Tuesday, February 21

Incredible Shrinking Man at BAM

What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, February 21
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Featured Screening: The Incredible Shrinking Man at BAMcinématek

Today BAMcinématek observes new additions to the National Film Registry with a pair of screenings including a shorts program and science fiction gem The Incredible Shrinking Man. On hand to introduce both screenings is Daniel Eagan, author of America’s Film Legacy 2009-2010: A Viewer’s Guide to the 50 Landmark Movies added to the National Film Registry in 2009-10.

Added to the Registry in 2009, The Incredible Shrinking Man represents one of the early screen credits of SF/horror writer Richard Matheson, who shortly went on to become one of The Twilight Zone‘s strongest writers. This tale of a man whose contact with radiation continuously dwarfs him, sending him on a dark, picaresque journey, has been acclaimed by J. Hoberman as “a masterpiece of vulgar existentialism.” This places it squarely in line with other work by director Jack Arnold, one of the most reliable B-movie auteurs best known for Creature from the Black Lagoon and It Came from Outer Space and also of the unsettling, existential western No Name on the Bullet. This is one of his best and well worth the chance to view on the big screen, on which it’s protagonist is ultimately reduced to almost man-size.

The Incredible Shrinking Man plays at 6:50 and is followed by a shorts program featuring work by Helen Hill, Peter Hutton, Jane Geiser and more at 9:15.

Also Recommended

agnès b. presents two Godard films at French Institute Alliance Française: Pierrot le Fou and My Life to Live.

Tonight D.A. Pennebaker appears alongside his 1965 Elizabeth and Mary, a portrait of handicapped twins, at Light Industry. The 7:00 pm screening is part of MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2012.

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Today

The Wooster Group Film and Video at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Hula, For the Good Times, Fish Story & Today, I Must Sincerely Congratulate YouDetails. 7:30 pm.

America’s Film Legacy, Take 2 at BAMcinématek
Series Details • Both shows introduced by Daniel Eagan

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold). Details. 35mm. 1957. 81 min. 6:50 pm.
  • National Film Registry Shorts Program. Details. 90 min. 9:15 pm.

William Wellman at Film Forum
Series Details • 3-for-1

  • Safe in HellDetails. 35mm. 1931. 1:00 and 4:50 pm.
  • StingareeDetails. 35mm. 1934. 3:15 and 7:00 pm.
  • Central AirportDetails. 35mm. 1928. 8:35 pm.

Film Comment Selects 2012 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Mortem (Eric Atlan). Details. Digital. 2010. 94 min. 1:15 pm.
  • On the Ice (Andrew Okpeaha Maclean). Details. DCP. 2011. 96 min. 6:00 and 8:05 pm.
  • Le Sauvage (Jean-Paul Rappeneau). Details. Digital. 1975. 107 min. 9:00 pm.

50 Years of the New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • The Last Metro (François Truffaut). Details. 35mm. 1980. 131 min. 6:00 pm.

Carte Blanche to agnès b. at French Institute Alliance Française
Series Details

  • My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard). Details. 1962. 85 min. 12:30 and 4:00 pm.
  • Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard). Details. 1965. 110 min. 7:30 pm.

Anti-Valentines at Spectacle Theater
Series Details

  • The Margin (Walerian Borowczyk). Details. 1976. 88 min. 7:30 pm.
  • N. Took the Dice (Alain Robbe-Grillet). Details. 1971. 76 min. 9:30 pm.

Tootie’s Last Suit (Lisa Katzman) at IFC Center. Details. Katzman Q&A. 2007. 97 min. 8:00 pm.
Elizabeth and Mary
 (D.A. Pennebaker) at Light Industry. Details. Q&A with Pennebaker. 16mm. 1965. 60 min. 7:00 pm.

Ongoing

The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula & Noël Burch) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2010. 112 min. 6:45 and 9:15 pm.
Michael (Markus Schleinzer) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.

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