What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, February 15
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Featured Screening: Dune at 92YTribeca
92YTribeca‘s February Twin Peaks Celebration begins today with a special 35mm theatrical screening of David Lynch‘s Dune. This is the 137-minute theatrical cut, and the only version released with Lynch’s involvement (and subsequent disownment).
On the heels of his his second feature The Elephant Man Lynch was contacted for several director-for-hire gigs, most notoriously Return of the Jedi. (Watch Lynch tell the bizarre story here.) Ultimately he teamed with superproducer Dino De Laurentiis for an adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s science fiction epic. The project arrived with a storied history: Alejandro Jodorowsky had been preparing a purportedly 14-hour version that was to include Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Karlheinz Stochausen, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Gloria Swanson and Hervé Villechaize. When the rights ended up in De Laurentiis’s hands he initially approached Dan O’Bannon and Ridley Scott, who would soon collaborate on Alien. Notoriously rushed and convoluted, Lynch’s Dune is one of the quintessential movies now regarded as undeserving of its bad rap. Eraserhead may have been a midnight success, but Lynch was mostly known for the relatively straightforward Elephant Man at the time—which is to say critics and audiences weren’t weren’t necessarily primed for the kind of weirdness that unfurls from the screen. It’s best appreciated as a flawed visual epic with a pretty rad appearance by Sting. It also occupies an important role in Lynch’s career development, as De Laurentiis would next produce Lynch’s seminal Blue Velvet, also starring Kyle MacLachlan, another key collaborator.
Twin Peaks Celebrating continues over the next few weeks with a (sold out) live score this weekend and a February 22 screening of Wild at Heart before culminating in a string of five—also already sold out!—screenings of Fire Walk with Me.
Dark, heady novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet, best known to cinephiles for his writing Last Year at Marienbad, was a highly active filmmaker in his own right. His third feature, Eden and After, plays Spectacle Theater.
Tender, gender bending documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye plays French Institute Alliance Française with a discussion with director, FIAF film curator Marie Losier.
- Buffalo Bill. Details. 35mm. 1944. 1:00, 4:30, 8:00 pm.
- The Great Man’s Lady. Details. 35mm. 1942. 2:45, 6:15 and 9:45 pm.
- Parts 13-14. Details. 2011. 120 min. 1:00 pm.
- Eden and After (Alain Robbe-Grillet). Details. 1970. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
- The Margin (Walerian Borowczyk). Details. 1976. 88 min. 9:30 pm.
Dune (David Lynch) at 92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 1984. 137 min. 7:30 pm.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Marie Losier) at French Institute Alliance Française. Details. Q&A with Marie Losier. 2011. 74 min. 7:00 pm.
Modern-Day Méliès: Visual Effects Artist Rob Legato at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. VFX artist Rob Legato presents behind-the-scenes footage from Hugo. 7:00 pm.
The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula & Noël Burch) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2010. 112 min. 6:45 and 9:15 pm.
Michael (Markus Schleinzer) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Talking Landscape: Early Media Work, 1974-1984 (Andrea Callard) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2012. 80 min. 7:30 pm.
The Dish and the Spoon (Alison Bagnall) at reRun. Details. HD. 2011. 92 min. 7:00 pm.
- Jem Cohen “NYC Weights and Measures” at The Jewish Museum New York, Upper East Side. $12 general/$10 seniors/$7.50 students/Free Saturdays. Through March 25.
- 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.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February.
- 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.
- 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
- James Nares “1976: Movies, Photographs and Related Works on Paper” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, West 27th Street. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends February 11.
- Catherine Yass “Lighthouse” at Galerie Lelong. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- Jeff Keen Works from the 1960s + 1970s at Elizabeth Dee. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends February 18.
- Pia Myrvold “Pia MYrvoLD: FLOW” at .No. Closed Monday. Ends March 3.
- island6 “Sin City—Impressions of Shanghai” at Tallybeck Contemporary. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ends March 11.
- “The Herd Remorse” at Lesley Heller Workspace. Work by Maria Zervos, Alix Pearlstein, Perry Bard, Lenore Malen, Henry Hills & Julie Harrison. Curated by Lenore Malen. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ends March 4.
- Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway 10002. Open Tue-Fri 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Mounira Al Solh “Dinosaurs” at Art in General. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- “We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op” at Microscope Gallery. Open Thurs-Mon 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends March 5.
- “Video Infusion: Music Videos in the New Millennium” at Secret Project Robot. Open Fri 6:00 pm to Mid/Sat. & Sun. 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Ends March 3.