Wednesday, March 21

Three Crowns of the Sailor at FSLC

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Featured Screening: Three Crowns of the Sailor at Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s 50 Years of the New York Film Festival continues this evening with the late Raúl Ruiz‘s 1983 French-produced drama Three Crowns of the Sailor.

Appearing 1983, this macabre, surreal movie is based around the tales a drunken sailor shares with a student whom he’s just seen commit a murder. Patterned after the Chilean Ship of the Dead “Caleuche” myth, the sailor’s experiences aboard a damned vessel lead him through a series of South American ports and fantastic, liminal spaces. Like the Argentinian Jorge Luis-Borges, whom has been cited as a key reference, it develops its own literary and self-perpetuating structural games while likewise sharing that writer’s own antecedents like Robert Luis Stevenson and the Arabian Nights. As Dave Kehr wrote for the Chicago Reader (per FSLC’s notes): “Paradoxes build on paradoxes and logic on illogic, and yet the game has a serious end, building toward a world stripped of substance, in which everything signifies but nothing means. The visual style, based on Welles but with its own surprising directions, is just as imaginative.”

Three Crowns of the Sailor screens digitally at 8:30 pm.

Also Noted

Screen Slate has been gearing up for Sunday’s showing of Taking Tiger Mountain, which only began to come together about five days ago. In anticipation of the event an in-depth interview has been posted with director Tom Huckabee, who shares the strange trip of the coolest movie no one’s ever seen. This is a can’t-miss show. Help us gauge attendance by offering your RSVP.

This week’s stretch of Whitney Biennial screenings features the great Nathaniel Dorsky, known for his ultra-sensitive eye and seemingly preternatural connection to Kodachrome—he’s coined the term Devotional Cinema to describe his practice. I had the great pleasure of seeing Dorsky present the Biennial work at the SVA Theatre last year, and it might have been my most treasured cinematic experience of 2011. Compline, The Return and Aubade represent a transitional period for Dorsky. The first is his final film shot on the now defunct-Kodachrome stock, and the later two were shot on Fuji and Eastman stock, respectively—making these, in some even more literal sense, truly experimental works. Dorsky speaks with curator Ed Halter Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Moving from the, er, “hysterical excess” of Andrzej Żuławski, BAMCinématek proceeds with its retrospective of Terence Davies. Tonight’s Of Time and the City, 2008, is considered his masterpiece by many. This highly personal essay film about place and memory—sort of an ultra erudite cross between the Free Cinema movement and Alain Resnais—is a paean to his hometown, Liverpool. Tomorrow Screen Slate features the so-called Terence Davies Trilogy.

Abel Ferrara heads to Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image to present his latest, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, which is the first film the quintessentially “downtown” director has made in New York in nearly a decade. This intimate drama about how a couple experiences the impending apocalypse from their LES apartment felt shoddy and out-of-touch to me, but it’s undeniably a sincere and heartfelt work with moments of great vitality. Though I know I’m not alone in my ambivalence toward it, 4:44 did make a few great fans at the NYFF. Ferrara and star Shanyn Leigh, who also appears tonight, did not shy away from discussing some of the darker autobiographical aspects of the film, so the chance to see it with a Q&A is well worth it for the curious.

The Film-Maker’s Co-Op begins it’s screening series at Spectacle Theater with A Cinema for Peace! For Life, Against the War… Again!. This group show features a large and impressive array of artists including Barbara Hammer, Martha Rosler, Lynne Sachs, Jeff Silva, Mark Street, Artemis Willis, Elle Burchill, Bradley Eros, Ken Jacobs and more.

This week’s installment of Flaherty NYC is themed “Speculative Empathy,” and it features work by Jim Trainor and Nancy Andrews.


New Directors/New Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA

Michael Pilz at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Siberian Diary–Days at ApanasDetails. Video. 2003. 140 min. 7:00 pm.

American Mavericks at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Lou Harrison: A World of Music (Eva Soltes). Details. Video. 2011. 90 min. 7:30 pm.

Terence Davies at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • Of Time and the CityDetails. 35mm. 2008. 74 min. 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.

15 For 15: Celebrating Rialto Pictures at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Third Man (Carol Reed). Details. 1949. 104 min. 1:45 pm.
  • Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti). Details. 1942. 92 min. 4:00 pm.

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

  • Three Crowns of the Sailor (Raúl Ruiz). Details. Digital. 1983. 117 min. 8:30 pm.

Cruel and Unusual Comedy, Part 3: Selections from the Eye Film Institute at MoMA
Series Details

  • Sexual MisconductDetails. 1912. 52 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Faust’s Other: An Idyll (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988. 45 min. 3:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • Princess (Arto Halonen). Details. 2010. 104 min. 7:00 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details • Through May 27

  • Nathaniel Dorsky ProgramDetails. 16mm. 2010-2011. 57 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Speculative Empathy: Nancy Andrews and Jim Trainor at 92YTribecaDetails. Video & 16mm. 2000-2010. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
108 Cuchillo de Palo
(Renate Costa Perdomo) at Exit Art. Details. Skype Q&A with Perdomo. Details. 2012. 91 min. 7:30 pm.
The Book of Life (Hal Hartley)  at IFC CenterDetails. 1998. 63 min. 8:00 pm.
4:44 Last Day on Earth  (Abel Ferrara) at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. Q&A with Ferrara and Shanyn Leigh. 2011. 85 min. 7:00 pm.
The Film-Makers Cooperative: A Cinema for Peace! For Life, Against the War… Again! at Spectacle TheaterDetails. Work by Kevin Barry, Bosko Blagojevic, Elle Burchill, Jim Costanzo, Bradley Eros, Jeanne Finley, Martha Gorzycki, Alfred Guzetti, Barbara Hammer, Ken Jacobs, Douglas Katelus, Lynn Marie Kirby, Ernie Larsen, David Leitner, Les Leveque, Cynthia Madansky, Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe, Sheri Milner, John Muse, Martha Rosler, Lynne Sachs, MM Serra, Jeff Silva, Jeffrey Skoller, Mark Street, Cara Weiner, Lili White and Artemis Willis. 88 min. 8:00 pm.


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. Noon, 4:00 and 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.