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AUTHOR: CHARLES SILVER

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April 8, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde. 1967. USA. Directed by Arthur Penn

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. 1967. USA. Directed by Arthur Penn

These notes accompany screenings of Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde on April 9, 10, and 11 in Theater 2.

In some ways Bonnie and Clyde was a startling revelation that might be considered the beginning of modern American cinema. Its graphic violence (and a certain candor about sex) was the immediate sensation, but it also led to a cinema that fundamentally questions basic American conservative values and capitalism itself. Read more

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March 28, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451. 1966. Great Britain. Directed by Francois Truffaut

Julie Christie in Fahrenheit 451. 1966. Great Britain. Directed by Francois Truffaut

These notes accompany screenings of Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 on April 2, 3, and 4 in Theater 3.

By the mid-1960s, I had already made up my mind that Francois Truffaut (1932–1984) was my favorite of the French New Wave directors, who had transcended their roots as film critics. Read more

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March 25, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Bo Widerberg’s Raven’s End
Raven’s End. 1963. Sweden. Directed by Bo Widerberg

Raven’s End. 1963. Sweden. Directed by Bo Widerberg

These notes accompany screenings of Bo Widerberg’s Raven’s End on March 26, 27, and 28 in Theater 2.

Bo Widerberg (1930–1997) was confronted with the dilemma of carving out his own niche in Swedish cinema as the anti-Ingmar Bergman. Read more

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March 18, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Robert Rossen’s The Hustler
The Hustler. 1961. USA. Directed by Robert Rossen

Paul Newman and Piper Laurie in The Hustler. 1961. USA. Directed by Robert Rossen

These notes accompany screenings of Robert Rossen’s The Hustler on March 19, 20, and 21 in Theater 3.

Robert Rossen, whose 106th birthday would have been this week, was a victim of the blacklisting witch-hunt of the 1950s, an experience that apparently contributed to his early death at 57. Read more

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March 11, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Michael Roemer’s Nothing but a Man
Nothing But a Man. 1964. USA. Directed by Michael Roemer

Nothing but a Man. 1964. USA. Directed by Michael Roemer

These notes accompany screenings of Michael Roemer’s Nothing but a Man on March 12, 13, and 14 in Theater 3.

This is being written a few days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded its Best Picture Oscar to 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, the first black person to ever be so honored by the Academy. Read more

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March 4, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Joseph Losey’s The Servant
The Servant. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Joseph Losey

The Servant. 1963. Great Britain. Directed by Joseph Losey

These notes accompany screenings of Joseph Losey’s The Servant on March 5, 6, and 7 in Theater 3.

Joseph Losey (1909–1984) was the most interesting director to come out of the American left, except possibly for Constantinople-born Elia Kazan. Read more

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February 25, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Peter Emanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence
Echoes of Silence. 1965. USA. Written, directed, and photographed by Peter Emmanuel Goldman

Echoes of Silence. 1965. USA. Written, directed, and photographed by Peter Emmanuel Goldman

These notes accompany screenings of Peter Emanuel Goldman’s Echoes of Silence on February 26, 27, and 28 in Theater 3.

As Peter Emanuel Goldman has graciously informed me, accounts of his death (as Mark Twain said of his own in 1897) have been greatly exaggerated. Read more

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February 18, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes
Woman in the Dunes. 1963. Japan. Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Woman in the Dunes. 1963. Japan. Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

These notes accompany screenings of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes on February 19, 20, and 21 in Theater 3.

Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927–2001) was a latecomer to the movement known as the Japanese New Wave (like his French counterparts, he began as a film critic), preceded by Susumu Hani, Nagisa Oshima, and Shohei Imamura. Read more

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February 11, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Roman Polanski’s Repulsion
Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion. 1965. Great Britain. Directed by Roman Polanski

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion. 1965. Great Britain. Directed by Roman Polanski

These notes accompany screenings of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion on February 12, 13, and 14 in Theater 3.

Although his first feature, Knife in the Water, was something of an international success, Roman Polanski’s career plans remained uncertain. Read more

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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