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, 20 Jun 2018 22:58:32 -0400 NEWFILMMAKERS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-48947 <p>For full program listings, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newfilmmakers.com" target="_blank">www.newfilmmakers.com</a>.</p> Wednesday, June 20 DIDACTIC CINEMA: THE DOCUMENTARIES OF ÉRIC ROHMER: PROGRAM 2 http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49173 <p>PERCEVAL OU LE CONTE DU GRAAL (1964, 23 min, digital)<br />DON QUICHOTTE DE CERVANT&Egrave;S (1965, 24 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;[PERCEVAL and DON QUICHOTTE], made one after the other in the autumn of 1964, testify perfectly to Rohmer&rsquo;s method in the area of &lsquo;didactic cinema.&rsquo; First he did extensive research in the National Library or in the library at the INRP. Then came a &lsquo;filming based on documents,&rsquo; as he himself wrote: textual quotations, work on images&hellip;. Finally came a &lsquo;vocabulary lesson&rsquo;: Rohmer retranslated Chr&eacute;tien de Troyes very faithfully, reproducing in a new versification the twelfth-century author&rsquo;s Old French text.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />LES CARACT&Egrave;RES DE LA BRUY&Egrave;RE (1965, 22 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;[This film] forms a visual reconstitution of the world in which La Bruy&egrave;re, a tutor at the Ch&acirc;teau de Chantilly, lived, moved, and wrote. Rohmer and his team filmed on site and at Versailles, in the chapel, the gardens, and the surrounding countryside, while [actor Antoine] Vitez&rsquo;s voice read selected extracts and a commentary written by the filmmaker.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />Total running time: ca. 75 min.</p> Wednesday, June 20 DIDACTIC CINEMA: THE DOCUMENTARIES OF ÉRIC ROHMER: PROGRAM 3 http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49176 <p>LES CONTEMPLATIONS DE VICTOR HUGO (1966, 20 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;Rohmer traveled to the island of Jersey to find and film, alone and with a small Paillard 16mm camera, the places that had inspired some of his favorite poems&hellip;. [&hellip;] Victor Hugo&rsquo;s &ldquo;Les Contemplations,&rdquo; a work reread, walked, and filmed by &Eacute;ric Rohmer, is in fact one of the filmmaker&rsquo;s most poetic miniatures.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />ST&Eacute;PHANE MALLARM&Eacute; (1968, 28 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;To get around the problem of Mallarm&eacute;&rsquo;s esotericism, Rohmer decided to make use of the interview, but this time in the form of a direct conversation with the poet&hellip;who had died two decades before the filmmaker&rsquo;s birth. Working at the National Library, Rohmer came across an interview Mallarm&eacute; gave Jules Huret&hellip;in 1891, and decided to make it the heart of his film.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />VICTOR HUGO ARCHITECTE (1969, 25 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;[This film] adopted a by then classic schema of Rohmerian television: the juxtaposition of text (extracts read from &ldquo;Notre-Dame de Paris,&rdquo; from &ldquo;Quatre-vingt-treize, Le Rhin&rdquo;) and images (ink drawings, engravings, Hugo&rsquo;s sketches, Atget&rsquo;s photos of old Paris) with the commentary written by Rohmer and spoken by Antoine Vitez.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />Total running time: ca. 80 min.</p> Wednesday, June 20 EC: L’ÂGE D’OR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49244 <p>&ldquo;The story is a sequence of moral and surrealist aesthetics. The sexual instinct and the sense of death form the substance of the film. It is a romantic film performed in full surrealistic frenzy.&rdquo; &ndash; Luis Bu&ntilde;uel</p> Thursday, June 21 DIDACTIC CINEMA: THE DOCUMENTARIES OF ÉRIC ROHMER: PROGRAM 4 http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49179 <p>L&rsquo;HOMME ET LES IMAGES (1967, 35 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;In L&rsquo;HOMME ET LES IMAGES, the filmmakers Ren&eacute; Clair, Jean Rouch, and Jean-Luc Godard express their opinions in interviews conducted by Georges Gaudu.