This week BAMcinématek presents a special week long viewing of the surrealistic feminist polemic par excellence; Daisies / Sedmikrásky, directed by Vera Chytilová. Released in 1966 and later banned, this quintessential piece of Czech New Wave Cinema is an endlessly inventive and formally radical ode to rebellion; featuring a pair of colorful and uncommon young women rebelling against the structures of communist orthodoxy. Odds against the world, our (anti)heroines manifest a uniformly destructive approach to the world around them with disdain for all other company… male and female. Playing pranks, indulging in pyromania, and equally wasteful of food and alcohol; companionship is more than enough to sustain them, as they share a world where nothing is allowed to make sense and nothing is sacred.
Watch the world decay in a most decadently amusing way in Daisies, with BAMcinématek. From July 6 th - 12th.
The duo, Marie I & II, embark on a journey of social mayhem as they decide
- The World is spoiled. So shall we be -
The newly curated exhibit at The MoMA, The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, is serving up a serious helping of surreal photographic history presented as distinct "new visions" rooted in unconventional and innovative exercises that range from photograms and photomontages to experimental films and photobooks.
This installation and "critical reassessment of photography's role in the avant garde" presents more than 250 works by approximately 90 artists, all of whom helped shape the role of photography in various defining movements, from Dada to Post-Conceptual Art. Works date from 1910 to the present and feature photographers such as Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Edward Ruscha, Martha Rosler, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia to name a few.
This weekend marked the third installment of the Fashion in Film Festival Series held at the fantastic Museum of The Moving Image. Supported by the London College of Fashion, this year the festival "explores the compelling links between cinema, television, fashion, crime, and violence. Tackling themes such as disguise, desire, and the corruption of beauty…"
The festival kicked off with screenings of such films as Desire, with the always iconic Marlene Dietrich, and the uber cool 1960's Italian film The 10th Victim. Fashion in Film will conclude this weekend with screenings of Ms. 45, Leave Her To Heaven, Mildred Pierce and more.
A true delight to the senses and one of Hollywood's great excursions into surrealism, The Gang's All Here will be on view this week at Film Forum. Directed by innovative choreographer Bubsy Berkeley, this camp classic casts Carmen Miranda as the unforgettable Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat in the infamous musical number stemming straight from Freud. Which, if interpreted, could bring a rosy blush to countless cheeks.
Described as a "technicolor freak out" and "utterly deranged" this sense boggling movie is Berkeley's own special brand of fantasy; with realistic scenes morphing seamlessly into psychedelic displays of waving fruit, detached body parts, human kaleidoscopes, ridiculous shtick, and mind-boggling transitions.
Interesting and unexpected Pina pays tribute to German dancer Philippina Bausch, a visionary among the contemporary dance community who recently passed in 2009. Bausch, the artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal, was known for blending art forms, provoking her dancers with enigmatic statements and abstract questions, and brought dirt, water, and rocks onto the stage.
Directed by Wim Wenders, and creatively captured in 3-D, Pina is a collage of dance, unconventional interviews, archival footage and words that manage to describe Bausch and her very essence. Though the 3-D aspect of Pina may seem easy to dismiss, once engaged it soon seems like the only logical way to showcase each dance performance by creating depth so the dancers can fully inhabit the onscreen world. In turn we no longer simply observe but are embedded in Bausch's imagination.
Arresting, spectacular, heart rending and thrilling. This film is one that just begs to be experienced.
BIRDS OF PARADISE
FASHION IN FILM FESTIVAL
AT THE MUSEUM OF MOVING IMAGE
This absolutely fabulous program explores costume and fashion in European and American cinema by focusing on episodes in cinema history which distinctly portray costume, adornment, and styling to create an eye pleasing sense of visual delight. Though the program had some what of a bumpy start it's opening night last week, the festival quickly picked up steam the rest of the weekend, with sumptuous screenings of silent films Secrets of the Orient, Male and Female, Kenneth Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, and the dream like Pink Narcissus.
This weekend looks to be just as delicious– full of visual displays of glamour and utter decadence. Kicking off tonight, the festival continues with a gender bending Steven Arnold Special, followed later this weekend with screenings of 1940's Cobra Woman and the program Drag Glamour. A must see. Check out this weekends programs at BIRDS OF PARADISE.
ABEL FERRARA IN THE 21ST CENTURY AT ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
Anthology has been devoted to showing the work of legendary American independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara for many years, and are presenting a series focusing on his work over the past decade. The financial and logistical challenges independent filmmakers face in pursuing their art have risen dramatically since the collapse of much of the infrastructure that had supported this realm of cinema throughout the 90s. But Ferrara has proven unstoppable, making movies some way, some how, no matter how daunting the obstacles. Fueled by his supernova-like creative drive, he and his group have willed into being five unforgettable films, each of them intensely personal, profoundly collaborative, and enormously entertaining. Anthology will be showcasing all of them together. For upcoming screenings head to ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES.
Stylists, celebrities and fashion divas–should you need something Halston
to wear to the Utrasuede premiere– 212's fashion director will be at Keni Valenti's
grotto of fabulous retro couture this afternoon. EMAIL if you want to stop by.
Keni has the most extensive collection of Halston in New York.
Think signature gowns, beaded gowns, disco dresses, tie die, ultrasuede,
beaded and sequin ensembles, cashmere. You name it, he's got it.