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July 29, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Woody Allen’s Annie Hall
Annie Hall. 1977. USA. Directed by Woody Allen

Annie Hall. 1977. USA. Directed by Woody Allen

These notes accompany screenings of Woody Allen’s Annie Hall on July 30 and 31 and August 1 in Theater 3.

With the release of Magic in the Moonlight last week, Woody Allen has now directed 50 films in slightly less than 50 years. Annie Hall was his eighth and, some suggest, best film. Read more

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July 23, 2014  |  Film
Tiger Morse: Fashion Guru and Andy Warhol Star
Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of ***). 1963. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Image courtesy of The Andy Warhol Film Project, Whitney Museum of American Art

Tiger Morse (Reel 14 of ***). 1963. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Image courtesy of The Andy Warhol Film Project, Whitney Museum of American Art

I have a vague recollection of attending a classmate’s birthday party when I was about six or seven and in the gift bag there was a paper dress perfectly sized to fit me! The dress was neatly folded in a flat plastic package; it was a simple, A-line, sleeveless shift dress with brightly colored circles. I can’t recall the manufacturer, but the material was something like a thick, stretchy paper towel. Read more

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July 22, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver. 1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

Taxi Driver. 1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

These notes accompany screenings of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver on July 23, 24, and 25 in Theater 3.

No director has ever been so closely identified with New York in all its manifestations, its terrors and its glories, as Martin Scorsese, who was born in Flushing, Queens, 71 years ago. (Even Woody Allen has, at this point, become more or less a jet-setter, preferring European jaunts to the streets of New York.) Read more

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July 15, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon. 1975. Great Britain. Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Barry Lyndon. 1975. Great Britain. Directed by Stanley Kubrick

These notes accompany screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon on July 16, 17, and 18 in Theater 3.

Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999) has long posed complications for auteur critics. It would be hard to claim that the director lacked a unique personal vision, but it was a fragmentary and misanthropic one. Read more

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July 9, 2014  |  Film
Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program
Boy. 2010. New Zealand. Directed by Taika Waititi. Courtesy of the filmmaker and Sundance Institute

Boy. 2010. New Zealand. Directed by Taika Waititi. Courtesy of the filmmaker and Sundance Institute

N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache) and I began working on the Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program film exhibition over a year ago, when Bird told me that the Native American and Indigenous Program was 20 years old and that Sundance was planning to celebrate the anniversary with several shows around the United States. Read more

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July 8, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute. 1975. Sweden. Directed by Ingmar Bergman

The Magic Flute. 1975. Sweden. Directed by Ingmar Bergman

These notes accompany screenings of Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute on July 9, 10, and 11 in Theater 3.

Let me say upfront that I know virtually nothing about opera. As I recall, I’ve been to the Met three times to see Der Rosenkavalier, some Leoš Janáček, and William Kentridge’s recent Gogolesque grotesquery. Read more

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July 1, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Steven Spielberg’s Jaws
Jaws. 1975. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg

Jaws. 1975. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg

These notes accompany screenings of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on July 2, 3, and 4 in Theater 3.

Back on March 30, 1974, when I was introduced to the young director of Sugarland Express, I had no idea I was playing a miniscule role on the periphery of one of the greatest revolutions in film history. Read more

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June 24, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God. 1973. West Germany. Directed by Werner Herzog

Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God. 1973. West Germany. Directed by Werner Herzog

These notes accompany screenings of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God on June 25, 26, and 27 in Theater 2.

I would argue that no director in film history has moved so successfully back and forth between actuality and narrative as Werner Herzog, and Herzog’s skill in ether genre is nowhere better displayed than in Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God). Read more

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June 20, 2014  |  Current Film Exhibitions
Inside Flaherty at MoMA: Turning the Inside Out—Duncan Campbell, Raqs Media Collective, and CAMP
It for Others. 2013. Great Britain. Directed by Duncan Campbell. Courtesy of Duncan Campbell and LUX, London

It for Others. 2013. Great Britain. Directed by Duncan Campbell. Courtesy of Duncan Campbell and LUX, London

I have been viewing many interesting film and media works by contemporary artists and filmmakers while attending the Flaherty Seminar at Colgate University in upstate New York. Three artists representing a cross section of the work presented at the Flaherty Seminar—and offering three different positions on form—will be at MoMA to discuss their work during a special Modern Mondays event Read more

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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