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Sunday, December 18

Wizard of Gore at MoMIWhat’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.

Also Recommended

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.

Today

Anarchism on Film at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • 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.

50 Years of the New York Film Festival at The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • L’amour Fou (Jacques Rivette). Details. 35mm. 1969. 252 min. 1 pm.

Family Films at The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • James and the Giant Peach (Henry Selick). Details. 1996. 80 min. 4 pm.

Spanish Cinema Now at The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 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.

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & The Masters of Studio Ghibli at IFC Center
Series Details

  • 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.

Henri-Georges Clouzot at MoMA
Series Details

  • Le CorbeauDetails. 1943. 93 min. 2:30 pm.
  • Return to Life (with André Cayatte, Georges Lampin and Jean Dréville). Details. 1948. 112 min. 5:30 pm.

Henson Screenings and Programs at Museum of the Moving Image
Series details

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson). Details. 1992. 85 min. 1 pm.

Magicians on Screen at Museum of the Moving Image
Series details

  • Ernie Kovacs’s Festival of MagicDetails. 3 pm.
  • The Magic Land of Allakazam. Details. 5 pm.
  • The Wizard of Gore (Herschell Gordon Lewis). Details. 1970. 95 min. 7 pm.

Framing Tintin at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  •  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.

BEST OF SPECTACLE at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • ArrebatoDetails. 1980. 109 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Rolling Like a Stone. Details. 2005. 65 min. 9:30 pm.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 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.

Ongoing

Sleepless Nights Stories (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2011. 114 min. 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 pm.
Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski) at BAMcinématekDetails. 35mm. 1970. 90 min. 2, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
Khodorkovsky (Cyril Tuschi) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 111 min. 1, 3:15, 5:40 and 7:40.
The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1953. 148 min. 1, 3:50, 6:40 and 9:30 pm.
Addiction Incorporated (Charles Evans Jr.) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 102 min. 1, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10 pm.
Possession (Andrzej Żuławski) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1981. 123 min. 9:45 pm.
Daguerreotypes (Agnès Varda) with Elsa la Rose (Varda with Raymond Zanchi) at Maysles CinemaDetails. 1975/1965. 95 min. 7:30 pm.

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