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9 - 9:15 ajn. Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the
Moon). 1902, France. Written and directed
by Georges Melies. "The success of A Trip to
the Moon laid the foundations for the international preeminence of French films until
the First World War. More than this, it
established the appeal of films with "staged"
scenes over everyday incidents, rudimentary
documentaries, and outdoor scenes that had
dominated film production since the days of
Louis Lumiere." —Georges Sadoul.
9:15 - 11:07 a.m. Aelita. 1924, USSR. Directed by
Yakov Protazanov. "A young Russian soldier
starts a revolution among the slaves of the
planet's ruler, Queen Aelita." —Dictionary
11:10 ajB. - 12:24 p.m. Happiness. 1934, USSR.
Directed by Alexander Medvedkin. Surreal
Soviet silent comedy that outdoes Sennett.
"An exceptional film ... begins where Chaplin
ends." —S. M. Eisenstein. With musical
12:30 - 2:05 p.m. Chac. 1975, Mexico(?). Written,
produced and directed by Rolando Klein. In
Mayan mythology, Chac is the God of Rain who
exists in four aspects and rides a magnificent'white horse across the four paths of
heaven. Lightning flashes from his terrible
sword, while from his mouth proceeds deafening thunder. Bearing gourds overflowing
with life-giving water Chac travels the heavens spilling rain across the dust-choked
cornfields that blacken in the heat below.
Chac is based on these ancient Mayan legends
and the current beliefs and traditions of the
modern descendents of the ancient tribes. In
Mayan with English subtitles.
2:15 - 3:57 pun. The Magician. 1958, Sweden. Written
and directed by Ingmar Bergman. With Max von
Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, and Bibi Andersson.
Also known as The Face. "The Face, when it
came out, caused any amount of confusion, no
doubt about that! And a certain amount of
gloom and despondency, too. It seems to me
that it was in that connection that critics
began really tearing my films to pieces and
scaring the daylights out of the public.
There's no reason to take it seriously."
4 - 5:35 pjn. Japanese Experimental Film. 1960-1980,
Japan. Nine short films selected by Donald
Richie. Program notes will be available at
the screening. Circulated by the Film
Program of the Anerican Federation of Arts.
10 - 10:08 p.m. City Slickers. 1978, United States.
Directed by Rufus Butler Seder. "An
effervescent barroom rhapsody soars above the
city skyline for an intoxicating encounter
with the smiling moon." —Rear Window Catalog
10:08 - 10:23 p.m. Bladerunner: A Movie, c. 1980, USA.
Directed by Phil Hopper. "Based on a short
story by William Burroughs (and not to be
confused with the Hollywood feature), this
film mixes the surrealism of Burroughs with
the New Wave esthetic and sound. Featured is
the hardcore punk band, Bound And Gagged." —
One Way Films.
10:23 - 10:27 p.m. Ungloved Hand. 1981, United
States. Directed by Lisa Crafts. "In this
witty variation of the magician and his
assistant, the filmmaker employs beautifully
rendered cell animation to make a wry feminist statement about sex-role stereotyping."
—Rear Window Catalog.
10:27 - 10:30 p.m. Glass Gardens. 1982, United
States. Directed by Lisa Crafts. Boston in a
midnight. Zardoz. 1974, USA. Directed by John
Boorman. With Charlotte Rampling and Sean
Connery. "The time is 2293, and the world is
desolate except for the Vortex, a Utopian
commune ruled by the Eternals who have everything except the right to die. Into their
paradise comes Sean Connery as a kind of
reverse messiah with the gift of death." —
Films Incorpoated Catalog.
9 - 9:04 ajn. Beat It. c. 1980, USA. Directed by
Elizabeth Sher. "This exercise in fixation
on physical frustration introduces us to the
carnival game Whackamole." —One Way Films
9:05 - 10:47 ajn. The Devil and Daniel Webster. 1941,
USA. Directed by William Dieterle. Based on
The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen
Vincent Benet. With Walter Huston, James
Craig, Edward Arnold.
^ 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Every Man For Himself and God
Against All. 1975, West Germany. Written
and directed by Werner Herzog. With Bruno S.
"A stunning fable." —Richard Eder. "Based
on a real historical event. One day in the
1820s a young man named Kaspar Hauser
appeared in a town in Germany. He was hardly
above the animal level. Unable to speak and
barely able to stand, he was taken in by the
town's people and taught to speak, read and
write...." — Cinema 5 Catalog
1 - 3:45p.m. Kwaidan. 1964, Japan. Directed by
Masaki Kobayashi. "Kwaidan, a symphony of
color and sound, is a horror picture with an
extraordinarily delicate and sensuous quality." —N.Y. Times.
4 - 5:30 p.m. Japanese Experimental Film II. 1960-
1980, Japan. Eleven short films selected by
Donald Richie. Prog am notes will be available at the screening. Circulated by the Film
Program of the American Federation of Arts.
10 - 10:04 pjn. Alphabet. 1970, USA. David Lynch.
director of Eraserhead and The Elephant Man,
assaults our senses once again in Alphabet, a
four-minute animated/live action short. Like
Sesame Street gone berserk!
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