Wednesday, April 11

Aelita at MoMA

What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, April 11
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Featured Screening: Aelita: Queen of Mars and Loss of Feeling at MoMA

Today is the start of the series Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA. This generous selection of films—many of them must-see—highlights the diverse output of the German-Russian film studio extant from 1922-1936 until being unceremoniously dismantled by Hitler and Stalin. In my book, this represents the peak output of one of the most artistically fertile periods in cinema. Selections run the gamut among melodrama, science fiction, westerns and revolutionary avantgarde work. It begins today with Aelita, one of the greatest science fiction films ever made and a stunning showcase for the Cubo-Futurist and Constructivist aesthetic of costume/set designer Aleksandra Ekster. Similarly stunning, but vastly under-discussed and lesser-seen, is Loss of Sensation, which is based on the play R.U.R. by Karel Capek which not only dreamed up the notion of robots but literally invented and popularized the word itself to describe industrial autonomous workers. Aelita is at 4:00 and Loss of Sensation is at 7:00 pm.

Also Noted

Flaherty NYC concludes its animals series with Avant-garde Pioneers: George Kuchar and Carolee Schneemann. The latter will be in attendance for discussion with Abigail Child.

Work by video innovators and ocasional collaborators Tom DeWitt Ditto and Scott Bartlett is on view at the Film-Makers Co-Op tonight. Full details of the program, curated by Victoria Keddie, is here. It begins at 7:00 pm with $10 admission.

Light Industry presents De cierta manera, the sole feature film by Cuban Sara Gómez, which is also the first feature film made by a woman in Cuba and the first shot on 16mm. Details of the 7:30 pm screening are here.

And speaking of robots, if you’re willing to brave the possibility that a pack of swiney shitheads might bust down the door and beat you senseless for no reason aside from the fact that rich crypto-fascist hog masters told them to hate you, Spectacle presents PIGS ON THE BEAT, a screening of the Worlds Funniest Police Training Videos followed by William Lustig’s Maniac Cop. Free coffee and donuts!


Spanish Cinema of the Early Post-Franco Era at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Disenchantment (Jaime Chavarri). Details. 35mm. 1976. 97 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Ocaña: An Intermittent Portrait (Ventura Pons). Details. 35mm. 1978. 85 min. 9:15 pm.

Ghett’Out Film Festival at BAMCinématek
Series Details

  • Donoma (Djinn Carrenard). Details. DVD. 2011. 133 min. 4:30 pm.
  • May They Rest in Revolt (Figures of War) (Sylvain George). Details. 35mm. 2012. 154 min. 7:15 pm.

19th New York African Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Treasures from the Russian State Archives. Details. 1954-1976. 70 min. 2:00 pm.
  • In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema & Apartheid, Pt I & II (Pete Davis & Daniel Riesenfeld). Details. 1994. 112 min. 3:30 pm.
  • Mama Africa (Mika Kaurismäki). Details. HDCam. 2011. 90 min. 7:15 pm.

Disappearing Act IV at IFC Center
Series Details

  • The Believer (Marc Bauder). Details. Director and screenwriter in attendance. 7:00 pm.

An Auteurist History of Film at MoMA
Series Details

  • The River (Jean Renoir). Details. 1951. 99 min. 1:30 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  • Aelita (Yakov Protazanov). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1924. 100 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Loss of Sensation (Alexander Andriyevsky). Details. Intro by Alexander Schwarz. 1935. 87 min. 7:00 pm.

Filmmaker in Focus: Philip Kaufman at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Unbearable Lightness of BeingDetails. Intro by Kaufman, Walter Murch and Annette Insdorf. 1988. 171 min. 7:30 pm.

Three Stooges Matinees at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Grips, Grunts and Groans, From Nurse to Worse and In the Sweet Pie and PieDetails. 1937-1943. 60 min. 2:00 pm.

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

  • Ocean (Charles Atlas). Details. 4th Floor. HD. 2011. 100 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Les Goddesses (Moyra Davey). Details. HD. 2011. 61 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Avant-garde Pioneers: George Kuchar & Carolee Schneemann at 92YTribecaDetails. Schneemann in attendance for discussion with Abigail Child. 7:30 pm.
Brian McGreevy with Eli Roth: Hemlock Grove from Page to Screen at 92YTribecaDetails. 7:30 pm.
Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 6:00 pm.
Optics O:O – PURE FEEDBACK: Revisited, Slightly – Scott Barlett & Tom DeWitt Ditto at The Film-Makers Co-Op. Details. 16mm. 1967-1971. 80 min.
De cierta manera (Sara Gómez) at Light Industry. Details. 16mm. 1977. 78 min. 7:30 pm.
Pigs on the Beat: “Protect and Serve” Police Training Video Compilation and Maniac Cop (William Lustig) at Spectacle. Details. 1960-1990/1988. 121 min. 8:00 pm.


Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Graduate (Mike Nichols) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1967. 105 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.



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.