What’s Showing Today? Sunday, October 21
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Today MoMA‘s To Save and Project series features a program titled A Cinema of Industrial Noise, an eclectic selection of cacaphonous works variously preserved by the University of South Carolina, Sony Pictures, the New York Public Library and Tamasa Distribution.
The program begins with NYC Street Scenes and Noises, a Fox Movietone newsreel beginning with a presentation by the New York City “Noise Abatement Commission” measuring noise pollution in Times Square. Following the scientific demonstration, the Movietone news truck creeps through the street recording city noise from gradually shifting perspectives. Released 1929, it’s not only an early sound film but unique as a sync-sound newsreel, and therefore a unique sensory portrait of the urban area for its time—though visually static, a “city symphony” in a literal sense. (As another point of comparison, if Vertov’s Enthusiasm is thrash metal, this is perhaps the equivalent of Earth 2.) Authored by Dr. Seuss and directed by Bob Cannon, Gerald McBoing-Boing tells the story of a young boy who speaks in sound effects. Besides merely being a key predecessor of Police Academy‘s Larvelle Jones, it’s a touching outsiders story rendered through brilliant animation—jazzy shapes and flat, colorful planes occasionally making startling use of perspective. Maggi Carson‘s Punking Out is a seminal document of CBGB circa 1978 featuring The Ramones, Lydia Lunch and Richard Hell. Finally, Film theorist Jean Mitry creatives a visual industrial symphony in the style of Eugène Deslaw and Fernand Léger with Symphonie mécanique, which is distinguished by an electro-acoustic score from Pierre Boulez.
A Cinema of Industrial Noise runs this evening at 6:45 pm.
Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah is in attendance at Anthology Film Archives today for a presentation of his 2003 The Gate of the Sun, a 278-minute adaptation of Lebanese writer Elias Khoury‘s novel spanning fifty years of Palestinian society and exile. The show begins at 3:00 pm.
The Doomsday Festival and Symposium concludes this evening at 92YTribeca with The Quiet Earth, a 1985 apocalyptic film from New Zealand about the final three survivors on earth. It’s been described as an unofficial remake of the underrated 1959 MGM film The World, The Flesh and The Devil, though its own reputation generally exceeds that of its predecessor. Earlier in the day, Doomsday Short Films includes a 16mm screening of Peter Watkins’s The War Game preceded by recent shorts from CHERYL, Soda_Jerk and others.
This afternoon/evening is 8mm Movie Matinee’s Haunted Hills of the Wild West Halloween extravaganza. From 4:30 to 8:30 pm 8mm film fans and horror aficionados will gather in the back room of Bar 82 for drinks, popcorn, entertainment, and small-gauge oddballs and rarities. Bar 82 is located on Second Avenue between 8 and 9 Streets.
This evening are the final screenings of Strangler Vs. Strangler and El Dependiente at Spectacle, two of my contributions to the SPEC2BER lineup. Strangler Vs. Strangler is a tar-black Grand Guignol comedy with a madcap sensibility. The story charts crossed psychic wires between a series of characters in Belgrade: a carnation salesman-turned-stranger, an aspiring New Wave rockstar whose song about the strangler catapults him to national fame, and a hopelessly neurotic detective tasked with sorting the whole mess out despite his increasingly lapsing sanity. Released eight years before Eraserhead, El Dependiente is startlingly similar in tone and sensibility. Set in a small Argentinian town, it features a series of eerily muted, nocturne encounters between a daydreaming store clerk and a mysterious, reticent young woman who catches his eye on the way home from work every night. Full of yawning, empty spaces, stomach-churning dread and punctuated with brutal, absurdist humor that’s guaranteed to leave no one laughing, El Dependiente is a rare and totally unforgettable gem.
- The Hellstrom Chronicle (Walon Green & Ed Spiegel). Details. Introduced by star Lawrence Pressman and followed by live insect handling demonstration by Margaret Stevens. Bluray. 1971. 90 min 1:30 pm.
- Doomsday Short Films. Details. Work by SlurpTV, Soda_Jerk, CHERYL, Todd Chandler & Jeff Stark, Jillian Mayer, Alan Foreman, John Richard, Victoria Cocks and Mihai Grecu with Peter Watkins’s The War Game. 4:00 pm.
- Apocalyptic Poetry. Details. Readings by Kim Rosenfield, Aaron Winslow, Trisha Low, Lanny Jordan Jackson and Andy Sterling. 5:30 pm. FREE.
