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FILM SCREENINGS

Short Film Program 1

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



Includes the following films:

  • Essence of Absinthe

    1981. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. This montage, based on a 1920s pornographic film from the Pathé-Nathan company, uses old prints worn and scratched by generations of projection. 15 min.

  • Criminal Animals

    1994. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. In this filmic comment on Fascist ideology—which uses footage from the recently discovered archives of Luca Comerio—invisible hands push captive animals to fight among themselves. 7 min.

  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Footage c. 1910. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. Visitors arrive on a stagecoach and watch men riding ostriches in a rodeo-like event and others diving into a pool of alligators. 3 min.

  • Australia, Men and Animals

    Footage c. 1910. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. From an Australian stud farm and rodeo, perhaps a forerunner of American rodeos. 3 min.

  • Italian Archives No. 1

    1991. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. An ironic montage of sports films mocks the Fascist era's ideals of bodily perfection and eternal youth. 25 min.

  • Italian Archives No. 2

    1991. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. A collection of family portraits and pictures of weddings, baptisms, and funerals from the 1920s and 1930s serves as a personal counterpoint to the themes of Italian Archives No. 1. 20 min.

  • Giacomelli: Contacts

    1993. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. Unedited footage of the Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli. 13 min.

  • Aria

    1994. Italy. Directed by Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian. Reworked images from scientific films made at the turn of the twentieth century, accompanied by the music of Richard Wagner. 7 min.