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />A CONVERSATION ABOUT CONCRETE / ENTRETIEN SUR LE B&Eacute;TON (1969, 30 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;Rohmer&rsquo;s interest in urban architecture&hellip;led him first to make one of his most personal little television films, A CONVERSATION ABOUT CONCRETE. Claude Parent, a defender of this material and the inventor of the concept of &lsquo;oblique cities,&rsquo; literally captivated Rohmer, even if Rohmer did not share his taste for inclined floors. [&hellip;] With the help of an expert on concrete, Jean Rudel, Rohmer got Parent and his partner Virilio to talk.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />Total running time: ca. 70 min.</p> Thursday, June 21 EC: LOS OLVIDADOS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49245 <p>(THE FORGOTTEN ONES)<br /><br />&ldquo;Bu&ntilde;uel shows the sad condition of the poor without embellishing them, because if there is one thing Bu&ntilde;uel hates it is that artificial sweetness imparted to all the poor which we so frequently see in the traditional film. If, as usually happens in motion pictures, the moral principals approved by conventional society are carefully observed by members of the poorest classes&hellip;then these principals have some universal validity. However, Bu&ntilde;uel is concerned with exposing the opposite.&rdquo; &ndash;Emilio Garcia Riera, FILM CULTURE<br /><br />&ldquo;[LOS OLVIDADOS] lashes the mind like a red-hot iron and leaves one&rsquo;s conscience no opportunity to rest.&rdquo; &ndash;Andr&eacute; Bazin</p> Thursday, June 21 DIDACTIC CINEMA: THE DOCUMENTARIES OF ÉRIC ROHMER: PROGRAM 5 http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49182 <p>POSTFACE &Agrave; L&rsquo;ATALANTE (1968, 17 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;[This film comprises] an interview with Fran&ccedil;ois Truffaut regarding his view of Jean Vigo&rsquo;s cinema.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />LOUIS LUMI&Egrave;RE<br />(1968, 65 min, digital)<br />&ldquo;Comfortably settled in an armchair and soon joined by Henri Langlois, Jean Renoir, lively and brilliant, talk[s] about his astonishment upon discovering Lumi&egrave;re&rsquo;s short films. He mention[s] their pictorial and civilizing context, which made them the equivalent of an impressionist work, he praise[s] the vibrant capture of real life, and laud[s] the composition, which is far more elaborate than has generally been thought.&rdquo; &ndash;Antoine de Baecque &amp; No&euml;l Herpe<br /><br />Total running time: ca. 85 min.</p> Thursday, June 21 EC: LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOLOGNE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49246 <p>Taken from an episode in Diderot&rsquo;s eighteenth-century novel, and updated to the lush social tranquility of occupied Paris, Bresson&rsquo;s film is dominated by two characters: Maria Casares (in her best screen performance), spinning her vengeful web in a white setting full of rare furnishings, and Elina Labourdette, dancing in her apartment in black stockings and top hat. Stylish Cocteau dialogue, slickly elegant photography, and a symbolist sensibility enrich the ornate melodramatics, making this one of the most enjoyable of cinematic romances.</p> Friday, June 22 SHOW & TELL: CARLOS GONZALEZ http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49226 <p>This summer brings a visit from Carlos Gonzalez, a figure of near-legendary stature within the underground comic and music scenes, both in his base of Providence and farther afield. A compulsively productive and proudly lo-fi artist, he has created a vast body of DIY work including cassettes recorded with his musical project, Russian Tsarlag, and innumerable comics such as the 500 page sci-fi opus SLIME FREAK, the surreal and erotic graphic novel TEST TUBE, the western SCAB COUNTY, and many more. Perhaps the least known part of his prodigious output is his body of VHS-shot, unapologetically cheapo, but ceaselessly inventive experimental videos. Starring Gonzalez&rsquo;s friends and acquaintances, and edited in-camera or on analog video mixers, they have a texture and a sometimes zombie-like pacing all their own. They come across as vivid and sometimes alarming glimpses of Gonzalez&rsquo;s subconscious, but even more so as dispatches from the collective unconscious of subcultural America itself.