Anthology Film Archives - Calendar Events http://anthologyfilmarchives.org An international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema and its precursors found in classic European, Soviet and Japanese film. en-us Thu, 21 Jan 2021 07:23:39 -0500 PORTRAITS OF JONAS MEKAS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53201 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52973">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Thursday, January 21 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53169 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Thursday, January 21 ZAPPA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53208 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT &ndash; starts December 16!</strong><br />Alex Winter<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae"><br />ZAPPA</a></strong><br />2020, 129 min, digital. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.</p> <p>Numerous films have been made about, by, and with the legendary musician, artist, and cultural figure Frank Zappa. This new documentary portrait, however, distinguishes itself both for the depth of its exploration into Zappa&rsquo;s life and work and for the unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and its archive that its makers managed to achieve. Indeed, the film itself involved a larger effort to preserve and digitize thousands of hours of unreleased material from Zappa&rsquo;s private archives, an ambitious project the fruits of which are on full display in the finished film.</p> <p>Directed by filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (yes, Bill, of BILL &amp; TED&rsquo;S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE fame), <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">ZAPPA</a> features appearances by Frank&rsquo;s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank&rsquo;s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. Chronicling the public and private life of its subject with intelligence and sensitivity, it paints a portrait of Zappa as a figure of boundless and profoundly multifaceted creativity, immense discipline, uncompromising integrity, and unapologetic social and political commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winter evinces a contagious fascination with Zappa&rsquo;s legend, as well as a lucid understanding of the Pollock-like purity that underscored his messy-seeming life (the filmmaker gets a lot of mileage from the exclusive access he was granted to Zappa&rsquo;s endless personal archives, making this doc a must-see even for hardcore fans who know all the basic details by heart). [&hellip;] Zappa says that you have one note in life and so you should really play the shit out of it, but this extremely dense film endeavors to show us the many different pitches that note can take. Despite its predominately linear chronological approach, ZAPPA offers a hectic flurry of influences and ideas that get sucked into all sorts of rapids and riptides as it follows the current downstream.&rdquo; &ndash;David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE</p> <p><strong>To pre-order ZAPPA (with 50% of the streaming rental income benefiting Anthology), click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>As a bonus, the film is supplemented with a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.</strong></p> Thursday, January 21 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53234 <p><strong>RARE ESSENTIAL CINEMA!<br />Available for streaming rental starting January 1 (free for AFA Members!)</strong></p> <p>Roberto Rossellini<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458"><br />THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a></strong><br />1966, 100 min, 35mm-to-digital. In French with English subtitles. Distributed by Janus Films.<br />A late masterpiece by Roberto Rossellini, and the film that launched his extraordinary series of made-for-TV &ldquo;history films,&rdquo; <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is part of Anthology&rsquo;s foundational Essential Cinema repertory cycle. But due to the rarity of accessible 35mm prints, it has been many years since we&rsquo;ve screened it. Happily, thanks to Janus Films, we are able to present an online engagement of a beautiful digital transfer of the film, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Made for French television, LOUIS XIV marked the beginning of a period in which Rossellini embraced the potential of television to reach a truly mass audience, an accessibility he strove to harness in order to illuminate historical figures, periods, and ideas. He would go on to make television films about the Apostles (ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, 1969), SOCRATES (1971), BLAISE PASCAL (1972), AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972), the Medici (THE AGE OF THE MEDICI, 1973), Descartes (CARTESIUS, 1974), and Jesus Christ (THE MESSIAH, 1975), all of them distinguished by their intellectual rigor, their radical lack of adornment or dramatic hyperbole, and their profound commitment to transmitting knowledge and provoking thought.</p> <p>Though each of these films are remarkable accomplishments, and together add up to a truly unique phenomenon in the annals of the cinema, LOUIS XIV is arguably the greatest of the history films. A portrait of the early years of France&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sun King,&rdquo; it chronicles the death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, and the extravagant meals of the royal court, all of which is recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy.</p> <p>&ldquo;[T]his beautifully mounted, witty, and slyly didactic account of what Louis XIV did at Versailles is about a good many things: the rise of the bourgeoisie, the king as director of staged events, the formation of the modern state, the precedence in politics of style over content. An endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum</p> <p>&ldquo;Rossellini is not striving to create an illusion of well-rounded, lifelike characters or immersive historical detail, but to offer an analysis and an argument. In this case, it&rsquo;s an argument drawn from the work of the historians Philippe Erlanger and Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, both consultants on the project: that Louis was able to tame a rebellious aristocracy partly by imposing on them fashions in food, clothing and architecture that were expensive enough to keep them in permanent debt.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES</p> <p><strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is available now for pre-order, and begins streaming on January 1; click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">here</a> to access the film. The streaming rental fee is $10, but AFA Members can stream the film for free! Members, please contact </strong><a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org"><strong>hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</strong></a><strong> for your promo code.</strong></p> Thursday, January 21 LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53215 <p><strong>ONLINE ENGAGEMENT &ndash; STREAMING FOR FREE!</strong></p> <p>Jonas Mekas<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><br /></a><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a></strong><br />2008, 286 min, digital</p> <p>To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragic and courageous struggle that led the Lithuanian people to regain their independence, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Humboldt Books organized a two-day event on January 13 &amp; 14, hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail. The event comprised two international online panel discussions dedicated to Jonas Mekas and the book <a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> (Humboldt Books, 2020). Inspired by Mekas&rsquo;s film, <a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a> (2008, 286 min), this new book comprises a transcript of the entire film, alongside an essay by the editors, and copious illustrations. For the online panel discussions, the editors of the publication, <a href="https://www.ffur.eu/">Francesco Urbano Ragazzi</a>, engaged in dialogue with other thinkers, artists, and historians &ndash; including the first Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis &ndash; in a virtual roundtable involving Italy, France, Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S.</p> <p><strong>In conjunction with this event &ndash; and as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebration &ndash; Anthology is presenting Mekas&rsquo;s film, free of charge. To access the film, click </strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details regarding the panel discussions hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail, of which recordings are now available, see below.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It&rsquo;s a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, bordering-on-irrational will of one small man, one small nation determined to regain its freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might &amp; Power, against the Impossible.&rdquo; &ndash;J.M.</p> <p>Forces of time, memory, change, and humanity collide in Mekas&rsquo;s film. The work&rsquo;s title refers to the historical time when the world watched as Mekas&rsquo;s home country of Lithuania fought for independence from the stronghold of Soviet rule. With a video camera, Mekas recorded newscasts that played daily in 1991 on his television set at home. The footage includes freedom demonstrations, interviews, and statements made by top politicians, journalists, and analysts including Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, Deputy Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush among others, as well as moving portraits of the Lithuanian people who were directly affected by the conflict. Mekas&rsquo;s account, reported by news outlets in the United States, also reveals the shaping and shifting of political, economic, and social relations between Eastern Europe and the West at the time.