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Friday, February 1 MONTH

7:30 PM
PEGGY AHWESH & JOE GIBBONS

Film Notes

The most recent edition of the Views from the Avant-Garde section of the New York Film Festival featured the premiere of newly preserved works by two of contemporary experimental cinema’s most revered artists, Peggy Ahwesh and Joe Gibbons. Pioneers of small-gauge filmmaking since the 1970s, Ahwesh and Gibbons are both superior storytellers who don’t necessarily rely on actors or scripts to tell their inquisitive tales. The filmmakers are longtime friends, and their works have a certain sympathetic resonance. Blown-up to 16mm from Super 8, these crucial pieces have never looked or sounded better. Seen today, the films are as surprising, thoughtful, and darkly funny as they were back in the day.


All films in this program were preserved by Bard College with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Preservation undertaken by BB Optics. Thanks to Peggy Ahwesh, Joe Gibbons, and Vanessa Haroutunian.


Peggy Ahwesh
MARTINA’S PLAYHOUSE
1989, 20 min, Super 8mm-to-16mm blow-up.
“In MARTINA’S PLAYHOUSE everything is up for grabs. The little girl of the title oscillates from narrator to reader to performer and from the role of baby to that of mother. While the roles she adopts may be learned, they are not set, and she moves easily between them. Similarly, in…Ahwesh’s playhouse of encounters with friends, objects aren’t merely objects but shift between layers of meaning. Men are conspicuously absent, a ‘lack’ reversing the Lacanian/Freudian constructions of women as Ahwesh plays with other possibilities.” –Kathy Geritz


Peggy Ahwesh
FROM ROMANCE TO RITUAL
1985, 20 min, Super 8mm-to-16mm blow-up.
“FROM ROMANCE TO RITUAL invokes and inverts the title of the 1920 book by Jessie L. Weston as it, like the book, draws connections between pagan history and ritual and mythology. In one scene, a very animated woman digs and scratches at the earth to give us a show-and-tell history of the megalithic site at Avebury. A bit tongue in cheek like playing around in the backyard (Prehistoric Sandbox 101) but not far from the truth in its reading of the erasure of matriarchal tendencies from traditional histories.” –P.A.


Joe Gibbons
CONFIDENTIAL PART 2
1980, 26 min, Super 8mm-to-16mm blow-up.
“Overtly a portrait of the filmmaker confessing his remorse at the scandalous manner in which he gathered material for his near-classic SPYING, here an eerie interpersonal relationship is developed between the filmmaker and his camera which culminates in violence. The ‘sin’ as act of the imagination and its degenerative effect on the personality.” –Henry Hills


Joe Gibbons
SPYING
1977-78, 31.5 min, Super 8mm-to-16mm blow-up.
“Too controversial to describe in detail, this film reveals the underlying voyeuristic nature of the cinema-phile.” –Joe Gibbons
“An exercise in applied voyeurism – a hilariously perverse MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA – in which the filmmaker secretly observes his neighbors (and their pets) sunbathing, gardening, or gazing out of the window.” –J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE


Total running time: ca. 105 min.

Saturday, February 2

4:45 PM
THERE WAS A FATHER
by Yasujiro Ozu
In Japanese with English subtitles, 1942, 87 min, 35mm

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6:45 PM
THE RULES OF THE GAME
by Jean Renoir
In French with English subtitles, 1939, 97 min, 35mm, b&w

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7:00 PM
Bruce Conner PGM 1

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8:45 PM
Bruce Conner PGM 2

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9:00 PM
THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
by Roberto Rossellini
In Italian with English subtitles, 1949, 85 min, 35mm, b&w

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Sunday, February 3

4:00 PM
THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
by Roberto Rossellini
In Italian with English subtitles, 1949, 85 min, 35mm, b&w

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6:00 PM
THERE WAS A FATHER
by Yasujiro Ozu
In Japanese with English subtitles, 1942, 87 min, 35mm

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7:00 PM
Bruce Conner PGM 1

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8:00 PM
THE RULES OF THE GAME
by Jean Renoir
In French with English subtitles, 1939, 97 min, 35mm, b&w

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8:45 PM
Bruce Conner PGM 2

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Wednesday, February 6

6:00 PM
NEWFILMMAKERS

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7:30 PM
W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM
by Dušan Makavejev
In English, German, Russian, and Serbian with English subtitles, 1971, 84 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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Thursday, February 7

7:00 PM
NO MORE FLEEING
by Herbert Vesely
In German with no subtitles (minimal dialogue), 1955, 68 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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7:30 PM
MY MARS BAR MOVIE
by Jonas Mekas
2011, 87 min, video

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9:00 PM
EMITAÏ
by Ousmane Sembene
In Wolof and French with English subtitles, 1971, 103 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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Friday, February 8

6:45 PM
BEFORE THE REVOLUTION (BLU-RAY)
by Bernardo Bertolucci
In Italian with English subtitles, 1964, 115 min, Blu-ray

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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7:15 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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9:00 PM
[CANCELLED] ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman

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9:15 PM
[CANCELLED] THREE LIVES

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Saturday, February 9

3:15 PM
THE LATE MATTHEW PASCAL
by Marcel L’Herbier
1924, 170 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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5:30 PM,
7:15 PM,
9:00 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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6:45 PM
AKRAN
by Richard Myers
1970, 110 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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9:15 PM
W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM
by Dušan Makavejev
In English, German, Russian, and Serbian with English subtitles, 1971, 84 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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Sunday, February 10

4:00 PM
W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM
by Dušan Makavejev
In English, German, Russian, and Serbian with English subtitles, 1971, 84 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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5:30 PM,
7:15 PM,
9:00 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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6:30 PM
LEFT AND REVOLUTIONARY CINEMA: THE WEST, PGM 2

