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What are Manfred Kirchheimer’s movies about? In one sense, these documentaries screening in a retrospective at MoMA February 3-11 are portraits of artists at work. Art Is…The Permanent Revolution (2012), for instance, consists primarily of interviews with three printmakers and a master printer about their work, which is placed in a historical line of politically disquieting activist art going back to Goya. Spraymasters (2007) features interviews with four former graffiti artists whose expansive...
Life is a Dream: The Films of Raúl Ruiz (Part 1) December 2-22 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center It’s impossible to follow many of Raúl Ruiz’s films, and foolhardy even to try. One would do better instead to flow with them, based as they are on mood and tone rather than on three-act structures. While the films in fact hold lots of plots, their storylines move not through binaries of conflict and resolution, but...
“With Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed (1968), I wanted to continue my debut feature, Yesterday Girl,” says Alexander Kluge, an important German filmmaker, video artist, television documentarian, writer, theorist, and social critic who will attend several screenings during Anthology Film Archives and Goethe-Institut New York’s small retrospective of his work this Saturday. “My sister Alexandra (Yesterday Girl’s lead actress) and I were both crazy about the circus as kids. She married and had a...
Hester Street, Joan Micklin Silver’s independently financed 1975 debut feature, will screen at Film Forum Tuesday, October 4th on an archival 35mm print, with Silver in person alongside star Carol Kane. The film is set in 1896 within a Jewish community on New York’s Lower East Side. It explores the tensions between assimilation-minded Russian immigrant Yankel (played by Steven Keats), who has grown accustomed to a new lifestyle in America, and his wife Gitl...

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