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Sunday October 23rd: Alt Screen Presents!

7:00 at 92YTribeca [Program & Tix]

Presented by 92YTribeca, the Doomsday Film Festival and Symposium & Alt Screen!

 

A film so bonkers that Gaspar Noe is threatening to remake it! This 1976 theological thriller (is that a thing?) by the beloved Larry Cohen will be followed by a Skpe Q&A with the master raconteur himself — the director of Its Alive! and The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, and screenwriter of Maniac Cop.

 

The program-notes synopsis:

As rapturously nutjob as a Harold Camping prophecy, Larry Cohen’s unholy B flick casts Tony Lo Bianco as a devout Catholic cop investigating an outbreak of homicidal religious mania, where God is being blamed for coercing the good people of NYC to send their loved ones to Heaven the hard way. Perhaps the most radical of Cohen’s populist genre works, God Told Me To is the paranoid, skuzzy, downtown flipside to Rosemary’s Baby’s uptown neurosis. Tautly paced, with an uneasy blend of fever dream deaths, sly social commentary, sacrilegious black comedy, edgy verite lensing, Catholic guilt played straight and scene after scene of rich pulpy dialogue delivered by a cast of old pro character actors.

 

Here’s what the critics said:

“A delirious mix of sci-fi, pseudo-religious fantasy and horror detective thriller with a wonderfully insane plot – involving spaceships, genetics and police corruption. God Told Me To overflows with such perverse and subversive notions that no amount of shoddy editing and substandard camerawork can conceal the film’s unusual qualities. Digging deep into the psyche of American manhood, it lays bare the guilt-ridden oppressions of a soulless society.”

- Time Out (London)

 

“Cohen’s crowning achievement, the ne plus ultra classic of confusion. Awash in fear and dissolution, God is rendered with the coarse-grained urgency that’s also Cohen’s own version of brio. Cohen can find entertainment in the belief that ignorance and insanity go hand in hand.”

-Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

 

“A work of genius, in other words, possibly the Cohen joint that brims
with the most all-pervasive invention and danger, as radical a Seventies ‘incoherent text’
as Taxi Driver and a clear linchpin of The X-Files.”

- Fernando F. Croce

 

“Cohen’s most fascinating film to date, and the most ambitious in theme. Both immense and profound, and absolutely central to our culture.”

- Robin Wood, Film Comment

 

Read our complete roundup here

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___92YTribeca___
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
Stanley Kubrick | 1964 | US | 91min
*Followed by “Doomsday on the Brain” panel discussion
“Doomsday Film Festival”
2:00

 

Doomsday Shorts
GET WITH THE PROGRAM
Jennifer Deutrom | 2010 | US | 4min
HEARTOCALYPSE
Matthew Silver | 2010 | US | 7min
HOW TO PREPARE FOR SURVIVAL
Lisa Kletjian | 2011 | US | 18min
JUPITER ELICUS
Kelly Sears | 2010 | US | 4min
MATTHEW 24:14
Eyespeak | 2011 | US | 5min
MUTANTLAND
Phil Tippett | 2011 | US | 5min
SEED
Ben Richardson & Daniel Bird | 2011 | US | 10min
TEDDY GOLDBLATT
Rob Munday | 2010 | UK | 9min
DESERT OF THE REAL
Shamir | 2011 | US | 3min
FUTURE SHOCK
Alex Grasshoff | 1972 | US | 43min
“Doomsday Film Festival”
4:30

 

GOD TOLD ME TO
Larry Cohen | 1976 | US | 87min
“Doomsday Film Festival”
*Followed by Skype Q&A with Cohen; co-presented by Alt Screen
7:00

 

___Anthology Film Archives___
GUNS OF THE TREES
Jonas Mekas | 1961 | US | 75min
4:45

 

YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS
Oliver Laxe | 2010 | Spain | 78min
5:30, 7:15, 9:00

 

COMPAÑERAS AND COMPAÑEROS
Barbara Stone, David C. Stone, & Adolfas Mekas | 1970 | Cuba/US | 80min
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. TULA
Adolfas Mekas | 2003 | US | 24min
6:30

 

GOLDSTEIN
Philip Kaufman & Benjamin Manaster | 1964 | US | 85min
ADOLFAS MEKAS ACCEPTS THE BARD AWARD
Sam Mekas | 2004 | US | 12min
8:30

 

___BAMcinématek___
HOUSE OF TOLERANCE
Bertrand Bonello | 2011 | France | 125min
“Sneak Previews from IFC Films & Sundance Selects”
3:00

