• [The Daily] Goings On: Curtiz, Garrel, and More

    By David Hudson


    New York. “If the promise of canonical film school heartthrobs—among them Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, and Michel Piccoli—gorging and fucking themselves to death in a provincial villa sets your heart a-racing, close that incognito tab and treat yourself to La Grande Bouffe [1973],” advises Caroline Golum. “The scatalogical Franco-Italian masterpiece from director Marco Ferreri returns to Spectacle theater this month as part of its annual ‘Best Of’ programming round-up.” Screens this evening and again on January 16 and 23.

    Also at Screen Slate:

    • Kazu Watanabe on Yance Ford’s “extraordinary, ten-years-in-the-making documentary,” Strong Island (2017), screening tomorrow as part of MoMA’s series, The Contenders
    • Patrick Dahl on Jia Zhangke’s Useless (2007), which “presents a triptych of observant documentaries concerning fashion in contemporary China”; Wednesday at MoMA
    • Jeva Lange on Wang Bing’s Bitter Money (2016), which sees its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives, starting Friday, focusing on the Chinese city of Huzhou, “home to some 18,000 clothing factories that staff some 300,000 workers”

    On Thursday, Meredith Hindley, author of Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II, and Noah Isenberg, author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, will be at the IFC Center for a presentation of the seventy-fifth anniversary restoration—and of course, a discussion afterwards.

    Los Angeles. “After years of neglect and even scorn, Michael Curtiz, the director of Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy, White Christmas, and well over 100 more, is finally getting some respect,” writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times.Michael Curtiz: A Life in Films, a thoroughly researched, 681-page biography by Alan K. Rode, has just been published and a collection of critical essays, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz, is coming later this year.” Meantime, “the UCLA Film & Television Archive is putting on a two-month, twenty-one-film tribute to the filmmaker at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood.” The series runs through March 17, and Rode discusses his book on Noir Talk (76’11”).

    San Francisco. On Sunday, from noon until six in the evening, the San Francisco Cinematheque will present James Benning: 52 Films as part of UNTITLED, an art fair taking place in the city from Friday through Sunday.

    Portland. From Friday through January 30. the Northwest Film Center presents Reel Music 35, an “eclectic mix of films that celebrate great artists, sound, and image, and connect music and culture.”

    Austin. On Sunday, and then again on January 17, the Film Society will present a new restoration of Jacques Becker’s Antoine & Antoinette (1947), followed on January 21 and 24 by Becker’s newly restored Casque d’or (1952) with Simone Signoret.

    Rochester, New York. Starting Wednesday, and then on every Wednesday through February, the George Eastman Museum will present a Retrospective: The Passion of Philippe Garrel. “Jacques Rivette called Garrel ‘the child of Cocteau and Godard,’ and Olivier Assayas called him ‘the proverbial underrated genius.’”

    Vancouver. On Thursday, Light Industry cofounder Thomas Beard will be at Western Front to present Stan Brakhage’s 1963 book Metaphors on Vision and three of his films, The Dead (1960), Anticipation of the Night (1958), and Mothlight (1963).

    London. From Friday through January 21 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the London Short Film Festival will present work by Forough Farrokhzad, Mati Diop, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Chris Kraus, and many more.

    Paris. Cinémathèque française’s Paulo Rocha retrospective runs from Wednesday through February 1.

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