Goings On: Fassbinder, Gordon, and More

On Film / The Daily — Feb 19, 2018

New York. Anthology Film Archives’ series Documentarists for a Day runs for two more nights, and Screen Slate is spotlighting the two films screening tomorrow. Theater in Trance (1981) is the only documentary Rainer Werner Fassbinder made. Angeline Gragásin: “Comprised almost entirely of footage of performances at the 1981 Theater Der Welt (‘Theaters of the World’) Festival in Cologne, Germany, the film’s fourteen parts play like a bizarre highlight reel of early-80s avant-garde theater, encompassing everything from the intensely focused and compelling dance works of Pina Bausch, to literal ass-licking, piss-drinking shock-theater.”

God's Country (1985) is Louis Malle’s portrait of Glencoe, Minnesota, much of which is “dedicated to a number of surprisingly intimate conversations, which is, in the end, what makes this such a devastatingly watchable documentary,” writes Madelyn Sutton.

Also at Screen Slate, Stephanie Monohan notes that Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent’s Cut-Throats Nine (1972), a “tense and nihilistic Eurowesten” screening as part of the series Blood in the Dust at Spectacle, “has garnered some new fans these past few years because of its conspicuous influence on The Hateful Eight, there is much more to be found here than fodder for Tarantino ‘homage’ Easter eggs.”

Tomorrow evening, Light Industry and Inpatient Press present The Smoker: A Brief History of the Stag Film.

And on Sunday, Light Industry co-founder Thomas Beard will introduce a screening of Stan Brakhage’s The Art of Vision (1961–1965) at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Los Angeles. Sky Hopinka will be at REDCAT tonight to present Anti-Objects, a program of recent work.

The Getty Center, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies are launching “a quarterly, interdisciplinary festival of film and music” focusing on Europe, and specifically on four themes. The first, Animals, is on from Friday through Sunday.

Kathleen Craughwell runs through more of the highlights of coming week for the Los Angeles Times.

San Francisco. On Thursday, Canyon Cinema presents Walking Films: A Salon with Baba Hillman.

On Friday and Saturday, the San Francisco Cinematheque will present After Hours: Films of Karen Yasinsky, a program in two parts.

Seattle. “No film in the history of cinema better captures the curse of the intellectual than Memories of Underdevelopment,” argues Charles Mudede in the Stranger. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s 1968 film screens at the Grand Illusion on Thursday and Friday and on February 27 and March 1.

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival opens Thursday and runs through Thursday.

Austin. From Friday through Monday, the Film Society will present No Cover: Films By Bette Gordon.

London. On Wednesday, Close-Up will present Films from the Archive: Forgotten Women of the 1930s, an event that “reconstructs a London Film Institute Society screening that took place on the 23rd February 1936 at the Forum Cinema, curated by Olwen Vaughan—an important but undervalued figure in early film culture.”

Vienna. After the Great War: Films by Fritz Freisler and James Whale is a two part program at the Austrian Film Museum with Der Mandarin (1918) screening on Friday and The Road Back (1937) on Monday.

Madrid. With Purple, on view at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza from tomorrow through March 25, John Akomfrah “explores climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events in his most ambitious project to date. Thought-provoking and powerful, the immersive six-channel video intersperses archival footage with newly shot film, animated by a hypnotic score.”

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