05.08.2003

May 8 – 12 screenings @ AMMI

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Date/Time: 08/05/2003 12:00 am


American Museum of the Moving Image
May 8 – 12, 2003
GUY MADDIN IN PERSON WITH PREVIEW OF “DRACULA: PAGES FROM A
VIRGIN’S DIARY”
THURSDAY PROGRAM: 242.PILOTS PERFORMANCE
“HOME AND AWAY” CONTINUES WITH DAVIES + WOO
TRUFFAUT’S “THE LAST METRO” IN REPERTORY NIGHTS
“SANTA JULIA’S TIGER” IN CINEMA TROPICAL
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GUY MADDIN IN PERSON WITH “DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY”
Canadian director Guy Maddin will present a special preview
screening of his new film DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY
on Monday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. The subject of a Museum
retrospective in 1998, Maddin makes unique, dreamlike movies in
a style that reinvents the language of early cinema. In DRACULA:
PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY, Maddin transforms the Royal
Winnipeg Ballet’s sensual version of Bram Stoker’s classic novel
into a ravishing, erotically charged black-and-white-and-red
silent movie bursting with Gothic opulence, melodramatic
cliffhangers, dark humor, and stylized camerawork. “The film is
crazily, passionately alive,” wrote New York Times critic A.O.
Scott. Tickets ($8 Museum members / $12 public) can be purchased
in advance by calling 718-784-4520. Special thanks to Zeitgeist
Films and Film Forum for making this screening possible. Dracula
opens at Film Forum on Wednesday, May 14. For further
information, please visit the Film Forum Web site

http://www.filmforum.com/films/dracula/dracula.html.

THURSDAY PROGRAM: 242.PILOTS PERFORMANCE
“Thursdays: The Computed Moving Image in Live Performance”
begins this Thursday with a performance by the award-winning
video ensemble, 242.pilots. The three artists who comprise
242.pilots, HC Gilje (Norway), Kurt Ralske (U.S.), and Lukasz
Kysakowski (Poland), use laptops and custom-made software to
dynamically generate video and sound. Their performance will be
structured as a series of solos followed by the group working
collaboratively with a guest musician, much like a jazz
ensemble, to create a layered image and soundscape. The
resulting composition evolves through creative exchange and non-
verbal communication. Described by The New York Times as “an
intriguing, compelling alliance of sound and motion,” the
group’s current DVD project, 242.pilots Live in Bruxelles, won
the 2003 Image Award at Berlin’s Transmediale festival. This
event is cosponsored by Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.
Tickets ($12 public / $8 Museum members & Harvestworks members)
can be purchased in advance by calling the Museum at 718-784-
4520. For more information about 242.pilots, visit
www.242pilots.org.
HOME AND AWAY: GREAT DIRECTORS IN AMERICA AND ABROAD
Terence Davies and John Woo, radically different but equally
masterful filmmakers, will be featured this weekend with
screenings of some of their finest films, as part of the series
“Home and Away: Great Directors in America and Abroad.”
Screening in a 35mm print imported from the British Film
Institute, Davies’ DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES centers around
the pop songs and Hollywood movies that illuminate the otherwise
drab lives of a 1940s working-class British family. Likewise
featuring breathtaking photography, THE NEON BIBLE, Davies’
first American film, stars Gena Rowlands and Denis Leary in an
intimate, stylized tale of life in the American South during and
after the Depression. Inspired by Melville’s LE SAMOURAI, Woo’s
THE KILLER put the gifted action director on the world cinema
map. Chow Yun-Fat stars as the hard-boiled hit man who falls for
a nightclub singer who he’s blinded in a gunfight. FACE/OFF
marks Woo’s Hollywood debut, and features outsized performances
by leads John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
TRUFFAUT’S “THE LAST METRO” IN REPERTORY NIGHTS
Screening in a recently struck 35mm print from Wellspring Media,
Francois Truffaut’s THE LAST METRO continues “Repertory Nights.”
Exquisitely photographed by Nestor Almendros, Truffaut’s film
stars Catherine Deneuve as a Parisian actress struggling to keep
her husband’s theater running during the German occupation.
CINEMA TROPICAL
Robin Hood meets Don Juan in SANTA JULIA’S TIGER, a deft blend
of comedy and drama, reinventing a popular Mexican legend.
Deserting the army, a young man soon finds himself leading a
band of beautiful women, battling social injustice while leading
a pleasure-filled life. Director Alejandro Gamboa tells this
inspired epic tale with dazzling visuals and a terrific sense of
play.
COMPLETE SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK:
(Except for specially ticketed programs, screenings are free
with Museum admission.)
Thursday, May 8
7:30 p.m. (Thursdays)
242.PILOTS PERFORMANCE
Tickets are $8 members / $12 public
Friday, May 9
8:00 p.m. (Cinema Tropical)
SANTA JULIA’S TIGER (EL TIGRE DE SANTA JULIA)
Mexico, 2002, 125 mins. Directed by Alejandro Gamboa.
Saturday, May 10
2:00 p.m. (Home and Away)
DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES
England, 1988, 85 mins. Directed by Terence Davies. With Freda
Dowie, Peter Postelwaite.
4:00 p.m. (Home and Away)
THE NEON BIBLE
Strand Releasing, 1995, 92 mins. Directed by Terence Davies.
With Gena Rowlands, Denis Leary.
6:30 p.m. (Repertory Nights)
THE LAST METRO
France, 1980, 133 mins. Directed by Francois Truffaut. With
Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu.
Sunday, May 11
2:00 p.m. (Home and Away)
THE KILLER
Circle Films, 1989, 104 mins. Directed by John Woo. With Chow
Yun-Fat.
4:00 p.m. (Home and Away)
FACE/OFF
Touchstone, 1997, 138 mins. Directed by John Woo. With John
Travolta, Nicolas Cage.
6:30 p.m. (Repertory Nights)
THE LAST METRO
France, 1980, 133 mins. Directed by Francois Truffaut. With
Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu.
Monday, May 12
7:00 p.m.
A Pinewood Dialogue with Guy Maddin
DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY
Zeitgeist Films, 2002, 75 mins. Directed by Guy Maddin. With
Zhang Wei-Qiang, Tara Birtwhistle. A discussion with Guy Maddin
will follow the screening. Tickets ($12 public / $8 members) can
be purchased in advance by calling 718-784-4520.
More information about Moving Image screenings + programs can be
found on our Web site. http://www.movingimage.us.
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