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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

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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