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 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:55:09 -0400 NEWFILMMAKERS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42899 <p>For full program listings, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newfilmmakers.com" target="_blank">www.newfilmmakers.com</a>.</p> Wednesday, July 23 DOUBLE PLAY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42915 <p>NEW YORK THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!<br /><br />With James Benning &amp; Richard Linklater. Special thanks to Adam Sekuler.<br /><br />Avant-gardist James Benning and indie icon Richard Linklater may not be filmmakers you immediately associate with each other. Over the years Benning has remained a staunchly experimental, non-narrative filmmaker whose films have grown increasingly minimal and challengingly durational, while Linklater has won a great deal of mainstream recognition with unlikely classics such as SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and BEFORE SUNRISE and its sequels. The duo have developed a personal and intellectual affinity that dates back to the time Linklater invited Benning to present his work at the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.<br /><br />Working with legendary producer Andr&eacute; S. Labarthe &ndash; who co-created the long-running French television series CIN&Eacute;MA, DE NOTRE TEMPS (CINEMA OF OUR TIME) &ndash; filmmaker Gabe Klinger set out to document the unique friendship between Benning and Linklater over the course of a few days in Austin and Bastrop, Texas, while the two filmmakers once again presented Benning&rsquo;s films at the Austin Film Society, played baseball at Linklater&rsquo;s home, visited old shooting locations, and shared memories over long meals and hikes. Combining this newly filmed material with extensive archival elements, DOUBLE PLAY contemplates the contrast between these two apparently dissimilar directors even as it persuasively reveals their affinities, both personal and artistic.<br /><br />&ldquo;At a certain point in DOUBLE PLAY, Benning suggests that duration in cinema reveals meaning. This is apparent, though manifested differently, in both Benning and Linklater&rsquo;s films. In Benning, there&rsquo;s on-screen duration: shots that can last anywhere from seconds to hours. In Linklater, duration occurs most interestingly between films (e.g. the BEFORE trilogy). DOUBLE PLAY explores the marks of time, of duration, not only in Benning and Linklater&rsquo;s respective filmic bodies, but also in their friendship and lives.&rdquo; &ndash;Gabe Klinger<br /><br />&ldquo;DOUBLE PLAY is the kind of film to make cinephiles grateful, if only to preserve for the ages the ruminations of two artists whose shared project has been nothing less than the excavation of the American spirit itself.&rdquo; &ndash;Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST<br /><br />Preceded by:<br />James Benning CHICAGO LOOP 1976, 9 min, 16mm-to-35mm. Preserved 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.</p> Wednesday, July 23 DAZED AND CONFUSED http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42931 <p>This ode to the raunchy, nostalgic high-school flick became an instant classic of the genre, thanks to Linklater&rsquo;s wit, freedom, generosity of spirit, fine-tuned sense of period, mastery of open-form structure, and unparalleled ear for dialogue, not to mention his assembling of a perfect cast packed with great character actors and future stars (Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Wiley Wiggins, and many others). Hilarious, laid back, and ultimately even moving, it&rsquo;s a truly timeless film &ndash; we may get older, but DAZED AND CONFUSED stays the same age.</p> Wednesday, July 23 GET SHORTY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42891 <p>Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. With John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, and James Gandolfini.<br />GET SHORTY launched a wave of Hollywood adaptations of Leonard&rsquo;s novels in the mid-90s, anticipating JACKIE BROWN, TOUCH, and OUT OF SIGHT among others. It boasts an almost absurdly dreamy cast, headed by John Travolta in the full flush of his PULP FICTION-fueled return to stardom, as well as the always brilliant Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, veteran character actors like Dennis Farina and Delroy Lindo, and a vivid performance by a pre-SOPRANOS James Gandolfini, all of whom sink their teeth into the juicy roles provided by Leonard&rsquo;s irresistibly entertaining tale.</p> Thursday, July 24 DOUBLE PLAY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42916 <p>NEW YORK THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!<br /><br />With James Benning &amp; Richard Linklater. Special thanks to Adam Sekuler.<br /><br />Avant-gardist James Benning and indie icon Richard Linklater may not be filmmakers you immediately associate with each other. Over the years Benning has remained a staunchly experimental, non-narrative filmmaker whose films have grown increasingly minimal and challengingly durational, while Linklater has won a great deal of mainstream recognition with unlikely classics such as SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and BEFORE SUNRISE and its sequels. The duo have developed a personal and intellectual affinity that dates back to the time Linklater invited Benning to present his work at the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.