Thursday, January 21, 2016

Here's the 1st season of programming for the Lower East Side's newest movie theater

Metrograph, a two-theater movie house at 7 Ludlow St., near Canal, has unveiled its first season of programming starting in March.

Among the highlights:

Surrender to the Screen: Watching the Moviegoing Experience (March 4-10)
Titles include: "The Long Day Closes" (Terence Davies, 1992), "Vivre sa Vie" (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962), "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003), "Taxi Driver" (Martin Scorsese, 1976), "Matinee" (Joe Dante, 1993), "Desperately Seeking Susan" (Susan Seidelman, 1985), "Variety" (Bette Gordon, 1983), "Demons (Lamberto Bava, 1985) and more.

Jean Eustache (March 9-17)
Extended engagements of Eustache's two features "The Mother and the Whore" (1973) and "Mes Petites Amoureuses" (1974), along with "Les Mauvaises Fréquentations" (1963), "Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes" (1967) and more rare imported prints. Presented with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Institut Français. Special thanks to Amélie Garin Davet, Mathieu Fournet, and Françoise Lebrun

Welcome to Metrograph: A-F (March 16 - April 21)
Titles include: "The Age of Innocence" (Martin Scorsese, 1993), "Barry Lyndon" (Stanley Kubrick, 1975), "The Blood of a Poet" (Jean Cocteau, 1932), "Chelsea Girls" (Andy Warhol, 1966, image above), "The Clock" (Vincente Minnelli, 1945), "Comrades: Almost A Love Story" (Peter Chan, 1996), "Deux fois" (Jackie Raynal, 1968), "The Devil Probably" (Robert Bresson, 1977), "Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931), "Equinox Flower" (Yasujiro Ozu, 1958), and more. All films on 35mm or 16mm.

Randomly, the trailer for "The Clock" to break up all this copy...

Old and Improved (Sundays Beginning March 20)
Every Sunday starting March 20, we’re pleased to present a new preservation or restoration. In some cases, these screenings mark the first times these prints have shown to the public. Titles include Dorothy Arzner’s "Craig's Wife" (1936), Garson Kanin’s "My Favorite Wife" (1940), Josef von Sternberg's "Crime and Punishment (1935), Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s "Mysterious Object at Noon" (2000), Djibril Diop Mambéty's "Touki Bouki" (1973), and Joyce Chopra's "Joyce at 34" (1972) plus shorts from New York's Youth Film Distribution Center. All titles on 35mm or 16mm.

Three Wiseman (March 25 - April 14)
Among the greatest and most influential documentary filmmakers who ever lived, Frederick Wiseman is more than just a capturer of reality on screen: he’s a conjurer of unforgettable images and a true artist, chronicling the last half century of American life. Metrograph will show three of his earliest masterpieces — "Titicut Follies" (1967), "High School" (1968), and "Hospital" (1970) — in new 35mm prints. The films were preserved by the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center from original camera negatives in the Zipporah Films Collection.

Indiewire, The Lo-Down and DNAinfo each had sizable previews with the full schedules.

For more on Metrograph and its founder, Alexander Och, head on over to The Lo-Down.

Meanwhile, I'll end with a plug for one of my favorite places in the neighborhood — Anthology Film Archives on Second Avenue and East Second Street.


Joe said...

This sounds great!

Michael Ivan said...

Looks great for a special occasion and deep track movie you've wanted to see, or haven't seen in a long time. The liquor license and culinary forward cafe may turn some people off but the proprietors are offering the full service to the dinner and a movie goers, can't really knock them for that. Could be annoying if it becomes a crowded "scene" hangout and people can go eat and drink without purchasing tickets...

Anonymous said...

I agree, Michael. If it becomes a douchefest it's going to be havoc for the area and the establishment itself.
The programming looks great, so as long as they don't turn it into fucking Beauty and Essex, this could be something very nice.

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Anonymous said...

Excited about this!