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Joe Dante at the Movies August 5-24 at BAM It makes perfect sense for a Joe Dante retrospective to consist of the films he loves as well as the ones he made. Which is what BAMcinematék has decided to do to honor and celebrate one of the undisputed masters of contemporary American cinema. Joe Dante belongs to that pre-Tarantino generation whose love and critical understanding of cinema not only animated their careers as filmmakers but was...
High-Rise Directed by Ben Wheatley In theaters J.G. Ballard and the Cinema Through May 22 at Anthology Film Archives As they cheered and hooted, they were far more confident than the film actors on display, who seemed ill at ease when they stepped from their cars, like celebrity criminals ferried to a mass trial by jury at the Palais, a full-scale cultural Nuremberg furnished with film clips of the atrocities they had helped to commit. —J.G. Ballard, Super-Cannes Posthumously ascribing...
Plastic Jesus (1971) Directed by Lazar Stojanović April 15-21 at MoMA As the opening credits inform us, Lazar Stojanović's Plastic Jesus was “filmed in 1971, arrested in 1972, convicted in 1973 and set free in 1990.” The fate of this film and its director, as well as its poetic subject matter, constituted a watershed in the tumultuous history of the short but intensely lived Yugoslavian Black Wave. Stojanović's film represents in fact the pinnacle of formal and...
It is paradoxically fitting that the least obscure picture from a director about whom not much has been said and written is a wordless film entirely composed of grunts and gibberish. Claude Faraldo's Themroc (1973), screening throughout March at the Spectacle, does away with dialogue and music and instead orchestrates the cacophony of working life into a destructive crescendo. The title character, played by a rasping Michel Piccoli, goes about his daily grind with...

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