Karen Cooper Carte Blanche: 40 Years of Documentary Premieres at Film Forum
February 3–20, 2010
To celebrate Film Forum’s fortieth anniversary and the crucial role Cooper has played in keeping it a vital part of New York’s film culture, MoMA’s Department of Film invited her to curate an exhibition of nonfiction films that premiered at Film Forum. While many of the films are drawn from MoMA’s own collection, some have been loaned by distributors and filmmakers, to whom we are very grateful. Just a glance at the titles she chose gives a sense of the diversity and richness of Film Forum’s offerings through the years. Cooper supplements several of the screenings with complementary short films, a staple of Film Forum’s cutting-edge programming. The following film descriptions are excerpted from materials written by Cooper for Film Forum’s original presentations.
Related Film Screenings
2003. USA. Nathaniel Kahn. 116 min.
Introduced by Karen Cooper
1972. USA. Peter Robinson. 95 min.
John and Karen
2007. Great Britain. Matthew Walker. 4 min.
Let's Get Lost
1988. USA. Bruce Weber. 120 min.
Arguing the World
1997. USA. Joseph Dorman. 100 min.
Under the Brooklyn Bridge
1955. USA. Rudy Burckhardt. 15 min.
Serious Business Company
Freude Bartlett founded Serious Business Company in 1972 to distribute a vibrant range of independent experimental, animated, and documentary films. With tremendous panache, she championed the work of more than sixty artists, representing more than 250 titles. This is a sampling of some of the works she helped launch, all of which premiered at Film Forum.
The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo as Told to David and Karen Crommie
1976. USA. Karen Crommie, David Crommie. 40 min.
1972. USA. Scott Bartlett. 30 min.
Homage to Magritte
1975. USA. Anita Thacher. 10 min.
Take the 5:10 to Dreamland
1976. USA. Bruce Conner. 6 min.
1976. USA. George Griffin. 3 min.
The Gleaners and I
2000. France. Agnès Varda. 82 min.
1968. France. Agnès Varda. 17 min.
The Architecture of Doom
1989. Sweden. Peter Cohen. 119 min.
1994. USA. Terry Zwigoff. 119 min.
1995. Great Britain. Paul Vester. 11 min.
The Battle of Chile, Part 2: The Coup d’État
1976. Chile/Cuba. Patricio Guzmán. 91 min.
The Underground Orchestra
1998. The Netherlands. Heddy Honigmann. 108 min.
1985. West Germany. Hartmut Bitomsky. 90 min.
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh
1987. Australia. Paul Cox. 105 min.
The Liberation of Auschwitz
1986. West Germany. Irmgard von zur Mühlen, Begt von zur Mühlen. 60 min.
Terrorists in Retirement
1984. France. Mosco Boucault. 84 min.
The Atomic Café
1982. USA. Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty. 88 min.
The Smell of Burning Ants
1994. USA. Jay Rosenblatt. 21 min.
Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center
1997. USA. Susan Froemke, Bob Eisenhardt, Albert Maysles. 100 min.
The War Room
1993. USA. D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus. 96 min.
Lessons of Darkness
1992. Germany/France/Spain. Werner Herzog. 50 min.
1977. Germany. Werner Herzog. 30 min.
Paris Is Burning
1990. USA. Jennie Livingston. 78 min.
1973. USA. Frank Mouris, Caroline Mouris. 9 min.
Solzhenitsyn’s Children Are Making a Lot of Noise in Paris
1979. Canada. Michael Rubbo. 87 min.
1951. France. Yannick Bellon. 30 min.
1974. West Germany. Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. 187 min.
2001. USA. Frederick Wiseman. 196 min.