Friday, April 27

Ken Russell's Tommy at The Rubin Museum

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
Full Listings

Carmelo Bene at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • SalomèDetails. 35mm. 1972. 76 min. 7:00 pm.
  • One Hamlet LessDetails. 35mm. 1973. 70 min. 9:00 pm.

Hairy Handmade Objects: The Films of Robert Nelson at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Program 1Details. 16mm. 1967-1971. 90 min. 7:30 pm.

Bresson at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • Au hasard BalthazarDetails. 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.

The Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 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.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Limelight (Charles Chaplin). Details. 1951. 136 min. 1:00 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Caswallon Trilogy and The Loom (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1986. 56 min. 4:00 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • Film and Photo League/Workers International ReliefDetails. 1930/1926/1932. 89 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Horizon (Lev Kuleshov). Details. 1933. 102 min. 7:00 pm.

Kino! 2012: New Films from Germany at MoMA
Series Details

  • 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.

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

  • Opera (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 1987. 107 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • Submarino (Thomas Vinterberg). Details. 2010. 110 min. 6:30 pm.

Our Friendships Are Constructed on the Basis of Conflict: Collectively Made Films and Videos from Around the World at Spectacle
Full series details

  • 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.

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

  • 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 92YTribecaDetails. 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 ImageDetails. 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 MuseumDetails. 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 ForumDetails. 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 ForumDetails. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 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.



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