</p> <p>The pathos that suffuses Mekas&rsquo;s diary films &ndash; the rapturous melancholy of often joyous memories seen from the distance of years &ndash; morphs here into a closely related but distinct form of pathos, with Jonas able to experience the radical, momentous transformations taking place in his homeland only through the prism of his television screen. Though Jonas is less explicitly present in LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR (and the realm of politics is <em>more</em> explicitly present than usual), it is in many ways a fascinating variation on his diary films. Though not visibly present, Jonas&rsquo;s perspective and inevitable emotions as Lithuanian history unfolds live on his television are palpable. The sense of an emotionally charged distance, and of the camera as a powerful tool for capturing as well as mediating reality, render the film an unmistakable expression &ndash; by other means &ndash; of Mekas&rsquo;s filmic project.</p> <p>Part One: 75 min<br />Part Two: 69 min<br />Part Three: 75 min<br />Part Four: 67 min</p> <p><a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> is edited by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, and published by Humboldt Books. Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/498927915">here</a> to watch a short promotional video about the book.</p> <p>This online engagement is presented with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Israel. Thanks to Gražina Michnevičiūtė (Cultural Attach&eacute;, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Oona &amp; Sebastian Mekas, the Scandinavia House, and The Brooklyn Rail.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Panel discussions:</span></strong></p> <p>Scandinavia House:<a href="https://youtu.be/Y8iPSU82Nos"><br />THE CINEMATIC DIARY AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL WRITING</a><br />Moderator: Juozas Kazlas<br />Vytautas Landsbergis<br />Giovanna Silva<br />Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Pascal Le Segretain<br />Oona Mekas</p> <p>Brooklyn Rail:<a href="https://youtu.be/77_es6JdBeA"><br />RE-FILMING HISTORY AS SUBJECTIVE MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY</a><br />Moderator: Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Kelly Taxter<br />Lukas Brasiskis<br />Avi Lubin<br />Philippe-Alain Michaud</p> Thursday, January 21 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53138 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Thursday, January 21 PORTRAITS OF JONAS MEKAS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53202 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52973">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Friday, January 22 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53170 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Friday, January 22 ZAPPA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53209 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT &ndash; starts December 16!</strong><br />Alex Winter<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae"><br />ZAPPA</a></strong><br />2020, 129 min, digital. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.</p> <p>Numerous films have been made about, by, and with the legendary musician, artist, and cultural figure Frank Zappa. This new documentary portrait, however, distinguishes itself both for the depth of its exploration into Zappa&rsquo;s life and work and for the unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and its archive that its makers managed to achieve. Indeed, the film itself involved a larger effort to preserve and digitize thousands of hours of unreleased material from Zappa&rsquo;s private archives, an ambitious project the fruits of which are on full display in the finished film.</p> <p>Directed by filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (yes, Bill, of BILL &amp; TED&rsquo;S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE fame), <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">ZAPPA</a> features appearances by Frank&rsquo;s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank&rsquo;s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. Chronicling the public and private life of its subject with intelligence and sensitivity, it paints a portrait of Zappa as a figure of boundless and profoundly multifaceted creativity, immense discipline, uncompromising integrity, and unapologetic social and political commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winter evinces a contagious fascination with Zappa&rsquo;s legend, as well as a lucid understanding of the Pollock-like purity that underscored his messy-seeming life (the filmmaker gets a lot of mileage from the exclusive access he was granted to Zappa&rsquo;s endless personal archives, making this doc a must-see even for hardcore fans who know all the basic details by heart). [&hellip;] Zappa says that you have one note in life and so you should really play the shit out of it, but this extremely dense film endeavors to show us the many different pitches that note can take. Despite its predominately linear chronological approach, ZAPPA offers a hectic flurry of influences and ideas that get sucked into all sorts of rapids and riptides as it follows the current downstream.&rdquo; &ndash;David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE</p> <p><strong>To pre-order ZAPPA (with 50% of the streaming rental income benefiting Anthology), click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>As a bonus, the film is supplemented with a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.</strong></p> Friday, January 22 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53235 <p><strong>RARE ESSENTIAL CINEMA!<br />Available for streaming rental starting January 1 (free for AFA Members!)</strong></p> <p>Roberto Rossellini<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458"><br />THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a></strong><br />1966, 100 min, 35mm-to-digital. In French with English subtitles. Distributed by Janus Films.<br />A late masterpiece by Roberto Rossellini, and the film that launched his extraordinary series of made-for-TV &ldquo;history films,&rdquo; <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is part of Anthology&rsquo;s foundational Essential Cinema repertory cycle. But due to the rarity of accessible 35mm prints, it has been many years since we&rsquo;ve screened it. Happily, thanks to Janus Films, we are able to present an online engagement of a beautiful digital transfer of the film, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Made for French television, LOUIS XIV marked the beginning of a period in which Rossellini embraced the potential of television to reach a truly mass audience, an accessibility he strove to harness in order to illuminate historical figures, periods, and ideas. He would go on to make television films about the Apostles (ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, 1969), SOCRATES (1971), BLAISE PASCAL (1972), AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972), the Medici (THE AGE OF THE MEDICI, 1973), Descartes (CARTESIUS, 1974), and Jesus Christ (THE MESSIAH, 1975), all of them distinguished by their intellectual rigor, their radical lack of adornment or dramatic hyperbole, and their profound commitment to transmitting knowledge and provoking thought.</p> <p>Though each of these films are remarkable accomplishments, and together add up to a truly unique phenomenon in the annals of the cinema, LOUIS XIV is arguably the greatest of the history films. A portrait of the early years of France&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sun King,&rdquo; it chronicles the death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, and the extravagant meals of the royal court, all of which is recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy.</p> <p>&ldquo;[T]his beautifully mounted, witty, and slyly didactic account of what Louis XIV did at Versailles is about a good many things: the rise of the bourgeoisie, the king as director of staged events, the formation of the modern state, the precedence in politics of style over content. An endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum</p> <p>&ldquo;Rossellini is not striving to create an illusion of well-rounded, lifelike characters or immersive historical detail, but to offer an analysis and an argument. In this case, it&rsquo;s an argument drawn from the work of the historians Philippe Erlanger and Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, both consultants on the project: that Louis was able to tame a rebellious aristocracy partly by imposing on them fashions in food, clothing and architecture that were expensive enough to keep them in permanent debt.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES</p> <p><strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is available now for pre-order, and begins streaming on January 1; click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">here</a> to access the film. The streaming rental fee is $10, but AFA Members can stream the film for free! Members, please contact </strong><a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org"><strong>hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</strong></a><strong> for your promo code.</strong></p> Friday, January 22 LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53216 <p><strong>ONLINE ENGAGEMENT &ndash; STREAMING FOR FREE!