<br /><br />Working with legendary producer Andr&eacute; S. Labarthe &ndash; who co-created the long-running French television series CIN&Eacute;MA, DE NOTRE TEMPS (CINEMA OF OUR TIME) &ndash; filmmaker Gabe Klinger set out to document the unique friendship between Benning and Linklater over the course of a few days in Austin and Bastrop, Texas, while the two filmmakers once again presented Benning&rsquo;s films at the Austin Film Society, played baseball at Linklater&rsquo;s home, visited old shooting locations, and shared memories over long meals and hikes. Combining this newly filmed material with extensive archival elements, DOUBLE PLAY contemplates the contrast between these two apparently dissimilar directors even as it persuasively reveals their affinities, both personal and artistic.<br /><br />&ldquo;At a certain point in DOUBLE PLAY, Benning suggests that duration in cinema reveals meaning. This is apparent, though manifested differently, in both Benning and Linklater&rsquo;s films. In Benning, there&rsquo;s on-screen duration: shots that can last anywhere from seconds to hours. In Linklater, duration occurs most interestingly between films (e.g. the BEFORE trilogy). DOUBLE PLAY explores the marks of time, of duration, not only in Benning and Linklater&rsquo;s respective filmic bodies, but also in their friendship and lives.&rdquo; &ndash;Gabe Klinger<br /><br />&ldquo;DOUBLE PLAY is the kind of film to make cinephiles grateful, if only to preserve for the ages the ruminations of two artists whose shared project has been nothing less than the excavation of the American spirit itself.&rdquo; &ndash;Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST<br /><br />Preceded by:<br />James Benning CHICAGO LOOP 1976, 9 min, 16mm-to-35mm. Preserved 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.</p> Thursday, July 24 THE NEWTON BOYS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42938 <p>&ldquo;Not to be hyperbolic, but Linklater&rsquo;s first big-budget movie may be the JULES AND JIM of bank-robber movies, thanks to its astonishing handling of period detail and its gentleness of spirit, both buoyed by a gliding lightness of touch. Linklater, Clark Lee Walker, and Claude Stanush (who also worked on the script of Nicholas Ray&rsquo;s THE LUSTY MEN) have adapted Stanush&rsquo;s oral history about the Texas-born Newton brothers, who between 1919 and 1924 became the most successful bank robbers in the U.S. The film may occasionally bite off a few more narrative strands than it can chew, but that&rsquo;s merely the flip side of its generosity and energy.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER</p> Thursday, July 24 3:10 TO YUMA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42877 <p>Based on a story by Elmore Leonard. Starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.<br />Adapted from one of Leonard&rsquo;s earliest short stories, 3:10 TO YUMA features Glenn Ford and the superb Van Heflin in one of the most unusual and sublime of all westerns. Ford is outlaw gang-leader Ben Wade, whose capture by the upstanding but debt-ridden rancher Dan Evans (Heflin) triggers a tense physical and moral reckoning. As Evans awaits the 3:10 train to Yuma which will transport the prisoner, he must contend with both Wade&rsquo;s gang and the temptation to trade in the bounty for Wade&rsquo;s much more substantial counter-offer. It&rsquo;s a classically fraught set-up, but in the hands of the woefully underrated Delmer Daves, with his radically unhurried, supple pacing, and his emphasis on the moral and psychological underpinnings of his story, 3:10 TO YUMA becomes a genuinely poetic, meditative western, a remarkably modern example of fifties Hollywood filmmaking.</p> Thursday, July 24 SLACKER http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42926 <p>Print courtesy of the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film &amp; Television Archive.<br /><br />Linklater burst onto the scene with this radically de-centered, discursive film, one of the key works of 1990s independent American cinema. As dialogue-crammed as his debut feature was dialogue-free, SLACKER is a celebration of American weirdos of all shapes and sizes, and a symphony of verbal dexterity and inventiveness. A plotless, whirligig gallery of &ldquo;paranoid conspiracy and assassination theorists, serial-killer buffs, musicians, cultists, college students, pontificators, petty criminals, street people, and layabouts&rdquo; (Jonathan Rosenbaum), it marked the first (and in some ways still most memorable) manifestation of Linklater&rsquo;s world of compulsive talkers and thinkers.</p> Friday, July 25 52 PICK-UP http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42886 <p>Screenplay by John Steppling and Elmore Leonard, adapted from his own novel. With Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, John Glover, and Clarence Williams III.<br />Ostensibly adapted by John Steppling, the screenplay for Frankenheimer&rsquo;s 1986 thriller borrowed so much of the dialogue from Leonard&rsquo;s novel that Frankenheimer insisted on a screenplay credit for the author. A story of blackmail, politics, and sexual intrigue, it&rsquo;s a moody and genuinely thrilling genre film.