What’s Showing Today? Monday, July 16
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Tonight Film Forum‘s tribute to 100 years of Universal Studios continues with Brazil, Terry Gilliam‘s landmark of dystopian science-fiction in which a simple clerical error spins an earnest lowly government employee through a fantastic wringer of high fantasy, bureaucratic nightmare and terrorist resistance, an amazing film that, once seen, one’s thoughts will forever drift toward while waiting in line at the post office, frantically punching “0″ when being prompted to speak through the cable company’s automated phone service options and trying to operate a Roku.
It’s also a film that ironically found itself severely battered by the machinations of the very studio being toasted this month. Initially produced outside the studio with Universal handling U.S. distribution, Brazil was fiercely re-cut and tagged with a proverbial happy ending before Gilliam raised a fit and presented screenings that garnered intense acclaim and led to his preferred version being released. It’s without a doubt in my mind Gilliam’s masterpiece, a consummately portrayed ecosystem based upon the overriding Orwellian concepts of state security, propaganda and Fascistic governing strategies that extrapolates them into the multifarious minutiae of the the mundane—a society in which Big Brother isn’t only watching, but refusing to fix your toaster. With Gilliam’s sensibility, one gets a sense of the ceaseless internal anxiety this system causes while seeing it explode into an ever-intensifying narrative, wonderful and frightening dream sequences and, eventually, a feverish melding of the two. It does a remarkable job of articulating a great modern dilemma, one which seems increasingly stark and mutually exclusive—whether one makes a heartfelt engagement with his or her own sense of humanity and wrestles with the complexity of society or simply accepts the simple answers provided by the system in place and sticks to the script. To reel it back from Gilliam’s epic pitch, it’s a choice you hear in the voice at the other end of the line every time you’re connected to customer service.
Brazil unravels at 9:15 pm tonight. Also on view in the series today is Alfred Hitchcock‘s personal favorite Shadow of a Doubt in a double feature with Saboteur.
- Zorro’s Bar Mitzva (Ruth Beckermann). Details. 35mm. 2006. 90 min. 7:00 pm.
- Film Ist. (7-12) (Gustav Deutsch). Details. 35mm. 2002. 93 min. 9:00 pm.
Dirty Looks: On Location at The Phoenix, 447 East 13 Street
- Jerovi (José Rodríguez-Soltero). 1965. 16mm. 7:00 pm.
- Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock). Details. 35mm. 1943. 108 min. 1:15 and 5:15 pm.
- Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock). Details. 35mm. 1942. 108 min. 3:15 pm.
- Brazil (Terry Gilliam). Details. 35mm. 1985. 131 min. 9:15 pm.
- On the Town (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen). Details. 1949. 98 min. 4:00 pm.
- Les Girls (George Cukor). Details. 1957. 114 min. 8:30 pm.
- Peace in Rio (Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Luciano Vidigal and Cadu Barcellos). Details. 2010. 96 min. 4:00 pm.
- TROPICHAT: Film as Social Change–The Case of Rio’s Favelas. Details. 6:00 pm.
- São Bernardo (Leon Hirszman). Details. 1972. 113 min. 8:00 pm.
The Wanderers (Director’s Cut) (Philip Kaufman) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. Author Annette Insorf in attendance. 35mm. 1979. 113 min. 6:00 pm.
Some Guy Who Kills People (Jack Perez) at Franklin Park. Details. DVD release party with Kevin Corrigan in attendance. 8:00 pm. FREE.
It’s the Earth Not the Moon (Gonçalo Tocha) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2011. 183 min. 7:30 pm.
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock) at BAMCinématek. Details. 35mm. 1954. 112 min. 4:30 and 9:30 pm.
Easy Money (Daniel Espinosa) at Film Forum. Details. 2010. 120 min. 1:00, 3:45, 6:30 and 9:15 pm.
Annie Hall (Woody Allen) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1977. 93 min. 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10 and 9:10 pm.
Ballplayer: Pelotero (Ross Finkel, Travor Martin & Jon Paley) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2011. 73 min. 7:30 pm.
Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours (Rirkrit Tiravanija) at MoMA. Details. 2011. 154 min. 6:00 pm.
- “Spiels in the House of Art: Photography, Film and Video” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Closed Mondays. Suggested donation admission. Ends August 26.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Ongoing.
- “9 Scripts from a Nation at War” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through August 6.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- Oskar Fischinger “Space Light Art” at The Whitney Museum. $18 general, $12 students/seniors. Pay-as-you-wish Friday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ends October 28.
Below listed North-South
- Christian Jankowski “Discourse News” at Friedrich Petzel, 537 West 22 Street. Open Tue-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends July 28.
- Rose Kallal “START BEGIN FEEL AGAIN” at Participant, Inc., 253 East Houston Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 7:00 pm. Ends July 22.
- Imbue at LMAKprojects, 128 Eldridge Street. Work by Sabrina Gschwandtner and others. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends July 27.
- Luther Price at Callicoon Fine Arts, 124 Forsyth Street. Open Wednesday to Sunday, Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends July 27.
- Santiago Sierra “NO, Global Tour” at Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Screening at 10:15 am, 1:00 and 4:00 pm and Fridays at 7:00 pm. Ends July 27.
- Torsten Zens Burns & Darrin Martin “What If? In The Days When The Tiger Smoked” at Dumbo Arts Center, 11 Front Street, DUMBO. Open Wed-Sat noon to 6:00 pm. Ends July 29.