</strong></p> <p>Jonas Mekas<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><br /></a><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a></strong><br />2008, 286 min, digital</p> <p>To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragic and courageous struggle that led the Lithuanian people to regain their independence, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Humboldt Books organized a two-day event on January 13 &amp; 14, hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail. The event comprised two international online panel discussions dedicated to Jonas Mekas and the book <a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> (Humboldt Books, 2020). Inspired by Mekas&rsquo;s film, <a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a> (2008, 286 min), this new book comprises a transcript of the entire film, alongside an essay by the editors, and copious illustrations. For the online panel discussions, the editors of the publication, <a href="https://www.ffur.eu/">Francesco Urbano Ragazzi</a>, engaged in dialogue with other thinkers, artists, and historians &ndash; including the first Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis &ndash; in a virtual roundtable involving Italy, France, Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S.</p> <p><strong>In conjunction with this event &ndash; and as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebration &ndash; Anthology is presenting Mekas&rsquo;s film, free of charge. To access the film, click </strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details regarding the panel discussions hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail, of which recordings are now available, see below.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It&rsquo;s a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, bordering-on-irrational will of one small man, one small nation determined to regain its freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might &amp; Power, against the Impossible.&rdquo; &ndash;J.M.</p> <p>Forces of time, memory, change, and humanity collide in Mekas&rsquo;s film. The work&rsquo;s title refers to the historical time when the world watched as Mekas&rsquo;s home country of Lithuania fought for independence from the stronghold of Soviet rule. With a video camera, Mekas recorded newscasts that played daily in 1991 on his television set at home. The footage includes freedom demonstrations, interviews, and statements made by top politicians, journalists, and analysts including Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, Deputy Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush among others, as well as moving portraits of the Lithuanian people who were directly affected by the conflict. Mekas&rsquo;s account, reported by news outlets in the United States, also reveals the shaping and shifting of political, economic, and social relations between Eastern Europe and the West at the time.</p> <p>The pathos that suffuses Mekas&rsquo;s diary films &ndash; the rapturous melancholy of often joyous memories seen from the distance of years &ndash; morphs here into a closely related but distinct form of pathos, with Jonas able to experience the radical, momentous transformations taking place in his homeland only through the prism of his television screen. Though Jonas is less explicitly present in LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR (and the realm of politics is <em>more</em> explicitly present than usual), it is in many ways a fascinating variation on his diary films. Though not visibly present, Jonas&rsquo;s perspective and inevitable emotions as Lithuanian history unfolds live on his television are palpable. The sense of an emotionally charged distance, and of the camera as a powerful tool for capturing as well as mediating reality, render the film an unmistakable expression &ndash; by other means &ndash; of Mekas&rsquo;s filmic project.</p> <p>Part One: 75 min<br />Part Two: 69 min<br />Part Three: 75 min<br />Part Four: 67 min</p> <p><a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> is edited by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, and published by Humboldt Books. Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/498927915">here</a> to watch a short promotional video about the book.</p> <p>This online engagement is presented with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Israel. Thanks to Gražina Michnevičiūtė (Cultural Attach&eacute;, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Oona &amp; Sebastian Mekas, the Scandinavia House, and The Brooklyn Rail.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Panel discussions:</span></strong></p> <p>Scandinavia House:<a href="https://youtu.be/Y8iPSU82Nos"><br />THE CINEMATIC DIARY AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL WRITING</a><br />Moderator: Juozas Kazlas<br />Vytautas Landsbergis<br />Giovanna Silva<br />Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Pascal Le Segretain<br />Oona Mekas</p> <p>Brooklyn Rail:<a href="https://youtu.be/77_es6JdBeA"><br />RE-FILMING HISTORY AS SUBJECTIVE MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY</a><br />Moderator: Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Kelly Taxter<br />Lukas Brasiskis<br />Avi Lubin<br />Philippe-Alain Michaud</p> Friday, January 22 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53139 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Friday, January 22 PORTRAITS OF JONAS MEKAS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53203 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52973">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Saturday, January 23 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53171 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Saturday, January 23 ZAPPA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53210 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT &ndash; starts December 16!</strong><br />Alex Winter<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae"><br />ZAPPA</a></strong><br />2020, 129 min, digital. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.</p> <p>Numerous films have been made about, by, and with the legendary musician, artist, and cultural figure Frank Zappa. This new documentary portrait, however, distinguishes itself both for the depth of its exploration into Zappa&rsquo;s life and work and for the unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and its archive that its makers managed to achieve. Indeed, the film itself involved a larger effort to preserve and digitize thousands of hours of unreleased material from Zappa&rsquo;s private archives, an ambitious project the fruits of which are on full display in the finished film.</p> <p>Directed by filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (yes, Bill, of BILL &amp; TED&rsquo;S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE fame), <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">ZAPPA</a> features appearances by Frank&rsquo;s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank&rsquo;s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. Chronicling the public and private life of its subject with intelligence and sensitivity, it paints a portrait of Zappa as a figure of boundless and profoundly multifaceted creativity, immense discipline, uncompromising integrity, and unapologetic social and political commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winter evinces a contagious fascination with Zappa&rsquo;s legend, as well as a lucid understanding of the Pollock-like purity that underscored his messy-seeming life (the filmmaker gets a lot of mileage from the exclusive access he was granted to Zappa&rsquo;s endless personal archives, making this doc a must-see even for hardcore fans who know all the basic details by heart). [&hellip;] Zappa says that you have one note in life and so you should really play the shit out of it, but this extremely dense film endeavors to show us the many different pitches that note can take. Despite its predominately linear chronological approach, ZAPPA offers a hectic flurry of influences and ideas that get sucked into all sorts of rapids and riptides as it follows the current downstream.&rdquo; &ndash;David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE</p> <p><strong>To pre-order ZAPPA (with 50% of the streaming rental income benefiting Anthology), click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>As a bonus, the film is supplemented with a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.</strong></p> Saturday, January 23 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53236 <p><strong>RARE ESSENTIAL CINEMA!<br />Available for streaming rental starting January 1 (free for AFA Members!)</strong></p> <p>Roberto Rossellini<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458"><br />THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a></strong><br />1966, 100 min, 35mm-to-digital. In French with English subtitles. Distributed by Janus Films.<br />A late masterpiece by Roberto Rossellini, and the film that launched his extraordinary series of made-for-TV &ldquo;history films,&rdquo; <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is part of Anthology&rsquo;s foundational Essential Cinema repertory cycle. But due to the rarity of accessible 35mm prints, it has been many years since we&rsquo;ve screened it. Happily, thanks to Janus Films, we are able to present an online engagement of a beautiful digital transfer of the film, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Made for French television, LOUIS XIV marked the beginning of a period in which Rossellini embraced the potential of television to reach a truly mass audience, an accessibility he strove to harness in order to illuminate historical figures, periods, and ideas. He would go on to make television films about the Apostles (ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, 1969), SOCRATES (1971), BLAISE PASCAL (1972), AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972), the Medici (THE AGE OF THE MEDICI, 1973), Descartes (CARTESIUS, 1974), and Jesus Christ (THE MESSIAH, 1975), all of them distinguished by their intellectual rigor, their radical lack of adornment or dramatic hyperbole, and their profound commitment to transmitting knowledge and provoking thought.</p> <p>Though each of these films are remarkable accomplishments, and together add up to a truly unique phenomenon in the annals of the cinema, LOUIS XIV is arguably the greatest of the history films. A portrait of the early years of France&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sun King,&rdquo; it chronicles the death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, and the extravagant meals of the royal court, all of which is recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy.</p> <p>&ldquo;[T]his beautifully mounted, witty, and slyly didactic account of what Louis XIV did at Versailles is about a good many things: the rise of the bourgeoisie, the king as director of staged events, the formation of the modern state, the precedence in politics of style over content. An endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum</p> <p>&ldquo;Rossellini is not striving to create an illusion of well-rounded, lifelike characters or immersive historical detail, but to offer an analysis and an argument. In this case, it&rsquo;s an argument drawn from the work of the historians Philippe Erlanger and Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, both consultants on the project: that Louis was able to tame a rebellious aristocracy partly by imposing on them fashions in food, clothing and architecture that were expensive enough to keep them in permanent debt.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES</p> <p><strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is available now for pre-order, and begins streaming on January 1; click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">here</a> to access the film. The streaming rental fee is $10, but AFA Members can stream the film for free! Members, please contact </strong><a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org"><strong>hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</strong></a><strong> for your promo code.</strong></p> Saturday, January 23 LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53217 <p><strong>ONLINE ENGAGEMENT &ndash; STREAMING FOR FREE!</strong></p> <p>Jonas Mekas<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><br /></a><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a></strong><br />2008, 286 min, digital</p> <p>To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragic and courageous struggle that led the Lithuanian people to regain their independence, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Humboldt Books organized a two-day event on January 13 &amp; 14, hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail. The event comprised two international online panel discussions dedicated to Jonas Mekas and the book <a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> (Humboldt Books, 2020). Inspired by Mekas&rsquo;s film, <a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a> (2008, 286 min), this new book comprises a transcript of the entire film, alongside an essay by the editors, and copious illustrations. For the online panel discussions, the editors of the publication, <a href="https://www.ffur.eu/">Francesco Urbano Ragazzi</a>, engaged in dialogue with other thinkers, artists, and historians &ndash; including the first Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis &ndash; in a virtual roundtable involving Italy, France, Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S.</p> <p><strong>In conjunction with this event &ndash; and as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebration &ndash; Anthology is presenting Mekas&rsquo;s film, free of charge. To access the film, click </strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details regarding the panel discussions hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail, of which recordings are now available, see below.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It&rsquo;s a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, bordering-on-irrational will of one small man, one small nation determined to regain its freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might &amp; Power, against the Impossible.&rdquo; &ndash;J.M.</p> <p>Forces of time, memory, change, and humanity collide in Mekas&rsquo;s film. The work&rsquo;s title refers to the historical time when the world watched as Mekas&rsquo;s home country of Lithuania fought for independence from the stronghold of Soviet rule. With a video camera, Mekas recorded newscasts that played daily in 1991 on his television set at home. The footage includes freedom demonstrations, interviews, and statements made by top politicians, journalists, and analysts including Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, Deputy Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush among others, as well as moving portraits of the Lithuanian people who were directly affected by the conflict. Mekas&rsquo;s account, reported by news outlets in the United States, also reveals the shaping and shifting of political, economic, and social relations between Eastern Europe and the West at the time.</p> <p>The pathos that suffuses Mekas&rsquo;s diary films &ndash; the rapturous melancholy of often joyous memories seen from the distance of years &ndash; morphs here into a closely related but distinct form of pathos, with Jonas able to experience the radical, momentous transformations taking place in his homeland only through the prism of his television screen. Though Jonas is less explicitly present in LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR (and the realm of politics is <em>more</em> explicitly present than usual), it is in many ways a fascinating variation on his diary films. Though not visibly present, Jonas&rsquo;s perspective and inevitable emotions as Lithuanian history unfolds live on his television are palpable. The sense of an emotionally charged distance, and of the camera as a powerful tool for capturing as well as mediating reality, render the film an unmistakable expression &ndash; by other means &ndash; of Mekas&rsquo;s filmic project.</p> <p>Part One: 75 min<br />Part Two: 69 min<br />Part Three: 75 min<br />Part Four: 67 min</p> <p><a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> is edited by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, and published by Humboldt Books. Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/498927915">here</a> to watch a short promotional video about the book.</p> <p>This online engagement is presented with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Israel. Thanks to Gražina Michnevičiūtė (Cultural Attach&eacute;, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Oona &amp; Sebastian Mekas, the Scandinavia House, and The Brooklyn Rail.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Panel discussions:</span></strong></p> <p>Scandinavia House:<a href="https://youtu.be/Y8iPSU82Nos"><br />THE CINEMATIC DIARY AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL WRITING</a><br />Moderator: Juozas Kazlas<br />Vytautas Landsbergis<br />Giovanna Silva<br />Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Pascal Le Segretain<br />Oona Mekas</p> <p>Brooklyn Rail:<a href="https://youtu.be/77_es6JdBeA"><br />RE-FILMING HISTORY AS SUBJECTIVE MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY</a><br />Moderator: Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Kelly Taxter<br />Lukas Brasiskis<br />Avi Lubin<br />Philippe-Alain Michaud</p> Saturday, January 23 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53140 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Saturday, January 23 PORTRAITS OF JONAS MEKAS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53204 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52973">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Sunday, January 24 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53172 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Sunday, January 24 ZAPPA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53211 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT &ndash; starts December 16!</strong><br />Alex Winter<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae"><br />ZAPPA</a></strong><br />2020, 129 min, digital. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.</p> <p>Numerous films have been made about, by, and with the legendary musician, artist, and cultural figure Frank Zappa. This new documentary portrait, however, distinguishes itself both for the depth of its exploration into Zappa&rsquo;s life and work and for the unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and its archive that its makers managed to achieve. Indeed, the film itself involved a larger effort to preserve and digitize thousands of hours of unreleased material from Zappa&rsquo;s private archives, an ambitious project the fruits of which are on full display in the finished film.</p> <p>Directed by filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (yes, Bill, of BILL &amp; TED&rsquo;S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE fame), <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">ZAPPA</a> features appearances by Frank&rsquo;s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank&rsquo;s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. Chronicling the public and private life of its subject with intelligence and sensitivity, it paints a portrait of Zappa as a figure of boundless and profoundly multifaceted creativity, immense discipline, uncompromising integrity, and unapologetic social and political commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winter evinces a contagious fascination with Zappa&rsquo;s legend, as well as a lucid understanding of the Pollock-like purity that underscored his messy-seeming life (the filmmaker gets a lot of mileage from the exclusive access he was granted to Zappa&rsquo;s endless personal archives, making this doc a must-see even for hardcore fans who know all the basic details by heart). [&hellip;] Zappa says that you have one note in life and so you should really play the shit out of it, but this extremely dense film endeavors to show us the many different pitches that note can take. Despite its predominately linear chronological approach, ZAPPA offers a hectic flurry of influences and ideas that get sucked into all sorts of rapids and riptides as it follows the current downstream.