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VISCONTI AND MASTROIANNI

Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell in Le Notti Bianche, 1957, directed by Luchino Visconti

Between 1949 and 1956, Luchino Visconti directed Marcello Mastroianni onstage seven times, mostly in Rome. Reflecting the early years of what David Thomson called “Visconti’s taste for high–minded literary thunder,” Mastroianni played the younger son in Death of a Salesman, Michail Astrov in Uncle Vanya, and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, among others For their […]

CINÉSALON AT THE FRENCH INSTITUTE

Section Spéciale (1975), directed by Costa–Gavras
Image credit: Pathé

Post-election and Macron’s inauguration, the CinéSalon series Liberté, Égalité, Fantasy: French Politics on Film at the French Institute–Alliance Française in New York wraps up with two final selections: a classic drama from the Seventies, and a new satire: SECTION SPÉCIALE (1975), directed by Costa–Gavras. Tuesday, May 23, at 4 pm and 7:30 pm. “August 1941. Following […]

PAINT IT BLACK

A sensation at the 2016 LA Film Fest, Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut PAINT IT BLACK is now playing at the Music Hall cinema in Beverly Hills. The film stars Alia Shawkat as an art student in a nightmare confrontation with her dead boyfriend’s mother, Janet McTeer (who could play Joan Crawford and Bette Davis simultaneously in a one-woman […]

LEILAH WEINRAUB’S SHAKEDOWN

In the last screening of the 2017 Whitney Biennial Film Program, Leilah Weinraub presents her new film SHAKEDOWN, “an intoxicating, dreamlike portrait of Los Angeles’ African-American lesbian strip club scene, in which a network of female performers attached to a weekly party called Shakedown take center stage. SHAKEDOWN chronicles the personal and professional relationships of […]

MAREN ADE’S EVERYONE ELSE

Birgit Minichmayr and Lars Eidinger in Everyone Else/Alle Anderen (2009), directed by Maren Ade
Image credit: Komplizen Film

Seven years before shooting her masterpiece Toni Erdmann (2016), Maren Ade wrote, produced, and directed EVERYONE ELSE / ALLE ANDEREN. “Young couple Gitti and Chris are vacationing at Chris’ parents’ villa in Sardinia. Ade’s almost too perceptive window into the relationship spares us none of the details, as the couple’s vacation—with its ample, visual reminders of Éric Rohmer‘s La […]

TERENCE DAVIES’ MASTERPIECE

Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion, directed by Terence Davies
Image credit: Music Box Films

The cinema of Terence Davies has drawn on the books and plays of Edith Wharton (The House of Mirth), John Kennedy Toole (The Neon Bible), and Terence Rattigan (The Deep Blue Sea). His early works (Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes) were autobiographical. Davies was not—is not—out and proud, but homosexual and […]

ARTHUR JAFA IN LOS ANGELES AND LONDON

Image credit: Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, the Message is Death

“There’s just a certain genius to accompaniment, how you actually support other people being expressive, and that’s the jazz thing again. I keep coming back to that: listening and responding, but responding in a way where you still allow the person a certain kind of platform. To a certain degree it goes into this whole […]