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Wednesday, June 13

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot at 92YTribeca

What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, June 13
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Featured Screening: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot at 92YTribeca

This week 92YTribeca‘s Jeff Bridges, Before The Dude series continues with Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a high-octane buddy comedy featuring a fresh-faced Bridges as a petty thief teaming up alongside Clint Eastwood‘s professional bank robber.

Upping the Freudian stakes of Magnum Force—written by director Michael Cimino, here making his directorial debut—Eastwood’s title hero derives his own name from the 20mm canon he uses to break safes. (See above.) Nevertheless, unlike the Dirty Harry saga, this is more a picaresque ode to friendship among wisecracking outlaws; think Any Which Way But Loose with Jeff Bridges instead of an orangutan. As YouTube commenters point out on the trailer, “The trailer focuses on the crime itself, however, the actual fims far more, its really about friendship, loss and loneliness. Probably why it didn’t do well at the box office as UA marketed it more as a crime thirller when it really is a whole lot more” (TheMasterNo6). And: “This movie gets better with each consecutive watch, alienation, counter culture, friendship, it touches on all of these things and still manages to be more than the sum of its parts. 70s cinema and current movies are as diametrically opposed as the literary classics section and the early reading department at you local library.” (TherealFrankMorris)

Speaking of things diametrically opposed to reading, this weekend 92Y features Friday and Saturday screenings of Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Commando, the only movie I keep above my bed much as one might hang a religious portrait or tuck a pistol under his or her pillow to feel safe. The Saturday show with director Mark L. Lester in attendance is already sold out, but tickets are still available for Friday.

Also Noted

I can’t always put my due diligence into breaking out the listings for Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, but today something caught my eye: Donkey Love, a movie about what it claims is the “widely accepted” cultural practice of having sex with donkeys in Colombia. I’m hesitant to accept that claim at face value, but in any case, I find documentaries about non-normative sexual behavior fascinating, and I’m sure many Screen Slate readers do, too. Amiright?

Also at Anthology Film Archives: the experimental films of San Francisco’s James Broughton, which are closely linked with Broughton’s own poetry. This work is part of the ongoing Essential Cinema series.

Sergio Leone‘s seminal Zapata western Duck, You Sucker!—the most under recognized work of his western output—makes two appearances at Film Forum today with showings at 1:40 and 6:50 pm. At 4:40 is Sergio Sollima‘s The Big Gundown, of whose all-new DCP restoration I heard really great things, followed by another Lee Van Cleef vehicle, Sabata, which is the first part of a trilogy by Sartana director Gianfranco Parolini.

MoMA‘s Auteurist History of Film series features The Earrings of Madame de…, one of many masterpieces by Screen Slate Favorite Max Ophüls. Here’s curator Charles Silver’s weekly essay.

To some readers’ expressed consternation, VHS is all the rage. Being confronted with it on a many-times daily basis, I am beginning to understand. Let’s bring back the 8mm silent condensed versions of Hollywood favorites for the home market that were widely disseminated and enjoyed when video was still struggling its way out of mother invention’s belly button. Anyway, there’s this tonight. Otherwise I have a projector and a Super 8mm Ken Films Digest of Rodan the Flying Monster on my desk right now, party at Screen Slate HQ tonight.

Today

Jeff Bridges, Before the Dude at 92YTribeca
Series Details

  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino). Details. 35mm. 1974. 115 min. 7:30 pm.

Newfilmmakers Presents Another Christian Sex Night at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Donkey Love (Daryl Stoneage). Details. Video. 2011. 83 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Shorts. Details. Work by Eliane Lima, Jacob Brown, Renata Bialkowska and Gregg de Domenico. 2010/2011. 7:45 pm.
  • Change of Life (Amy McClug). Details. Video. 2006. 99 min. 9:00 pm.

Essential Cinema: James Broughton at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • The Pleasure Garden & OthersDetails. 16mm. 1953. 7:00 pm.
  • The Golden Positions and Dreamwood. Details. 16mm. 1970/1972. 80 min. 8:30 pm.

Spaghetti Westerns at Film Forum
Series Details

  • Duck, You Sucker! (Sergio Leone). Details. 35mm. 1971. 1:40 and 6:50 pm.
  • The Big Gundown (Sergio Sollima). Details. DCP. 1966. 4:40 pm.
  • Sabata (Gianfranco Parolini). Details. 35mm. 1969. 9:50 pm.

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2012 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Arrival of Wang (Atonio & Marco Manetti). Details. 2011. 80 min. 4:15 pm.
  • Annalisa (Pippo Mezzapesa). Details. 2011. 82 min. 8:15 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Earings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls). Details. 1953. 99 min. 1:30 pm.

VCR Party at NitehawkDetails. Featuring Todd Handson of The Onion, Ted Travelstead of Vanity Fair and Cristina Cacioppo of 92YTribeca. $11. 10:00 pm.
In the Beginning Was the Image: Conversations with Peter Whitehead (Paul Cronin) at Spectacle. Details. 8:00 pm.

Ongoing

We Won’t Grow Old Together (Maurice Pialat) at BAMCinématekDetails. 35mm. 1972. 110 min. 8:00 pm.
Marina Abramović The Artist is Present (Matthew Akers) at Film ForumDetails. Akers in attendance at 7:50 pm. 2012. 105 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
Five Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 90 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 7:15 pm.
Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm of 4K restoration. 1937. 114 min. 2:50 and 9:00 pm.
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 2000. 114 min. 12:30, 2:45, 7:20 and 9:50 pm.
The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1972. 120 min. 12:35, 2:50, 5:05, 7:10 and 9:35 pm.
Tahrir: Liberation Square (Stefano Savona) at Maysles CinemaDetails. 2011. 90 min. 7:30 pm.
UFO in Her Eyes (Xiaolu Guo) at MoMADetails. 2011. 110 min. 6:30 pm.

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