What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, February 28
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Featured Screening: Paths of Glory at BAMcinématek
BAMcinématek pays tribute to crime writer Jim Thompson with two evenings of films scripted with his involvement. Tonight is Paths of Glory, Thompson’s adaptation of the Humphrey Cobb novel co-written with director Stanley Kubrick and Calder Willingham; and tomorrow is Bertrand Tavernier‘s Coup de Torchon, an adaptation of Thompson’s Pop 1280.
On the strength of Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, Kubrick and fresh-faced producing partner James B. Harris approached the writer to collaborate on a screenplay adaptation of Lionel White’s Clean Break. Kubrick’s previous work, from his first short film Day of the Fight through second feature Killer’s Kiss, notably suffers from hammy language and flat tough-guy affectations. Working on a micro level as Kubrick managed the script’s overall structure, Thompson was able to inject genuine grit and pathos where the previous work had fumbled. Their characteristically non-traditional screenplay, written on legal paper and bound at the top, formed the basis of what is now apparently widely felt as the “real” first Kubrick movie—his debut, Fear and Desire, had been notoriously buried until a recent and controversial Eastman House restoration, and Killers Kiss, a singularly flawed but nevertheless wonderful film, was recently relegated to DVD bonus feature by The Criterion Collection. The Killing landed the director-producer team a deal with MGM under the aegis of production head Dore Schary, for whom they set to work with Calder Willingham adapting Stefan Zweig’s The Burning Secret after the studio had rejected Thompson as a potential writer. When Schary was suddenly ousted, the new management were looking for an opportunity to do some housecleaning and discovered Harris and Kubrick had been moonlighting with Thompson on an adaptation of Cobb’s novel. Suddenly without a paycheck, the team shuffled the project to United Artists, who insisted Thompson’s script receive a re-write by Willingham. That version was initially rejected as too potentially upsetting to the French until star Kirk Douglas came on board, and it’s the one that provided the blueprint for the present film (and subsequently upset the French to enduring, if not particularly detrimental, effect to Kubrick’s career). Though no subsequent Kubrick-Thompson have come to fruition on screen, Kubrick had at one point been enthusiastic about working on an original screen treatment by Thompson entitled Lunatic at Large. Eventually this film, a noir mystery set among a New York carnival, was sidetracked by Kubrick’s aborted attempt at working on One-Eyed Jacks and subsequently replacing Anthony Mann on Spartacus. He had allegedly considered returning to it later, but the manuscript was considered lost until 2006 after the director’s death.
- The Golden Boat (Raúl Ruiz). Details. 16mm. 1990. 83 min. 7:00 pm.
- The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (Peter Sellars). Details. 35mm. 1991. 111 min. 9:00 pm.
- Alligator (Lewis Teague). Details. 35mm. 1980. 91 min. 7:15 pm.
- Piranha (Joe Dante). Details. 35mm. 1978. 94 min. 9:15 pm.
- Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick). Details. 35mm. 1957. 88 min. 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
- The Iron Curtain. Details. 35mm. 1948. 1:10, 4:25 and 7:40 pm.
- The President Vanishes. Details. 35mm. 1934. 2:50, 6:05 and 9:20 pm.
- Man of Iron (Andrzej Wajda). Details. 35mm. 1981. 153 min. 6:00 pm.
- Faust (Aleksandr Sokurov). Details. 35mm. 2011. 135 min. 9:00 pm.
- Casque d’or (Jacques Becker). Details. 1952. 96 min. 12:30, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
- Marija’s Own (Željka Suková). Details. Q&A. 2011.61 min. 7:30 pm.
- Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir (Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir) and Byun, Object Trouvé (Marie Losier). Details. Q&A. 2011. 69 min. 8:30 pm.
- Taj Mahal Travellers on Tour (Matsuo Ohn). 1973. 102 min. 8:00 pm.
- Vagabunden Karawane (Werner Penzel). 1980. 82 min. 10:00 pm.
The People Vs. Larry Flynt (Milos Forman) at Bohemian National Hall. Details. 1996. 127 min. 7:00 pm. FREE.
Gaddafi’s Libya (Nizar Abboud) at Brecht Forum. Details. Followed by discussion with filmmaker. 7:30 pm.
The Promise: The Making of Darkness at the Edge of Town (Thom Zimny) at IFC Center. Details. 2010. 85 min. 8:00 pm.
White Night (Park Shin-Woo) at Tribeca Cinemas. Details. 2009. 7:00 pm. FREE.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- 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.
Below listed North-South
- Notations: The Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41 Street. Open Tues-Sat 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends April 21.
- Catherine Yass “Lighthouse” at Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26 Street. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends March 17.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE “Addio del Passato” at James Cohan, 533 West 26 Street. Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 24.
- Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. Open Wed-Sun Noon – 7:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Pia Myrvold “Pia MYrvoLD: FLOW” at .NO. Closed Monday. Ends March 3.
- PS3* Pedro Sanchez3 “On the Outer Edge” at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. Closed Mondays. Ends March 17.
- 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.
- “one and the other are another” at Ludlow 38. Work by Pierre Bismuth, Antonia Hirsch, Jonathan Monk, Hank Schmidt in der Beek and Ignacio Uriarte. Curated by Clara Meister. Open Thurs-Sun 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends March 18.
- Breyer P-Orridge “I’m Mortality” at Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- 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.
- Charles Atlas “The Illusion of Democracy” at Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.
- “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.