What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, January 4
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One of Ophüls’s most treasured works, 1950’s La Ronde is the first film of the transient filmmaker’s final years settled in France, which followed a sojourn in Hollywood during the 1940s, itself preceded by films made in France, the Netherlands, Italy and the artist’s native Germany. It’s these films from the 1950s, which also include Le Plaisir, Madame de… and Lola Montès for which Ophüls is best known. La Ronde is based on an 1897 play by Arthur Schnitzler, one, appropriately enough, initially circulated among friends and not publicly performed until 1920; its narrative proceeds from character to character through an ensemble cast linked by sexual dalliances, ultimately returning back to the woman with whom it first began. In an essay for the Criterion Collection, Terrence Rafferty writes, “The elegant structure manages to convey both the transience of individual passions and the durability of passion itself as a motivating force in human behavior. Love doesn’t last, but it makes the world—the hermetic little world of this play, anyway—go round.” Last night, a friend asserted the film is wry metaphor for sexually transmitted disease, which led to our comparing it to David Cronenberg’s Rabid and The Fly. In any case, it’s perfect material for Ophüls, a consummately cinematic artist who mines incredible psychological depth from his characters and scenarios, not shying away from manic-depressive extremes, all rendered through ingeniously choreographed cinematography and art direction with a rich patina of self-reflexivity. In his hands, the work’s circular structure is no mere dramatic device, but something that informs its whole.
La Ronde plays today through Friday at 1:30 pm.
Kings County Cinema Society returns to Freddy’s today with Blue in the Face, Wayne Wang and Paul Auster‘s follow-up to Smoke. Harvey Keitel, Lily Tomlin, Michael J. Fox, Jim Jarmusch and Lou Reed compose the cast of this improvisatory comedy about Brooklyn life. Filmmaker Keith Miller and DP Alex Mallis will also be in attendance to present a trailer for their Brooklyn-lensed Welcome to Pine Hill, which plays Slamdance this year.
Clint Eastwood stars under the auspices of director Don Siegel in The Beguiled at 92YTribeca. He plays a wounded Union soldier recovering in a Confederate girls boarding school who attempts to sleep his way through its pupils. The Beguiled is notable for its unique, at times genuinely eerie southern gothic atmosphere.
- The Beguiled (Don Siegel). Details. Hosted by Elliott Kalan. 35mm. 1971. 105 min. 7:30 pm.
- Documentary Series. Work by Michael Harkins, Madeline Youngberg, Germano Cecere, Christoph Faulhaber and Orrin Luc. 6:00 pm.
- First short film program. Work by Rio Puertollano, Ryan o’Leary, Kyle Thrash and Nick De Ruve. 7:15 pm.
- Second short film program. Work by Bill Schaumberg, Germano Cecere, Eri Yokoyama, Moema Umann and Erik Peterson. 8:15 pm.
- Interrogate This: Psychologists Take on Terror (Maryanne Galvin). Video. 2011. 90 min. 9:45 pm.
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 10:40 am.
- Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2009. 101 min. 10:40 am and 5:45 pm.
- Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2005. 114 min. 12:40 and 10:00 pm.
- The Cat Returns (Yiroyuki Morita). Details. 35mm. 2002. 75 min. 12:40 and 4:05 pm.
- My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1988. 86 min. 2:15 pm.
- Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1986. 124 min. 3:00 pm.
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1984. 116 min. 5:30 pm.
- Whisper of the Heart (Yoshifumi Kondo). Details. 35mm. 1995. 111 min. 7:50 pm.
- Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1992. 94 min. 7:50 pm.
- Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2002. 125 min. 9:45 pm.
- Weekend Wives/Week-End Italian Style (Dino Risi). Details. 1965. 98 min. 4:00 pm.
- Pariah (Dee Rees). Details. 2011. 8:00 pm.
The Battle for Brooklyn (Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley) at Exit Art. Details. 2011. 93 min. 7:30 pm.
Blue in the Face (Paul Auster & Wayne Wang) with Welcome to Pine Hill trailer at Freddy’s. Details. 1995. 83 min. 8:30 pm.
La Ronde (Max Ophüls) at MoMA. Details. 1950. 97 min. 1:30 pm.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceyland) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 157 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Laura (Otto Preminger) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1949. 88 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10 pm.
- Haris Epaminonda “Projects 96” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February 20.
- Sanja Iveković “Sweet Violence” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 26.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- The User: The New Auteur at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through March 4.
- 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.
- Roy Lichtenstein “Three Landscapes: A Film Installation” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $18 general/$12 students, seniors, ages 19-25/free for under 18. Pay-as-you-wash Friday 6-9 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Through February 12.
- Aleksandra Mir “The Seduction of Galileo Galilei” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $18 general/$12 students, seniors, ages 19-25, free for under 18. Pay-as-you-wash Fridays 6-9 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Through February 19.
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