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SUSAN SONTAG — DUET FOR CANNIBALS

I don’t feel this film is necessary. This film exists because I always wanted to make films.Susan Sontag, to Jonas Mekas

In 1968—after her trip to Hanoi and a year before the publication of her second essay collection, Styles of Radical Will—Sontag went to Sweden to make her first film. DUET FOR CANNIBALS, which premiered at the 1969 New York Film Festival, has been restored by Metrograph Pictures and is playing at its Manhattan cinema.

The film is in Swedish—with subtitles by its director—and stars Adriana Asti, Lars Ekborg, Gösta Ekman, and Agneta Ekmanner.

DUET FOR CANNIBALS

Through November 28.

Metrograph

7 Ludlow Street, New York City.

From top: Susan Sontag on the set of her film Duett för kannibaler (Duet for Cannibals, 1969), courtesy and © Grove Press / Photofest; Gost Ekman (left) and Agneta Ekmanner; cover of the Noonday publication of the screenplay, courtesy and © the publisher; Swedish film poster; Adriana Asti and Ekman (2). Images courtesy and © the artists, their estates, Evergreen Film, and Metrograph Pictures.

ALEX ROSS PERRY IN CONVERSATION

A sensation at last year’s New York and American Film Institute festivals, HER SMELL returns to Los Angeles as part of the inaugural Red Bull Music Center Channel film fest.

Starring the always-remarkable Elisabeth Moss as Becky Something—a rocker in drastic free fall—HER SMELL is not, according to the writer-director Alex Ross Perry, based on Courtney Love.

Perry will participate in a post-screening conversation, joined by the film’s composer Keegan DeWitt.

HER SMELL

Friday, February 15, doors at 7 pm.

Ukrainian Culture Center

4315 Melrose Avenue, East Hollywood, Los Angeles.

From top: Original poster; Elizabeth Moss in Her Smell; Moss with Dan Stevens. Images courtesy Gunpowder & Sky.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

“You have two fathers committing crimes to bail out a son who has committed no crimes—which is America in a nutshell.” — Barry Jenkins, December 5, Los Angeles*

Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK—a lyrical cinematic elegy to familial love and shattered lives shot in amber and scored with apprehension—finally arrives in cinemas this week.*

At the recent Film Independent Presents screening in Hollywood, Jenkins and KiKi Layne—who plays Tish in the film—were joined by Out magazine’s Tre’vell Anderson for a post-screening Q & A, and over the weekend, Layne will return to the Arclight for pre- and post-screening conversations with her fellow actors.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

BARRY JENKINS IN CONVERSATION

Monday, January 14, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Opens Thursday, December 13, at 7pm.

Cinerama Dome

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

KIKI LAYNE, STEPHAN JAMES, and COLMAN DOMINGO IN CONVERSATION

Friday through Sunday, December 14, 15, and 16.

Cinerama Dome

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

*James Laxton was the director of photography, and Nicholas Britell composed the music for the film. Both had previously worked with Jenkins on Moonlight.

From top: Tre’vell Anderson, KiKi Layne and Barry Jenkins at the Film Independent Presents screening and Q & A, December 5, 2018, Arclight, Hollywood; Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could TalkRegina King in the film. Film images courtesy Annapurna PicturesArclight photograph courtesy Getty Images and Film Independent.

FREDERICK WISEMAN IN CONVERSATION

“I like to think I know what works for me… I’ve learned to be quite hard on the material… Editing is always a manic-depressive special—moments when you overestimate what you have and moments when you underestimate, but neither is usually true.” — Frederick Wiseman*

Wiseman—one of our greatest documentarians—will talk about his new film MONROVIA, INDIANA this week at the 56th New York Film Festival.

The following weekend Wiseman will join Richard Brody (author of Cinema is Everything: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard) in conversation at The New Yorker Festival.

MONROVIA, INDIANA

Sunday, September 30, at noon.

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York City.

Monday, October 1, at 6:30 pm.

Howard Gilman Theater, 144 West 65th Street, New York City.

 

FREDERICK WISEMAN IN CONVERSATION—NYFF LIVE TALK

Monday, October 1, at 7 pm.

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street, New York City.

 

FREDERICK WISEMAN TALKS WITH RICHARD BRODY

Saturday, October 6, at 10 am.

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City.

*Paris Review interview

Frederick Wiseman. Photograph by Corbin Smith.

LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE

LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGEJean Renoir’s film about a publishing co-operative in France, released in Paris in January, 1936—was a precursor to the election later that year of Léon Blum’s Popular Front. Renoir’s politics were notoriously fickle, but in the mid-1930s, at least, he was leaning Left.

The 4K restoration of  LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE premiered at this year’s New York Film Festival, and a Los Angeles engagement begins today.

 

LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE

Through November 28.

Laemmle Royal

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

laemmle.com/films

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange.