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Through the end of the week, five complete theatrical productions and two media works by The Wooster Group are now available to stream.

Selections include HOUSE / LIGHTS, TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!—a take on Racine’s PhèdreHAMLET, parts one and two, BRACE UP!—a reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and the video works FLAUBERT DREAMS OF TRAVEL BUT THE ILLNESS OF HIS MOTHER PREVENTS IT, and CHANNEL J, starring Anna Köhler, Kate Valk, Ron Vawter, and Willem Dafoe.

All productions were directed by Elizabeth LeCompte. See link below for details.


Through May 15.

The Wooster Group, from top: House / Lights; Hamlet, part one; Flaubert Dreams of Travel but the Illness of His Mother Prevents It; To You, the Birdie!, with Scott Shepherd, left; Channel J, with Willem Dafoe (left) and Ron Vawter (right).


“I am a form, the knowledge of which is an illusion.” — Pasolini

From the distance of nearly forty-five years since his murder at the hands of a young Roman hustler, the public life and times of Pier Paolo Pasolini subsist like an Italian noir. The country’s “Years of Lead” from the late 1960s through the ’80s were marked by economic precarity, political savagery, and—for the urbane author and filmmaker—personal depression.

“To scandalize is a right. To be scandalized is a pleasure.” — Pasolini

In Abel Ferrara‘s elegiac PASOLINI—finally released after a five-year delay—Willem Dafoe is an uncanny visual analog for his subject. Burdened by presentiments of intellectual futility and struggling to find beauty in lost causes, Pasolini/Dafoe composes editorials, visits friends, gives interviews, and cruises the streets around Termini Station for company. A sense of defeat hangs thick in the air, and in the end the artist’s sense of aesthetics fell through the abyss. (Pasolini’s final film was Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.)

The other side of Ferrara’s film is his partial creation of the movie Pasolini didn’t live to shoot: Porno-Teo-Kolossal. These sections star Ninetto Davoli, Pasolini’s muse and goofball stud from Arabian Nights, The Canterbury Tales, Teorema, Oedipus Rex, and The Hawks and the Sparrows.


Through June 6.

Laemmle Glendale

2017 North Maryland Avenue, Glendale.

Willem Dafoe in Pasolini. The fllm co-stars Maria de Medeiros, third from top. Images courtesy Kino Lorber.


Julian Schnabel brings AT ETERNITY’S GATE, his fifth feature, to LACMA for a screening and conversation.

The film—dedicated to Azzedine Alaïa—was co-written by Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, Louise Kugelberg, and Schnabel.

Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent Van Gogh, with Rupert Friend as his brother Theo, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, Mathieu Amalric as Paul Gachet, and Oscar Isaac as Paul Gauguin.


Monday, November 5, at 7:30 pm.

Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Top: Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate.

Above: Oscar Isaac and Emmanuelle Seigner.

Below: Dafoe. Image credit: CBS Films.


The iconoclastic writer and director Paul Schrader will be at the Aero for two nights of screenings this week, engaging the audience with a discussion of his work.

On Wednesday night, Schrader will introduce two of his films from the 1990s: AFFLICTION (with Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek) and LIGHT SLEEPER (Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon).

The following evening the director will present his latest work, the Bresson-meets-pulp fiction tour de force FIRST REFORMED. The film’s star Ethan Hawke will join Schrader for a post-screening conversation.

“When I look back on my life and think of the various people who have befriended me, whether it be Pauline Kael or Charles Eames or whoever, obviously they saw in me a hungry, thirsty sensibility that wanted what they had to give very badly, and if you’re a decent person then you realize that this is what you are put on this earth to do…

“[Eames taught me] that the cult of personality is transient, that we are in fact all alike and that if you don’t understand how we are alike then you won’t get anything done.” — Paul Schrader, 1989*


Wednesday, May 9, at 7:30 pm.


Member’s screening on Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 pm.

For membership information, see: egyptiantheatre.com/join

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

* From Schrader on Schrader & Other Writings, edited by Kevin Jackson (London: Faber and Faber, 1990), 27.

From top: Ethan Hawke, poster detail, First ReformedSusan Sarandon and Willem Dafoe in Light Sleeper (1992).