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BLAME THE AUDIENCE

On the occasion of ONE DAY AT A TIME—MANNY FARBER AND TERMITE ART, MOCA presents a film series inspired by Farber’s idiosyncratic and influential teaching, organized by filmmaker, artist, and teacher Jason Simon, a former student of Farber’s.

This week Simon will introduce the series’ first installment, which features shorts by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michael Snow, and Joyce Wielands, as well as a cinematic portrait of Farber by Chris Petit.

 

BLAME THE AUDIENCE

A FILM SERIES ORGANIZED BY JASON SIMON

Thursday, November 1, at 7 pm.

 

BLAME THE AUDIENCE #2

Thursday, December 13, at 7 pm.

MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Top: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Marite Greiselis, and Christoph Roser in Das Kleine Chaos (1966), directed by Fassbinder.

Above: Michael Snow, Wavelength (1967).

Below: Closing titles of Das Kleine Chaos.

CONTACT WARHOL — PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT END

Drawing from over 130,000 photographic images taken by Andy Warhol and his entourage over the last decade of the artist’s life, CONTACT WARHOL—PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT END, at Stanford University, presents a backstage view of Warhol’s working and social life from 1976 to 1987.*

CONTACT WARHOL—PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT END

Through January 6.

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

 

CONTACT WARHOL—PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT END exhibition catalogue

(Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/Stanford, CA: Cantor Arts Center, 2018).

*The photographs that also feature Warhol as subject were likely taken by Bob Colacello, editor of the 1979 book Andy Warhol’s Exposures.

Top: Andy Warhol, photo study for Jane Fonda portrait, 1982.

Above: Two unidentified male models photographed by Warhol for Querelle (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982) film poster.

Below: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1984.

JACQUELINE BISSET AND TRUFFAUT

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On the list of the best movies about making movies – Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful, Cukor’s A Star is Born, Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore, Fellini’s –  François Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT invariably lands near the top.

(The title refers to the practice of shooting a night scene during daylight hours, using a blue filter to screen out the brightness.)

This week, at Laemmle’s 45th anniversary screening of the film, Jacqueline Bisset will talk about her work with Truffaut on the picture.

 

DAY FOR NIGHT, Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 pm.

LAEMMLE ROYAL, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

laemmle.com/film

Below: Jean-Pierre Léaud and Jacqueline Bisset in Day for Night. Image credit: Warner Bros.

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DOUBLE SIRK

Douglas Sirk’s ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) and MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954), part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center series Emotion Pictures—International Melodramas, will screen on New Year’s Day.

A potent influence on FassbinderWong Kar-wai, Todd Haynes and many others, these masterpieces (along with Sirk’s Written on the Wind and Imitation of Life) are the high-water mark of overwrought Hollywood melodrama.

“Setting arch-American characters and tales in lurid tableaux of riotous colors and tangled shadows, catching the frozen moments of contemplative self-horror of furiously dynamic characters and the stifled energies of reflective ones, Sirk plays ironic variations on American themes.” — Richard Brody*

 

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, Monday, January 1, at 7 pm.

filmlinc.org/films/all-that-heaven-allows

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, Monday, January 1, at 9:15 pm.

filmlinc.org/films/magnificent-obsession

WALTER READE THEATER, 165 West 65th Street, New York City.

newyorker.com/richard-brody/written-on-the-wind

Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession (1954). Image credit: Universal Pictures.

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FASSBINDER AND HIS FRIENDS

FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (1975), one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s very few films with a queer protagonist, pits the title character (played by Fassbinder himself)—a hapless, clueless circus performer who has just won the lottery—against the imperatives of the sleek, educated gays he suddenly has access to.

FOX contains Fassbinder’s most pointed social observation…. a deep, warts-and-all image of queer identity….It questions the conventional social authority that often oppresses those who, like gay, naive Fox, go through life unaware that they lack social power.” — Armond White*

In addition to Fassbinder, FOX stars Peter Chatel as Fox’s social-climbing lover, Harry Baer as Fox’s rival, and El Hedi ben Salem (Fassinder’s real-life lover) as a Moroccan hustler. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.

FOX AND HIS FRIENDS, Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 pm.

CINEFAMILY, 611 North Fairfax, Los Angeles.

cinefamily.org/films/cinefamily-editions-presents/#fox-and-his-friends

*out.com/movies/2017/4/28/fassbinders-mirror-how-gay-filmmaker-examined-self-society

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (left) and Peter Chatel in Fox and His Friends. Image credits: The Criterion Collection, and Slant.

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder (background) and Peter Chatel in Fox and His Friends Image credit: Slant