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10:04 - 10:38 p.m. The Grandmother. 1970, USA. This
second and only other color film by director
David Lynch is a live action/animated
featurette. Made the year before he began
working on Eraserhead, The Grandmother has
won several festival prizes. A bizarre
"family drama," with parents who sprout from
the ground and talk like wild dogs, and a
lonesome son who "grows" a playmate.
^10:38 p.m. - midnight* Eraserhead. 1977, United
States. Written and directed by David Lynch.
With John Nance and Charlotte Stewart. "No
pleasant experience, this, but one that stays
with you." —Archer Winston. "Set in a
nightmare landscape, the story concerns a
pointy-headed young man with an odd hairdo
whose life changes dramatically when his
girlfriend gives birth to a premature baby
chicken. Eraserhead so impressed Mel Brooks
that he chose David Lynch to direct The
Elephant Man, which Brooks produced." —
Cinema 5 Catalog.
15 a.m. The Old Dark House. 1932, USA.
Directed by James Whale. With Boris Karloff,
Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond
Massey, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore. "Last
seen theatrically in the early fifties, and
consigned to that long list of presumably
lost films for the past thirty years, James
Whale's The Old Dark House is available at
last. An all-time horror great, it's one of
the most literate and visually striking horror films of the thirties." —Twyman Films.
10:30 — 11:56 a.m. Chinese Roulette. 1976, West
Germany. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. "The most stylish of Fassbinder's
films, an all-out Gothic thriller, stylistically as smooth and tricky as the myriad glass
surfaces that surround its characters like a
hall of mirrors." —New Yorker Films.
12:15 - 12:30 pan. Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian
Dog). 1928, France. Directed by Luis Bun-
uel. Scenario by Bunuel and Salvador Dali.
The most famous of surrealist films. Its
theme is "the pure and correct line of 'conduct' of a human who pursues love through
wretched humanitarian, patriotic ideals and
the other miserable workings of reality." —
Salvador Dali. "Un Chien Andalou, though
primarily subjective drama developed like a
poem, is nonetheless for me a film with a
social theme. Beware of the dog. It bites."
12:30- 1:30 pan. L'Age d'Or (The Age of Gold). 1930,
France. Directed by Luis Bunuel. Written by
Bunuel and Salvador Dali. With Gaston Modot,
Lya Lys, and Max Ernst. "In a manifesto
included in the program of L'Age d'Or written
and illustrated by many surrealists, it was
said: 'The foundations are laid, conventions
become dogma, policemen push people around as
they do in everyday life. And accidents occur
in bourgeois society while that society pays
no attention whatsoever. But such accidents
(and it must be noted that in Bunuel's film
they remain uncorrupted by plausibility)
further weaken an already rotting society
that is trying to prolong its existence
artificially through priests and policemen.
But it is Love that brings about the
transition from pessimism to action; Love,
denounced in the bourgeois demonology as the
root of all evil. For love demands the
sacrifice of every other value." Showing of
the film was interrupted by the fascist
League of Patriots and the Anti-Semitic
League, and paintings by Dali, Ernst, Man Ray
were slashed. Police banned the film.
1:40 - 3:10 p.m. Viridiana. 1961, Spain/Mexico.
Directed by Luis Bunel. "viridiana was shot
in Spain from a script approved by the Spanish authorities. After production was completed, the authorities became aware of its
subversive implications and attempted to
seize all copies. But a few had already left
for France and despite strenuous protests by
the Spanish government it won the Palme d'or
at the Cannes festival, and was immediately
denounced by l'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper. The head of the
Spanish state film organization was dismissed, the film banned, and the press was
not even allowed to report that Bunuel's film
had received an award. It was distributed
internationally by the Mexican co-producer."
— Peter Morris
3:30 - 5:10 pan. That Obscure Object of Desire.
1977, France/Spa in. Directed by Luis Bunuel.
With Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela
Molina. "In this darkly humorous satirical
film, Bunuel demonstrates his long-standing
conviction that the last revolutionary act is
to be madly in love and not have sex with the
object of that love," —Janus Films Catalog.
10 - 10:03 pan. Phantom Subways. 1978, United States.
Directed by Rufus Butler Seder. "An eerie,
ghostly ride on a phantom train." —Rear
10:03 - 10:08 pan. Frankenstein Cries Out. 1978,
United States. Directed by Flip Johnson.
"Ink-stipple drawings and xerography explore
the monster's ambiguous screaming/laughing
expression." —Rear Window Catalog.
10:10 - 11:40 pan. Buffalo Bill And The Indians, Or
Sitting Bull's History Lesson. 1976, united
States. Directed by Robert Altman. Written
by Alan Rudolph and Altman, based on the
play, Indians, by Arthur Kopit. Presented by
Dino de Laurentiis. With Paul Newman, Burt
Lancaster, Geraldine Chaplin, Frank Kaquitts,
Will Sampson, Joel Grey, Harvey Keitel, Shelly Duval, and E. L. Doctorow. "A direct slap
in the face at American history." —Judith M.
Kass. "A confrontation of myth with myth."
—Tom Milne. Just after Buffalo Bill was
released, De Laurentiis fired Altman from the
film version of Ragtime, which Altman was
then preparing to direct.
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