&rdquo; &ndash;David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE</p> <p><strong>To pre-order ZAPPA (with 50% of the streaming rental income benefiting Anthology), click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>As a bonus, the film is supplemented with a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.</strong></p> Sunday, January 24 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53237 <p><strong>RARE ESSENTIAL CINEMA!<br />Available for streaming rental starting January 1 (free for AFA Members!)</strong></p> <p>Roberto Rossellini<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458"><br />THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a></strong><br />1966, 100 min, 35mm-to-digital. In French with English subtitles. Distributed by Janus Films.<br />A late masterpiece by Roberto Rossellini, and the film that launched his extraordinary series of made-for-TV &ldquo;history films,&rdquo; <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is part of Anthology&rsquo;s foundational Essential Cinema repertory cycle. But due to the rarity of accessible 35mm prints, it has been many years since we&rsquo;ve screened it. Happily, thanks to Janus Films, we are able to present an online engagement of a beautiful digital transfer of the film, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Made for French television, LOUIS XIV marked the beginning of a period in which Rossellini embraced the potential of television to reach a truly mass audience, an accessibility he strove to harness in order to illuminate historical figures, periods, and ideas. He would go on to make television films about the Apostles (ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, 1969), SOCRATES (1971), BLAISE PASCAL (1972), AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972), the Medici (THE AGE OF THE MEDICI, 1973), Descartes (CARTESIUS, 1974), and Jesus Christ (THE MESSIAH, 1975), all of them distinguished by their intellectual rigor, their radical lack of adornment or dramatic hyperbole, and their profound commitment to transmitting knowledge and provoking thought.</p> <p>Though each of these films are remarkable accomplishments, and together add up to a truly unique phenomenon in the annals of the cinema, LOUIS XIV is arguably the greatest of the history films. A portrait of the early years of France&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sun King,&rdquo; it chronicles the death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, and the extravagant meals of the royal court, all of which is recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy.</p> <p>&ldquo;[T]his beautifully mounted, witty, and slyly didactic account of what Louis XIV did at Versailles is about a good many things: the rise of the bourgeoisie, the king as director of staged events, the formation of the modern state, the precedence in politics of style over content. An endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum</p> <p>&ldquo;Rossellini is not striving to create an illusion of well-rounded, lifelike characters or immersive historical detail, but to offer an analysis and an argument. In this case, it&rsquo;s an argument drawn from the work of the historians Philippe Erlanger and Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, both consultants on the project: that Louis was able to tame a rebellious aristocracy partly by imposing on them fashions in food, clothing and architecture that were expensive enough to keep them in permanent debt.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES</p> <p><strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is available now for pre-order, and begins streaming on January 1; click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">here</a> to access the film. The streaming rental fee is $10, but AFA Members can stream the film for free! Members, please contact </strong><a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org"><strong>hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</strong></a><strong> for your promo code.</strong></p> Sunday, January 24 LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53218 <p><strong>ONLINE ENGAGEMENT &ndash; STREAMING FOR FREE!</strong></p> <p>Jonas Mekas<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><br /></a><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a></strong><br />2008, 286 min, digital</p> <p>To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragic and courageous struggle that led the Lithuanian people to regain their independence, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Humboldt Books organized a two-day event on January 13 &amp; 14, hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail. The event comprised two international online panel discussions dedicated to Jonas Mekas and the book <a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> (Humboldt Books, 2020). Inspired by Mekas&rsquo;s film, <a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a> (2008, 286 min), this new book comprises a transcript of the entire film, alongside an essay by the editors, and copious illustrations. For the online panel discussions, the editors of the publication, <a href="https://www.ffur.eu/">Francesco Urbano Ragazzi</a>, engaged in dialogue with other thinkers, artists, and historians &ndash; including the first Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis &ndash; in a virtual roundtable involving Italy, France, Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S.</p> <p><strong>In conjunction with this event &ndash; and as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebration &ndash; Anthology is presenting Mekas&rsquo;s film, free of charge. To access the film, click </strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details regarding the panel discussions hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail, of which recordings are now available, see below.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It&rsquo;s a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, bordering-on-irrational will of one small man, one small nation determined to regain its freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might &amp; Power, against the Impossible.&rdquo; &ndash;J.M.</p> <p>Forces of time, memory, change, and humanity collide in Mekas&rsquo;s film. The work&rsquo;s title refers to the historical time when the world watched as Mekas&rsquo;s home country of Lithuania fought for independence from the stronghold of Soviet rule. With a video camera, Mekas recorded newscasts that played daily in 1991 on his television set at home. The footage includes freedom demonstrations, interviews, and statements made by top politicians, journalists, and analysts including Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, Deputy Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush among others, as well as moving portraits of the Lithuanian people who were directly affected by the conflict. Mekas&rsquo;s account, reported by news outlets in the United States, also reveals the shaping and shifting of political, economic, and social relations between Eastern Europe and the West at the time.</p> <p>The pathos that suffuses Mekas&rsquo;s diary films &ndash; the rapturous melancholy of often joyous memories seen from the distance of years &ndash; morphs here into a closely related but distinct form of pathos, with Jonas able to experience the radical, momentous transformations taking place in his homeland only through the prism of his television screen. Though Jonas is less explicitly present in LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR (and the realm of politics is <em>more</em> explicitly present than usual), it is in many ways a fascinating variation on his diary films. Though not visibly present, Jonas&rsquo;s perspective and inevitable emotions as Lithuanian history unfolds live on his television are palpable. The sense of an emotionally charged distance, and of the camera as a powerful tool for capturing as well as mediating reality, render the film an unmistakable expression &ndash; by other means &ndash; of Mekas&rsquo;s filmic project.</p> <p>Part One: 75 min<br />Part Two: 69 min<br />Part Three: 75 min<br />Part Four: 67 min</p> <p><a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> is edited by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, and published by Humboldt Books. Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/498927915">here</a> to watch a short promotional video about the book.</p> <p>This online engagement is presented with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Israel. Thanks to Gražina Michnevičiūtė (Cultural Attach&eacute;, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Oona &amp; Sebastian Mekas, the Scandinavia House, and The Brooklyn Rail.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Panel discussions:</span></strong></p> <p>Scandinavia House:<a href="https://youtu.be/Y8iPSU82Nos"><br />THE CINEMATIC DIARY AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL WRITING</a><br />Moderator: Juozas Kazlas<br />Vytautas Landsbergis<br />Giovanna Silva<br />Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Pascal Le Segretain<br />Oona Mekas</p> <p>Brooklyn Rail:<a href="https://youtu.be/77_es6JdBeA"><br />RE-FILMING HISTORY AS SUBJECTIVE MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY</a><br />Moderator: Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Kelly Taxter<br />Lukas Brasiskis<br />Avi Lubin<br />Philippe-Alain Michaud</p> Sunday, January 24 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53141 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Sunday, January 24 PORTRAITS OF JONAS MEKAS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53205 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52973">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Monday, January 25 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53173 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Monday, January 25 ZAPPA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53212 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT &ndash; starts December 16!