Friday, January 20

Downtown 81 at Museum of Arts and Design

What’s Showing Today? Friday, January 20
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Featured Screening: Downtown 81 at Museum of Arts and Design

New York’s No Wave renaissance continues with the Museum of Arts and Design‘s series of the same name which runs through February 10 and features work by Amos Poe, Lizzie Borden, Eric Mitchell, Jim Jarmusch and Edo Bertolgio, whose Downtown 81 plays tonight at 7:00 pm.

A 19-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat stars as a thinly fictionalized version of himself in this low-budged, documentary-style production. Basquiat had recently met writer Glenn O’Brien through his public access show TV Party and had not yet rocked to full-blown artworld acclaim. But it’s roundly agreed NYC is the star of the show. As Adrian Serle writes in The Guardian, “Downtown 81 captures that New York moment when punk, emerging rap, art school cool and the East Village art and music scenes were at their creative best.” It’s soundtrack is fairly rock heavy, including on-screen performances or band member acting credits by Blondie, Suicide, James Chance, DNA, Lydia Lunch, John Lurie, Plastics and more. Abandoned and thought lost for many years, the film was revived in 2000, at which time the original audio tracks were lost. Basquit’s voice is overdubbed by Saul Williams.

For more no wave, keep an eye out for Anthology’s Amos Poe programs running February 3-5 featuring many of the same folks including my once-almost-roommate Patti Astor, a story previously told on Screen Slate that will probably pop up again.

Also Recommended

Summer’s at its most remote, so midnight tonight Spectacle Theater offers audiences a chance to gather and warm each others’ spirits while paying tribute to the sun-kissed and moonswept joys of stripping off one’s skivvies and taking a dip au natural. The evening features three short films and a selection of classic and obscure skinny dipping clips. Shorts include work by Jem Cohen, who will likely be in attendance for a rare screening of his Drink Deep, a wistful journey outside the grind of city life that happens to feature a few scenes of Ian MacKaye and Michael Stipe cavorting in the buff.  Producer Nell Constantinople, who organized the evening, will screen Ian McCluskey‘s sunbleached 8mm short Summer Snapshot, which played the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Others glistening freely and natural include Hedy Lamarr, Harriet Andersson, Micky Dolenz, Brooke Shields, Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O’Sullivan, Burt Lancaster, Cybill Shepherd and a pack of man-eating trolls.

Werewolf of London, 1935, plays The Rubin Museum this evening. Hollywood’s first werewolf movie features makeup by Jack Pierce, who would later refine his craft on Universal’s Lon Chaney, Jr. classic. The evening is hosted by comic book writer and artist Benjamin Marra.

Robert Bresson’s prison break drama A Man Escaped begins a weeklong repertory run at Film Forum.


The Compilation Film at Anthology Film Archives
Series details

  • Blockade (Sergei Loznitsa). Details. Video. 1977-1978. 112 min. 6:45 pm.
  • Revue (Sergei Loznitsa). Details. 16mm. 1927. 101 min. 9:15 pm.

Global Lens 2012 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Grey Matter (Kivu Ruhorahoza). Details. 2011. 100 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Amnesty (Oday Rasheed). Details. 2011. 83 min. 7:00 pm.

The Films of Roland Klick at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • DeadlockDetails. 1970. 88 min. 7:30 pm.

Rockuary at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • Passions Just Like Mine (Kerri Koch). Details. 2008. 78 min. 9:30 pm.

12 Rounds (Renny Harlin) at 92YTribeca. Details. DVD. 2009. 108 min. 8:00 pm.
The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov) at Anthology Film Archives.
For the War to End the Walls Should Have Crumbled and Lessons from a University on the Fly (The Dardenne Brothers) at IFC Center. Details. Digital projection. 1980/1982. 107 min. 11:00 am.
Rossellini and God: The Little Flowers of St. Francis with The Miracle (Roberto Rossellini) at MoMADetails. 1948. 119 min. 1:30 pm.
Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio) at Museum of Arts and DesignDetails. 35mm. 1981. 73 min. 7:00 pm.
Werewolf of London (Stuart Walker) at The Rubin MuseumDetails. 1935. 75 min. 9:30 pm.


Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 134 min. 1:00, 3:45, 6:45 and 9:20 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1956. 99 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10:00 pm.


The Shining (Stanley Kubrick) at IFC Center. Details. 1980. 146 min.
The Thing (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. HD. 1982. 109 min. 12:10 am.
GoldenEye (Martin Campbell) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1995. 130 min.
The Legend of Drunken Master (Chia-Liang Liu) at Nitehawk Cinema. 1994. 102 min.
Spectacle Goes Skinny Dipping at Spectacle Theater. Details. Featuring work by Jem Cohen, Ian McCluskey and others. Special guests in attendance. 65 min.



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