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AUTHOR: CHARLES SILVER

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November 19, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Elia Kazan’s America, America
America, America. 1963. USA. Directed and written by Elia Kazan

America, America. 1963. USA. Directed and written by Elia Kazan

These notes accompany screenings of Elia Kazan’s America, America on November 20, 21, and 22.

I first wrote about Elia Kazan’s America, America in 1971, at the time of our Kazan retrospective; in 1977 I did a program note on the picture for our Films from the Archives series; and I also had the opportunity to interview Kazan twice during that decade for publication. Read more

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November 12, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Peter Brook

Lord of the Flies. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Peter Brook

These notes accompany screenings of Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies on November 13, 14, and 15.

Peter Brook, now 88 and generally thought of as one of the most innovative theater directors of the past century, has been directing for the stage for 70 of those years. Read more

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November 5, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard
Burt Lancaster in The Leopard. 1963. Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti

Burt Lancaster in The Leopard. 1963. Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox and Pathé

These notes accompany screenings of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard on November 6, 7, and 8 in Theater 1.

Count Luchino Visconti (1906–1976), like his fellow product of Milan, Pietro Germi (Divorce, Italian Style), had a particular fascination with Sicily Read more

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October 29, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life
This Sporting Life. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Rachel Roberts and Richard Harris in This Sporting Life. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Lindsay Anderson

These notes accompany screenings of Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life on October 30 and 31 and November 1.

Lindsay Anderson (1923–1994) directed more than a dozen short films between 1948 and 1959 Read more

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October 22, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
A Program of Early Roman Polanski Films
Knife in the Water. 1962. Poland. Directed by Roman Polanski

Knife in the Water. 1962. Poland. Directed by Roman Polanski

These notes accompany the Early Roman Polanski Program screening on October 23, 24, and 25 in Theater 2.

Roman Polanski, who just turned 80, has had such a complex life Read more

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October 15, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Pietro Germi’s Divorce, Italian Style
Divorce, Italian Style. 1961. Italy. Directed by Pietro Germi

Divorce, Italian Style. 1961. Italy. Directed by Pietro Germi

These notes accompany screenings of Pietro Germi’s Divorce, Italian Style on October 16, 17, and 18.

Italian cinema has historically been undervalued in relation to those of the United States, several other European countries, and post-World War II Japan. Read more

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October 8, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Bryan Forbes’s Whistle Down the Wind
Whistle Down the Wind. 1961. Great Britain. Directed by Bryan Forbes

Whistle Down the Wind. 1961. Great Britain. Directed by Bryan Forbes

These notes accompany screenings of Bryan Forbes’s Whistle Down the Wind on October 9, 10, and 11 in Theater 3.

The 1960s were an important period in the history of English cinema, but one that would be hard to label or define. Read more

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October 1, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon
An Autumn Afternoon. 1962. Japan. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

An Autumn Afternoon. 1962. Japan. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

These notes accompany screenings of Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon on October 2, 3, and 4 in Theater 3.

Yasujiro Ozu died in 1963, on his 60th birthday. Samma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) was his last film Read more

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September 24, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Ermanno Olmi’s Il Posto
Il Posto (The Job/The Sound of Trumpets). 1961. Italy. Directed by Ermanno Olmi

Il Posto (The Job/The Sound of Trumpets). 1961. Italy. Directed by Ermanno Olmi

These notes accompany screenings of Ermanno Olmi’s Il Posto on September 25, 26, and 27 in Theater 3.

Ermanno Olmi, now 82, made some three-dozen short documentary films (many for the electric company in Milan) before Il Posto Read more

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September 17, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey. 1961. Great Britain. Directed by Tony Richardson

Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin in A Taste of Honey. 1961. Great Britain. Directed by Tony Richardson

These notes accompany screenings of Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey on September 18, 19, and 20 in Theater 3.

Tony Richardson (1928–1991), like Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson, came out the British Realist school of directors. Read more