Saturday, April 14

Adam Curtis at eflux

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.


Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Brakhage Program 1Details. 16mm. 1954-1959. 75 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage). Details. 16mm. 1961-1964. 74 min. 5:45 pm.

Bresson at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • Les dames du Bois de BoulogneDetails. 35mm. 1945. 86 min. 4:45, 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

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

  • 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.

Sakura—Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms at Japan Society
Series Details • Through April 14

  • Killing in Yoshiwara (Tomu Uchida). Details. 35mm. 1960. 109 min. 3:00 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

  • 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.

Filmmaker in Focus: Philip Kaufman at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Unbearable Lightness of BeingDetails. 1988. 171 min. 3:30 pm.
  • GoldsteinDetails. 1964. 85 min. 8:00 pm.

Three Stooges Matinees at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Grips, Grunts and Groans, From Nurse to Worse and In the Sweet Pie and PieDetails. 1937-1943. 60 min. Noon and 3:00 pm.

World of Darkness at Spectacle
Series Details

  • I, The Executioner (Tai Katô). Details. Digital. 1968. 90 min. 7:30 pm.

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

  • Ocean (Charles Atlas). Details. 4th Floor. HD. 2011. 100 min. Noon and 2:00 pm.
  • Les Goddesses (Moyra Davey). Details. HD. 2011. 61 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 6:00 pm.
Nightmare (Romano Scavolini) at 92YTribecaDetails. 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 IntermixDetails. 1983-2011. 10:00 pm.
Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC CenterDetails. 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 SunshineDetails. 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 CinemaDetails. 1983. 88 min.
The Sleeper (Justin Russell) at Spectacle. Details. 2012. 90 min.


My Mars Bar Movie (Jonas Mekas) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2011. 87 min. 7:30 and 9:30 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.