What’s Showing Today? Friday, April 20
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Featured Screening: Inferno at Museum of Arts and Design
Often overlooked, Inferno is a strong contender for the greatest second-tier Argento feature—indeed, many rank it alongside acknowledged classics like Deep Red and Suspiria. Like the latter, to which Inferno is a standalone spiritual sequel, it’s a highly stylized blend of supernatural fantasy and giallo tropes. And though it may seem more of the same, albeit thrilling and consummately executed, it bears several distinguishing features, including a score by Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Keith Emerson, New York City location photography, and dazzling optical effects by none other than the great Mario Bava. It’s bookended by two of my all-time favorite Argento set pieces: an eerie underwater odyssey and the fiery conclusion. If Argento’s your thing and you haven’t caught this one yet, seeing it projected from 35mm on the big screen is a no-brainer.
The “Three Mothers” trilogy concludes tomorrow with the lackluster 2007 Mother of Tears, but the series continues next weekend with three of Argento’s best: Deep Red, the truly sadistic Opera, and the dazzling, albeit nigh-incomprehensible Tenebrae.
Well, Screen Slate, and apparently many others, totally dropped the ball on knowing about the 13th Havana Film Festival New York—but the important thing is it came to attention just in time to report tonight’s closing night screening of Juan of the Dead, Cuba’s first horror movie. Fifty years after the Cuban revolution, a zombie outbreak has infested the country, and slacker Juan decides he can finally make something of himself by profitting off the situation as a professional zombie killer. That’s one way of introducing capitalism, I suppose. (Surely enough, the citizens believe the United States is to blame.) The trailer, frankly, makes it look fucking awesome. Tickets for the gala screening, which includes the awards ceremony, run $20—and they’re available here.
BAMCinématek‘s weeklong run of Robert Bresson‘s penultimate feature The Devil, Probably, begins tonight. Often cited as an overlooked masterpiece (at least to the effect that Criterion Collection hasn’t yet got its mits on it), it finds the seventy-something-year-old filmmaker entrenched in late-teen/twentysomething Paris intellectual culture. It’s an austere, bleak portrait, but one which strikes me as having a unique undercurrent of sympathy. Richard Hell introduces the 6:50 pm Thursday show, and I’ll be on hand to moderate post-screening discussion.
Vsevelod Pudovkin‘s gut-wrenching drama Mother, about a family conflict set among the Russian Revolution of 1905, shows at MoMA tonight at 4:00 pm. The film is justly renowned for making leaps and bounds in the art of montage, but even its film school-staple cachet can’t obscure its ability to profoundly affect audience sympathies. Yakov Protazonov‘s influential Cubo-Futurist classic Aelita is at 7:00 pm.
And at 8:00 pm Hamilton Morris celebrates 420 at Spectacle. I’m told that rather than the anticipated cannabis tonight will rather feature communal sharing of a soon-to-be-outlawed bodybuilding supplement and selections from Pumping Iron, or something to that effect. The midnight is Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh.
Havana Film Festival New York
Tribeca Film Festival
- Cecilia Dougherty Program 1. Details. Dougherty in conversation with Ed Halter. Video. 1998-2011. 95 min. 7:30 pm.
- The Border (Jaroslav Vojtek. 2009. 6:30 pm.
- The Fatherless (Marie Kreutzer). Q&A with actress Emily Cox. 2011. 8:00 pm.
- Land and Sons (Ágúst Guðmundsson). Details. Guðmundsson in attendance. DCP. 1980. 93 min. 2:00 pm.
- Ingaló (Ásdís Thoroddsen). Details. DCP. 1992. 96 min. 8:30 pm.
- Le Plasir (Max Ophuls). Details. 1952. 91 min. 1:30 pm.
- Jane and Tortured Dust (Part 3 & 4) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984/1985. 31 min. 3:00 pm.
- Inferno (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 1980. 107 min. 7:00 pm.
- Glowing Stars (Lisa Siwe). Details. 2009. 90 min. 6:30 pm.
- George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 1. Details. 1977/1986. 90 min. 11:30 am.
- George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 2. Details. 1998/1989. 64 min. 1:30 pm.
- George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 3. Details. 1990-1999. 82 min. 3:00 pm.
- George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 4. Details. 2000-2011. 70 min. 4:30 & 7:00 pm.
- Charles Atlas in Residence. Details. 1:00 pm to 6:45 pm.
Small Pond (Josh Slates) at 92YTribeca. Details. Bluray. 2011. 77 min. 7:30 pm.
Hermitage Film Program No. 11: A Summary of Films by Jon Beacham at 222 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY. Details. 16mm. 2006-2010. 33 min. 8:00 pm.
Rear Window (Alfred Hitcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1954. 112 min. 11:00 am.
The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitcock) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Introduced by writer James Gleick. 1935. 86 min. 9:30 pm.
420 with Hamilton Morris at Spectacle. 8:00 pm.
A Master Class with Michael Glawogger at UnionDocs. Details. 7:00 pm.
Wild at Heart (David Lynch) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1990. 124 min. 11:55 pm.
Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1995. 128 min. 12:05 am.
Another 48 Hours (Walter Hill) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1990. 95 min. 12:10 am.
Penumbra (Adrián & Ramiro García Bogliano) at IFC Center. 2011. 90 min. 12:20 am.
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1959. 120 min.
Dead Alive (Peter Jackson) at Nitehawk. Details. 1992. 12:20 am.
Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh (Alan Smithee) at Spectacle. Details. 1991. 89 min.
Jean Gentil (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 2010. 84 min. 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson) at BAMCinématek. Details. 35mm. 1977. 95 min. 2:00, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 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 Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1943. 103 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.
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2010. 80 min. 7:30 pm.
- “Being Singular Plural” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. View screening schedule. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- “Spiels in the House of Art: Photography, Film and Video” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Closed Mondays. Suggested donation admission. Ends August 26.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Ongoing.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. 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. Through August 6.
- “The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through April 29.
- 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
- 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.
- Nina Yuen “The School” at Lombard-Freid Projects, 518 West 19 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 26.
- Lorraine O’Grady “New Worlds” at Alexander Gray Associates, 508 West 26 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- Alex Prager “Compulsion” at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 535 West 22 Street, 3rd Floor. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- 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.
- “Constructed Site” at .No Gallery, 251 East Houston Street. Closed Mondays. Tue-Fri open Noon to 6:00 pm, Sat-Sun open 1:00 pm. Ends April 29.
- 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.
- “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.
- Charles Atlas “The Illusion of Democracy” at Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.
- Stephen Dirkes “Obscure Object Films – Photoplays” at Rabbithole, 33 Washington Street, DUMBO. Open Mon-Fri Noon to 5:00 pm. Ends April 30.
- Hollis Frampton, Fiona Banner, Melinda McDaniel and Klub Zwei ”So to Speak” at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights. Open Tues.-Sat. Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 28.