Thursday, April 26

The Devil, Probably at BAM

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.

Also Noted

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 at Spectacle, Ken Jacobs is on hand to discuss his half-century-in-the-making masterpiece Star Spangled to Death.

Dario Argento‘s Deep Red screens on 35mm at Museum of Arts and Design. Tomorrow is his under-appreciated—and in my book most horrific—Opera.

Tonight at Eyebeam Apocalyptic Shift “combines music, video, technology and performance to create a digital landscape of dystopia.”

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
Full Listings

Carmelo Bene at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Capricci. Details. 35mm. 1969. 89 min. 6:45 pm.
  • Don Giovanni. Details. 35mm. 1970. 75 min. 9:15 pm.

Images from the Edge: Classic & Contemporary Icelandic Cinema at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • 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.

Werner Herzog’s Death Row Portraits at IFC Center
Event Details • Herzog in attendance & signing to follow

  • Joseph Garcia/George Rivas & Linda Anita CartyDetails. 6:30 pm.
  • James Barnes & Hank SkinnerDetails. 9:30 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • Limelight (Charles Chaplin). Details. 1951. 136 min. 1:00 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Caswallon Trilogy and The Loom (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1986. 56 min. 3:00 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • Miss Mend (Feodor Ozep & Boris Barnet). Details. 1926. 240 min. 4:00 pm.

Kino! 2012: new Films from Germany at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Man with the Bassoon (Miguel Alexandre). Details. 2011. 200 min. 4:30 pm.
  • 12 Student FilmsDetails. 8:15 pm.

Argentos: il cinema nel sangue at Museum of Arts and Design
Series Details

  • 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.

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

  • 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 SpectacleDetails. Jacobs in attendance. 1957-2004. 8:00 pm.


Jean Gentil (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 2010. 84 min. 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
The Devil, Probably 
(Robert Bresson) at BAMCinématekDetails. 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 ForumDetails. 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 ForumDetails. 35mm. 1943. 103 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.



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