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August 20, 2014  |  Film
Lens on Tibet: An Intimate View
Embrace. 2011. China/Germany/USA. Directed by Dan Smyer Yu, Pema Tashi. Courtesy of Yu, Tashi, and Sundance Institute

Embrace. 2011. China/Germany/USA. Directed by Dan Smyer Yu, Pema Tashi. Courtesy of the filmmakers and Sundance Institute

Lens on Tibet, a dedicated look at the cinema of the Tibetan Plateau from 2005 to the present, is a special presentation of MoMA’s ContemporAsian screening series that runs August 21–31. This 12-film selection of recent feature-length documentaries and dramatic narratives celebrates the emergence of the new Tibetan film culture onto the global stage. Read more

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August 19, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull
Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese

These notes accompany screenings of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull on August 20, 21, and 22 in Theater 3.

I attribute my lifetime fascination with boxing to my maternal grandfather, Louie Greenberg. Chewy Louie (as he was affectionately known for his steadfast support of the Wrigley franchise) lived upstairs from us in the house he built. Read more

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August 12, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now Redux. 1979/2001. USA. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now Redux. 1979/2001. USA. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

These notes accompany screenings of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now on August 13, 14, and 15 in Theater 3.

By the time of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola, through his first two Godfather films, had become the American director most able to garner both critical acclaim and box office success. I would be loath to accuse Coppola of hubris, but the heights of his achievement led to an understandable ambition. Read more

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August 5, 2014  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven. 1978. USA. Written and directed by Terrence Malick

Days of Heaven. 1978. USA. Written and directed by Terrence Malick

These notes accompany screenings of Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven on August 6, 7, and 8 in Theater 3.

Terrence Malick, now 70, was still in his twenties when his first feature, Badlands, debuted at the 1973 New York Film Festival. Days of Heaven, released five years later, was not followed by another film for two decades. It is hard to think of another significant filmmaker with that kind of gap in his output. Read more

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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 ***). 1967. 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