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AUTHOR: CHARLES SILVER

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February 4, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Two Films by Ousmane Sembene
Black Girl. 1965. Senegal. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene

Black Girl. 1965. Senegal. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene

These notes accompany a program of films by Ousmane Sembene screening on February 5, 6, and 7 in Theater 3.

Ousmane Sembene (1923–2007) of Senegal is considered “the father of African film,” and the two films in this program are among his earliest works. By the time he came to film, at age 40, he had a checkered past ranging from deep immersion in tribal religion to Communism, and from military service to being a longshoreman in Marseille. Read more

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January 28, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

These notes accompany screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds on January 29, 30, and 31 in Theater 3.

The Birds. 1963. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Tippi Hedren and a feathered friend in The Birds. 1963. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

In his seminal study of Alfred Hitchcock, critic Robin Wood focuses on the director’s career-long apprehension that civilization rests precariously on a very thin layer of what we accept as reality, but which covers a foreboding, underlying chaos. Read more

January 21, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
The New Social Documentary and Television

These notes accompany screenings of a program celebrating the New Social Documentary and Television on January 22, 23, and 24 in Theater 3.

Documentary films had been there at the very beginning of cinema. Even before it occurred to filmmakers that they might create their own images, the example of still photography had paved the way for capturing the real world. Read more

January 14, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Ingmar Bergman’s Persona

These notes accompany screenings of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona on January 15, 16, and 17 in Theater 3.

I have long championed (and been more comfortable with) Ingmar Bergman’s more directly narrative/linear films (Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring) Read more

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January 7, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Gavin Lambert’s Another Sky
Another Sky. 1954 (1960 in USA). Great Britain/Morocco. Courtesy Photofest

Another Sky. 1954 (1960 in USA). Great Britain/Morocco. Courtesy Photofest

These notes accompany screenings of Gavin Lambert’s Another Sky on January 8, 9, and 10 in Theater 3.

It may seem a little peculiar to include Gavin Lambert (1924–2005) in this series, but he was an important figure in film history and scholarship, and his solitary directorial effort, Another Sky, is an interesting example Read more

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December 31, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Martin Ritt’s Hud
Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, and Brandon De Wilde in <i>Hud.</i> 1963. USA. Directed by Martin Ritt

Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, and Brandon De Wilde in Hud. 1963. USA. Directed by Martin Ritt

These notes accompany screenings of Martin Ritt’s Hud on January 1, 2, and 3 in Theater 2.

The Hollywood and television blacklist in the HUAC/McCarthy era of the 1940s and 1950s had many victims. Read more

December 24, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies

These notes accompany screenings of Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies on December 26, and 27 in Theater 2.

There were many significant developments in the field of documentary filmmaking in the decades following World War II. Read more

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December 17, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud
Nina Pens Rode in Gertrude. 1964. Denmark. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Nina Pens Rode in Gertrude. 1964. Denmark. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

These notes accompany screenings of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud on December 18, 19, and 20 in Theater 3.

Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), like Orson Welles, is generally considered one of the greatest of filmmakers in spite of a relatively small output spread over half a century. Read more

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December 3, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar
Billy Liar. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by John Schlesinger

Billy Liar. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by John Schlesinger

These notes accompany screenings of John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar on December 4, 5, and 6 in Theater 2.

John Schlesinger (1926–2003) represents something of an anomaly in postwar British film history. Read more

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November 26, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Emile de Antonio’s Point of Order
Roy M. Cohn in Point of Order. 1963. USA. Directed by Emile de Antonio

Roy M. Cohn in Point of Order. 1963. USA. Directed by Emile de Antonio

These notes accompany screenings of Emile de Antonio’s Point of Order on November 27 and 29 in Theater 1.

Intermittently over the coming months, as we make our way through the 1960s, we will look at the impact of two new developments in the production of documentary films. Read more