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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

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June 10, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice
Death in Venice. 1971. Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti

Death in Venice. 1971. Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti

These notes accompany screenings of Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice on June 11, 12, and 13 in Theater 3.

It’s generally conceded in retrospect that such major directors as F. W. Murnau, Sergei Eisenstein, Marcel Carne, George Cukor, Vincente Minnelli, James Whale, and Edmund Goulding were gay. Read more

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June 3, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Don Siegel’s Dirty Harry

Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. 1971. USA. Directed by Don Siegel. Image courtesy Photofest

Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. 1971. USA. Directed by Don Siegel. Image courtesy Photofest

These notes accompany screenings of Don Siegel’s Dirty Harry on June 4, 5, and 6 in Theater 2.

Don Siegel (1912–1991) was a director whose career had, in the words of biographer Judith M. Kass, “a historical uniqueness in terms of the Hollywood studio film.” My friend Judy emphasizes that Siegel “makes films that reflect himself,” which is ultimately what auteurism is all about. Read more

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May 27, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Merchant of Four Seasons
Hans Hirschmueller in Merchant of the Four Seasons. 1971. West Germany. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Hans Hirschmueller in The Merchant of Four Seasons. 1971. West Germany. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

These notes accompany screenings of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Merchant of Four Seasons on May 28, 29, and 30.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder would have been 69 this coming Saturday. Tragically, however, he died in 1982, just days after his 37th birthday. Somehow, he managed to cram 44 directorial credits and 43 acting credits into this all-too-brief lifespan. In the process, Fassbinder managed to become Germany’s most noteworthy filmmaker since the golden age of Expressionism Read more

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May 20, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Warren Beatty in McCabe & Mrs. Miller. 1971. USA. Directed by Robert Altman. © Warner Bros. Image courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest

Warren Beatty in McCabe & Mrs. Miller. 1971. USA. Directed by Robert Altman. © Warner Bros. Image courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest

These notes accompany screenings of Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller on May 21, 22, and 23 in Theater 3.

Robert Altman (1925–2006) strikes me as being, on balance, the most interesting American director to come along after Orson Welles. He was obstreperous, inconsistent (one critic described his career as “rather weird”), sometimes difficult to work with (you don’t argue with a former bomber pilot), and provocatively idiosyncratic. Read more

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May 13, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s
Jean-Louis Trintignant and Francoise Fabien in My Night at Maud's. 1969. France. Written and directed by Eric Rohmer

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Francoise Fabien in My Night at Maud’s. 1969. France. Written and directed by Eric Rohmer

These notes accompany screenings of Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s on May 14, 15, and 16 in Theater 3.

At first glance, going from last week’s film (Night of the Living Dead) to this week’s (My Night at Maud’s) may seem like a journey from the ridiculous to the sublime, but not so fast. Read more

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May 6, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead. 1968. USA. Directed by George A. Romero

Night of the Living Dead. 1968. USA. Directed by George A. Romero

These notes accompany screenings of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead on May 7, 8, and 9 in Theater 2.

The Wikipedia entry for Night of the Living Dead cites 126 references, not to mention extensive bibliography, external links, etc. Read more

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April 29, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Milos Forman’s The Firemen’s Ball
The Firemen's Ball. 1967. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Milos Forman

The Firemen’s Ball. 1967. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Milos Forman

These notes accompany screenings of Milos Forman’s The Firemen’s Ball on April 30 and May 1 and 2 in Theater 3.

The career of Milos Forman (now 82) parallels in some ways that of Roman Polanski. Read more

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April 22, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour
<i>Belle de Jour</i>. 1967. France. Directed by Luis Bunuel

Belle de Jour. 1967. France. Directed by Luis Bunuel

These notes accompany screenings of Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour on April 23, 24, and 25 in Theater 2.

Luis Buñuel (1900–1983) led one of the most interesting lives of any director and, consequently, the flow of his career often changed channels. Thematically, however, his films seem to adhere to an idiosyncratic personal (and highly unusual) reality. Read more

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April 15, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
John Boorman’s Point Blank
Point Blank. 1967. USA. Directed by John Boorman

Lee Marvin in Point Blank. 1967. USA. Directed by John Boorman

These notes accompany screenings of John Boorman’s Point Blank on April 16, 17, and 18 in Theater 2.

John Boorman remains active at age 81, enjoying a directorial career of over half a century. He began with several documentaries, followed by Having a Wild Weekend (Catch Us If You Can), which attempted to do for the Dave Clark Five what Richard Lester had done for the Beatles with A Hard Day’s Night. Read more