<br /><br />For his Show &amp; Tell program, Gonzalez will present a selection of brand-new videos that are in the works as we speak!<br /><br />&ldquo;[Gonzalez&rsquo;s] astonishing home videos&hellip;were like Tarkovsky had been channeled through the Kuchar Brothers and thrown up on a public access station.&rdquo; &ndash;Matthew Thurber, THE COMICS JOURNAL<br /><br />Special thanks to Mike Stoltz.</p> Friday, June 22 EC: DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49250 <p>(LE JOURNAL D&rsquo;UN CUR&Eacute; DE CAMPAGNE)<br /><br />This internationally acclaimed adaptation of the Georges Bernanos novel recounts the story of a devout and withdrawn young priest&rsquo;s assignment to his first rural parish. Bresson uses a simple and austere cinematic style to reveal the complexities of the human spirit.</p> Friday, June 22 18TH ANNUAL BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49230 <p>A celebration of bicycles through film, music, and art. Screenings at Anthology Film Archives take place on June 23.<strong><em><br /><br />For more info, visit: www.bicyclefilmfestival.com</em></strong></p> Saturday, June 23 EC: A MAN ESCAPED, OR THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT LISTETH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49254 <p>(UN CONDAMN&Eacute; &Agrave; MORT S&rsquo;EST &Eacute;CHAPP&Eacute;, OU LE VENT SOUFFLE O&Ugrave; IL VEUT)<br /><br />A young member of the resistance faces death from Nazi captors in occupied France. His determination to escape evolves with breathtaking suspense. This film was a deeply personal one for Bresson, who had been a prisoner of war in Nazi prison camps.</p> Saturday, June 23 EC: PICKPOCKET http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49257 <p>A magnificent drama about a thief, his techniques, motives, and secret existence. The plot is modeled loosely on Dostoevsky&rsquo;s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, but the rigorous intensity of the treatment is pure Bresson, as he tells the compelling story of an insignificant man who drifts into crime and finally finds grace in a prison cell. The famous scene of the pickpocket&rsquo;s magical raid on a train station ranks as one of the great tours-de-force of French cinema.</p> Saturday, June 23 EC: AU HASARD BALTHAZAR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49261 <p>&ldquo;Bresson interweaves two histories: the story of Balthazar, the donkey, from birth to death, and the human beings to whom the animal belongs. The film joins the two stories organically, in a series of cinematic brush-strokes and short elliptical scenes. Balthazar is the witness/judge: man&rsquo;s life is seen through his eyes &ndash; he sees all and alone carries the burden of universal guilt. His various owners each represent a vice (greed, lust, drunkenness) from which he suffers and finally dies.&rdquo; &ndash;NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL</p> Saturday, June 23 HARUN FAROCKI: PROGRAM 12 - Added screening! http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49293 <p>Harun Farocki<br />PRISON IMAGES / GEF&Auml;NGNISBILDER<br />2000, 60 min, digital<br />&ldquo;A film composed of images from prisons. Quotes from fiction films and documentaries as well as footage from surveillance cameras. A look at the new control technologies, at personal identification devices, electronic ankle bracelets, electronic tracking devices. The cinema has always been attracted to prisons. Today&rsquo;s prisons are full of video surveillance cameras. These images are unedited and monotonous; as neither time nor space is compressed, they are particularly well-suited to conveying the state of inactivity into which prisoners are placed as a punitive measure. The surveillance cameras show the norm and reckon with deviations from it. Clips from films by Genet and Bresson. Here the prison appears as a site of sexual infraction, a site where human beings must create themselves as people and as workers.&rdquo; &ndash;Harun Farocki<br /><br /></p> Sunday, June 24 EC: MOUCHETTE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49265 <p>Bresson&rsquo;s second adaptation from Georges Bernanos, MOUCHETTE provides a magnificently unsentimental, heartbreaking portrayal of childhood. Mouchette, for all her charm, never slips into the pathos of Dickens&rsquo;s children. The joys and terrors of youth are conveyed without condescension.