Friday, March 16

In the Realm of the Senses

What’s Showing Today? Friday, March 16
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Featured Screening: In the Realm of the Senses at Japan Society

Tonight The the Realm of the Senes, Nagisa Oshima‘s acclaimed, relatively late-career erotic drama, screens at Japan Society. It’s a fictionalized retelling of the proto-Bobbitt Sada Abe incident of a masochistic, obsessive love affair that took increasingly violent and disturbing turns. Initially banned nearly worldwide for its graphic, unsimulated sexual activity, it’s not recognized as a classic of Japanese cinema. It’s a fantastic film, but all things considered rather straightforward in comparison with Oshima’s earlier work—a great launchpad for further exploration.

Also Recommended

E.S.P. TV tapes tonight at Present Company, Williamsburg. The roving series curated by gallery Louis V E.S.P. is recorded before a live audience on analog equipment for later video remixing and public television broadcast. The hybrid live/screening events comprise a reliably thoughtful mix of local musicians with upcoming and established media artists. Tonight’s even features 3D work by Ken Jacobs alongside a Marinetti-informed Futurist remix of the second Transformers movie by Bradley Eros & Tim Geraghty that previously played as part of PERFORMA ’09. The lineup is rounded up by E.U.C. and Xeno & Oaklander.

Noir Night returns at nearby artspace Vaudeville Park. The FREE event begins at 8:00 pm, and Blood Red Cocktails will be served up by ace barkeep Ian Colletti alongside vintage 16mm rarities chock full of femme fatales, hardboiled heros and cold-blooded revenge. Colletti is joined by the “Villains of Vaudeville,” a brooding synth jazz ensemble who will keep the tunes drifting through the night.

Asylum, Peter Robinson‘s documentary about New Left psychiatrist R.D. Laing shows FREE this evening at The New School. Cinematographer Richard W. Adams is in attendance for discussion with other specialists, and vintage footage of Laing’s 1972 campus tour will also screen. The event begins at 6:00 pm, and no reservations are required.

Andrzej Żuławski‘s best film The Devil plays tonight at BAMCinématek. This bleak, phantasmagorical travelogue amidst the grim countryside of Poland during the Prussian Army’s 1793 invasion features a young nobleman committing heinous acts of violence under the spell of a dark stranger who rescues him from imprisonment.

The Syrian documentary program featured yesterday continues tonight at Spectacle Theater.


Michael Pilz at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • FeldbergDetails. 35mm. 1990. 115 min. 6:30 pm.
  • A Prima VistaDetails. DVD. 2008. 91 min. 9:15 pm.

Nina Menkes at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details • Through March 16

  • Phantom Love. Details. 35mm. 2007. 87 min. 7:00 pm.
  • MassakerDetails. Video. 2005. 98 min. 9:00 pm.

Discovering Andrzej Żuławski at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • The DevilDetails. 35mm. 1972. 119 min. 6:50 and 9:15 pm.

War and Remembrance: The Films of Aleksei Guerman at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Twenty Days Without WarDetails. 35mm. 1976. 101 min. 1:45 pm.
  • Trial on the RoadDetails. 35mm. 1971. 96 min. 4:00 pm.
  • My Friend Ivan LapshinDetails. 35mm. 1984. 100 min. 6:15 pm.
  • The Fall of Otrar. Details. 35mm. 1991. 176 min. 8:30 pm.

Love Will Tear Us Apart at Japan Society
Series Details • March 2-18

  • Snakes and Earrings (Yukio Ninagawa). Details. 35mm. 2008. 123 min. 7:30 pm.
  • In the Realm of the Senses (Nagisa Oshima). Details. 35mm. 1976. 102 min. 10:00 pm.

Cruel and Unusual Comedy Reprised at MoMA
Series Details

  • No Harm Done–Animals and ChildrenDetails. 1912-1929. 80 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Faustfilm: An Opera (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1987. 44 min. 3:00 pm.

Canadian Front 2012 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Romeo Eleven (Ivan Grbovic). Details. 2011. 91 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Bestiary (Denis Côté) with National Parks Project: Sirmilik (Zacharias Kunuk). Details. 2012/2011. 82 min. 6:30 pm.
  • Starbuck (Ken Scott). Details. 2011. 109 min. 7:00 pm.

See It Big! at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Touch of Evil (Orson Welles). Details. 1958. 95 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • A Somewhat Gentle Man (Hans Petter Moland). Details. 2010. 105 min. 6:30 pm.

The World is Watching: Syrian Documentary Series at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • Silence (Rami Farah) with A Flood in Baath Country (Omar Amiralay). Details. Digital. 2006/2003. 83 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Zabad (Reem Ali), Step By Step (Oussama Mohammed) and Before Vanishing (Joude Gorani). Details. Digital. 2008/1978/2005. 88 min. 9:30 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details

  • Jerome Hiler: Words of MercuryDetails. 16mm transferred to HD. 2011. 25 min. Every half hour from 1:30 to 8:00 pm.

Body Slam (Hal Needham) at 92YTribecaDetails. Needham in attendance. 35mm. 1987. 89 min.  7:30 pm.
The Unseen (Danny Steinmann) at 92YTribecaDetails. 35mm. 1980. 90 min.  10:30 pm.
Wise Blood 
(John Huston) at Invisible Dog Art Center. 1979. 106 min. 8:00 pm.
E.S.P. TV Taping with Xeno & Oaklander, E.U.C., Ken Jacobs and Eros & Geraghty
 at Present Company. Details. 8:00 pm to 4:00 am.
The Lady Vanishes
 (Alfred Hitchcock) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Introduced by author Bradford Morrow. 1938. 97 min. 9:30 pm.
Asylum (Peter Robinson) at Theresa Lang Center’s Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th Street. Details. Panel featuring cinematographer Richard W. Adams, Daniel Burston and Robert Russell. Plus footage of R.D. Laing’s 1972 US college campus tour. Screening begins at 6:00 pm. FREE, no reservation necessary.
CUNY Film Festival Kickstarter Panel at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67 StreetDetails. 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
16mm Noir Films & The “Villains of Vaudeville” at Vaudeville Park. Details. 8:00 pm.


Aliens (James Cameron) at IFC CenterDetails. 1986. 137 min.
Starman (John Carpenter)  at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1984. 115 min.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 1961. 115 min.
The Exorcist (William Friedkin) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1973.
Neon Flesh (Paco Cabezas) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 2010. 12:20 am.
Demonwarp (Emmett Alston) at Spectacle Theater. Details. Digital. 1988. 91 min.


Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné) at Film ForumDetails. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Music Makes a City (Oswley Brown III & Jerome Hiler) at Film Society of Lincoln CenterDetails. Digital. 2010. 103 min. 7:00 pm. FREE.



Below listed North-South


  • David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.