The Earliest Hitchcock Film ‘The White Shadow’ Now Available for Free Streaming
“The Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest surviving work on record The White Shadow(1924) is now available for free streaming via the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). A tale of two sisters—one good and the other evil—based on Michael Morton’s novel Children of Chance, the silent film was long thought to be lost for decades until it was recovered in the garden shed of New Zealander cinema projectionist Jack Murtagh in 1989 and donated to the NFPF.
The SXSW Film Festival and Factory 25 present CONVENTO, the phantasmagoric fave of SXSW, Edinburgh, and Rooftop Films that IFC News called “an unorthodox doc about an unorthodox family of artists.” Presented in a 68-minute extended cut featuring supplemental vignettes, Jarred Alterman’s directorial debut makes its NYC theatrical premiere with a week-long run, March 9 - 15.
FRIDAY, March 9 (7pm, 10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
SATURDAY, March 10 (10pm) * SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON *
MONDAY, March 12 (7pm)
TUESDAY, March 13 (7pm)
WEDNESDAY, March 14 (7pm)
THURSDAY, March 15 (7pm, 10pm)
Rule 1. (to kill expectation)
Go into the film without having read or watched anything. Trailers are acceptable, as they are sometimes created by film directors themselves, though even that sometimes is questionable.
Rule 2. (to kill projection)
Assess what the film is trying to say or achieve within the realm of what kind of movie it is trying to be. Do not project your own expectations. Let the film dictate the level of expectation, be that tonally, narratively or conceptually.
Then, assess how well you think the film reaches whatever goals it set out to achieve.
Rule 3. (to kill hype)
Don’t talk about the film with anyone who has not seen it, except if you’re encouraging them to go see it. Only discuss the film with those that have seen it, and discuss it hard. That’s what it’s there for.
The Rules, etc.
Drug Cinema with Hamilton Morris
Mushroom Movie Night Thursday, July 7th - 8:00pm
Hamilton Morris (who writes the Pharmacopeia blog for Vice) brings his pharmacological
expertise and his drug movie collection to Spectacle for a visit to the glorious kingdom of the psychoactive fungus. A selection of clips on the mushroom experience and the Shroomsploitation feature films Attack of the Mushroom People (Japan, 1963) and Shrooms (2007). With Fruit of the Gods and a lecture on the toxicity of Galerina Marginata.
Watch a trailer, and another trailer!
Hamilton’s drug blog for Vice
Mushroom Movie Night
Thursday, July 7th - 8:00pm
“WHAT IS THAT VELVET?” Tompkins Square Park will screen “Coming To America” on Thursday, June 7th. The Hilarious comedy starring Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels with his loyal, royal companion (Arsenio Hall) to search for a bride. So get out your Jheri Curl, sow your royal outs and head out to the east village. Lawn opens at 6pm, screening begins at sundown. FREE
Georges Franju’s JUDEX and
Fritz Lang’s THE 1,000 EYES OF DR. MABUSE
Georges Franju (1963, 104 min.) Louis Feuillade created Judex to appease opponents of his earlier work, which was criticised as glorifying crime and violence. But compared to Fantômas and Les Vampires, Judex is merely the opposite side of the same coin: a master of disguise and gentleman sadist avenging those even further morally debased. Seizing the opportunity to recraft Fueillade’s material after a proposed Fantômas remake fell apart, Franju spins Judex as a baroque Victorian Gothic fantasia with a sinister bent. Collaborating once again with cinematographer Marcel Fradetal, who shot his 1949 slaughterhouse documentary Le Sang des bêtes, Franju delivers some stunning images of flickering daggers and blackclad henchmen scaling buildings like silhouettes in the night. Most unforgettable is an ornate costumed ball inspired by the illustrations of 19th century French caricaturist J.J. Grandville, an unmistakable influence on Eyes Wide Shut. It’s surreal moments like these, as well as a wonderful nostalgia for early French cinema, that makes Cocteau comparisons especially apt—but he never made a film as dangerous or sexy as this.
In French with English subtitles. Digital projection.
THE 1,000 EYES OF DR. MABUSE
9:30 pm • View a vintage trailer
Dir. Fritz Lang (1960, 103 min.) For his final film, Fritz Lang returned to Germany and the most notorious creation of his Weimar period: the nebulous criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse. When a series of murders follow the long-thought deceased Mabuse’s M.O., Kriminalkommissar Kras follows a ghastly psychic’s leads to a luxury hotel outfitted with Nazi surveillance technology. Among the characters ensnared in its machinations are a dashing American arms dealer, a cold-blooded assassin and a suicidal woman with a grave secret—and perhaps even the doctor himself. Featuring homages to works across Lang’s entire oveure alongside a direct, unequivocal confrontation with Nazism, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is a fitting and unjustly neglected swan song from one of the masters of cinema.
Presented with it’s rare, original German soundtrack and English subtitles. Digital projection.
From Iron Man 2 to Saturday Night Fever to Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never.
Something for everyone.
Known as one of the classic comedies of the 1980s,Weekend at Bernie’s tells the story of two junior insurance agents who—after discovering fraud at their agency—find themselves in the midst of a mafia murder plot. When they arrive at their boss’s swanky summer home only to discover him dead, they decide to conceal his murder in order to protect themselves. The movie is a classic example of the “high concept” genre of cinema, in which the hook or plot of the movie can be summed up in a sentence, or even the title—a structure mirrored in the work of Cory Arcangel. Arcangel introduces this iconic film (which he will be seeing for the first time), screened on the occasion of his exhibition, Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools.
This program is part of the My Turn public programs series. For Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools, My Turn invited Arcangel to create programs for the Whitney’s public that are an extension of and informed by his own artistic processes and methods.
Thursday, June 30
Whitney Museum of American Art945 Madison Avenue at 75th StreetNew York, NY 1002