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AUTHOR: CHARLES SILVER

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August 19, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull
Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

These notes accompany screenings of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull on August 20, 21, and 22 in Theater 3.

I attribute my lifetime fascination with boxing to my maternal grandfather, Louie Greenberg. Chewy Louie (as he was affectionately known for his steadfast support of the Wrigley franchise) lived upstairs from us in the house he built. Read more

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August 12, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now Redux. 1979/2001. USA. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now Redux. 1979/2001. USA. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

These notes accompany screenings of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now on August 13, 14, and 15 in Theater 3.

By the time of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola, through his first two Godfather films, had become the American director most able to garner both critical acclaim and box office success. I would be loath to accuse Coppola of hubris, but the heights of his achievement led to an understandable ambition. Read more

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August 5, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven. 1978. USA. Written and directed by Terrence Malick

Days of Heaven. 1978. USA. Written and directed by Terrence Malick

These notes accompany screenings of Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven on August 6, 7, and 8 in Theater 3.

Terrence Malick, now 70, was still in his twenties when his first feature, Badlands, debuted at the 1973 New York Film Festival. Days of Heaven, released five years later, was not followed by another film for two decades. It is hard to think of another significant filmmaker with that kind of gap in his output. Read more

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July 29, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Woody Allen’s Annie Hall
Annie Hall. 1977. USA. Directed by Woody Allen

Annie Hall. 1977. USA. Directed by Woody Allen

These notes accompany screenings of Woody Allen’s Annie Hall on July 30 and 31 and August 1 in Theater 3.

With the release of Magic in the Moonlight last week, Woody Allen has now directed 50 films in slightly less than 50 years. Annie Hall was his eighth and, some suggest, best film. Read more

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July 22, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver. 1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

Taxi Driver. 1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

These notes accompany screenings of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver on July 23, 24, and 25 in Theater 3.

No director has ever been so closely identified with New York in all its manifestations, its terrors and its glories, as Martin Scorsese, who was born in Flushing, Queens, 71 years ago. (Even Woody Allen has, at this point, become more or less a jet-setter, preferring European jaunts to the streets of New York.) Read more

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July 15, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon. 1975. Great Britain. Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Barry Lyndon. 1975. Great Britain. Directed by Stanley Kubrick

These notes accompany screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon on July 16, 17, and 18 in Theater 3.

Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999) has long posed complications for auteur critics. It would be hard to claim that the director lacked a unique personal vision, but it was a fragmentary and misanthropic one. Read more

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July 8, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute. 1975. Sweden. Directed by Ingmar Bergman

The Magic Flute. 1975. Sweden. Directed by Ingmar Bergman

These notes accompany screenings of Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute on July 9, 10, and 11 in Theater 3.

Let me say upfront that I know virtually nothing about opera. As I recall, I’ve been to the Met three times to see Der Rosenkavalier, some Leoš Janáček, and William Kentridge’s recent Gogolesque grotesquery. Read more

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July 1, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws
Jaws. 1975. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg

Jaws. 1975. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg

These notes accompany screenings of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on July 2, 3, and 4 in Theater 3.

Back on March 30, 1974, when I was introduced to the young director of Sugarland Express, I had no idea I was playing a miniscule role on the periphery of one of the greatest revolutions in film history. Read more

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June 24, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God. 1973. West Germany. Directed by Werner Herzog

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God. 1973. West Germany. Directed by Werner Herzog

These notes accompany screenings of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God on June 25, 26, and 27 in Theater 2.

I would argue that no director in film history has moved so successfully back and forth between actuality and narrative as Werner Herzog, and Herzog’s skill in ether genre is nowhere better displayed than in Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God). Read more

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June 17, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show
Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges in The Last Picture Show. 1971. USA. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges in The Last Picture Show. 1971. USA. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

These notes accompany screenings of Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show on June 18, 19, and 20 in Theater 3.

There is a sense that, for cinephiles of my generation, Peter Bogdanovich is our Walter Mitty, living out our fantasies. Bogdanovich became a successful and scholarly critic, curated film exhibitions at MoMA and elsewhere, hobnobbed with the greats Read more