<br />&ldquo;[52 PICK-UP] isolates the key ingredient in Leonard&rsquo;s best novels, which is the sight of a marginal character being pushed far beyond his capacity to cope. In 52 PICK-UP, there are three such characters, and by the end of the movie they are all desperately confused and frightened. [&hellip;] This is a well-crafted movie by a man who knows how to hook the audience with his story; it&rsquo;s Frankenheimer&rsquo;s best work in years.&rdquo; &ndash;Roger Ebert</p> Friday, July 25 DAZED AND CONFUSED http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42932 <p>This ode to the raunchy, nostalgic high-school flick became an instant classic of the genre, thanks to Linklater&rsquo;s wit, freedom, generosity of spirit, fine-tuned sense of period, mastery of open-form structure, and unparalleled ear for dialogue, not to mention his assembling of a perfect cast packed with great character actors and future stars (Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Wiley Wiggins, and many others). Hilarious, laid back, and ultimately even moving, it&rsquo;s a truly timeless film &ndash; we may get older, but DAZED AND CONFUSED stays the same age.</p> Friday, July 25 MR. MAJESTYK http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42862 <p>Screenplay by Elmore Leonard. With Charles Bronson.<br />Charles Bronson stars as Vince Majestyk, a &lsquo;Nam vet turned watermelon farmer who becomes the target for a gang of vengeful hoods in Leonard&rsquo;s story of stubbornness, survival, and dumb luck. Released the same year as Bronson&rsquo;s career-defining turn in DEATH WISH (1974), MR. MAJESTYK avoids that film&rsquo;s celebration of vigilantism and instead traffics in its own unique brand of everyman-versus-criminal struggle, interestingly precipitated in the narrative by Majestyk&rsquo;s decision to hire skilled Mexican laborers rather than the mob&rsquo;s preferred assortment of unskilled white drunks.</p> Friday, July 25 IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42935 <p>Linklater&rsquo;s little-seen, Super-8mm-shot feature debut, LEARN TO PLOW is in some ways even more innovative than his sophomore film, SLACKER. Sharing that film&rsquo;s privileging of the minutiae of everyday life over dramatic incident, a theme that runs through much of Linklater&rsquo;s work, it observes the banal experiences of a Texas college student (played by Linklater himself) on his travels to visit a friend in Missoula, Montana and to house-sit for his mother in Huntsville, Texas. A remarkable debut that deserves to be better-known, it&rsquo;s unique among Linklater&rsquo;s body of work insofar as it&rsquo;s his least talkative film, with a protagonist who wanders aimlessly but largely silently through a succession of ordinary American landscapes.</p> Saturday, July 26 PRONTO http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42889 <p><strong>FREE SCREENINGS!<br /><br /></strong>Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. With Peter Falk, Glenne Headly, James LeGros, Sergio Castellitto, and Luis Guzm&aacute;n.<br />Justly celebrated for his ground-breaking DAVID HOLZMAN&rsquo;S DIARY (1967) and the equally inspired films he made in its wake (including MY GIRLFRIEND&rsquo;S WEDDING, GLEN AND RANDA, and BREATHLESS), Jim McBride spent most of the 1990s making films for cable television. Sadly ignored by critics, many of these works find McBride in full command of his powers, including this 1997 Elmore Leonard adaptation. The great Peter Falk is Harry Arno, a Miami Beach bookie who decamps to Italy after an attempt on his life, eluding both the local mob boss who&rsquo;s after his hide and the US Marshall (James LeGros) assigned to guard him. Once in Italy, however, he finds himself menaced by a Sicilian mafioso played by Sergio Castellitto.</p> Saturday, July 26 BAD NEWS BEARS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42941 <p>In Linklater&rsquo;s remake of Michael Ritchie&rsquo;s foul-mouthed 1976 sports-comedy classic, Billy Bob Thornton takes on the character created by Walter Matthau, and brings to the role the obscene, misanthropic, lecherous authenticity he displayed so brilliantly in BAD SANTA (2003). Adapted by BAD SANTA&rsquo;s screenwriters, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the new version hews close to the original, narrating the story of a hapless little-league baseball team helmed by a drunken, bad-tempered coach, and gleefully subverting the feel-good, triumphant clich&eacute;s of most family sports films.</p> Saturday, July 26 TOUCH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42874 <p>Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. With LL Cool J, Gina Gershon, Christopher Walken, Skeet Ulrich, Bridget Fonda, Tom Arnold, Lolita Davidovich, Paul Mazursky, and Janeane Garofalo.<br />Schrader&rsquo;s 1997 film is an adaptation of Leonard&rsquo;s most atypical novel, a study of an apparent miracle-worker whose &lsquo;gift&rsquo; attracts the attention of a variety of unsavory figures intent on exploiting him. Overlooked upon its first release &ndash; partly overshadowed by other contemporaneous Elmore Leonard adaptations such as JACKIE BROWN and OUT OF SIGHT, partly the victim of clueless marketing &ndash; TOUCH is a sharp and vibrant black comedy. With Skeet Ulrich as the miracle-working ex-monk Juvenal, Christopher Walken as the evangelist-turned-RV dealer determined to turn him into a cash-cow, Tom Arnold as a religious fanatic with his own designs on Juvenal, and Bridget Fonda (whose role in JACKIE BROWN made her 1997&rsquo;s go-to-girl for Leonard adaptations) as a former associate of Walken&rsquo;s who falls for the young miracle-worker.