Saturday, March 24

Spider Baby at Anthology Film Archives

What’s Showing Today? Saturday, March 24
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Featured Screening: Spider Baby at Anthology Film Archives

Along with its comprehensive Sara Driver retrospective, Anthology Film Archives has asked the filmmaker to select a series of favorites and influences. Along with the seminal, eerie Cat People—a noted influence on Driver’s recently-restored You Are Not I—today includes a screening of Jack Hill‘s low budget exploitation shriek show Spider Baby.

One of the strangest American B-movies of the 1960’s, Spider Baby is something like Tennessee Williams’s Baby Doll by way of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In a musty old southern estate Lon Chaney, Jr. keeps watch over three children suffering “Merrye Syndrome”—which, per the film’s opening monologue, sardonically delivered in cozy masterpiece theatre style, is an affliction that causes its sufferers to mentally regress to sub-childhood mental states while compelling them to murder. A young Sid Haig plays the nimble oaf older brother to a pair of inbred sisters who seduce passers-by with their nymphish charms before digging into them with a pair of knives. When a group of unsuspecting visitors appear to stay the night, Old Dark House-style mayhem ensues. Pervasively disturbing, Spider Baby nevertheless delights with a charming self awareness and absurdity. The mix madcap comedy and abject depravity has the effect of a lightning strike—no movie before or since has maintained such a deft balance of tone, and its a singularly unforgettable shriek show.

Spider Baby shows at 5:30 followed by Cat People at 7:30, and You Are Not I plays at 9:15 pm.


New Directors/New Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA

Sleepwalking: The Films of Sara Driver/Sara Driver Selects at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Spider Baby (Jack Hill). Details. 35mm. 1968. 81 min. 5:30 pm.
  • Cat People (Jacques Tourneur). Details. 35mm. 1942. 73 min. 7:30 pm.
  • You Are Not IDetails. Actress Suzanne Fletcher in attendance. 16mm. 1981. 48 min. 9:15 pm.

Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Rice/Richter/SharitsDetails. 16mm. 1921/1964/1968. 90 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Senseless and The Flower Thief  (Ron Rice). Details. 16mm. 1960/1962. 90 min. 6:30 pm.
  • The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man (Ron Rice). Details. 8:30 pm.

Terence Davies at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • The House of MirthDetails. 35mm. 2000. 140 min. 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 pm.

Family Films at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details • $6 tickets

  • An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli). Details. Bluray. 1951. 113 min. 2:00 pm.

Sakura—Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms at Japan Society
Series Details • Through April 14

  • After the Flowers (Kenji Nakanishi). Details. 35mm. 2009. 107 min. 7:00 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Faust’s Other: An Idyll (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988. 45 min. 3:00 pm.

Nearly Distant Futures at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • Ikarie XB-1 (Jindrich Polák). Details. Digital. 1963. 89 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Sun Ra: Space is the Place (Jon Coney). Details. Digital. 1974. 85 min. 9:30 pm.

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

  • Nathaniel Dorsky ProgramDetails. 16mm. 2010-2011. 57 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Beyond the Mat (Barry W. Blaustein) at 92YTribecaDetails. Mick Foley aka “Mankind” in attendance for Q&A. 35mm. 1999. 102 min. 7:30 pm.
The Syndicate of Human Traffickers at Microscope Gallery. Details. Director Jeffrey Wengrofsky and other guests in attendance. 32+ min. 7:00 pm.
Federal (Mary Ellen Carroll) at Museum of the Moving Image. 24 hours. 9:00 am to 9:00 am.
Road House (Rowdy Herrington) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1989. 114 min. Noon.
Gardener on the Roof: Examining Urban Farming at UnionDocs. Details. 7:30 pm.


Aliens (James Cameron)  at IFC CenterDetails. 1986. 137 min. 11:45 pm.
 (John Carpenter)  at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1997. 108 min.
Ghostbusters: Minions of Gozer Live Shadowcast  at IFC CenterDetails. 1984. 105 min.
El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky)  at IFC CenterDetails. HD. 1970. 125 min. 12:10 am.
Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy
 (Bud Townsend) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 1976. 80 min.
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 2000. 114 min.
 (Andrew Jordan & Barry J. Gillis) at Spectacle TheaterDetails. Barry J. Gillis has recorded a new introduction on his cell phone specifically for this screening. Digital. 1989. 83 min.


Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné) at Film ForumDetails. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Sing Your Song (Susanne Rostock) at Maysles CinemaDetails. 2011. 104 min. 7:30 pm.



Below listed North-South


  • David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.