</strong><br />Alex Winter<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae"><br />ZAPPA</a></strong><br />2020, 129 min, digital. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.</p> <p>Numerous films have been made about, by, and with the legendary musician, artist, and cultural figure Frank Zappa. This new documentary portrait, however, distinguishes itself both for the depth of its exploration into Zappa&rsquo;s life and work and for the unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and its archive that its makers managed to achieve. Indeed, the film itself involved a larger effort to preserve and digitize thousands of hours of unreleased material from Zappa&rsquo;s private archives, an ambitious project the fruits of which are on full display in the finished film.</p> <p>Directed by filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (yes, Bill, of BILL &amp; TED&rsquo;S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE fame), <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">ZAPPA</a> features appearances by Frank&rsquo;s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank&rsquo;s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. Chronicling the public and private life of its subject with intelligence and sensitivity, it paints a portrait of Zappa as a figure of boundless and profoundly multifaceted creativity, immense discipline, uncompromising integrity, and unapologetic social and political commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winter evinces a contagious fascination with Zappa&rsquo;s legend, as well as a lucid understanding of the Pollock-like purity that underscored his messy-seeming life (the filmmaker gets a lot of mileage from the exclusive access he was granted to Zappa&rsquo;s endless personal archives, making this doc a must-see even for hardcore fans who know all the basic details by heart). [&hellip;] Zappa says that you have one note in life and so you should really play the shit out of it, but this extremely dense film endeavors to show us the many different pitches that note can take. Despite its predominately linear chronological approach, ZAPPA offers a hectic flurry of influences and ideas that get sucked into all sorts of rapids and riptides as it follows the current downstream.&rdquo; &ndash;David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE</p> <p><strong>To pre-order ZAPPA (with 50% of the streaming rental income benefiting Anthology), click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>As a bonus, the film is supplemented with a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.</strong></p> Monday, January 25 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53238 <p><strong>RARE ESSENTIAL CINEMA!<br />Available for streaming rental starting January 1 (free for AFA Members!)</strong></p> <p>Roberto Rossellini<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458"><br />THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a></strong><br />1966, 100 min, 35mm-to-digital. In French with English subtitles. Distributed by Janus Films.<br />A late masterpiece by Roberto Rossellini, and the film that launched his extraordinary series of made-for-TV &ldquo;history films,&rdquo; <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is part of Anthology&rsquo;s foundational Essential Cinema repertory cycle. But due to the rarity of accessible 35mm prints, it has been many years since we&rsquo;ve screened it. Happily, thanks to Janus Films, we are able to present an online engagement of a beautiful digital transfer of the film, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Made for French television, LOUIS XIV marked the beginning of a period in which Rossellini embraced the potential of television to reach a truly mass audience, an accessibility he strove to harness in order to illuminate historical figures, periods, and ideas. He would go on to make television films about the Apostles (ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, 1969), SOCRATES (1971), BLAISE PASCAL (1972), AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972), the Medici (THE AGE OF THE MEDICI, 1973), Descartes (CARTESIUS, 1974), and Jesus Christ (THE MESSIAH, 1975), all of them distinguished by their intellectual rigor, their radical lack of adornment or dramatic hyperbole, and their profound commitment to transmitting knowledge and provoking thought.</p> <p>Though each of these films are remarkable accomplishments, and together add up to a truly unique phenomenon in the annals of the cinema, LOUIS XIV is arguably the greatest of the history films. A portrait of the early years of France&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sun King,&rdquo; it chronicles the death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, and the extravagant meals of the royal court, all of which is recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy.</p> <p>&ldquo;[T]his beautifully mounted, witty, and slyly didactic account of what Louis XIV did at Versailles is about a good many things: the rise of the bourgeoisie, the king as director of staged events, the formation of the modern state, the precedence in politics of style over content. An endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum</p> <p>&ldquo;Rossellini is not striving to create an illusion of well-rounded, lifelike characters or immersive historical detail, but to offer an analysis and an argument. In this case, it&rsquo;s an argument drawn from the work of the historians Philippe Erlanger and Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, both consultants on the project: that Louis was able to tame a rebellious aristocracy partly by imposing on them fashions in food, clothing and architecture that were expensive enough to keep them in permanent debt.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES</p> <p><strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is available now for pre-order, and begins streaming on January 1; click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">here</a> to access the film. The streaming rental fee is $10, but AFA Members can stream the film for free! Members, please contact </strong><a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org"><strong>hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</strong></a><strong> for your promo code.</strong></p> Monday, January 25 LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53219 <p><strong>ONLINE ENGAGEMENT &ndash; STREAMING FOR FREE!</strong></p> <p>Jonas Mekas<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><br /></a><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a></strong><br />2008, 286 min, digital</p> <p>To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragic and courageous struggle that led the Lithuanian people to regain their independence, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Humboldt Books organized a two-day event on January 13 &amp; 14, hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail. The event comprised two international online panel discussions dedicated to Jonas Mekas and the book <a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> (Humboldt Books, 2020). Inspired by Mekas&rsquo;s film, <a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a> (2008, 286 min), this new book comprises a transcript of the entire film, alongside an essay by the editors, and copious illustrations. For the online panel discussions, the editors of the publication, <a href="https://www.ffur.eu/">Francesco Urbano Ragazzi</a>, engaged in dialogue with other thinkers, artists, and historians &ndash; including the first Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis &ndash; in a virtual roundtable involving Italy, France, Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S.</p> <p><strong>In conjunction with this event &ndash; and as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebration &ndash; Anthology is presenting Mekas&rsquo;s film, free of charge. To access the film, click </strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details regarding the panel discussions hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail, of which recordings are now available, see below.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It&rsquo;s a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, bordering-on-irrational will of one small man, one small nation determined to regain its freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might &amp; Power, against the Impossible.&rdquo; &ndash;J.M.</p> <p>Forces of time, memory, change, and humanity collide in Mekas&rsquo;s film. The work&rsquo;s title refers to the historical time when the world watched as Mekas&rsquo;s home country of Lithuania fought for independence from the stronghold of Soviet rule. With a video camera, Mekas recorded newscasts that played daily in 1991 on his television set at home. The footage includes freedom demonstrations, interviews, and statements made by top politicians, journalists, and analysts including Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, Deputy Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush among others, as well as moving portraits of the Lithuanian people who were directly affected by the conflict. Mekas&rsquo;s account, reported by news outlets in the United States, also reveals the shaping and shifting of political, economic, and social relations between Eastern Europe and the West at the time.</p> <p>The pathos that suffuses Mekas&rsquo;s diary films &ndash; the rapturous melancholy of often joyous memories seen from the distance of years &ndash; morphs here into a closely related but distinct form of pathos, with Jonas able to experience the radical, momentous transformations taking place in his homeland only through the prism of his television screen. Though Jonas is less explicitly present in LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR (and the realm of politics is <em>more</em> explicitly present than usual), it is in many ways a fascinating variation on his diary films. Though not visibly present, Jonas&rsquo;s perspective and inevitable emotions as Lithuanian history unfolds live on his television are palpable. The sense of an emotionally charged distance, and of the camera as a powerful tool for capturing as well as mediating reality, render the film an unmistakable expression &ndash; by other means &ndash; of Mekas&rsquo;s filmic project.