What’s Showing Today? Friday, March 23
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Featured Screening: Dolls at Japan Society
The Japan Society welcomes spring with a six-week series entitled Sakura—Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms, one which revolves around the many connotations of blossoming cherry trees through events comprising poetry, architecture, dance and film. The film series begins today with Takeshi Kitano‘s Dolls.
Dolls is one of the most gorgeous and accomplished films by Kitano, a true renaissance man who as a filmmaker is known primarily for his low-key, intermittently brutal yakuza stories. It’s title references traditional bunraku puppet theater, a performance of which opens the film, and its this form which the film attempts to reconcile within a live-action cinematic context. Structurally, it jumps between three stratified narratives presented non-chronologically and delineated by bold visual schemata. Each of the stories revolve around love, possession and death.
Dolls screens at 7:30 pm tonight. Check out the rest of the Sakura lineup here.
Tonight two of the three films Screen Slate is presenting as part of Spectacle Theater‘s Nearly Distant Futures lineup return to the screen. Morning Patrol is a mediative, breathlessly fatalistic post-apocalyptic odyssey through an abandoned city prowled by roaming death squads—a must for fans of Escape from New York and The Warriors. An impeccably-executed vision of urban decay, it comes courtesy of the family of late Greek national treasure Nikos Nikolaidis, one of his country’s most acclaimed filmmakers domestically whose work—all of it—has never received U.S. distribution. That screens at 7:30, and I’ll be on hand to introduce. Then, at 9:30, it’s the FINAL screening of Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel, an Estonian headtrip from Stalker writers Boris & Arkady Strugatsky. Released the same year as Tarkovsky’s masterpiece and likewise scripted by the brothers from their own novel, it’s a much more colorful film both figuratively and literally. Virtually unknown here, it had a major impact on Estonian youth culture with its kaleidoscopic, brooding visuals that recall Fassbinder at his most melodramatically baroque. The story is sort of a locked room murder mystery set inside a snowed-in hotel that takes increasingly cerebral, out-of-this-world turns. Check out Screen Slate’s original trailer for a sample of Sven Grünberg’s impossibly cool, downbeat ambient lounge soundtrack.
Today begins Anthology Film Archives‘s complete retrospective of Sara Driver, whose debut short feature You Are Not I was recently rediscovered among the late source-author Paul Bowles‘s belongings. Driver will be on hand for many of the screenings throughout the weekend, and she is also presenting a series of personal favorites and influences. One of these, Spider Baby is featured on Screen Slate tomorrow.
Charles Laughton stars in Alexander Korda‘s 1936 Rembrandt biopic. It’s one of The Morgan Library & Museum‘s rare special screenings—a gorgeous venue.
Akira Kurosawa‘s The Bad Sleep Well, his first independent feature, plays The Rubin Museum. Novelist, playwright and poet Belinda McKeon is on hand to introduce the film, which transplants Hamlet to mid-century Japanese corporate culture.
The Museum of Arts and Design‘s multi-generation tribute to the Argento family begins with James Bond knock-off Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, which was produced by Salvatore Argento. The series also spotlights the work of sons Claudio and Dario Argento and the latter’s daughter Asia Argento.
- Rose and Jasmine. Details. Video. 2010. 106 min. 6:30 pm.
- Roman Diary. Details. Video. 2011. 124 min. 9:00 pm.
- Sleepwalk. Details. Driver in attendance. 35mm. 1986. 78 min. 7:00 pm.
- You Are Not I. Details. Driver, actress Suzanne Fletcher and archivist Francis Poole in attendance. 16mm. 1981. 48 min. 9:15 pm.
- Distant Voices, Still Lives. Details. 35mm. 1988. 85 min. 2, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
- The Producers (Mel Brooks). Details. 35mm. 1968. 88 min. 1:45 pm.
- Billy Liar (John Schlesinger). Details. 35mm. 1963. 98 min. 3:45 pm.
- Dolls (Takeshi Kitano). Details. 35mm. 2002. 113 min. 7:30 pm.
- Mass Destruction. Details. 1911-1913. 40 min. 1:30 pm.
- Faust’s Other: An Idyll (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988. 45 min. 3:00 pm.
- Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (Henry Livin & Arduino Maiuri). Details. Digital. 1966. 106 min. 7:00 pm.
- Oki’s Movie. Details. 2010. 80 min. 7:00 pm.
- Princess (Arto Halonen). Details. 2010. 104 min. 6:30 pm.
- Morning Patrol (Nikos Nikolaidis). Details. Digital. 1987. 104 min. 7:30 pm.
- Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (Grigori Kromanov). Details. Digital. 1979. 80 min. 9:30 pm.
- Nathaniel Dorsky Program. Details. 16mm. 2010-2011. 57 min. 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
Gaea Girls (Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams) at 92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 2000. 106 min. 7:30 pm.
Rembrandt (Alexander Korda) at The Morgan Library & Museum. Details. 1936. 85 min. 7:00 pm.
The Bad Sleep Well (Akira Kurosawa) at The Rubin Museum. Details. 1960. 151 min. 9:30 pm.
Aliens (James Cameron) at IFC Center. Details. 1986. 137 min. 11:45 pm.
Vampires (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1997. 108 min.
Ghostbusters: Minions of Gozer Live Shadowcast at IFC Center. Details. 1984. 105 min.
El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky) at IFC Center. Details. HD. 1970. 125 min. 12:10 am.
Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy (Bud Townsend) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1976. 80 min.
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 2000. 114 min.
Super Fuzz (Sergio Corbucci) at Spectacle Theater. Details. Digital. 1980. 107 min.
Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Sing Your Song (Susanne Rostock) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2011. 104 min. 7:30 pm.
- Shumona Goel & Shai heredia “I am micro” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- 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 March.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April 23.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May 7.
- Julika Rudelius “What is on the Outside” at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through July 5.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends May 28.
- 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.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Beryl Korot “Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present” at bitforms gallery nyc, 529 West 20 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 5.
- Mia Berg “Woman: Camera” at Gallery 151, 132 West 18 Street. Open Tues to Sun. Ends March 30.
- Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. Open Wed-Sun Noon – 7:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Oded Hirsch “Nothing New” at Thierry Goldberg, 103 Norfolk Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- Jenny Perlin “Funes” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- FG.Ft at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 8.
- Mary Ellen Carroll “Federal, State, Country and City” at Third Streaming, 10 Greene St. Open Wed-Sat Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- 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.