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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

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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 27, 2014  |  Film
Apple Tree Farm: A Script by Stanley Lupino, with Revisions by Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino with her father, Stanley. c. 1936

Ida Lupino with her father, Stanley. c. 1936

Ida Lupino’s (1918–1995) work as an accomplished actress is acknowledged by many who enjoy classic Hollywood studio films. With well-known movies like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), They Drive by Night (1940), and the memorable High Sierra (1941) as part of her acting résumé 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 21, 2014
Digging Deeper into New Directors/New Films
Trap Street. 2013. China. Directed by Vivian Qu

Trap Street. 2013. China. Directed by Vivian Qu

Even after 43 years, each edition of New Directors/New Films feels like a revelation. Maybe it has something to do with the crisp March air, the unshakeable sense of spring’s impending blossom and bloom. 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 13, 2014  |  Film
“I’m All About the Cheap”: A Brief Conversation with Buzzard Director Joel Potrykus
Buzzard. 2014. USA. Directed by Joel Potrykus

Buzzard. 2014. USA. Directed by Joel Potrykus

One of the highlights of this year’s New Directors/New Films festival, Joel Potrykus’s Buzzard is a darkly comical look at a slacker office temp who gets by on cold SpaghettiOs while getting off on stealing refund checks from his employer. 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