 

PINA
Wim Wenders | 2011 | Ger/Fra/UK | 104min
“Sneak Previews from IFC Films & Sundance Selects”
6:00

 

SNOWTOWN
Justin Kurzel | 2011 | Australia | 120min
“Sneak Previews from IFC Films & Sundance Selects”
9:00

 

___Black Duck___
ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
Peter R. Hunt | UK | 1969 | 142min
“Classic James Bond Movie”
7:30

 

___Cafe Steinhof___
THEY LIVE
John Carpenter | 1988 | US | 93min
“Alien Invasion”
10:30

 

___Film Forum___
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Alfred Hitchcock | 1959 | US | 131min
“Bernard Hermann”
1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

 

___Film Society of Lincoln Center___
JESUS WAS A COMMIE
Terrence Ziegler & Matthew Modine | 2011 | US | 15min
WITH MY OWN TWO WHEELS
Isaac & Jacob Siegel-Boettner | 2010 | US | 44min
“Mountainfilm Festival”
*Directors, JESUS WAS A COMMIE producer Adam Rackoff, & World Bike Relief founder FK Day in person
2:00

 

COLD
Anson Fogel | 2011 | US | 20min
“Mountainfilm Festival”
*Presentation by historian Wade Davis; followed by book signing
4:30

 

MR. HAPPY MAN
Matt Morris | 2010 | US | 11min
MBAMBU AND THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
Lucian & Natasa Muntean | 2010 | Serbia | 55min
“Mountainfilm Festival”
*Morris in person
5:30

___Film Society of Lincoln Center (con’t)___
THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM
Robin Fryday | 2010 | US | 26min
THE 10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE
Jeff Daniels | 2009 | Australia | 60min
“Mountainfilm Festival”
*Daniels & THE 10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE subject Rebiya Kadeer in person
7:00

 

___Habana Outpost___
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Irvin Kershner | 1980 | US | 124min
“Movies Under the Stars”
Dusk

 

___Maysles Cinema___
BUILDING BEYOND CONFLICT: INSPIRING CONGOLESE KIDS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Cultures of Resistance | 2010 | US | 7min
“Congo in Harlem 3”
*Panel discussion: “Youth Power: From Cairo to Congo”
3:00

 

PAPY (MON HISTOIRE)
Djo Munga | 2007 | Congo | 53min
“Congo in Harlem 3”
*Discussion w/ Munga & reception feat. Congolese music by Isaac Katalay
7:00

 

___Mid-Manhattan Library___
HERSKOVITS AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS
Llewellyn Smith | 2006 | US | 57min
BATTLE FOR THE HEARTS AND MINDS
Shani Peters | 2006 | US | 10min
2:00

 

___Museum of Modern Art___
TRES TRISTES TIGRES
Raúl Ruiz | 1968 | Chile | 105min
COLOR
Lidia García Millán | 1958 | Uruguay | 3min
“To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation”
1:15

 

THE CITY
Yousry Nasrallah | 1999 | Egypt/France | 108min
“Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part II”
2:00

 

AFRAID TO TALK
Edward L. Cahn | 1933 | US | 69min
“To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation”
4:00

 

MY HEART BEATS ONLY FOR HER
Mohamed Soueid | 2008 | Lebanon | 87min
“Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part II”
5:30

 

STARS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
Oussama Mohamma | 1988 | Syria | 115min
“Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part II”
7:00

 

TSIGOINERUWAIZEN
Seijun Suzuki | 1980 | Japan | 148min
“To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation”
7:45

 

___Museum of the Moving Image___
THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN
Frank Oz | 1984 | US | 94min
“Henson Screenings and Programs”
12:00

 

MY SWEET CANARY
Roy Sher | 2011 | Israel/Greece/France/Germany | 89min
“New York City Greek Film Festival”
4:00

 

KNIFER
Yannis Economides | 2010 | Greece | 108min
“New York City Greek Film Festival”
6:00

 

TUNGSTEN
Giorgos Georgopoulos | 2010 | Greece | 100min
“New York City Greek Film Festival”
8:00

 

___Spectacle Theater___
FOR THOSE IN PERIL
Charles Crichton | 1944 | UK | 77min
“Early Ealing Studios”
5:00

 

GHOST STORY OF YOTSUYA
Nobuo Nakagawa | Japan | 1959 | 76min
“Spectober”
7:30

 

THE WHITE REINDEER
Erik Blomberg | 1952 | Finland | 74min
“Spectober”
9:30

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