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 (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 I. Details. Actress Suzanne Fletcher in attendance. 16mm. 1981. 48 min. 9:15 pm.
- Rice/Richter/Sharits. Details. 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.
- The House of Mirth. Details. 35mm. 2000. 140 min. 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 pm.
- An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli). Details. Bluray. 1951. 113 min. 2:00 pm.
- After the Flowers (Kenji Nakanishi). Details. 35mm. 2009. 107 min. 7:00 pm.
- Faust’s Other: An Idyll (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1988. 45 min. 3:00 pm.
- 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.
- Nathaniel Dorsky Program. Details. 16mm. 2010-2011. 57 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
Beyond the Mat (Barry W. Blaustein) at 92YTribeca. Details. 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 Cinema. Details. 1989. 114 min. Noon.
Gardener on the Roof: Examining Urban Farming at UnionDocs. Details. 7:30 pm.
Aliens (James Cameron) at IFC Center. Details. 1986. 137 min. 11:45 pm.
Vampires (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1997. 108 min.
Ghostbusters: Minions of Gozer Live Shadowcast at IFC Center. Details. 1984. 105 min.
El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky) at IFC Center. Details. HD. 1970. 125 min. 12:10 am.
Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy (Bud Townsend) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1976. 80 min.
Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku) at Nitehawk Cinema. Details. 2000. 114 min.
THINGS (Andrew Jordan & Barry J. Gillis) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 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 Forum. Details. DCP. 1945. 190 min. 1:00, 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Sing Your Song (Susanne Rostock) at Maysles Cinema. Details. 2011. 104 min. 7:30 pm.
- Shumona Goel & Shai heredia “I am micro” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- Jem Cohen “NYC Weights and Measures” at The Jewish Museum New York, Upper East Side. $12 general/$10 seniors/$7.50 students/Free Saturdays. Through March 25.
- Sanja Iveković “Sweet Violence” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 26.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April 23.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May 7.
- Julika Rudelius “What is on the Outside” at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through July 5.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends May 28.
- 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.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
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.
- Notations: The Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41 Street. Open Tues-Sat 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends April 21.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE “Addio del Passato” at James Cohan, 533 West 26 Street. Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 24.
- Beryl Korot “Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present” at bitforms gallery nyc, 529 West 20 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 5.
- Mia Berg “Woman: Camera” at Gallery 151, 132 West 18 Street. Open Tues to Sun. Ends March 30.
- Jeffrey Gibson “one becomes the other” at Participant Inc.. Open Wed-Sun Noon – 7:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Oded Hirsch “Nothing New” at Thierry Goldberg, 103 Norfolk Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- Jenny Perlin “Funes” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- FG.Ft at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 8.
- Mary Ellen Carroll “Federal, State, Country and City” at Third Streaming, 10 Greene St. Open Wed-Sat Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- Breyer P-Orridge “I’m Mortality” at Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends March 25.
- Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway 10002. Open Tue-Fri 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.