Friday, January 13

The Devil, Probably at Film Forum

What’s Showing Today? Friday, January 13
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Featured Screening: Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably at Film Forum. Guest post by Patrick Dahl:

The archetypal Bresson character moves inexorably toward liberation, a state most often achieved in violent death. But to say that these figures move toward such release is not to say their ends are self-inflicted. Bresson disconcertingly suggests that freedom – from imprisonment, compulsion, cruelty, love – results from a contradictory admixture of fate, chance and agency. For the clever spectator to insist upon the supremacy of one of these forces over the others is to crudely reduce the work by revealing one’s own prejudices.

Bresson’s underappreciated, penultimate film, Le diable probablement (The Devil Probably, 1977), begins with a newspaper announcing the suicide of a young man. A subsequent headline suggests murder. As the film progresses through flashback, the distinction becomes gradually meaningless.

Disaffected bourgeois Charles has cast his lot with a group of ineffectual left-wing revolutionaries whose political activities consist of inserting pornography into Catholic pamphlets and lounging along the Seine. The adolescent and his cohorts navigate a world in which resistance to fascism and capitalism has been thoroughly institutionalized. Only the evil of banality remains for these bookstore intellectuals. Bresson cynically casts the realm of ideas as another avenue of zero-sum consumption. In this Burroughsian formulation of modernity, psychoanalysis, environmentalism, political radicalism and transgressive sex resemble smack and credit cards in both cause and effect. Bresson presents a convincing case for his protagonist’s terminal ennui.

Bresson spends considerable time establishing the vacuity of these activities, yet Charles never yearns for the answers or direction they fail to provide. His disgust with the world is final, yet he cannot summon the resolve to die by his own hand. He confesses to an analyst that he loathes the thought of death just as much as life. This impasse concludes as the antagonistic forces of fate, chance and agency conspire to provide Charles with his final release. —Patrick Dahl


Beer Goggles at 92YTribeca
Series Details

  • Scrooged (Richard Donner). Details. 35mm. 1988. 101 min. 8:00 pm.
  • UHF (Jay Levey). Details. Levey in attendance for Q&A. 35mm. 1989. 97 min. 10:15 pm.

Patrick Keiller at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details • Each Day: Robinson in Ruins (see “Ongoing”)

  • London. Details. 35mm. 1994. 85 min. 6:45 pm.
  • The Dilapidated Dwelling. Details. Video. 2000. 78 min. 9:00 pm.

Bresson at Film Forum
Series Details

  • Pickpocket. Details. 1959. 35mm. Length unspecified. 1:00, 2:40, 4:20, 6:00 and 9:40 pm.
  • The Devil ProbablyDetails. 1977. 35mm. 95 min. 7:40 pm.

50 Years of the New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series details

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Details. 35mm. 1974. 93 min. 6:15 pm.
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog). Details. 35mm. 1974. 110 min. 8:15 pm.

Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema at MoMA
Series Details

  • My Name is Joker (Raj Kapoor). Details. 1970. 224 min. 6:30 pm.

Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema at MoMA
Series Details • Also includes Toll Booth (See “Ongoing”)

  • Craft (Gustavo Pizzi). Details. 2010. 85 min. 7:30 pm.

First Look at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • That Summer (Philippe Garrel). Details. 2011. 95 min. 7:30 pm.

The Films of Roland Klick at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • SupermarktDetails. 1974. 80 min. 7:30 pm.

Rockuary at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • OZ (Chris Löfvén). Details. 1976. 97 min. 9:30 pm.

Glitch in the Grid (Eric & Jeff Leiser) at The Fifth Estate. Details. 7:00 pm.
Kandinsky: A Close Look—Synesthesia, 2009 (Grahame Weinbren) at The Guggenheim Museum. Details. 1:00 pm. FREE
La Promesse (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) at IFC Center. Details. 1996. 93 min. 11:00 am.
All About Eve 
(Joseph L. Mankiewicz) at MoMADetails. 1950. 138 min. 1:00 pm.
The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas (Val Guest) at The Rubin Museum. Details. Introduced by graphic artist Danny Hellman. 1957. 91 min. 9:30 pm.
The Amnesia Pavilions with Nicholas Muellner at UnionDocs. Details. Muellner in attendance for discussion with photographer Dan Torop and curator Jim Supanick. 7:30 pm.


The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) at IFC CenterDetails. 1980. 146 min.
Bullitt (Peter Yates) at IFC CenterDetails. HD. 1968. 114 min. 12:20 am.
Once Upon a Time in China 2 (Tsui Hark) at Nitehawk Cinema. 1992. 113 min.
New Wave Hookers (Gregory Dark) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 83 min.


Robinson in Ruins (Patrick Keiller) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2010. 101 min. 7:00 and 9:15 pm.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
 (Nuri Bilge Ceyland) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 157 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Toll Booth (Tolga Karaçelik) at MoMADetails. 2010. 96 min. 4:30 pm.



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