</p> Saturday, July 26 INNING BY INNING: A PORTRAIT OF A COACH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42944 <p>&ldquo;By some wonderful cosmic coincidence, Augie Garrido, the winningest baseball coach in Division 1 NCAA history, happens to manage the University of Texas Longhorns in Austin, the hometown team of director Richard Linklater. Linklater prizes eccentrics and philosophers with a Zen-like perspective on the world around them, and Garrido could easily be a character in movies like SLACKER or WAKING LIFE, waxing poetic about his unique approach to the game. [&hellip;] For Garrido, baseball is about coming to terms with failure without letting it become overwhelming, keeping fear and uncertainty from battering the fragile barrier of confidence. It&rsquo;s the ultimate clich&eacute; to draw parallels between the game of baseball and the game of life, but INNING BY INNING gleans insights that extend well beyond the diamond.&rdquo; &ndash;Scott Tobias, AV CLUB</p> Saturday, July 26 GET SHORTY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42892 <p>Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. With John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, and James Gandolfini.<br />GET SHORTY launched a wave of Hollywood adaptations of Leonard&rsquo;s novels in the mid-90s, anticipating JACKIE BROWN, TOUCH, and OUT OF SIGHT among others. It boasts an almost absurdly dreamy cast, headed by John Travolta in the full flush of his PULP FICTION-fueled return to stardom, as well as the always brilliant Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, veteran character actors like Dennis Farina and Delroy Lindo, and a vivid performance by a pre-SOPRANOS James Gandolfini, all of whom sink their teeth into the juicy roles provided by Leonard&rsquo;s irresistibly entertaining tale.</p> Saturday, July 26 GET SHORTY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42893 <p>Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. With John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, and James Gandolfini.<br />GET SHORTY launched a wave of Hollywood adaptations of Leonard&rsquo;s novels in the mid-90s, anticipating JACKIE BROWN, TOUCH, and OUT OF SIGHT among others. It boasts an almost absurdly dreamy cast, headed by John Travolta in the full flush of his PULP FICTION-fueled return to stardom, as well as the always brilliant Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, veteran character actors like Dennis Farina and Delroy Lindo, and a vivid performance by a pre-SOPRANOS James Gandolfini, all of whom sink their teeth into the juicy roles provided by Leonard&rsquo;s irresistibly entertaining tale.</p> Sunday, July 27 THE NEWTON BOYS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42939 <p>&ldquo;Not to be hyperbolic, but Linklater&rsquo;s first big-budget movie may be the JULES AND JIM of bank-robber movies, thanks to its astonishing handling of period detail and its gentleness of spirit, both buoyed by a gliding lightness of touch. Linklater, Clark Lee Walker, and Claude Stanush (who also worked on the script of Nicholas Ray&rsquo;s THE LUSTY MEN) have adapted Stanush&rsquo;s oral history about the Texas-born Newton brothers, who between 1919 and 1924 became the most successful bank robbers in the U.S. The film may occasionally bite off a few more narrative strands than it can chew, but that&rsquo;s merely the flip side of its generosity and energy.&rdquo; &ndash;Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER</p> Sunday, July 27 3:10 TO YUMA http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42878 <p>Based on a story by Elmore Leonard. Starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin.<br />Adapted from one of Leonard&rsquo;s earliest short stories, 3:10 TO YUMA features Glenn Ford and the superb Van Heflin in one of the most unusual and sublime of all westerns. Ford is outlaw gang-leader Ben Wade, whose capture by the upstanding but debt-ridden rancher Dan Evans (Heflin) triggers a tense physical and moral reckoning. As Evans awaits the 3:10 train to Yuma which will transport the prisoner, he must contend with both Wade&rsquo;s gang and the temptation to trade in the bounty for Wade&rsquo;s much more substantial counter-offer. It&rsquo;s a classically fraught set-up, but in the hands of the woefully underrated Delmer Daves, with his radically unhurried, supple pacing, and his emphasis on the moral and psychological underpinnings of his story, 3:10 TO YUMA becomes a genuinely poetic, meditative western, a remarkably modern example of fifties Hollywood filmmaking.</p> Sunday, July 27 INNING BY INNING: A PORTRAIT OF A COACH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42945 <p>&ldquo;By some wonderful cosmic coincidence, Augie Garrido, the winningest baseball coach in Division 1 NCAA history, happens to manage the University of Texas Longhorns in Austin, the hometown team of director Richard Linklater. Linklater prizes eccentrics and philosophers with a Zen-like perspective on the world around them, and Garrido could easily be a character in movies like SLACKER or WAKING LIFE, waxing poetic about his unique approach to the game. [&hellip;] For Garrido, baseball is about coming to terms with failure without letting it become overwhelming, keeping fear and uncertainty from battering the fragile barrier of confidence. It&rsquo;s the ultimate clich&eacute; to draw parallels between the game of baseball and the game of life, but INNING BY INNING gleans insights that extend well beyond the diamond.