</p> <p>Part One: 75 min<br />Part Two: 69 min<br />Part Three: 75 min<br />Part Four: 67 min</p> <p><a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> is edited by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, and published by Humboldt Books. Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/498927915">here</a> to watch a short promotional video about the book.</p> <p>This online engagement is presented with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Israel. Thanks to Gražina Michnevičiūtė (Cultural Attach&eacute;, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Oona &amp; Sebastian Mekas, the Scandinavia House, and The Brooklyn Rail.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Panel discussions:</span></strong></p> <p>Scandinavia House:<a href="https://youtu.be/Y8iPSU82Nos"><br />THE CINEMATIC DIARY AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL WRITING</a><br />Moderator: Juozas Kazlas<br />Vytautas Landsbergis<br />Giovanna Silva<br />Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Pascal Le Segretain<br />Oona Mekas</p> <p>Brooklyn Rail:<a href="https://youtu.be/77_es6JdBeA"><br />RE-FILMING HISTORY AS SUBJECTIVE MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY</a><br />Moderator: Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Kelly Taxter<br />Lukas Brasiskis<br />Avi Lubin<br />Philippe-Alain Michaud</p> Monday, January 25 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53142 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Monday, January 25 PORTRAITS OF JONAS MEKAS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53206 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52973">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Tuesday, January 26 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53174 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Tuesday, January 26 ZAPPA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53213 <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT &ndash; starts December 16!</strong><br />Alex Winter<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae"><br />ZAPPA</a></strong><br />2020, 129 min, digital. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.</p> <p>Numerous films have been made about, by, and with the legendary musician, artist, and cultural figure Frank Zappa. This new documentary portrait, however, distinguishes itself both for the depth of its exploration into Zappa&rsquo;s life and work and for the unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and its archive that its makers managed to achieve. Indeed, the film itself involved a larger effort to preserve and digitize thousands of hours of unreleased material from Zappa&rsquo;s private archives, an ambitious project the fruits of which are on full display in the finished film.</p> <p>Directed by filmmaker and actor Alex Winter (yes, Bill, of BILL &amp; TED&rsquo;S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE fame), <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">ZAPPA</a> features appearances by Frank&rsquo;s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank&rsquo;s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White, and others. Chronicling the public and private life of its subject with intelligence and sensitivity, it paints a portrait of Zappa as a figure of boundless and profoundly multifaceted creativity, immense discipline, uncompromising integrity, and unapologetic social and political commitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winter evinces a contagious fascination with Zappa&rsquo;s legend, as well as a lucid understanding of the Pollock-like purity that underscored his messy-seeming life (the filmmaker gets a lot of mileage from the exclusive access he was granted to Zappa&rsquo;s endless personal archives, making this doc a must-see even for hardcore fans who know all the basic details by heart). [&hellip;] Zappa says that you have one note in life and so you should really play the shit out of it, but this extremely dense film endeavors to show us the many different pitches that note can take. Despite its predominately linear chronological approach, ZAPPA offers a hectic flurry of influences and ideas that get sucked into all sorts of rapids and riptides as it follows the current downstream.&rdquo; &ndash;David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE</p> <p><strong>To pre-order ZAPPA (with 50% of the streaming rental income benefiting Anthology), click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/zappa/play/5fbe8cad3c3d25088403e0ae">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>As a bonus, the film is supplemented with a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time.</strong></p> Tuesday, January 26 THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53239 <p><strong>RARE ESSENTIAL CINEMA!<br />Available for streaming rental starting January 1 (free for AFA Members!)</strong></p> <p>Roberto Rossellini<strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458"><br />THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a></strong><br />1966, 100 min, 35mm-to-digital. In French with English subtitles. Distributed by Janus Films.<br />A late masterpiece by Roberto Rossellini, and the film that launched his extraordinary series of made-for-TV &ldquo;history films,&rdquo; <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is part of Anthology&rsquo;s foundational Essential Cinema repertory cycle. But due to the rarity of accessible 35mm prints, it has been many years since we&rsquo;ve screened it. Happily, thanks to Janus Films, we are able to present an online engagement of a beautiful digital transfer of the film, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.</p> <p>Made for French television, LOUIS XIV marked the beginning of a period in which Rossellini embraced the potential of television to reach a truly mass audience, an accessibility he strove to harness in order to illuminate historical figures, periods, and ideas. He would go on to make television films about the Apostles (ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, 1969), SOCRATES (1971), BLAISE PASCAL (1972), AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972), the Medici (THE AGE OF THE MEDICI, 1973), Descartes (CARTESIUS, 1974), and Jesus Christ (THE MESSIAH, 1975), all of them distinguished by their intellectual rigor, their radical lack of adornment or dramatic hyperbole, and their profound commitment to transmitting knowledge and provoking thought.</p> <p>Though each of these films are remarkable accomplishments, and together add up to a truly unique phenomenon in the annals of the cinema, LOUIS XIV is arguably the greatest of the history films. A portrait of the early years of France&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sun King,&rdquo; it chronicles the death of chief minister Cardinal Mazarin, the construction of the palace at Versailles, and the extravagant meals of the royal court, all of which is recounted with the same meticulous quotidian detail that Rossellini brought to his contemporary portraits of postwar Italy.</p> <p>&ldquo;[T]his beautifully mounted, witty, and slyly didactic account of what Louis XIV did at Versailles is about a good many things: the rise of the bourgeoisie, the king as director of staged events, the formation of the modern state, the precedence in politics of style over content. An endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum</p> <p>&ldquo;Rossellini is not striving to create an illusion of well-rounded, lifelike characters or immersive historical detail, but to offer an analysis and an argument. In this case, it&rsquo;s an argument drawn from the work of the historians Philippe Erlanger and Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld, both consultants on the project: that Louis was able to tame a rebellious aristocracy partly by imposing on them fashions in food, clothing and architecture that were expensive enough to keep them in permanent debt.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, NEW YORK TIMES</p> <p><strong><a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">THE TAKING OF POWER BY LOUIS XIV</a> is available now for pre-order, and begins streaming on January 1; click <a href="https://watch.eventive.org/louisxiv/play/5fda7d32650c6300695db458">here</a> to access the film. The streaming rental fee is $10, but AFA Members can stream the film for free! Members, please contact </strong><a href="mailto:hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org"><strong>hannah@anthologyfilmarchives.org</strong></a><strong> for your promo code.</strong></p> Tuesday, January 26 LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53220 <p><strong>ONLINE ENGAGEMENT &ndash; STREAMING FOR FREE!</strong></p> <p>Jonas Mekas<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><br /></a><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a></strong><br />2008, 286 min, digital</p> <p>To mark the 30th anniversary of the tragic and courageous struggle that led the Lithuanian people to regain their independence, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Humboldt Books organized a two-day event on January 13 &amp; 14, hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail. The event comprised two international online panel discussions dedicated to Jonas Mekas and the book <a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> (Humboldt Books, 2020). Inspired by Mekas&rsquo;s film, <a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924">LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR</a> (2008, 286 min), this new book comprises a transcript of the entire film, alongside an essay by the editors, and copious illustrations. For the online panel discussions, the editors of the publication, <a href="https://www.ffur.eu/">Francesco Urbano Ragazzi</a>, engaged in dialogue with other thinkers, artists, and historians &ndash; including the first Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis &ndash; in a virtual roundtable involving Italy, France, Israel, Lithuania, and the U.S.