Friday, May 4

Tracey Moffatt's BeDevil at MoMA

What’s Showing Today? Friday, May 4
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Featured Screening: Tracey Moffatt’s DeDevil at MoMA

Today MoMA begins a weeklong retrospective of the work of Tracey Moffatt, an Australian artist known for her video, photography and film exploring themes of “Aboriginal subjugation, maternal domination, gender stereotypes, and class division.”

BeDevil, a 1993 selection of the Cannes Film Festival, presents a trio of narratives linked to the idea of spirits and hauntings. Approaching folklore and horror film tropes with a highly stylized, experimental demeanor, its stories include the malevolent spirit of an American GI rising from beneath a pit of quicksand, a family haunted by a ghost train that runs alongside its house and a pair of deceased lovers-on-the-run whose spirits still yearn for each other. Each story is woven together stylistically by an eerie portrayal of the outback landscape along with heightened artifice of studio settings.

Tracey Moffatt continues tomorrow with two programs of recent videos .

Also Noted

Tonight at Roulette artist Toni Dove presents SPECTROPIA, a live-mix scifi noir hybrid performed by Dove and software designer R. Luke DuBois. Filmed scenes including actresses Helen Palladino of Boardwalk Empire and The Wooster Group’s Helen Pickett are manipulated and mixed live by Dove and DuBois through software controlled by motion sensors. As Bruce Bennett describes in the Wall Street Journal, “The multilayered presentation of SPECTROPIA is…unlikely to sound or appear familiar to anyone who hasn’t already witnessed it.” Dove recently described her work to David Weinstein on Art on Air’s Clocktower Radio, and a serialized streaming version of SPECTROPIA is available on the Streaming Gallery. Tonight’s show begins at 8:00 pm, and tomorrow evening composer Elliott Sharp presents his “Spectropia Suite” with live video improvisations by DuBois and Dove.

Artists Space‘s 55 Walker Street location features a trilogy of films by Manon de Boer spanning the years 2003-2005 and focusing on women’s experiences of cultural, political and social radicalism during the 1970s. As their description elaborates: “They are both intimate portraits, and ruminations on the nature of memory in relation to personal biography. Through the reframing of interviews with Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel; Brazilian psychoanalyst Suely Rolnik; and American avant-garde percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, de Boer develops a particular asynchronicity between image and sound, in which subtle layers of editing hold their own meaning. The voice itself takes on a role as the coming together of language and body, relating back to relayed narratives that trace an apex between political and sensory experience.”

Spectacle begins a monthlong look at the films of Youseff Chahine, one of Egypt’s greatest filmmakers best known for his 1958 Cairo Station. Alexandria, Why? and 1982’s An Egyptian Story, released respectively in 1978 and 1982, are the first two installments of the filmmaker’s semi-autobiographical “Alexandria Trilogy”.

Bill Murray stars in his passion-project adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, directed by John Byrum. Murray plays a WWI vet who sets off through the Himalayas on a journey of self-discovery. Despite a somewhat lukewarm critical reputation, its notable for being one of Murray’s earliest, and to date most sobering, dramatic turns.

Goodfellas-redux Casino opens Museum of the Moving Image‘s If Looks Could Kill: Fashion and Film series. Highlights tomorrow include Tom Gunning‘s presentation on film criminals’ visual identities along with a presentation of Belgian Surrealist short The Pearl, and later Joe May‘s silent German masterpiece Asphalt, a heady, expressionistic rendering of the inexorably damned relationship between a femme fatale and the traffic cop she seduces to participate in her petty schemes. This is, without a doubt, one worth catching on the big screen and one of the artistic summits of silence cinema.


Anything Could Happen Here: The Films of Jean-André Fieschi at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • The Making of ‘A Summer’s Tale’Details. Video. 2005. 90 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Mosso Mosso (Jean Rouch As If…) & Niger, New Impressions of Africa. Details. Video. 1998/1999. 116 min. 9:00 pm.

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

  • The Law of the Border (Lütfi Ö. Akad). Details. Digital. 1966. 71 min. 1:00 pm.
  • Despite Everything (Orhan Oǧuz). Details. 35mm. 1988. 87 min. 3:00 pm.
  • 40 Square Meters of Germany (Tevfik Başer). Details. 35mm. 1986. 81 min. 5:00 pm.
  • Elegy (Yilmaz Güney). Details. 35mm. 1971. 80 min. 6:45 pm.
  • Yol (Şerif Gören). Details. 35mm. 1982. 111 min. 8:30 pm.

Doc Watchers Presents: The African Film Festival at Maysles Cinema
Series Details

  • Yoole, The Sacrifice (Moussa Sene Absa). 2010. 75 min. 7:00 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Steel Helmet (Sam Fuller). Details. 1951. 84 min. 1:30 pm.

Focus Features: 10th Anniversary Salute at MoMA
Series Details

  • A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen). Details. 2009. 105 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Beginners (Mike Mills). Details. 2011. 104 min. 4:30 pm.

Tracey Moffatt at MoMA
Series Details

  • BeDevilDetails. 1993. 90 min. 7:00 pm.

Fashion in Film: If Looks Could Kill at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Casino (Martin Scorsese). Details. 1995. 178 min. 7:00 pm.

New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House
Series Details 

  • A Family (Pernille Fischer Christensen). Details. 2011. 102 min. 6:30 pm.

Four Films by Youssef Chahine at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Alexandria, Why?. Details. Digital. 1978. 127 min. 7:30 pm.
  • An Egyptian Story. Details. Digital. 1982. 120 min. 9:30 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012: Matt Porterfield at The Whitney Museum
Series Details • Through May 27

  • Putty Hill. HD. 2011. 87 min. 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.

Untamed Heart (Tony Bill) Cry-Along at 92YTribecaDetails. Tissues and a beer included. 35mm. 1993. 102 min. 8:00 pm.
Manon de Boer Film Trilogy at Artists Space (55 Walker Street). Details. 2003-2010. Introduced by curator Fionn Meade. 7:00 pm.
Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1964. 130 min. 11:00 am and midnight.
Opening Screening at Millennium Film Workshop. 15 minute limit. 8:00 pm.
Toni Dove’s SPECTROPIA at Roulette. Details. Live-mix cinema event. 8:00 pm.
The Razor’s Edge (John Byrum) at The Rubin MuseumDetails. 1984. 128 min. 9:30 pm.


Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1960. 109 min. 11:40 pm.
(Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1964. 130 min. 11:45 pm.
Wild Bill
(Walter Hill) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1995. 98 min.
They Live
 (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. 12:10 am.
Evil Dead (Sam Raimi) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1981. 85 min.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch) at Nitehawk. Details. 1992. 135 min. Preceded by TV Party intro beginning at 10:30 pm.
Deep Red
 (Dario Argento) at Spectacle. Details. Digital. 1975. 126 min.


Payback (Jennifer Baichwal) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 85 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:00 pm.
Celine & Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1974. 193 min. 1:00, 4:35 and 8:10 pm.
Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger) at Film ForumDetails. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 3:00, 7:45 and 9:40 pm.
The Connection (Shirley Clarke) at IFC CenterDetails. 1963. 110 min. 1:20, 3:20, 5:35, 7:55 and 10:05 pm.



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