Archive for November 2010 | Monthly archive page

Nov 08

Cinematheque is proud to participate in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s four-part touring series of the late Canadian filmmaker/visual artist Joyce Wieland’s complete film oeuvre. One of North America’s most renowned and influential feminist artists of the past forty years, Wieland was the subject of a partial Cinematheque retrospective shortly before her untimely death in

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Nov 08

R. Bruce Elder has been one of Canada’s preeminent avant-garde cinema figures for three decades, producing several monumental films (highlighted by the forty-hour epic The Book of All the Dead) and numerous books and essays. His new, 130-minute Crack, Brutal Grief was motivated by a friend’s gruesome suicide, leading Elder to immerse himself in the

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Nov 08

Co-Presented with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts The second program of Warhol restorations features Imitation of Christ (1967-69), a domestic comedy of sorts about a strange but beautiful young man who wanders through life oblivious to the complaints of his parents (Ondine and Brigid Berlin) and the attempted seductions of his maid (Nico), his

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Nov 08

Paradjanov’s first film after a 15-year enforced hiatus due to imprisonment and persecution, The Legend of Suram Fortress is a magnificent visual tour-de-force with exquisite painterly compositions reminiscent of medieval manuscript illuminations. Based on a legend about the Georgian peoples’ repeated efforts to construct a fortress against invaders and the sacrifice which must be made

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Nov 08

Co-Presented with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts We are co-presenting the Bay Area premiere of three newly restored (by the Museum of Modern Art) and long unseen films by Andy Warhol. Tonight we screen Couch (1964) and Sunset (1967). Using Warhol’s early cinematic style of a fixed camera and long take, Couch is an

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Nov 08

Cinematheque presents two of Sergei Paradjanov’s masterpieces in 35mm, The Color of Pomegranates (or Sayat Nova) (1969) and The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985), as well as a rarely seen documentary on his life. Born in Georgia to Armenian parents, Paradjanov’s genius embraced the cultural traditions of the Caucasus—Armenian, Georgian, Russian and Azeri. Due to

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Nov 08

Co-Presented with San Francisco Art Institute Public Lecture Series Throughout his career, Nathaniel Dorsky has made personal, poetic films composed of images gathered in the course of his daily life. A profound use of silence accompanies exquisite photography and meticulous editing to raise Dorsky’s cinematic language to an ecstatic pitch. Arbor Vitae, Dorsky’s conclusion to

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Nov 08

How can one distill the complex disorder of passionately lived lives and recast them in electronic images? Elisabeth Subrin and Leslie Thornton take aesthetically daring approaches to this dilemma in their works which explore, respectively, the life and work of photographer Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) and writer/adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904). In The Fancy (2000, Bay Area

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