</p> <p><strong>In conjunction with this event &ndash; and as part of our ongoing 50th anniversary celebration &ndash; Anthology is presenting Mekas&rsquo;s film, free of charge. To access the film, click </strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/492359924"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>For more details regarding the panel discussions hosted by Scandinavia House and the Brooklyn Rail, of which recordings are now available, see below.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It&rsquo;s a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, bordering-on-irrational will of one small man, one small nation determined to regain its freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might &amp; Power, against the Impossible.&rdquo; &ndash;J.M.</p> <p>Forces of time, memory, change, and humanity collide in Mekas&rsquo;s film. The work&rsquo;s title refers to the historical time when the world watched as Mekas&rsquo;s home country of Lithuania fought for independence from the stronghold of Soviet rule. With a video camera, Mekas recorded newscasts that played daily in 1991 on his television set at home. The footage includes freedom demonstrations, interviews, and statements made by top politicians, journalists, and analysts including Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis, Deputy Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and U.S. President George H.W. Bush among others, as well as moving portraits of the Lithuanian people who were directly affected by the conflict. Mekas&rsquo;s account, reported by news outlets in the United States, also reveals the shaping and shifting of political, economic, and social relations between Eastern Europe and the West at the time.</p> <p>The pathos that suffuses Mekas&rsquo;s diary films &ndash; the rapturous melancholy of often joyous memories seen from the distance of years &ndash; morphs here into a closely related but distinct form of pathos, with Jonas able to experience the radical, momentous transformations taking place in his homeland only through the prism of his television screen. Though Jonas is less explicitly present in LITHUANIA AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR (and the realm of politics is <em>more</em> explicitly present than usual), it is in many ways a fascinating variation on his diary films. Though not visibly present, Jonas&rsquo;s perspective and inevitable emotions as Lithuanian history unfolds live on his television are palpable. The sense of an emotionally charged distance, and of the camera as a powerful tool for capturing as well as mediating reality, render the film an unmistakable expression &ndash; by other means &ndash; of Mekas&rsquo;s filmic project.</p> <p>Part One: 75 min<br />Part Two: 69 min<br />Part Three: 75 min<br />Part Four: 67 min</p> <p><a href="https://www.humboldtbooks.com/en/book/transcript-04-44-14-lithuania-and-the-collapse-of-the-ussr">&ldquo;Transcript 04 44&rsquo; 14&rdquo;: Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR&rdquo;</a> is edited by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, and published by Humboldt Books. Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/498927915">here</a> to watch a short promotional video about the book.</p> <p>This online engagement is presented with support from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Israel. Thanks to Gražina Michnevičiūtė (Cultural Attach&eacute;, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Oona &amp; Sebastian Mekas, the Scandinavia House, and The Brooklyn Rail.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Panel discussions:</span></strong></p> <p>Scandinavia House:<a href="https://youtu.be/Y8iPSU82Nos"><br />THE CINEMATIC DIARY AS A TOOL FOR HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL WRITING</a><br />Moderator: Juozas Kazlas<br />Vytautas Landsbergis<br />Giovanna Silva<br />Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Pascal Le Segretain<br />Oona Mekas</p> <p>Brooklyn Rail:<a href="https://youtu.be/77_es6JdBeA"><br />RE-FILMING HISTORY AS SUBJECTIVE MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY</a><br />Moderator: Francesco Urbano Ragazzi<br />Kelly Taxter<br />Lukas Brasiskis<br />Avi Lubin<br />Philippe-Alain Michaud</p> Tuesday, January 26 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53061 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Tuesday, January 26 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53175 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Wednesday, January 27 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53221 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Wednesday, January 27 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53176 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Thursday, January 28 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53222 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Thursday, January 28 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53177 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Friday, January 29 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53223 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Friday, January 29 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53178 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Saturday, January 30 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53224 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Saturday, January 30 DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53179 <p><strong>NEW RESTORATION! &ndash; available for streaming rental from Wed, Dec 9</strong><br />Mike Kuchar<strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults"><br />DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a></strong><br />1976, 30 min, 16mm-to-digital. Restoration by the Kuchar Brothers Trust, Anthology Film Archives, and Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Digital Remastering by FotoKem. Special thanks to Michelle Silva.</p> <p>Thanks to the efforts of the Kuchar Brothers Trust, in collaboration with Anthology and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Mike Kuchar&rsquo;s <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a>, has been newly restored! Arguably Mike&rsquo;s solo magnum opus, DEATH QUEST is a mini-epic that gleefully and lovingly combines two of Mike&rsquo;s favorite &ndash; if seemingly irreconcilable &ndash; genres. What appears at first to be a straightforward prehistoric tale soon morphs into something else entirely, with the deux ex machina appearance of&hellip;sorry, no spoilers. In any case, whatever the genre, DEATH QUEST was made with a nearly non-existent budget, but with admirably game actors, Mike&rsquo;s uniquely resourceful visual gifts, and his inimitable ability to combine mischievous parody with wide-eyed sincerity.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s impossible to overstate the importance of both Mike and George Kuchar&rsquo;s work to Anthology Film Archives throughout its history: Jonas Mekas was instrumental in bringing recognition and attention to their work in the early 1960s through screenings and discussion in his Village Voice &ldquo;Movie Journal&rdquo; column; their early films PUSSY ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1961) and TOOTSIES IN AUTUMN (1962) are part of the Essential Cinema repertory cycle; and we&rsquo;ve preserved and shown their work, and hosted both of them, many times over the years. So it&rsquo;s especially gratifying to present this new restoration of DEATH QUEST concurrently with our <a href="../../../about/50th">50th anniversary celebrations</a>. (To see Mike&rsquo;s statement on the occasion of the anniversary, click <a href="https://vimeo.com/482807836">here</a>.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">DEATH QUEST OF THE JU-JU CULTS</a> is available now for pre-orders, and will begin streaming on Wednesday, December 9, for a rental fee of just $3.99! Click <a href="https://vimeo.com/ondemand/jujucults">here</a> to access the film.</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;This movie was based on a comic book story I wrote but was never published, so I decided to tell it in a black and white film. I wanted to do it in color because it involved actors as cave people, had dense jungles as its setting, and a raging volcano in full eruption. My budget couldn&rsquo;t buy color film, so I was determined to give this movie a lushness in texture that didn&rsquo;t need color to be effectively pictorial.<br />Enter a shimmering forest and encounter the Pot Boiling turbulence of pre-history tribes in conflict. See sacrificial virgins, volcanoes, knife fights, spaceships&hellip; It&rsquo;s all in this black and white saga of pure escapement photographed amid upper New York&rsquo;s muddy river region one fine summer day back when the world was young in 1976.&rdquo; &ndash;Mike Kuchar</p> Sunday, January 31 ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES - 50TH ANNIVERSARY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53034 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52940">here</a> for more info.</strong></p> Sunday, January 31 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=01&year=2021#showing-53225 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Sunday, January 31 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=02&year=2021#showing-53226 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Monday, February 01 AVANT-GARDE FILMS BY POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE 1970s http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=02&year=2021#showing-53227 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/53058">CLICK HERE</a>.</strong></p> Tuesday, February 02