What’s Showing Today? Thursday, April 26
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Featured Screening: Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably at BAMCinématek introduced by Richard Hell with a Q&A moderated by Screen Slate
Tonight BAMCinématek concludes its weeklong run of The Devil, Probably, a late gem by master filmmaker Robert Bresson. Though a heretofore relatively obscure item in Bresson’s concise, 13-film oeuvre, a number of passionate devotees have sung its praises over the years including Claire Denis, Leos Carax and Olivier Assayas—Dennis Lim outlines them in Artforum here.
And then there is Richard Hell, who has championed it as “the most punk film ever made.” Since encountering The Devil, Probably in the late 1990s, Hell has written about it extensively, programmed it, and even interviewed its crew members. (The latter of attracted the attention of Madame Bresson herself, who is notoriously guarding of her late husband’s legacy—she offered warm appreciation of Hell’s own assessment while disputing the woman credited as costume designer was anything other than a mere assistant. Hell describes the experience of hearing from her out of the blue as “hallucinogenic.”) As he’s expected to elaborate tonight, Hell’s appreciation of the film is inextricably linked to personal circumstances and feelings of alienation he felt concurrent with the film’s 1977 release, feelings he felt were unique to him until encountering The Devil, Probably later in life. His remarks on the film are an amazing entry into Bresson’s work; I hope I won’t be horribly reprimanded for saying that a director long-canonized and revered as a Master of Cinema—and one with such a precise filmography, style and palette of thematic preoccupations—can come across as a little dry. As a widely-published yet undervalued film writer, Hell brings a unique personal perspective that separates his writing from the requisite commercial and publicity-driven concerns of most mainstream film journalism and sidesteps what is at worse the dry, dogmatic formulations of academic writing. Its fortunate the concluding evening of this first run on The Devil‘s overdue revival rollout will be accompanied by a speaker uniquely suited to giving it such life and meaning.
Hell will be on hand to introduce the 6:50 pm screening tonight, and he’s kindly invited me to welcome him and moderate a post-film Q&A. Read a previous Screen Slate guest post about The Devil, Probably, written by Patrick Dahl, here.
Tonight is the start of Anthology Film Archives‘s Carmelo Bene retrospective. Spectacle’s Troy Swain created a comic-style review of the flamboyant master of the Italian avantgarde’s oeuvre. Check it out here. Capricci is the one to see tonight (or better, both).
And Kings County Cinema Society hosts a Kickstarter party for the upcoming documentary Medora while screening 2009’s October Country at Launchpad. The later looks at an American family “haunted by the ghosts of war and abuse.” Here’s a trailer. The event is FREE.
Tribeca Film Festival
- Volcano (Rúnar Rúnarsson). Details. 35mm. 2011. 95 min. 2:00 pm.
- When the Raven Flies (Hrafn Gunnlaugsson). Details. DCP. 1984. 110 min. 4:00 pm.
- Rainbow’s End (Kristín Jóhannesdóttir). Details. 35mm. 1983. 112 min. 6:15 pm.
- Dreamland (Andri Snær Magnason & Þorfinnur Guðnason). Details. 35mm. 2009. 89 min. 8:35 pm.
- Joseph Garcia/George Rivas & Linda Anita Carty. Details. 6:30 pm.
- James Barnes & Hank Skinner. Details. 9:30 pm.
- Limelight (Charles Chaplin). Details. 1951. 136 min. 1:00 pm.
- Caswallon Trilogy and The Loom (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1986. 56 min. 3:00 pm.
- Miss Mend (Feodor Ozep & Boris Barnet). Details. 1926. 240 min. 4:00 pm.
- The Man with the Bassoon (Miguel Alexandre). Details. 2011. 200 min. 4:30 pm.
- 12 Student Films. Details. 8:15 pm.
- Deep Red (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 1975. 126 min. 7:00 pm.
Bloodsport of Politics at Queens Museum
- All the King’s Men (Robert Rossen). Details. Intro and discussion with Mark Ethan. 1949. 109 min. 2:00 pm.
- Old Joy. 16mm. 2006. 76 min. Noon.
- Wendy and Lucy. 16mm. 2008. 80 min. 2:00 pm.
- Meek’s Cutoff. 35mm. 2010. 104 min. 4:00 pm.
The Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival: Animation at 92YTribeca. Details. 8:00 pm.
Life in a Day (Kevin MacDonald) at Brooklyn Museum. Details. 2011. 93 min. 7:00 pm.
Apocalyptic Shift at Eyebeam. Details. 7:00 pm.
The Simple Lines of Liniers at Instituto Cervantes. Details. Q&A with Ranca González & Ricardo Siri Liniers. DVD. 2010. 77 min. 7:00 pm.
Medora Kickstarter Party and October Country (Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher) at Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn. Details. 8:00 pm. FREE.
Star Spangled to Death Part 4/4 (Ken Jacobs) at Spectacle. Details. Jacobs in attendance. 1957-2004. 8:00 pm.
Jean Gentil (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 2010. 84 min. 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
The Devil, Probably (Robert Bresson) at BAMCinématek. Details. Intro/Q&A with Richard Hell moderated by Screen Slate at 6:50 pm show. 35mm. 1977. 95 min. 4:30, 6:50* and 9:15 pm.
Payback (Jennifer Baichwal) at Film Forum. Details. Baichwal in attendance for 8:20 screening. 2011. 85 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:00 pm.
The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1943. 103 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.
- “Being Singular Plural” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. View screening schedule. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- “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.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through July 16.
- “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.
- “The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook” 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 April 29.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- 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
- 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.
- Lorraine O’Grady “New Worlds” at Alexander Gray Associates, 508 West 26 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- Alex Prager “Compulsion” at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 535 West 22 Street, 3rd Floor. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- “Found” at Eyebeam, 540 West 21 Street. Work by Fred Wilson, Christian Marclay, Rashaad Newsome and Jacob Ciocci. Program runs noon to 6:00 pm daily. Ends May 30.
- 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.
- Nina Yuen “The School” at Lombard-Freid Projects, 518 West 19 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 26.
- “Constructed Site” at .No Gallery, 251 East Houston Street. Closed Mondays. Tue-Fri open Noon to 6:00 pm, Sat-Sun open 1:00 pm. Ends April 29.
- Owen Land at Essex Street, 114 Eldridge Street. Appointments only. Ends May 13.
- Shannon Plumb & Marianna Rothen “Last Seduction” at Hendershot Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street. Open Tues-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 3.
- “Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose” at Artists Space. Curated by Chris Kraus and Mexicali Rose with Artists Space. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 27.
- Frank Heath “Post Holes” at Simone Subal, 131 Bowery, 2nd Floor. “Graffiti Report Form” begins on the hour. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 26.
- 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.
- Raul Vincent Enriquez “Primp” at Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick. Open Thurs-Mon 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.
- Charles Atlas “The Illusion of Democracy” at Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 20.
- Stephen Dirkes “Obscure Object Films – Photoplays” at Rabbithole, 33 Washington Street, DUMBO. Open Mon-Fri Noon to 5:00 pm. Ends April 30.
- Hollis Frampton, Fiona Banner, Melinda McDaniel and Klub Zwei ”So to Speak” at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights. Open Tues.-Sat. Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 28.