July 24th & 25th at 7:00 we have Jean-Luc Godard’s Hélas Pour Moi (Oh, Woe is Me), which is the story of journalist Abraham Klimt (Bernard Verley)’s investigation of a case of divine possession. In 1989 God enters the body of filmmaker Simon Donnadieu (Gérard Depardieu) and wishes to experience human desire, pleasure and pain. You can read a nice write-up of that here.
July 26th – 27th at 7:00 then July 28th at 2:00 we have Dario Argento’s debut giallo, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, where Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorising Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). It features what would become his trademark visual flare and violence and is photographed by the legendary Vittorio Storaro (The Conformist, and Apocalypse Now) and scored by Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).
Stay tuned here, on our website or on our new Facebook page for more of our upcoming events, including Claire Denis’ latest: High Life and Barbara Loden’s Wanda.
This week, Monday and Tuesday, we have Ace in the Hole screening.
“Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time.”
Then from Wednesday to Sunday we have Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist.
“Ida Lupino, a star of the nineteen-forties, became a director in 1949—a great one, as seen in Film Forum’s retrospective (through Nov. 22) of her work on both sides of the camera. Her movies probe women’s lives and troubles—unwanted pregnancy, mother-daughter rivalry, rape and its psychological aftermath—with a harrowing subjectivity that makes her one of the most original directors of the time. Lupino was also an independent producer, in partnership with her then husband, Collier Young, and her 1953 melodrama “The Bigamist” (which he wrote) confronts the emotional dangers of a working marriage. The title character (Edmond O’Brien) is a travelling appliance wholesaler in business with his wife (Joan Fontaine), who runs their office but neglects their romance. Lupino herself plays the other woman. Though centered on the philanderer’s double life, the movie’s most passionate moments are reserved for the anguish of the women facing his secrets and lies.”
You can read more about The Bigamisthere and more about Ace in the Holehere.
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