What’s Showing Today? Saturday, May 19
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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.
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.
- Bloodthirsty Butchers (Andy Milligan). 35mm. 1970. 79 min. 8:00 pm.
- The Corpse Grinders (Ted V. Mikels). 35mm. 1971. 72 min. 9:30 pm.
- 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 Poet. Details. 35mm. 1930. 53 min. 5:30 pm.
- Beauty and the Beast. Details. 35mm. 1946. 93 min. 7:00 pm.
- Orpheus. Details. 35mm. 1950. 95 min. 9:00 pm.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry). Details. 2004. 108 min. 1:30 pm.
- 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.
- Bottle Rocket. Details. 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.
- 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.
- Mobile Homestead Christening Ceremony and Launch, September 25, 2010. Details. HD. 2011. 55 min. Noon.
- Going West on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland. Details. HD. 2011. 76 min. 2:00 pm.
- Going East on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit. Details. 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 Center. Details. 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 Image. Details. 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.
Geronimo: An American Legend (Walter Hill) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1992. 115 min.
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1986. 99 min. 12:15 am.
Beetlejuice (Tim Burton) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1988. 92 min.
Blue Velvet (David Lynch) at Nitehawk. Details. 35mm. 1986. 120 min.
The Hackers (John Duncan) at Spectacle. Details. 1988. 80 min.
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry) at BAMCinématek. 35mm. 2012. 83 min.
Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 109 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir) at Film Forum. Details. 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 Forum. Details. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 4:35 and 6:30 pm.
Céline and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1974. 193 min. 1:00 and 8:20 pm.
The Connection (Shirley Clarke) at IFC Center. Details. 1963. 110 min. 10:50 am.
- “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.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May.
- 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.
- Tacita Dean “Five Americans” at The New Museum. $14 general/$12 seniors/$10 students. Free Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Ends July 1.
- Klara Lidén “Bodies of Society” at The New Museum. $14 general/$12 seniors/$10 students. Free Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Ends July 1.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
Below listed North-South
- Adrian Paci, Luisa Rabbia, SUPERFLEX and Su-Mei Tse “4 Films” at Peter Blum Chelsea, 526 West 29 Street. Open Tue-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 30.
- Jeff Robb “Thought Experiments” at Witzenhausen Gallery, 547 West 27 Street. Open Tue-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 31.
- 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.
- Loris Gréaud “The Unplayed Notes” at The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 19.
- Thomas Demand “Pacific Sun” at Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 23.
- 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.
- Philippe Decrauzat at Elizabeth Dee, 545 West 20 Street. Open Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 16.
- 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.
- Brent Green “To Many Men Strange Fates are Given” at Andrew Edlin, 134 Tenth Avenue between 18 and 19 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 23.
- Sara Blokland “Butterflies don’t exist” at LMAKprojects, 129 Eldridge Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 3.
- Brandon Herman “House of Leaves” at envoy enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wed-Sun, Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends June 17.
- Hans Schabus “Let’s Call It Heimat” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 15.
- “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.
- 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.
- “E-Vapor-8″ at 319 Scholes, Bushwick. Ends May 18.
- Wojciech Gilewicz at Flux Factory. Open Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 29.