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Saturday, May 19

Grindhouse Double Feature at 92YTribeca

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Featured Screening: Grindhouse Double Feature: Bloodthirsty Butchers & The Corpse Grinders at 92YTribeca

Tonight 92YTribeca shows two rare 35mm prints of a pair of grindhouse classics, Bloodthirsty Butchers and Corpse Grinders, which were reportedly rescued from a dumpster out front of 42nd Street’s defunct Lyric Theatre in the early ’90s. In addition to being reliably gory, seedy and cheesy, they have the added benefit of being made by two eccentric filmmakers whose work has  found unique acceptance among practitioners of high-camp avant-garde.

Up first is Bloodthirsty Butchers, an adaptation of Sweeny Todd by no-budget  filmmaker Andy Milligan. Milligan was notoriously flamboyant and prolific in both work and nightlife. He began his career staging off-off-Broadway productions of Lord Dunsany and Jean Genet before making the 30-minute 16mm Vapors, a softcore gay romance film set in an East Village bathhouse. Proving his ability to deliver marketable product on a miniscule budget—and with a name whose place on a marquee indicated a certain policy of tolerance toward extra-viewing audience recreation—he began to work in a Victorian mansion on Staten Island cranking out films like Gutter Trash, Dragula and Fleshpot on 42nd Street for budgets under $10,000. On the opposite coast, Ted V. Mikels worked in his own residence—described by his 2008 biography as “a harem in a castle with secret passageways”—making similarly decadent trash. The Corpse Grinders‘s impossibly bizarre setup has a murder in a cat food plant transforming its product into something that gives the animals a taste for human flesh. It found particular favor in the UK, where distributor Antony Balch, a collaborator of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, showed it along with his own work and that of Kaneto Shindô, Kenneth Anger and Paul Bowles. Also noteworthy is that parts of the film were shot in Cecil B. DeMille’s home.

As 92Y’s programmer Cristina Cacioppo explained before last week’s showing of Boardinghouse—which played to an amazingly fun and receptive audience—part of the fun will be seeing whether these vintage, trashed prints actually make it through the projector—so to the work’s already unlikely avant-garde rep, one might also expect a bit of live projector performance. The 2-for-1 bill begins with Butchers at 8:00 pm and continues with Corpse Grinders at 9:30 pm.

Also Noted

Today’s Wes Anderson lineup at Museum of the Moving Image includes The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles‘s notoriously beleaguered but nonetheless acclaimed adaptation of Booth Tarkington‘s novel—his follow-up to Citizen Kane. Anderson has supplied a new video introduction for this show, which runs at 4:00 pm.

Spectacle‘s Feminist Film series includes Helma Sanders-Brahms‘s Under the Pavement Lies the Strand, the story of young German revolutionaries coping with post-’68 malaise while rallying support against a new abortion law, efforts which are complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. That’s at 7:30 pm, and at 9:30 pm Jane Arden‘s The Other Side of Underneath returns. The once-lost film was previously written up on Screen Slate.

Today

Grindhouse Double Feature at 92YTribeca
2-for-1 • Evening Details

  • Bloodthirsty Butchers (Andy Milligan). 35mm. 1970. 79 min. 8:00 pm.
  • The Corpse Grinders (Ted V. Mikels). 35mm. 1971. 72 min. 9:30 pm.

Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Century of Birthing (Lav Diaz). Two 15-minute intermissions. 2011. 355 min. Noon.
  • Group Program 5. Work by Natasha Mendonca, Chick Strand, Akram Zaatari and Laida Lertxundi. 49 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Trish Baga. 8:30 pm.
  • Tube Time. Hosted by Ben Coonley. 10:30 pm.

Essential Cinema: Jean Cocteau at Anthology Film Archives

  • The Blood of a PoetDetails. 35mm. 1930. 53 min. 5:30 pm.
  • Beauty and the BeastDetails. 35mm. 1946. 93 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Orpheus. Details. 35mm. 1950. 95 min. 9:00 pm.

Focus Features: 10th Anniversary Salute at MoMA
Series Details

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry). Details. 2004. 108 min. 1:30 pm.

Mahfouz at the Movies at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Beginning and the End (Salah Abu Seif). Details. 1960. 140 min. 1:30 pm.
  • Between Heaven and Earth (Salah Abu Seif). Details. 1960. 100 min. 4:15 pm.
  • The Hunger (Ali Badrakhan). Details. 1986. 120 min. 7:30 pm.

Werner Schroeter at MoMA
Series Details

  • GoldflakesDetails. 1976. 160 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Tonight. Details. 2008. 121 min.7:45 pm.

Wes Anderson’s Worlds at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Bottle RocketDetails. Video introduction by Anderson. 1996. 105 min. 2:00 pm.
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles). Details. Video introduction by Anderson. 1942. 88 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Royal Tenenbaums. Details. Video introduction by Anderson. 2001. 110 min. 6:30 pm.

Feminizing Film Praxis: Radical Feminist Film at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Under the Pavement Lies the Strand (Helma Sanders-Brahms). Details. Digital. 1975. 99 min. 7:30 pm.
  • The Other Side of the Underneath (Jane Arden). Details. Digital. 1972. 111 min. 9:30 pm.

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

  • Mobile Homestead Christening Ceremony and Launch, September 25, 2010Details. HD. 2011. 55 min. Noon.
  • Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to WestlandDetails. HD. 2011. 76 min. 2:00 pm.
  • Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown DetroitDetails. HD. 2011. 76 min. 4:00 pm.

The Family Jewels (Jerry Lewis) at BAMCinématek. Intro by Alex Ross Perry. 35mm. 1965. 99 min. 2:00 pm.
The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC CenterDetails. 1935. 87 min. 11:00 am.
Kovacs for Kids at Museum of the Moving Image. Details. 12:30 pm.
Like Water (Pablo Croce) at Museum of the Moving ImageDetails. 2011. 74 min. 3:00 pm.
A Frame Apart 2: Queens Shorts Showcase at The Queens Museum. Details. 3:00 pm.
The Future Well-Made: On the Conditions for a Personal Vision at UnionDocs. Details. Panelists media critic Paul Levinson, physicist Agnes Mocsy, religious studies lecturer Michael Waltemathe and Tom Klinkowstein. 7:30 pm.

Midnight

Geronimo: An American Legend (Walter Hill) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1992. 115 min.
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1986. 99 min. 12:15 am.
Beetlejuice
 (Tim Burton) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 1988. 92 min.
Blue Velvet (David Lynch) at NitehawkDetails. 35mm. 1986. 120 min.
The Hackers
 (John Duncan) at SpectacleDetails. 1988. 80 min.

Ongoing

The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry) at BAMCinématek. 35mm. 2012. 83 min.
Elena
 (Andrey Zvyagintsev) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 109 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm of 4K restoration. 1937. 114 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10:00 pm.
Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger) at Film ForumDetails. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 4:35 and 6:30 pm.
Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1974. 193 min. 1:00 and 8:20 pm.
The Connection (Shirley Clarke) at IFC CenterDetails. 1963. 110 min. 10:50 am.

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