (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2011. 114 min. 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 pm.
Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski) at BAMcinématek. Details. 35mm. 1970. 90 min. 2, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
Khodorkovsky (Cyril Tuschi) at Film Forum. Details. 2010. 111 min. 1, 3:15, 5:40 and 7:40.
The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1953. 148 min. 1, 3:50, 6:40 and 9:30 pm.
Addiction Incorporated (Charles Evans Jr.) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 102 min. 1, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10 pm.
Possession (Andrzej Żuławski) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1981. 123 min. 9:45 pm.
Daguerreotypes (Agnès Varda) with Elsa la Rose (Varda with Raymond Zanchi) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 1975/1965. 95 min. 7:30 pm.
- Harun Farocki “Images of War (at a Distance)” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January 2.
- Haris Epaminonda “Projects 96” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February 20.
- Sanja Iveković “Sweet Violence” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 26.
- George Kuchar “Pagan Rhapsodies” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January 2.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- The User: The New Auteur at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through March 4.
- 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.
- Roy Lichtenstein “Three Landscapes: A Film Installation” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $18 general/$12 students, seniors, ages 19-25/free for under 18. Pay-as-you-wash Friday 6-9 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Through February 12.
- Aleksandra Mir “The Seduction of Galileo Galilei” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $18 general/$12 students, seniors, ages 19-25, free for under 18. Pay-as-you-wash Fridays 6-9 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Through February 19.
Below listed North-South
- Mary Reid Kelley “The Syphilis of Sisyphus” at Fredericks & Freiser. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends January 7.
- Simon Denny”Corporate Video Decisions” at Friedrich Petzel. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends December 22.
- Bruce Conner, Yayoi Kusama and Christian Marclay “Accumulations” at Paula Cooper. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends December 23.
- “Play Station” curated by Marcin Ramocki and Paul Slocum at Postmasters. Artists include Mike Beradino, Mauro Ceolin, Mary Flanagan, Travis Hallenbeck, jeremiah Johnson, Ernesto Klar, Joe McKay, Jason Rohrer, Rafaël Rozendaal, Eddo Stern and CJ Yeh. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends December 22.