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Friday, April 20

Dario Argento's Inferno

What’s Showing Today? Friday, April 20
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Featured Screening: Inferno at Museum of Arts and Design

This 4/20 get blazed with Dario Argento’s Inferno at Museum of Arts and Design, which is currently in the midst of a three-month retrospective highlighting the work of Argento family.

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.

Also Noted

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.

Filmmaker, itinerant programmer and letter press artisan Jon Beacham screens several of his 16mm film works at his 222 Roebling Street studio tonight. Details here.

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.

Today

Havana Film Festival New York
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Tribeca Film Festival
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Show & Tell at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Cecilia Dougherty Program 1. Details. Dougherty in conversation with Ed Halter. Video. 1998-2011. 95 min. 7:30 pm.

Disappearing Act IV at Bohemian National Hall
Festival Details • All shows FREE

  • The Border (Jaroslav Vojtek. 2009. 6:30 pm.
  • The Fatherless (Marie Kreutzer). Q&A with actress Emily Cox. 2011. 8:00 pm.

Images from the Edge: Classic & Contemporary Icelandic Cinema at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 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.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Le Plasir (Max Ophuls). Details. 1952. 91 min. 1:30 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Jane and Tortured Dust (Part 3 & 4) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984/1985. 31 min. 3:00 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • Mother and Chess Fever (Vsevolod Pudovkin). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1926/1925. 4:00 pm.
  • Aelita (Yakov Protazanov). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1924. 100 min. 7:00 pm.

Argentos: il cinema nel sangue at Museum of Arts and Design
Series Details

  • Inferno (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 1980. 107 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • Glowing Stars (Lisa Siwe). Details. 2009. 90 min. 6:30 pm.

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

  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 1Details. 1977/1986. 90 min. 11:30 am.
  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 2Details. 1998/1989. 64 min. 1:30 pm.
  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 3Details. 1990-1999. 82 min. 3:00 pm.
  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 4Details. 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 92YTribecaDetails. 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 CenterDetails. DCP. 1954. 112 min. 11:00 am.
The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitcock) at The Rubin MuseumDetails. 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 UnionDocsDetails. 7:00 pm.

Midnight

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.

Ongoing

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 ForumDetails. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1943. 103 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.
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo) at Maysles CinemaDetails.  2010. 80 min. 7:30 pm.

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