What’s Showing Today? Friday, April 27
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Featured Screening: Tommy at The Rubin Museum
Screen Slate is out of town through Monday, April 30. Listings are complete through Friday, May 4, to the best of present knowledge, though I will do my best to accommodate last-minute changes. In lieu of full write-ups, a brief gloss of the day’s offerings:
The late Ken Russell‘s Tommy—a flamboyant cinematic adaptation of The Who‘s classic rock opera starring Roger Daltry—shows tonight at The Rubin Museum. Other cast members include Eric Clapton, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Elton John and Jack Nicholson.
At 4:00 pm MoMA presents a selection of films made by the American branch of the German communist Workers International Relief (WIR)—the Workers Film and Photo League—whose members showed an early, serious commitment to film as a tool for social change. Among them are Ralph Steiner, a great filmmaker in his own right who variously collaborated with Robert Flaherty, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, Leo Hurwitz, and Willard Van Dyke; Jay Leyda, a Detroit-born USSR-transplant who studied and worked with Sergei Eisenstein and eventually became an influential historian of International avantgarde and non-narrative filmmaking; and Arnold Eagle, who later worked with Flaherty and Hans Richter. Leo Seltzer edited two of the films shown today. Eventually the Film and Photo League split into Frontier Films and The Photo League, the later of which went on to comprise a membership that’s a veritable who’s-who of New York photography before succumbing to the Red Scare.
Work by the Workers Film and Photo League also composes part of the program at Spectacle this weekend. Our Friendships are Constructed on the Basis of Conflicts, originally programmed by Red Channels, is a selection of collectively-made film and video by the likes of Newsreel, Meerkat Media, Paper Tiger Television, Pacific Street Films, TVTV and others.
Tonight Biennial artist Lucy Raven is at Artists Space‘s Books & Talks location —the one at 55 Walker Street—to deliver a presentation titled Standard Evaluation Materials. The description: “[Raven] shares a series of rarely seen test films—snippets of narrative assembled only for the technical information they contain, dating from the 1940s to today. These sights and sounds—seldom seen or heard outside of a film projection booth—tell alternate stories about the moving pictures and how we view them.” The FREE/no-ticket/no-RSVP event begins at 7:30 pm.
Anthology‘s retrospective of iconoclastic Italian avantgarde master Carmelo Bene continues with Salomè, one of his most highly regarded works. As Anthology’s description explains of this Oscar Wilde adaptation, it “is certainly the only version of Wilde’s text to feature a man nailing himself to a flashing neon cross, or in which the eponymous vixen literally peels the skin from the face of King Herod as an act of seduction, precipitating his – and the film’s – final descent into utter madness.”
Today BAMCinématek‘s Bresson retrospective features what many consider his quintessential work, Au hasard Balthazar, about the inexorable trajectory of a simple donkey as he drifts through various circumstances. Likewise the film charts the state of a young girl whose family initially raises Balthazar.
For drastically different fare, try out Dario Argento‘s Opera at Museum of Arts and Design.This is, depending on one’s orientation, either one of the director’s most sadistic and vile movies or the most-undervalued. The gimmick in this one is the killer repeatedly accosts the protagonist at random, ties her up, and tapes razorblades under her eyelids so she can’t blink as he kills her friends and colleagues in front of her. My own impression of it is inextricably linked to seeing it at age 16 and having the realization the person behind me was masturbating during the death scenes. I share this as some people may consider it an endorsement.
Tribeca Film Festival
- Salomè. Details. 35mm. 1972. 76 min. 7:00 pm.
- One Hamlet Less. Details. 35mm. 1973. 70 min. 9:00 pm.
- Program 1. Details. 16mm. 1967-1971. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
- Au hasard Balthazar. Details. 35mm. 1966. 95 min. 2:00, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
Corporal Histories: Lav Diaz’s Epic Philippine Cinema at Exit Art
- Florentina Hubaldo, CTE. Details. Intro by Diaz. 2012. 360 min. 6:00 pm.
- Secret Face (Omer Kavur). Details. 35mm. 1991. 115 min. 1:30 pm.
- O Beautiful Istanbul (Atif Yilmaz). Details. 35mm. 1966. 96 min. 3:50 pm.
- Can (Raşit Çelikezer). Details. 35mm. 2011. 106 min. 6:30 pm.
- Somersault in a Coffin (Derviş Zaim). Details. 35mm. 1996. 76 min. 9:15 pm.
- Limelight (Charles Chaplin). Details. 1951. 136 min. 1:00 pm.
- Caswallon Trilogy and The Loom (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1986. 56 min. 4:00 pm.
- Film and Photo League/Workers International Relief. Details. 1930/1926/1932. 89 min. 4:00 pm.
- Horizon (Lev Kuleshov). Details. 1933. 102 min. 7:00 pm.
- Lollipop Monster (Ziska Riemann). Details. 2011. 96 min. 4:30 pm.
- This River Used to Be a Man (Jan Zabeil). Details. 2011. 80 min. 7:30 pm.
- Opera (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 1987. 107 min. 7:00 pm.
- Submarino (Thomas Vinterberg). Details. 2010. 110 min. 6:30 pm.
- Program 1: Newsreel, Meerkat Media, Voina, Glassbead. 71 min. 7:30 pm.
- Program 2: Workers Film & Video League, Azorro, TVTV, Newsreel. 81 min. 9:30 pm.
- Old Joy. 16mm. 2006. 76 min. 2:00 pm.
- Wendy and Lucy. 16mm. 2008. 80 min. 4:00 pm.
- Meek’s Cutoff. 35mm. 2010. 104 min. 7:00 pm.
Meet the Lady: Cat Women at 92YTribeca. Details. 8:00 pm.
Lucy Raven: Standard Evaluation Materials at Artists Space. Details. 7:30 pm. FREE.
Ernie Kovacs & Edie Addams at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. Rare clips with panel discussion with Robert Klein, harold Prince, Jeff Greenfield, David Bianculli, Alan Zweibel and Ben Model. 7:00 pm.
Tommy (Ken Russell) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Introduced by The Young Things. 1975. 111 min. 9:30 pm.
Eraserhead (David Lynch) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1977. 97 min.
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1960. 109 min. 12:10 am.
The Long Riders (Walter Hill) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1980. 99 min. 12:15 am.
Super Mario Bros. (Annabel Jankel & Rocky Morton) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1993. 104 min.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper) at Nitehawk. Details. 1974. 83 min.
Cannibal Campout (Tom Fisher & Jon McBride) at Spectacle. Details. 1988. 89 min.
Payback (Jennifer Baichwal) at Film Forum. Details. Baichwal in attendance for 8:20 screening. 2011. 85 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:00 pm.
Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 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.
- “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
- 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.
- “Found” at Eyebeam, 540 West 21 Street. Work by Fred Wilson, Christian Marclay, Rashaad Newsome and Jacob Ciocci. Program runs noon to 6:00 pm daily. Ends May 30.
- 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.
- 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.
- “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.
- Raul Vincent Enriquez “Primp” at Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick. Open Thurs-Mon 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.
- 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.