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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

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February 28, 2014  |  Five for Friday
Five for Friday: And the Winner Isn’t—Embarrassing Best Picture Whiffs

Five for Friday, written by a variety of MoMA staff members, is our attempt to spotlight some of the compelling, charming, and downright curious works in the Museum’s rich collection.

The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film Academy Award. 1978. Gold-plated britannium on a brass base

The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film Academy Award. 1978. Gold-plated britannium on a brass base. Photo: Jason Persse

On Sunday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out another batch of gold-plated statuettes, so armchair filmmakers like myself are all in a lather 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