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JACK SMITH

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Jack Smith and Bennett Theissen conversation in 1982: Smith: But I want to eventually become like Liberace and do Las Vegas night clubs. He makes six million a year from working half a year, twenty-five weeks. Theissen: What do you think he does that gets people to come see him? Would you go see Liberace? Smith: […]

DAVID LYNCH IN CONVERSATION

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On the occasion of the publication of his memoir ROOM TO DREAM, Book Soup presents a screening of every episode of David Lynch’s animated series DUMBLAND, followed by a conversation with its creator.   DUMBLAND—DAVID LYNCH IN CONVERSATION WITH KRISTINE MCKENNA, Thursday, June 21, at 7 pm. THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL, 929 South Broadway, downtown […]

THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE

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Annie Hardy, Melissa Brooks (The Aquadolls), and Joe Cardamone—former leader of the underground band The Icarus Line—will perform tonight at the premiere of the new film THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE. On Thursday night, the Alumni Screening Series at USC presents a free preview of the narrative feature, followed by a Q & A with director […]

HAL ASHBY AND BILL GUNN

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A very rare screening of Hal Ashby’s remarkable directorial debut THE LANDLORD (1970) will by followed by a Q & A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy as part of their Black Book series at the Hammer. The screenplay is by Bill Gunn, his second after writing and directing the unreleased Stop.   THE LANDLORD, Wednesday, […]

DEATH IN VENICE

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DEATH IN VENICE screens this weekend at the Visconti festival at Lincoln Center. “There is possibly a no more overwhelming death in cinema than the one that ends Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella of homosexual desire. Feted composer Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde), his face smeared with tragically unbecoming makeup, sits on the […]

VISCONTI’S ROCCO

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The Luchino Visconti retrospective at Lincoln Center continues with two screenings of his black-and-white, widescreen masterpiece ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, from 1960. The film has been beautifully restored by Cineteca di Bologna in association with Titanus, with funding by Gucci and the Film Foundation.   ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, Friday, June 8, at 1:30 pm, and […]

SHIRIN NESHAT AT THE HAMMER

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Recalling the structure of Barbara (the recent Mathieu Amalric feature), Shirin Neshat’s LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM is a “visually dazzling film-within-a-film about an artist-filmmaker who attempts to make a film about her hero, the legendary female Arab singer Oum Kulthum. Neshat’s heroine, Mitra, struggles as she dares to cross lines in a conservative, male-dominated society—reflecting the obstacles faced by […]