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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8:30 PM
NO MORE FLEEING
by Herbert Vesely
In German with no subtitles (minimal dialogue), 1955, 68 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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Monday, February 11

7:15 PM,
9:00 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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Tuesday, February 12

7:00 PM
THEATER RENTAL: MAGIKALCHARM FILM FESTIVAL

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7:15 PM,
9:00 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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Wednesday, February 13

6:00 PM
NEWFILMMAKERS

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7:15 PM,
9:00 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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Thursday, February 14

6:45 PM
WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER
by Maurice Pialat
In French with English subtitles, 1972, 110 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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7:15 PM,
9:00 PM
ONCE EVERY DAY
by Richard Foreman
2012, 66 min, digital video

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9:15 PM
MODERN ROMANCE
by Albert Brooks
1981, 93 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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Friday, February 15

7:00 PM
MODERN ROMANCE
by Albert Brooks
1981, 93 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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9:00 PM
WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER
by Maurice Pialat
In French with English subtitles, 1972, 110 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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Saturday, February 16

6:00 PM
EC: RON RICE

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6:45 PM
WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER
by Maurice Pialat
In French with English subtitles, 1972, 110 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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8:00 PM
THE QUEEN OF SHEBA MEETS THE ATOM MAN
by Ron Rice
1963/82, 109 min, 16mm, b&w

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9:15 PM
MODERN ROMANCE
by Albert Brooks
1981, 93 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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Sunday, February 17

6:00 PM
EC: HARRY SMITH

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7:00 PM
MODERN ROMANCE
by Albert Brooks
1981, 93 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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8:00 PM
EC: Harry Smith's FILM NO. 12 (HEAVEN AND EARTH MAGIC)
by Harry Smith
1950-61, 66 min, 16mm, b&w

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9:00 PM
WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER
by Maurice Pialat
In French with English subtitles, 1972, 110 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE

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Monday, February 18

7:00 PM
EMITAÏ
by Ousmane Sembene
In Wolof and French with English subtitles, 1971, 103 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

Film Notes
9:15 PM
AKRAN
by Richard Myers
1970, 110 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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Tuesday, February 19

7:15 PM
THREE LIVES
by Kate Millett
1971, 70 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

Film Notes
9:00 PM
LEFT AND REVOLUTIONARY CINEMA: THE WEST, PGM 2

This screening is part of: A TRIBUTE TO AMOS VOGEL AND ‘FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART’

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Wednesday, February 20

6:00 PM
NEWFILMMAKERS

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6:45 PM
DUTCH WIFE IN THE DESERT
by Atsushi Yamatoya
1967, 85 min, 35mm, b&w

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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9:00 PM
PREHISTORY OF THE PARTISANS
by Noriaki Tsuchimoto
1969, 120 min, 16mm, b&w

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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Thursday, February 21

7:00 PM
MINAMATA: THE VICTIMS AND THEIR WORLD
by Noriaki Tsuchimoto
1971, 120 min, 16mm, b&w

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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7:30 PM
SHOW & TELL: LEIF GOLDBERG

This screening is part of: SHOW & TELL

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Friday, February 22

7:00 PM
DARK WATERS
by André de Toth
1944, 90 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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9:00 PM
TWO FOR THE ROAD
by Stanley Donen
1967, 111 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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9:15 PM
GOOD-BYE
by Katsu Kanai
1970, 52 min, video, b&w

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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Saturday, February 23

3:45 PM
EC: TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
by Leni Riefenstahl
1934-35, 106 min, 35mm, b&w

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5:00 PM
THE RIVER’S EDGE
by Allan Dwan
1957, 87 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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6:00 PM
SANRIZUKA: HETA VILLAGE
by Shinsuke Ogawa
1973, 146 min, 16mm, b&w

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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7:00 PM
THE SPIELER
by Tay Garnett
1928, 62 min, 35mm. From the collection of George Eastman House.

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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8:30 PM
DARK WATERS
by André de Toth
1944, 90 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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9:00 PM
THE WHITE HARE OF INABA
by Yoshihiro Kato
1970, 131 min, 16mm-to-video

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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Sunday, February 24

4:30 PM
TWO FOR THE ROAD
by Stanley Donen
1967, 111 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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4:45 PM
MY MARS BAR MOVIE
by Jonas Mekas
2011, 87 min, video

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6:45 PM
RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE PGM 7: BUTOH ON FILM

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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7:00 PM
THE RIVER’S EDGE
by Allan Dwan
1957, 87 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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8:30 PM
RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE PGM 8: MICHIO OKABE

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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9:00 PM
THE SPIELER
by Tay Garnett
1928, 62 min, 35mm. From the collection of George Eastman House.

This screening is part of: ANDREW SARRIS: EXPRESSIVE ESOTERICA

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Monday, February 25

7:30 PM
RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE PGM 9

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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Tuesday, February 26

7:00 PM
NYWIFT PRESENTS: Anecdotes of a Nigeria: 4 Short Films

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7:30 PM
GUSHING PRAYER
by Masao Adachi
1971, 72 min, 35mm

This screening is part of: RITUALS IN THE AVANT-GARDE: FILM EXPERIMENTS IN 1960-70s JAPAN

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9:00 PM
THEATER RENTAL: Dirty Looks NYC presents: "Have you Ever Seen a Transsexual Before?" - Videos by Chris E. Vargas
by Chris E. Vargas

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Wednesday, February 27

6:00 PM
NEWFILMMAKERS

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Thursday, February 28

7:00 PM
HONEYMOON
by Dan Sallitt
1998, 90 min, 16mm

This screening is part of: THE FILMS OF DAN SALLITT

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9:15 PM
ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA
by Dan Sallitt
2004, 64 min, digital video

This screening is part of: THE FILMS OF DAN SALLITT

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