&rdquo; &ndash;Scott Tobias, AV CLUB</p> Sunday, July 27 BEYOND CASSAVETES: CROWDED PARADISE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42839 <p>BEYOND CASSAVETES: LOST LEGENDS OF THE NEW YORK FILM WORLD (1945-70)<br />In-between Hollywood and the emerging cinematic underground, New York in the 1950s and 60s was home to a little-known but vibrant feature film industry. Beyond bigger names like John Cassavetes and Morris Engel, scores of hopeful, independent filmmakers cobbled together low-budget productions with few prospects for critical or commercial success. From waterfront wise guys to Village beatniks, from film noir to existential comedies, &lsquo;Made in New York&rsquo; signified a quirky, vibrant, indie aesthetic that in many ways laid the foundation for later New York-based auteurs like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, and Jim Jarmusch, among others. This ongoing series exposes and explores New York&rsquo;s pioneering contributions to the low-budget independent feature.<br /><br />Introduced by series curator Michael Bowen, Adjunct Lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology.<br /><br />Fred Pressburger<br />CROWDED PARADISE<br />1956, 94 min, 16mm-to-digital video. Projected from a digital transfer made from a 16mm print in the collection of Anthology Film Archives.<br />Broadway legend Hume Cronyn shines in this long-lost melodrama about Puerto Rican assimilation. Directed by the elusive Fred Pressburger and featuring a roster of first-rate talent recruited from live TV (Studio One, Playhouse 90, Kraft Television Theatre), CROWDED PARADISE also highlights the sculpted, mobile camerawork of the great Boris Kaufman (L&rsquo;ATALANTE, ON THE WATERFRONT) and a fine performance by the up-and-coming Mario Alcalde. Cronyn&rsquo;s leering, jingoistic superintendent sparkles with sheer meanness, and Spanish Harlem provides an appropriate backdrop for this &lsquo;Made in New York&rsquo; low-budget sleeper.</p> Sunday, July 27 BAD NEWS BEARS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42942 <p>In Linklater&rsquo;s remake of Michael Ritchie&rsquo;s foul-mouthed 1976 sports-comedy classic, Billy Bob Thornton takes on the character created by Walter Matthau, and brings to the role the obscene, misanthropic, lecherous authenticity he displayed so brilliantly in BAD SANTA (2003). Adapted by BAD SANTA&rsquo;s screenwriters, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the new version hews close to the original, narrating the story of a hapless little-league baseball team helmed by a drunken, bad-tempered coach, and gleefully subverting the feel-good, triumphant clich&eacute;s of most family sports films.</p> Sunday, July 27 NEWFILMMAKERS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42900 <p>For full program listings, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newfilmmakers.com" target="_blank">www.newfilmmakers.com</a>.</p> Wednesday, July 30 UNESSENTIAL CINEMA PRESENTS: GREATEST SOMETHINGS OR OTHERS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42841 <p>Has it really been 10 years since the debut of UNESSENTIAL CINEMA? How&rsquo;d that happen? UNESSENTIAL CINEMA is a regular series dedicated to unleashing the most undocumented, unseen, and unknown films and videos in our vast and confusing collection. Over the past decade we have presented more head-scratching, brain-breaking reels then we can even remember. Each program has featured an overarching theme or particular gimmick, and every show has left us wondering: Why do we have this stuff? Tonight we reflect on a decade of archival discoveries by bringing together some of our all-time favorite finds for a one-time only &lsquo;experience.&rsquo; Be prepared to celebrate with double projections, live commentary, audience participation and, quite possibly, cake.<br /><br />Expect some of these classics:<br />DISSECTION OF A RAT<br />HEAD/TAIL<br />IN THE PANTS OF THE UNIVERSE<br />FOUR ROSES (Whiskey)<br />THE ACT OF PUKING WITH ONE&rsquo;S OWN MOUTH<br />and many more&hellip;</p> Wednesday, July 30 JESUS CHRIST SAVIOUR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42950 <p>(JESUS CHRISTUS ERL&Ouml;SER)<br /><br />&ldquo;Kinski stands alone under a stark spotlight in front of an audience of 5,000. For the next 80 minutes, all hell breaks loose. Assembled painstakingly from the scant existing footage of Kinski&rsquo;s doomed 1971 &lsquo;Jesus Christus Erl&ouml;ser&rsquo; tour, in which his attempts to perform a monologue about Jesus (&lsquo;Wanted, Jesus Christ; crime, seduction, anarchistic tendencies&hellip;&rsquo;) were met violently by audiences who suspected that he related overly closely with his subject. The performance hypnotically degenerates into a furious back and forth between the outraged Kinski and an audience feeding off of his anger, as Kinski alters and personalizes the text to label the audience as Pharisees. JESUS CHRIST SAVIOUR is both a portrait of a great performer at the height of his powers and a mesmerizing real life tragicomedy.&rdquo; &ndash;OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL</p> Thursday, July 31 EC: THE PARSON'S WIDOW http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42827 <p>(PRASTANKAN)<br />A lyrical, early Dreyer comedy. A young parson wins a plum parish in 17th century Norway, but is obliged to marry the widow of his deceased predecessor and pretend his attractive young fianc&eacute;e is his sister. The master&rsquo;s touch is evident in the close-ups of the pastor&rsquo;s would-be rivals and parishioners and a slow pan presaging the 360-degree views of VAMPYR.