What’s Showing Today? Friday, April 13
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Featured Screening: A Man Escaped at BAMCinématek
Today marks the start of BAMCinématek‘s Robert Bresson retrospective, which is the most comprehensive launched in over a decade. Each of the French director’s 13 features screen between today and March 6, with most running one day each for several showtimes. The centerpiece is a welcome weeklong run of Bresson’s largely unsung penultimate feature, The Devil, Probably, which shows April 20 through 26. Punk progenitor and Bresson fanatic Richard Hell introduces the 6:50 screening Thursday, April 26, and I’ll be on hand to moderate a post-screening discussion. Today BAM shows Bresson’s fourth feature, A Man Escaped, which elaborates upon the true-life story of a Catholic French Resistance fighter who escapes a Nazi prison. This characteristically minimal story is confined mainly to the man’s cell and enhanced by rich sound design conveying a sense of the outside world and other happenings in the prison. It’s renowned as one of Bresson’s many masterpieces, and one perhaps unique in its thrills and suspense, but which nevertheless revels in the providential connotations of the Lieutenant’s feat.
Spanish mind-bender Rapture, a unique conflation of death, cinephilia and drug addiction, screens at Anthology Film Archives tonight. This is one of the can’t-miss entries of its Post-Franco Spanish Cinema series.
Literary types should check out Henry & June at MoMA, Philip Kaufman‘s follow-up to The Unbearable Lightness of Being. This film relies primarily on the diaries of Anaïs Nin to relate the story of the love triangle between her, Henry Miller and his wife June. Adequately risque—as I recall the books are naughtier—it’s historically significant for being the first film to bear an NC-17 rating.
In fact, Nin and Miller’s devotees might find Spectacle‘s midnight XXXperiments more their speed (or should at least consider a two-borough double feature). The lineup includes a number of erotic experimental films, many by local filmmakers and projected from 16mm. It’s preceded at 7:30 by 1958 psychosexual Egyptian thriller Cairo Station and Fritz Lang‘s noir classic Scarlet Street at 9:30 pm. This was the second teaming of the director with stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea after Woman in the Window, and it’s one of the greatest crime movies ever made, entailing a cycle of extortion, deception and murder among an amateur painter, the femme fatale who seduces him, and her conman boyfriend.
- Labyrinth of Passion (Pedro Almodóvar). Details. Video. 1982. 100 min. 7:00 pm.
- Rapture (Iván Zulueta). Details. 35mm. 1980. 105 min. 9:15 pm.
- A Man Escaped. Details. 35mm. 1956. 99 min. 2:00, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
- Mama Africa (Mika Kaurismäki). Details. HDCam. 2011. 90 min. 1:30 pm.
- Sderot, Last Exit (Osvalde Lewat). Details. 2011. 80 min. 3:30 pm.
- Treasures from the Russian State Archives. Details. 1954-1976. 70 min. 6:00 pm.
- Relentless (Andy Amadi Okoroafor). Details. Q&A. 35mm. 2011. 92 min. 8:00 pm.
- The River (Jean Renoir). Details. 1951. 99 min. 1:30 pm.
- The Egyptian Series and Tortured Dust (Part 1 & 2) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984. 63 min. 3:00 pm.
- Thaw (Boris Barnet). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1931. 65 min. 4:00 pm.
- Outskirts/The Patriots/Frontier (Boris Barnet). Details. 1933. 96 min. 7:00 pm.
- The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. Details. Q&A with Kaufman. 1972. 91 min. 4:30 pm.
- Henry & June. Details. Intro by Kaufman. 1990. 136 min. 8:00 pm.
- Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine). Details. Digital. 1958. 77 min. 7:30 pm.
- Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang). Details. Digital. 1945. 93 min. 9:30 pm.
- Ocean (Charles Atlas). Details. 4th Floor. HD. 2011. 100 min. Noon, 1:30 and 3:30 pm.
- Les Goddesses (Moyra Davey). Details. HD. 2011. 61 min. Noon, 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
PUNCH: Puppet Slam, Short Films at 92YTribeca. Details. 7:30 pm.
Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1972. 116 min. 11:00 am.
The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Introduced by The New Inquiry. 1940. 124 min. 9:30 pm.
Sid and Nancy (Alex Cox) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1986. 111 min.
Wild at Heart (David Lynch) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1990. 124 min. 11:30 pm.
48 Hrs. (Walter Hill) at IFC Center. Details. HD. 1982. 97 min.
The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1973. 113 min. 12:05 am.
Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 1983. 88 min.
XXXPeriments at Spectacle. Details.
My Mars Bar Movie (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2011. 87 min. 8:00 pm.
Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film Forum. Details. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Graduate (Mike Nichols) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1967. 105 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 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.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Ongoing.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through July 16.
- “9 Scripts from a Nation at War” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through August 6.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- 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.
- 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.
- Owen Land at Essex Street, 114 Eldridge Street. Appointments only. Ends May 13.
- Shannon Plumb & Marianna Rothen “Last Seduction” at Hendershot Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street. Open Tues-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 3.
- 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.
- “Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose” at Artists Space. Curated by Chris Kraus and Mexicali Rose with Artists Space. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 27.
- Frank Heath “Post Holes” at Simone Subal, 131 Bowery, 2nd Floor. “Graffiti Report Form” begins on the hour. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 26.
- 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.
- 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.