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Artscene Newsletter: MoMA Films

April 29, 2015

Hello again. Just a short and brief look at what films are being played over at MoMA.



from the website:

MoMA Presents: Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky / May 3-9

  • This is a weeklong run of MoMA’s recently struck 35mm print of Mikey and Nicky, the third of Elaine May’s brilliant contributions to 1970s American cinema, after A New Leaf and The Heartbreak Kid. (Ishtar, from 1987, also has its fierce partisans.) In this noir chamber piece, set over a long, tense night in some of the speedier redoubts of Philadelphia, a jittery John Cassavetes becomes convinced that a local mobster has put a price on his head. As he looks to childhood friend and small-time crook Peter Falk for salvation, old wounds and new treacheries arise.

Japan Speaks Out! Japanese Talkies / May 6-20

  • “During the early years of the Showa period (1926–1989), while Japan’s silent cinema reached new artistic heights, Japanese filmmakers took the first steps towards sound film. Whereas in the West the transition to sound was abrupt and practically complete by around 1930, in Japan it stretched over almost a decade…. This retrospective focuses on this transition period, showing how the Japanese cinema gradually adopted the techniques and exploited the potential of sound film” (Alexander Jacoby and Johan Nordström).

Bruce LaBruce / Through May 2

  • For over a quarter-century the auteur/provocateur known as Bruce LaBruce has been disrupting, dissecting, and disrobing in the name of cinema. Blasted into the demimonde of underground punk moviemaking with his feature début, No Skin Off My Ass, LaBruce quickly established that, while he was certainly game for exploring the messy, sticky zones of fringe film, he was actually the unholy product of arthouse auteurism. Layered with scathing wit and a fundamental rejection of capitalist control over the mind and body, LaBruce’s particular brand of regal queer fecundity has spawned a generation of feral filmmakers.

Acteurism: Joel McCrea / Through May 29

  • Completely at home in front of the camera, Joel McCrea projected a relaxed, lightly self-mocking quality that served him across a wide range of genres, from drawing-room comedies to Westerns. Slow to anger, reluctant to express hurt or desire, McCrea’s seemingly imperturbable characters anticipate the kind of ironic detachment that would not become a Hollywood norm until the 1960s—one reason why his work still seems fresh and natural to contemporary audiences. This series, drawn from 35mm prints in MoMA’s collection, presents an overview of McCrea’s early career, from 1932 to 1943.

Modern Mondays / Ongoing

  • MoMA’s ongoing showcase for innovation on-screen, Modern Mondays allows contemporary filmmakers and moving image artists to present their work directly to audiences.

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There you have it. I hope these films will be of interests to you. Enjoy your Hump Wednesday and be blessed.

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