Goings On: Pialat, Lupino, and More

On Film / The Daily — Jan 22, 2018

New York. There’s a celebration going on at the Quad Cinema through Wednesday, A Journey Through Cinema: Ten Years of the Cohen Media Group. At Screen Slate, Caroline Golum picks out Maurice Pialat’s Loulou (1980) from the program to spotlight, noting that it stars Isabelle Huppert “and a still-fuckable Gerard Depardieu as doomed lovers in a particularly grimy romance. When a chance encounter, and subsequent liaison, brings ladylike Nelly (Huppert) and tramp Loulou (Depardieu) together, the resulting offspring is a tragic cross between purebred melodrama and gutter-mutt realism.” Screens this evening and once more on Thursday.

2016 saw the publication of Richard I. Suchenski’s book Projections of Memory: Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film, and now Suchenski has curated a program bearing the same title that takes place this weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image. At Screen Slate, Jeva Lange focuses on a screening happening on Saturday: “Jacques Rivette is oftentimes a deeply funny director, but he is concertedly not in La Belle Noiseuse [1991], where even in the nude [Emmanuelle] Béart’s most captivating feature are her intensely dark and drilling eyes.”

Even as 60s Verité rolls on at Film Forum through February 6, Barbara Kopple, Rebekah Maysles of Maysles Films, Inc., and film preservationist Heather Linville will be at the Metrograph on Friday for a screening of Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin’s Salesman (1968), which then plays through Sunday.

Ongoing through February 1: To Save and Project: The 15th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.

Chicago. In this week’s Cine-List, you’ll find Kathleen Sachs on Seijun Suzuki’s Eight Hours of Terror (1957) and Love Letter ((1959), both being presented tomorrow on 35 mm by Doc Films; Ben Sachs on Spike Lee’s Crooklyn (1994), which the Chicago Film Society is presenting on 35 mm on Wednesday; James Stroble on the new 4K restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice (1986), screening today and Wednesday at the Gene Siskel Film Center; Kyle A. Westphal on the new restoration of Carl Theodor Dryer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1982), also at the Gene Siskel today, Tuesday, and Thursday; and more.

San Francisco. On Thursday, the Cinematheque will present New Beginnings: Works by Peggy Ahwesh, Sadie Benning, Nina Fonoroff at Artists’ Television Access.

Berkeley. The BAMPFA retrospective Ida Lupino: Hard, Fast, and Beautiful runs through February 24 and, writing for KQED, Max Goldberg notes that “Manny Farber, always attuned to the pleasure of a scene-stealing actor, applauded Lupino’s penchant for working from ‘the basic realization that life is hard, severe and bitter,’ and this same cutting intelligence is evident in her work as a director. Lupino found freedom in constraint, working fast and cheap off the bounce of a hot-button issue or ripped-from-the-headlines yarn.”

Philadelphia. Light Industry co-founder Thomas Beard will be at the International House on Thursday to introduce a screening of Stan Brakhage’s Dog Star Man (1964) and to talk about the new publication of Brakhage’s 1963 book Metaphors on Vision.

Minneapolis. And Light Industry’s other cofounder, Ed Halter, will be at the Walker Art Center to discuss the book and present an hour-long program of Brakhage’s films. In conjunction with the program, the Walker’s posted an excerpt from the book, “The Camera Eye.”

Austin. The Film Society presents Essential Cinema: Agnès Varda through February 22.

Toronto. From Thursday through February 24, the TIFF Cinematheque presents the retrospective In the Shadow of Love: The Cinema of Philippe Garrel.

Bristol. Slapstick 2018 is on from Thursday through Sunday. “If you’re not familiar with this event let me tell you how it breaks down,” writes Pamela Hutchinson. “Funny films. Funny people. That’s it, really. The Slapstick Festival celebrates the tradition of visual comedy on screen, beginning in the silent era. And it invites famous comedians to present and share their favorites, as well as a host of experts and the best silent movie musicians in the business.”

Vienna. Film scholar Elisabeth Büttner passed away in 2016 and, on Thursday, the Austrian Film Museum will present KINO ARBEIT LIEBE, “a book retracing Elisabeth Büttner's ways of thinking and the manifold connection points in her work,” along with a program of films by Michael Wallin, Lisl Ponger, Peter Tscherkassky, and Kurt Kren, among others.

Porto Alegre, Brazil. Hollywood and Beyond: Thom Andersen’s Obstinate Cinema, a series running through tomorrow at the Cinemateca Capitólio Petrobras on the occasion of the new book, Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema,Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema, has been programmed by Mariana Shellard and Aaron Cutler, who posts an appreciation of Anderson’s work by filmmaker Adam R. Levine. Cutler also alerts us to the forthcoming publication this fall of another book by Andersen, Los Angeles Plays Itself, which he calls “a continuation by other means” of his landmark 2003 essay film. From Hat & Beard Press: “Andersen continues and extends his assault on the mythologies of Los Angeles and its movies, casting a keen gaze on many movies not analyzed in his film, such as The Wild Angels, The Fast and the Furious, Crash, Collateral, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Teenage Doll, Mulholland Dr., Inherent Vice, The Black Dahlia, Ask the Dust, The Player, A Single Man, Dusty and Sweets McGee, and even San Andreas.

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