<i>Twilight’s Last Gleaming</i>. 1977. USA. Directed by Robert Aldrich. Images courtesy of Olive Films
  • Twilight’s Last Gleaming

    1977. USA. Robert Aldrich. 146 min.

  • Breathdeath

    1963. USA. Stan Vanderbeek. 14 min.

Monday, November 12, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

  • Twilight’s Last Gleaming

    1977. USA. Directed by Robert Aldrich. Screenplay by Ronald M. Cohen, Edward Huebsch. With Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Roscoe Lee Browne. Twilight’s Last Gleaming is a post-Watergate film with intimations of early 1960s Cold War crisis. Burt Lancaster, starring in his fourth movie with director Robert Aldrich, reprises his Seven Days in May role, this time from the left, playing a crazily idealistic Air Force general who occupies an American missile silo and threatens to launch nine nuclear-equipped ICBMs unless the president (Charles Durning) comes clean on the subterfuge that got the country involved in Vietnam. Aldrich stokes the suspense with elaborate use of split-screen simultaneous action but Twilight’s Last Gleaming is even more effective in subverting generic conventions and audience expectations. Released a few weeks into Jimmy Carter’s presidency, this alarmingly pessimistic and at times darkly humorous movie found scant support at the box office. Preserved by Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg. 146 min.

  • Breathdeath

    1963. USA. Directed by Stan Vanderbeek. Working in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, pioneering collage animator Stan Vanderbeek imagined the end of the world in this comic assemblage—one of the most popular underground movies of the mid 1960s. Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. 14 min.