</p> Sunday, June 24 EC: UNE FEMME DOUCE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49268 <p>&ldquo;Bresson transforms Dostoevsky&rsquo;s novella about a free-spirited young girl and the pawnbroker husband who must possess her into a battle of light and darkness. The young bride (played by Dominique Sanda), with her love and music and art, her desire to live unfettered, struggles against the man who stalks her soul and body, seeking to add them to his collection of beautiful objects.&rdquo; &ndash;Roger Greenspun</p> Sunday, June 24 EC: LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOLOGNE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49247 <p>Taken from an episode in Diderot&rsquo;s eighteenth-century novel, and updated to the lush social tranquility of occupied Paris, Bresson&rsquo;s film is dominated by two characters: Maria Casares (in her best screen performance), spinning her vengeful web in a white setting full of rare furnishings, and Elina Labourdette, dancing in her apartment in black stockings and top hat. Stylish Cocteau dialogue, slickly elegant photography, and a symbolist sensibility enrich the ornate melodramatics, making this one of the most enjoyable of cinematic romances.</p> Sunday, June 24 EC: DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49251 <p>(LE JOURNAL D&rsquo;UN CUR&Eacute; DE CAMPAGNE)<br /><br />This internationally acclaimed adaptation of the Georges Bernanos novel recounts the story of a devout and withdrawn young priest&rsquo;s assignment to his first rural parish. Bresson uses a simple and austere cinematic style to reveal the complexities of the human spirit.</p> Monday, June 25 AFA MEMBERS ONLY: GIAN CARLO MENOTTI’S ‘THE MEDIUM’ http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49228 <p>AFA MEMBERS ONLY &ndash; FREE SCREENING!<br /><br />Once every calendar we offer a special, AFA Members-Only screening, featuring sneak-previews of upcoming features, programs of rare materials from Anthology&rsquo;s collections, in-person filmmaker presentations, and more! The benefits of an Anthology membership have always been plentiful: free admission to over 100 Essential Cinema programs, reduced admission to all other shows, discounted AFA publications. But with these screenings &ndash; free and open only to members &ndash; we sweeten the pot even further.<br /><br />Gian Carlo Menotti<br />THE MEDIUM<br />(1951, 84 min, 35mm, b&amp;w)<br />For this calendar&rsquo;s Members-Only screening, we&rsquo;re bringing to light a truly neglected item: the composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti&rsquo;s film version of his own opera, THE MEDIUM. For this ambitious attempt to create a genuine fusion of two art forms, Menotti collaborated with Alexander Hammid, the Czech filmmaker who, upon emigrating to the U.S. in the 1940s, married Maya Deren and co-directed her pioneering avant-garde film, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON. Menotti&rsquo;s only foray into the cinema (though he did later produce operas for television), THE MEDIUM is a highly stylized, haunting, and unique experiment.<br /><br />&ldquo;Menotti&rsquo;s THE MEDIUM is even more of a fragile hybrid [than Abel Gance&rsquo;s LOUISE], for, unlike Gance, who simply wanted to make an opera into a film, this composer-director aspires to the perfect union of the two media, a union without concessions and sacrifices. His MEDIUM is meant to be both genuine opera and genuine film &ndash; a veritable screen opera.&rdquo; &ndash;Siegfried Kracauer, THEORY OF FILM<br /><br />&ldquo;Menotti wandered only once into the world of cinema, splendidly directing this version of his tragic opera about a fake spiritualist thrust into spiraling madness by an unseen hand at her throat. This magnificent chimera, although without progeny, is perfectly realized as an eerie, claustrophobic chamber piece, with a musical style that exists somewhere between Beat and Bartok [and with] monstrous characters and images only conceivable in a fevered or an operatic mind (where else would one find Toby the deaf mute gypsy boy, or defiant eyelids sealed with hot candle wax), yet fully realizable nowhere else but the cinema&hellip;.&rdquo; &ndash;TIME OUT<strong><br /><br />Reception at 6:30!