</p> Thursday, July 31 PAGANINI http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2014#showing-42954 <p>Archival print courtesy of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. With Klaus Kinski, Debora Caprioglio, Nikolai Kinski, Bernard Blier, and Marcel Marceau.<br /><br />Having written the screenplay for this biopic of the virtuoso 19th century violinist, Niccolo Paganini, a figure with whom Kinski strongly identified, he attempted to enlist Werner Herzog to direct. When Herzog declined (deeming the script an &ldquo;unfilmable mess&rdquo;), Kinski took the reins himself, resulting in his only directorial credit. As much self-portrait as biopic, PAGANINI is as unhinged, self-indulgent, and gloriously singular as you&rsquo;d expect from a Kinski labor-of-love, a largely non-narrative, nearly dialogue-free tribute both to Paganini&rsquo;s artistic genius and sexual voracity. These rare screenings are not to be missed!</p> Thursday, July 31 IF YOU MEET SARTANA PRAY FOR YOUR DEATH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42958 <p>(SE INCONTRI SARTANA PREGA PER LA TUA MORTE)<br /><br />With Gianni Garko.<br /><br />This enormously successful spaghetti western launched a series of official and unofficial sequels (of a quantity surpassed only by the &ldquo;Django&rdquo; films) and helped nudge the genre in the direction of comic parody. Deliriously convoluted, it concerns a strongbox of gold that inspires a vortex of scheming and double-crossing among a motley crew of outlaws, bandits, and town officials, with Gianni Garko&rsquo;s angel of death, Sartana, materializing to dole out bloody vigilante justice. In typically puzzling spaghetti-western-style, Kinski, who appears here as gangleader Morgan, would return in the next installment (I AM SARTANA YOUR ANGEL OF DEATH) but in an entirely different role.</p> Friday, August 01 WHAT ABOUT ME http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-43067 <p>OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2014 MoRUS FILM FEST!<br /><br />A significant and all-too-rarely-seen work of the NYC underground, WHAT ABOUT ME tells the story of a young woman, Lisa Napolitano (played by filmmaker Rachel Amodeo), who finds herself homeless in the city. The film portrays her gradual deterioration as she intermingles with various outcasts of society. Along the way she encounters a shell-shocked Vietnam veteran, Nick (Richard Edson); a nihilistic east-villager, Tom (Nick Zedd); and a sympathetic good samaritan, Paul (Richard Hell). A peerlessly entertaining film that has with time become a precious document of an increasingly vanished neighborhood, WHAT ABOUT ME was shot on location in the Lower East Side and Tompkins Square Park (with footage of the park&rsquo;s homeless shanty-town). Best of all, it features music by the legendary Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls.<br /><br />Taking place between August 1-9, the 2014 MoRUS (Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space) Film Fest, adopting the theme &ldquo;Women of the Lower East Side,&rdquo; is a cinematic exploration of women making and remaking the neighborhood. Reflecting MORUS&rsquo;s commitment to public programming showcasing the history of community spaces and neighborhood activism, the fest features films by and about the women who have shaped this history.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Friday, August 01 CRAWLSPACE - Filmmaker in Person! http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42964 <p>Print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.<br /><br />In one of his final films, Kinski once again steps out of the supporting-role-shadows to take the lead, and delivers one of his batshit craziest, creepiest performances as apartment building landlord, Karl Gunther. A seemingly kindly figure, Karl turns out (surprise, surprise) to be the son of a Nazi doctor, who spies on his (all-female) tenants via an intricate system of hidden tunnels while continuing his father&rsquo;s twisted, sadistic experiments in the building&rsquo;s attic.<br /><br />With:<br />David Schmoeller PLEASE KILL MR. KINSKI 1999, 9 min, digital<br />Schmoeller&rsquo;s short film recounts the traumatic experience of attempting to direct the undirectable Kinski.</p> Friday, August 01 SALT IN THE WOUND http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42966 <p>(aka THE LIBERATORS / IL DITO NELLA PIAGA)<br /><br />With George Hilton and Ray Saunders.<br /><br />This &lsquo;macaroni combat&rsquo; war film is a little-seen gem that deserves to be far better known. Kinski, in one of his rare starring roles, is a WWII American soldier condemned to death for the murder of a civilian. Escaping execution thanks to a German ambush, he and another condemned soldier end up behind enemy lines alongside the officer who was responsible for carrying out their execution. But when they stumble upon an Italian village that welcomes them as liberators, they find themselves defending it against a Nazi attack, providing a chance at redemption. Though it combines elements and themes from THE DIRTY DOZEN and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, SALT IN THE WOUND stands very much on its own, with terrific performances, exciting action sequences, and a surprisingly powerful trajectory.