- The Quiet Earth (Geoff Murphy). Details. 35mm. 1985. 91 min. 6:00 pm.
- All That She Wants. Details. 35mm. 2008. 105 min. 2:30 pm.
- Curling. Details. 35mm. 2010. 92 min. 5:00 pm.
- Bestiaire. Details. Video. 2012. 72 min. 7:00 pm.
- Drifting States. Details. 35mm. 2005. 91 min. 9:00 pm.
- The Gate of the Sun. Details. 35mm. 2003. 278 min. 3:00 pm.
- On Boys and Girls. Details. Video. 1995. 72 min. 8:30 pm.
- The Virgin, The Copts and Me (Namir Abdel Messeeh). Details. DCP. 85 min. 2:00 and 6:50 pm.
- La vie au ranch (Sophie Letourneur). Details. 35mm. 2010. 92 min. 4:30 and 9:15 pm.
- Speedy (Ted Wilde) with Look Pleasant Please. Details. 35mm. 1928/1918. 95 min. 3:10 pm.
- The Lower East Side and Coney Island: Lost and Found. Details. Introduced by Ken Jacobs and Paula Gladstone. Work by Jacobs, Gladstone. 1934-1980. 115 min. 1:00 pm.
- The Dumb Girl of Portici (Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley). Details. 1916. 112 min. 4:00 pm.
- A Cinema of Industrial Noise. Details. Work by Fox Movietone, Robert Cannon, Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, Federic A. Shore and Jean Mitry. 1929-1978. 57 min. 6:45 pm.
- Diamonds Are Forever (Guy Hamilton). Details. 1971. 120 min. 2:00 pm.
- Live and Let Die (Guy Hamilton). Details. 1973. 121 min. 5:00 pm.
- A Short Film about the Indio Nacional. Details. 35mm. 2005. 97 min. 2:00 pm.
- Next Attraction. Details. Digital. 2008. 90 min. 4:30 pm.
- Autohystoria. Details. Digital. 2007. 95 min. 7:00 pm.
- Strangler vs. Strangler (Slobodan Šijan). Details. 1985. 91 min. 7:30 pm.
- El Dependiente (Leonardo Favio). Details. 1969. 78 min. 9:30 pm.
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 128 min. 1:15, 3:45, 7:00, and 9:30 pm.
Holy Motors (Leos Carax) at Film Forum. Details. 2012. 116 min. 1:30, 4:00, 7:15 and 9:40 pm.
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1971. 114 min. 4:30 and 9:40 pm.
Le Grand Amour with Heureux Anniversaire (Pierre Étaix) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1969/1962. 99 min. 1:00, 5:30, 7:40 and 9:50 pm.
- Regarding Warhol at the Metropolitan Museum. Sixty artists. Admission by recommended amounts enforced with shaming looks. Closed Monday. Closes December 31.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Ongoing.
- Quay Brothers “On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes January 7.
- Performing Histories (1) at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes March 11.
- 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. Closes October 28.
Below listed North-South
- Jesper Just “This Nameless Spectacle” at James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 27.
- Richard Phillips at Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- Guido van der Werve “Nummer veertien, home” at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- Simon Starling “Triangulation Station A” at Casey Kaplan, 525 West 21 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- Susan Philipsz “The Distant Sound” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- “EGOMANIA—About Schlingensief” at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, 5 East Third Street. Open Wed-Sun 2:00 to 7:00 pm. Closes October 21.
- “Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore” at Grey Art Gallery, NYU Bobst Library, 100 Washington Square East. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 8.
- Tony Conrad “Doing the City: Urban Community Interventions” at 80WSE, NYU Steinhardt School, 80 Washington Square East. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Alix Pearlstein “The Drawing Lesson” at On Stellar Rays, 133 Orchard Street. Open Wed-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sun noon to 6:00 pm. Closes October 21.
- Bernadette Corporation “2000 Wasted Years” at Artists Space: Exhibitions, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor. Open Wed-Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Closes December 16.
- Guido van der Werve “Works 2003 – 2009″ at Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick. Open Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sat-Sun noon to 6:00 pm. Closes December 16.
- Raising Baby X: The First Year – New Works by Marni Kotak at Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick. Open Thu-Mon 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends November 12.
- RadioActivity! Anti-Nuclear Movements from 3 Mile Island to Fukushima at Interference Archive, 131 8 Street, Gowanus. Open Sunday noon to 5:00 pm and Tuesday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closes November 4.