</strong></p> Monday, June 25 EC: A MAN ESCAPED, OR THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT LISTETH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49255 <p>(UN CONDAMN&Eacute; &Agrave; MORT S&rsquo;EST &Eacute;CHAPP&Eacute;, OU LE VENT SOUFFLE O&Ugrave; IL VEUT)<br /><br />A young member of the resistance faces death from Nazi captors in occupied France. His determination to escape evolves with breathtaking suspense. This film was a deeply personal one for Bresson, who had been a prisoner of war in Nazi prison camps.</p> Monday, June 25 NYWIFT: PROGRAM 3 http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49224 <p>Alan Kaplan (Director) &amp; Wendy Stuart Kaplan (Host/Narrator/Producer/NYWIFT Member)<br />FRAGILE BEAUTY: A VISUAL JOURNEY<br />(2016, 19 min, digital)<br />Traveling to the remote Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia, FRAGILE BEAUTY explores the customs and day-to-day lives of the Hamar, Karo, and Mursi people, which have stayed much the same through centuries. But the question is, how different are they from us and how much longer will they remain that way? The challenges of their unique way of life, their extreme adornment, elaborate body painting and piercings, are now being threatened by an outside world.<br /><br />Shiv Paul (Director/Co-Writer) &amp; Jiayi Ying (Producer/Co-Writer/NYWIFT Member)<br />WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?<br />(2017, 59 min, digital)<br />How do we go about finding a partner today? In an age dominated by virtual communication, how do we build truly intimate relationships? After 10 years of being single, Shiv Paul finds himself wrestling with how the rules of dating have evolved in our technology-driven reality.</p> Tuesday, June 26 EC: AU HASARD BALTHAZAR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49262 <p>&ldquo;Bresson interweaves two histories: the story of Balthazar, the donkey, from birth to death, and the human beings to whom the animal belongs. The film joins the two stories organically, in a series of cinematic brush-strokes and short elliptical scenes. Balthazar is the witness/judge: man&rsquo;s life is seen through his eyes &ndash; he sees all and alone carries the burden of universal guilt. His various owners each represent a vice (greed, lust, drunkenness) from which he suffers and finally dies.&rdquo; &ndash;NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL</p> Tuesday, June 26 EC: PICKPOCKET http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49258 <p>A magnificent drama about a thief, his techniques, motives, and secret existence. The plot is modeled loosely on Dostoevsky&rsquo;s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, but the rigorous intensity of the treatment is pure Bresson, as he tells the compelling story of an insignificant man who drifts into crime and finally finds grace in a prison cell. The famous scene of the pickpocket&rsquo;s magical raid on a train station ranks as one of the great tours-de-force of French cinema.</p> Tuesday, June 26 NEWFILMMAKERS http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-48948 <p>For full program listings, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newfilmmakers.com" target="_blank">www.newfilmmakers.com</a>.</p> Wednesday, June 27 EC: LES DAMES DU BOIS DE BOLOGNE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49248 <p>Taken from an episode in Diderot&rsquo;s eighteenth-century novel, and updated to the lush social tranquility of occupied Paris, Bresson&rsquo;s film is dominated by two characters: Maria Casares (in her best screen performance), spinning her vengeful web in a white setting full of rare furnishings, and Elina Labourdette, dancing in her apartment in black stockings and top hat. Stylish Cocteau dialogue, slickly elegant photography, and a symbolist sensibility enrich the ornate melodramatics, making this one of the most enjoyable of cinematic romances.</p> Wednesday, June 27 EC: MOUCHETTE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49266 <p>Bresson&rsquo;s second adaptation from Georges Bernanos, MOUCHETTE provides a magnificently unsentimental, heartbreaking portrayal of childhood. Mouchette, for all her charm, never slips into the pathos of Dickens&rsquo;s children. The joys and terrors of youth are conveyed without condescension.