</p> Saturday, August 02 EC: VAMPYR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-43069 <p>&ldquo;Imagine that we are sitting in a very ordinary room. Suddenly we are told that there is a corpse behind the door. Instantly, the room we are sitting in has taken on another look. The light, the atmosphere have changed, though they are physically the same. This is because we have changed and the objects are as we conceive them. This is the effect I wanted to produce in VAMPYR.&rdquo; &ndash;Carl Dreyer</p> Saturday, August 02 MY BEST FIEND http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42969 <p>(MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND &ndash; KLAUS KINSKI)<br /><br />Opening with footage of Kinski during the &lsquo;Jesus Christus Erl&ouml;ser&rsquo; tour (documented in full in JESUS CHRIST SAVIOUR), Herzog&rsquo;s posthumous tribute to his frequent collaborator and ghoulish alter ego is a fascinating portrait of Kinski and a necessarily one-sided chronicle of their profoundly tumultuous artistic and personal relationship. Herzog confronts the host of infamous stories, rumors, and attacks that their collaboration engendered (such as the alleged incident in which Herzog reportedly threatened to shoot Kinski if he tried walking off the set of AGUIRRE, or Kinski&rsquo;s description in his autobiography of Herzog as a &ldquo;nasty, sadistic, treacherous, cowardly creep&rdquo;). If the film shows evidence of self-serving revisionist history, it&rsquo;s no less entertaining as a result.</p> Saturday, August 02 EC: DAY OF WRATH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-43070 <p>(VREDENS DAG)<br />&ldquo;Carl Dreyer&rsquo;s art begins to unfold at the point where most other directors give up. Witchcraft and martyrdom are his themes &ndash; but his witches don&rsquo;t ride broomsticks, they ride the erotic fears of their persecutors. It is a world that suggests a dreadful fusion of Hawthorne and Kafka.&rdquo; &ndash;Pauline Kael</p> Saturday, August 02 A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42972 <p>(QUI&Eacute;N SABE?)<br /><br />With Gian Maria Volont&eacute;, Lou Castel, and Jaime Fern&aacute;ndez.<br /><br />A spaghetti western classic, one of the many Mexico-set Zapata westerns produced during that genre&rsquo;s heyday, A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL weaves a tangled tale of proletarian rebellion, greed, and hidden motives. Like so many of the best spaghetti westerns, it&rsquo;s at once exhilaratingly entertaining, blackly comic, visually stunning, and politically sophisticated. Starring the great Gian Maria Volont&eacute; as wild-eyed Mexican bandit &lsquo;El Chuncho&rsquo; and Italian and French New Wave luminary Lou Castel as mysterious gringo Bill Tate, it also features a typically scene-stealing Kinski, who, in his most memorable moment, stands atop a fortress in full monk garb, lobbing grenades at the enemy as he recites the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer.</p> Saturday, August 02 EC: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-43072 <p>(LA PASSION DE JEANNE D&rsquo;ARC)<br />A work that exemplifies Dreyer&rsquo;s philosophy: simplicity is the most complex idea of all. Although renowned for its spare acts, lack of embellishment, and use of simple shots, Dreyer&rsquo;s masterpiece reveals the natural complexity of an un-retouched face (often existing alone, filling up the frame) and a landscape of history as individual as the lines on that face. Made in 1927-28, it continues to haunt the cinema, looking more and more avant-garde as the years go by.</p> Saturday, August 02 PAGANINI http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42955 <p>Archival print courtesy of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. With Klaus Kinski, Debora Caprioglio, Nikolai Kinski, Bernard Blier, and Marcel Marceau.<br /><br />Having written the screenplay for this biopic of the virtuoso 19th century violinist, Niccolo Paganini, a figure with whom Kinski strongly identified, he attempted to enlist Werner Herzog to direct. When Herzog declined (deeming the script an &ldquo;unfilmable mess&rdquo;), Kinski took the reins himself, resulting in his only directorial credit. As much self-portrait as biopic, PAGANINI is as unhinged, self-indulgent, and gloriously singular as you&rsquo;d expect from a Kinski labor-of-love, a largely non-narrative, nearly dialogue-free tribute both to Paganini&rsquo;s artistic genius and sexual voracity. These rare screenings are not to be missed!</p> Sunday, August 03 EC: ORDET http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-43068 <p>(THE WORD)<br />An existential morality essay by the master of the long take, in which a man who believes he is Jesus Christ soon begins to convince those around him. Based on the play by Kaj Munk, ORDET is a meditation on faith and fanaticism.</p> Sunday, August 03 A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42973 <p>(QUI&Eacute;N SABE?)<br /><br />With Gian Maria Volont&eacute;, Lou Castel, and Jaime Fern&aacute;ndez.<br /><br />A spaghetti western classic, one of the many Mexico-set Zapata westerns produced during that genre&rsquo;s heyday, A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL weaves a tangled tale of proletarian rebellion, greed, and hidden motives. Like so many of the best spaghetti westerns, it&rsquo;s at once exhilaratingly entertaining, blackly comic, visually stunning, and politically sophisticated. Starring the great Gian Maria Volont&eacute; as wild-eyed Mexican bandit &lsquo;El Chuncho&rsquo; and Italian and French New Wave luminary Lou Castel as mysterious gringo Bill Tate, it also features a typically scene-stealing Kinski, who, in his most memorable moment, stands atop a fortress in full monk garb, lobbing grenades at the enemy as he recites the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer.