A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
January/February 2018 Week-Long Engagements Calendar at Metrograph Announced
January/February 2018 Week-Long Engagements Calendar Announced
January 19-25 Exclusive U.S. Theatrical Premiere Run
TALL First-Ever Theatrical Run of Manfred Kirchheimer's Rapturous Portrait of 20th Century Architects in New 2K Remaster
Starting at the turn of the last century, visionary architect Louis Sullivan (mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright) built rhapsodies in brick, steel, and terra cotta. Now, with Kirchheimer’s images, Sullivan's finds a filmmaking champion perfectly matched to capture the beauty of his work. Telling the story of Sullivan and his nearest rival, Daniel Burnham (architect of the Flatiron Building), Kirchheimer’s impassioned film uses both original and archival materials to describe the rise of the skyscraper itself, a riotous outburst of creative exuberance that changed city life forever. Narrated by Dylan Baker (Happiness, "The Americans").A Cinema Guild/Streetwise Films release
January 26-February 1 One-Week Revival Engagement
SALESMAN New Restoration of the "Direct Cinema" Masterpiece by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
Following traveling salesmen for the Mid-American Bible Company from their Boston headquarters to a Chicago convention to their door-to-door rounds in lower middle-class Opa-Locka, Florida, Zwerin and the Maysles brothers not only produced one of the foundational films of the “Direct Cinema” documentary movement, but a compassionate, cutting depiction of an American scene largely untouched by the ongoing counterculture explosion. From among a cast of real-life drummers sporting colorful animal nicknames, one emerges as the film’s kind of protagonist: Paul Brennan, “the Badger,” a self-styled Willy Loman forever lamenting his hopelessly slumping sales figures while he stays indefatigably on the grind.A starkly beautiful interrogation of the commercial exploitation of religious belief, the film is made without a single grain of condescension. Simply, one of the most influential of all American films. Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. A Janus Films release.
February 2-8 Exclusive U.S. Theatrical Premiere Run
LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN New 4K Restoration of King Hu's Wuxia Classic
Always the maverick, King Hu (A Touch of Zen) was working entirely independently on Legend of the Mountain, heading into rugged terrain in South Korea to film this atmospheric, hypnotic work suffused with supernatural overtones, which tells the story of a secluded scholar confronted by two seductive specters who threaten to draw his attention away from the sutra he’s struggling to transcribe. One of the purest expressions of Hu’s ethos, in which philosophy and action merge as one, in a new restoration which reveals it to be one of his most gorgeous films as well. A Kino Lorber release.
February 9-15 Exclusive One-Week NY Engagement
GOLDEN EXITS Alex Ross Perry's New Film Features Adam Horovitz, Emily Browning, Chloe Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman, and Mary-Louise Parker
Entire Run in 35mm!
Alex Ross Perry’s (Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth) fifth feature unfolds among a loosely-connected group of professional, domesticated Brooklynites when a young, pretty, available outsider lands in their midst. Adam Horovitz plays an archivist whose new, young assistant Naomi (Emily Browning) provokes jealousy from his therapist wife (Chloe Sevigny) and suspicion from her jaded sister Gwen (Mary-Louise Parker). Meanwhile, Naomi’s casual meetings with Buddy (Jason Schwartzman) test his fidelity to his wife Jess (Analeigh Tipton). Jess’ sister (Lily Rabe) and confidante is also the long-suffering personal assistant to Gwen. The roiling emotion is captured in elegant imagery, courtesy of Perry and cinematographer Sean Price Williams. A Vertical Entertainment release.