</p> Wednesday, June 27 EC: A MAN ESCAPED, OR THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT LISTETH http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49256 <p>(UN CONDAMN&Eacute; &Agrave; MORT S&rsquo;EST &Eacute;CHAPP&Eacute;, OU LE VENT SOUFFLE O&Ugrave; IL VEUT)<br /><br />A young member of the resistance faces death from Nazi captors in occupied France. His determination to escape evolves with breathtaking suspense. This film was a deeply personal one for Bresson, who had been a prisoner of war in Nazi prison camps.</p> Thursday, June 28 EC: DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49252 <p>(LE JOURNAL D&rsquo;UN CUR&Eacute; DE CAMPAGNE)<br /><br />This internationally acclaimed adaptation of the Georges Bernanos novel recounts the story of a devout and withdrawn young priest&rsquo;s assignment to his first rural parish. Bresson uses a simple and austere cinematic style to reveal the complexities of the human spirit.</p> Thursday, June 28 EC: PICKPOCKET http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49259 <p>A magnificent drama about a thief, his techniques, motives, and secret existence. The plot is modeled loosely on Dostoevsky&rsquo;s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, but the rigorous intensity of the treatment is pure Bresson, as he tells the compelling story of an insignificant man who drifts into crime and finally finds grace in a prison cell. The famous scene of the pickpocket&rsquo;s magical raid on a train station ranks as one of the great tours-de-force of French cinema.</p> Friday, June 29 EC: AU HASARD BALTHAZAR http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49263 <p>&ldquo;Bresson interweaves two histories: the story of Balthazar, the donkey, from birth to death, and the human beings to whom the animal belongs. The film joins the two stories organically, in a series of cinematic brush-strokes and short elliptical scenes. Balthazar is the witness/judge: man&rsquo;s life is seen through his eyes &ndash; he sees all and alone carries the burden of universal guilt. His various owners each represent a vice (greed, lust, drunkenness) from which he suffers and finally dies.&rdquo; &ndash;NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL</p> Friday, June 29 EC: MOUCHETTE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49267 <p>Bresson&rsquo;s second adaptation from Georges Bernanos, MOUCHETTE provides a magnificently unsentimental, heartbreaking portrayal of childhood. Mouchette, for all her charm, never slips into the pathos of Dickens&rsquo;s children. The joys and terrors of youth are conveyed without condescension.</p> Saturday, June 30 EC: UNE FEMME DOUCE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=06&year=2018#showing-49269 <p>&ldquo;Bresson transforms Dostoevsky&rsquo;s novella about a free-spirited young girl and the pawnbroker husband who must possess her into a battle of light and darkness. The young bride (played by Dominique Sanda), with her love and music and art, her desire to live unfettered, struggles against the man who stalks her soul and body, seeking to add them to his collection of beautiful objects.&rdquo; &ndash;Roger Greenspun</p> Saturday, June 30 HARUN FAROCKI: PROGRAM 13: WAR AT A DISTANCE http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=07&year=2018#showing-49295 <p>Harun Farocki<br />WAR AT A DISTANCE / ERKENNEN UND VERFOLGEN<br />2003, 58 min, digital. In English and German with English subtitles.<br />&ldquo;In 1991, when images of the Gulf War flooded the international media, it was virtually impossible to distinguish between real pictures and those generated on a computer. This loss of bearings was to change forever our way of deciphering what we see. The image is no longer used only as testimony, but also as an indispensable link in a process of production and destruction. This is the central premise of WAR AT A DISTANCE, which continues the deconstruction of claims to visual objectivity Harun Farocki developed in his earlier work. With the help of archival and original material, Farocki sets out in effect to define the relationship between military strategy and industrial production and sheds light on how the technology of war finds applications in everyday life.&rdquo; &ndash;Antje Ehmann<br /><br /></p> Sunday, July 01