</p> Sunday, August 03 EC: DAY OF WRATH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-43071 <p>(VREDENS DAG)<br />&ldquo;Carl Dreyer&rsquo;s art begins to unfold at the point where most other directors give up. Witchcraft and martyrdom are his themes &ndash; but his witches don&rsquo;t ride broomsticks, they ride the erotic fears of their persecutors. It is a world that suggests a dreadful fusion of Hawthorne and Kafka.&rdquo; &ndash;Pauline Kael</p> Sunday, August 03 CREATURE WITH THE BLUE HAND http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42976 <p>(DIE BLAUE HAND)<br /><br />Print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.<br /><br />Kinski&rsquo;s early career coincided with the advent of the Krimi genre, a series of atmospheric, convoluted mysteries, initially based on the works of early-20th-century English crime novelist (and co-creator of KING KONG), Edgar Wallace, that saturated German cinemas throughout the 1960s. Invariably set in foggy London (with foggy Hamburg serving as stand-in), they almost as invariably featured appearances by Kinski, usually in supporting roles as shady, menacing characters. CREATURE WITH THE BLUE HAND, however, elevates Kinski not only to a starring role but a dual one, as both accused murderer Dave Emerson and his twin brother Richard, who Dave believes is the actual culprit. CREATURE is a superior <em>krimi</em>, with a double-dose of Kinski.</p> Sunday, August 03 VENUS IN FURS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42979 <p>(PAROXISMUS)<br /><br />With James Darren, Barbara McNair, Maria Rohm, and Dennis Price. Print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.<br /><br />Among Jess Franco&rsquo;s very best films, VENUS IN FURS is also one of the most deliriously uncategorizable. Bearing no connection to Sacher-Masoch&rsquo;s infamous novella of the same name, it was inspired instead by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker&rsquo;s description of the mental state he experienced during his solos. From this germ of an idea, Franco conjured up a bizarre, surrealist fever dream in which young American jazz musician Jimmy Logan discovers the dead body of a beautiful woman he had earlier seen being abused by three wealthy sadists, only to find her double materializing to haunt both Jimmy and the three killers. Kinski appears as (surprise, surprise) the kinkiest of the three sadists.</p> Monday, August 04 JACK THE RIPPER http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42982 <p>With Josephine Chaplin.<br /><br />Kinski was born to play Jack the Ripper, but it took Spanish schlock-master Jess Franco to make it a reality. Kinski is Dr. Orloff by day, a London doctor who treats the poor and disadvantaged, while by night he preys on the city&rsquo;s prostitutes, fueled by a doozy of an oedipal complex. So often relegated to supporting roles, Kinski takes full advantage of this juicy opportunity, playing the role to the hilt and qualifying as the creepiest Ripper imaginable.</p> Monday, August 04 BUDDY BUDDY http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42985 <p>Print courtesy of the British Film Institute. With Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Paula Prentiss.<br /><br />&ldquo;Billy Wilder&rsquo;s emphatically tasteless 1981 comedy about death, sex, and friendship is more trenchant than funny &ndash; though it probably has more laughs than any of his films after THE FORTUNE COOKIE. It pits a death seeker (suicidal TV censor Jack Lemmon) against a death dealer (coolheaded hit man Walter Matthau) in a battle for a grain or two of human companionship, a victory confirmed over a corpse. Though it&rsquo;s clearly an old man&rsquo;s film, it&rsquo;s hardly serene and settled: Wilder is in a curmudgeonly rage about everything in sight, from sexual repression to sexual liberation, from Today&rsquo;s Youth to Yesterday&rsquo;s Codger. But instead of the sentimental cop-out that usually closes his films, Wilder has isolated an impossibly tiny center of real value and belief, an optimism that is extremely moving in its microscopic dimensions. With Paula Prentiss and (a brilliant idea gone spectacularly wrong) Klaus Kinski as the head of a sex clinic.&rdquo; &ndash;Dave Kehr, CHICAGO READER</p> Tuesday, August 05 VENOM http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=08&year=2014#showing-42988 <p>With Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, and Sterling Hayden.<br /><br />&ldquo;A trio of crooks played by Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, and Susan George find themselves under siege by the police in a luxurious West London townhouse, with aged big game hunter Sterling Hayden and his chronically asthmatic, heir-to-a-colossal-fortune grandson as their hostages. By complete coincidence, the grandson has just come into possession of a new pet which, due to an innocent pet shop mix-up, turns out to be not the docile house snake he was promised, but &ndash; oh no! &ndash; a full size Black Mamba, <em>most deadly poisonous snake in the entire world!</em>&rdquo; &ndash;BREAKFAST IN THE RUINS</p> Tuesday, August 05