Friday, April 13

A Man Escaped at BAM

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.

Also Noted

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.


Spanish Cinema of the Early Post-Franco Era at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Labyrinth of Passion (Pedro Almodóvar). Details. Video. 1982. 100 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Rapture (Iván Zulueta). Details. 35mm. 1980. 105 min. 9:15 pm.

Bresson at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • A Man EscapedDetails. 35mm. 1956. 99 min. 2:00, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.

19th New York African Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 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 ArchivesDetails. 1954-1976. 70 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Relentless (Andy Amadi Okoroafor). Details. Q&A. 35mm. 2011. 92 min. 8:00 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • The River (Jean Renoir). Details. 1951. 99 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Egyptian Series and Tortured Dust (Part 1 & 2) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984. 63 min. 3:00 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • 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.

Filmmaker in Focus: Philip Kaufman at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Great Northfield Minnesota RaidDetails. Q&A with Kaufman. 1972. 91 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Henry & June. Details. Intro by Kaufman. 1990. 136 min. 8:00 pm.

World of Darkness at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine). Details. Digital. 1958. 77 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang). Details. Digital. 1945. 93 min. 9:30 pm.

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

  • 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 MuseumDetails. 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 CenterDetails. 35mm. 1990. 124 min. 11:30 pm.
48 Hrs. (Walter Hill) at IFC CenterDetails. HD. 1982. 97 min.
The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1973. 113 min. 12:05 am.
Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 1983. 88 min.
XXXPeriments at SpectacleDetails.


My Mars Bar Movie (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2011. 87 min. 8:00 pm.
Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Graduate (Mike Nichols) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1967. 105 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.



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.