What’s Showing Today? Saturday, April 14
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Featured Screening: Adam Curtis: The Desperate Edge of Now–Curtis in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at e-flux
Full writeup on Saturday hiatus. But in brief: BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis—whose signature works command archival footage, careful research, and sweet Brian Eno tunes into heady leftist tracts illustrate troubling connections between disparate strands of science, history, literature, religion and politics—will be at e-flux 5:00 pm today for a discussion with Hans Ulrich Orbist.
Today Electronic Arts Intermix honors the late artist Mike Kelley with a 12-hour video tribute screening all his seminal works and more. A full schedule complete with showtimes is available here. Admission is FREE.
Robert Bresson adapted Diderot for his second feature, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne, which plays BAMCinématek throughout the day. As a reminder, I’ll be moderating a discussion with Richard Hell during the April 26 screening of The Devil, Probably.
This evening at MoMA 5:00 pm offers the final screening of Loss of Sensation, which is very highly recommended. Loosely based on Karel Capek‘s 1920 play from which the word itself and modern conception itself of “robots” originated (though the cinematic appearance of robots is predated at least by Metropolis, The Mechanical Man and Houdini’s The Master Mystery), Loss of Sensation details the personal, political and ethical struggles of a young inventor who hopes to eliminate serf labor with the introduction of automized labor. In the process his work is both stigmatized by his union brothers and co-opted by capitalists and what we know understand as the military-industrial complex. The editing and photography of the climactic struggle, in which the inventor, the military and the proletariat all vie for control of the robots during on outright war, is stunningly photographed as the monolithic hordes loom as silhouettes among the smoke and debris of battle.
Tonight at 7:30 pm is also the final screening of a very under-the-radar personal favorite of mine, which I programmed as part of Spectacle‘s World of Darkness series. I, the Executioner is a rare foray into a contemporary setting by Tai Katô, who is mostly known for his period samurai dramas. It’s a stark, angular and elegiac revenge picture from 1968 that is almost overwhelmingly bleak and brutal. It’s greatly enhanced by the cinematography of Keiji Maruyama and a haunting score from Hajime Kaburagi, who that same year both also worked on Kinji Fukasaku’s Blackmail is My Business—which, in my opinion, this far exceeds.
And 8:00 pm tonight at 92Y, the Overdue series presents Romano Scavolini‘s WTF slasher bloodbath Nightmare.
- Brakhage Program 1. Details. 16mm. 1954-1959. 75 min. 4:00 pm.
- Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage). Details. 16mm. 1961-1964. 74 min. 5:45 pm.
- Les dames du Bois de Boulogne. Details. 35mm. 1945. 86 min. 4:45, 7:00 and 9:30 pm.
- Black Africa White Marble (Clemente Bicocchi). Details. 2011. 77 min. 5:00 pm.
- The Creators (Laura Gamse). Details. Filmmaker in attendance. 2011. 83 min. 7:00 pm.
- Restless City (Andrew Dosunmu). Details. HDCam. 2011. 80 min. 9:30 pm.
- Killing in Yoshiwara (Tomu Uchida). Details. 35mm. 1960. 109 min. 3:00 pm.
- The Egyptian Series and Tortured Dust (Part 1 & 2) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984. 63 min. 3:00 pm.
- Outskirts/The Patriots/Frontier (Boris Barnet). Details. 1933. 96 min. 1:30 pm.
- Loss of Sensation (Aleksandr Andriyevsky). Details. 1935. 87 min. 5:00 pm.
- Thaw (Boris Barnet). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1931. 65 min. 7:00 pm.
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Details. 1988. 171 min. 3:30 pm.
- Goldstein. Details. 1964. 85 min. 8:00 pm.
- Grips, Grunts and Groans, From Nurse to Worse and In the Sweet Pie and Pie. Details. 1937-1943. 60 min. Noon and 3:00 pm.
- I, The Executioner (Tai Katô). Details. Digital. 1968. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
- Ocean (Charles Atlas). Details. 4th Floor. HD. 2011. 100 min. Noon and 2:00 pm.
- Les Goddesses (Moyra Davey). Details. HD. 2011. 61 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 6:00 pm.
Nightmare (Romano Scavolini) at 92YTribeca. Details. 35mm. 1981. 98 min. 8:00 pm.
Adam Curtis: The Desperate Edge of Now–Curtis in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at e-flux. Details. 5:00 pm.
Mike Kelley: Video Tribute at Electronic Arts Intermix. Details. 1983-2011. 10:00 pm.
Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1972. 116 min. 11:00 am.
Celebrating DocStudies at The New School at UnionDocs. Details. 7:30 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.
The Sleeper (Justin Russell) at Spectacle. Details. 2012. 90 min.
My Mars Bar Movie (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2011. 87 min. 7:30 and 9:30 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.