“Deep End” (1970) at BAMcinématek (Dec 16-22)

by on December 15, 2011Posted in: Essay

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Thursday Editor’s Pick: Deep End (1970)

by on December 15, 2011Posted in: Editor's Pick, Uncategorized

Playing Fri Dec 16 thru Thurs Dec 22 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15 at BAMcinématek [Program & Tix]
*Mon Dec 10 shows at 4:30, 9:15
 

Long unavailable — like many films with ripping soundtracks, Deep End had suffered a sad fate of obscurity due to music-rights issues — it reappeared in 2007 in a beautiful new print at Anthology. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch it then, BAM offers you a full week of chances December 16-27.

 

Dan Callahan lays it all out for Alt Screen:

In all of the best work of the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, there is a barely-there surrealism in play that keeps his films excitingly unsteady, as if the goal posts were being moved from scene to scene. Even in a seemingly naturalistic setting like the London bathhouse of Deep End (1970), Skolimowski’s finest film, there is always a sense that something is not quite right; each moment is pregnant with a humorously deadpan, sometimes slaphappy, but still menacing possibility.

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Sunday Editor’s Pick: Four Nights With Anna (2008)

by on July 3, 2011Posted in: Editor's Pick

Playing Sun July 3 at 7:00 at Museum of the Moving Image [Program & Tix]

 

Be sure to check out Jim Emerson’s essay for Alt Screen:

We are shown how to watch this film before the first image appears. Over a black screen, we hear the unsteady sound of footsteps. A downtrodden-looking man trudges down a muddy road on a gray winter day. Church bells peal. In the first of many long takes, we simply observe this man go about his mysterious business, always wondering what’s going through his head. (There’s very little dialog in the movie; we just learn by watching and listening.) He ducks around a corner, apparently trying to conceal himself behind a downspout, as two women pass walking a German Shepherd. The women are oblivious to him, but the dog knows he’s there and keeps pulling at its leash, as if suspicious of what this character is up to. The man steps behind a tree, his back straight up against it as if trying to disappear into the bark.

 

Already we recognize a uniquely Eastern European style of comedic choreography in motio — the kind of thing we remember from, say, Skolimowski’s Moonlighting, in which the trajectories of a cat, a man walking a dog and Jeremy Irons on a bicycle crisscross and narrowly avoid collision within the frame of a single shot in a kind of absurd, cosmic trapeze act. Those first few seconds before the image appears seem to indicate that Four Nights with Anna is going to be a few steps ahead of us from the very start.

 

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Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Four Nights with Anna” at Museum of Moving Image (Jul 2 & 3)

by on June 28, 2011Posted in: Essay

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Saturday Editor’s Pick: “Deep End” (1970)

by on June 10, 2011Posted in: Editor's Pick

Playing Sat June 11 at 5:15 & Sun June 12 at 4:00 at Museum of the Moving Image [Program & Tix]

 

A welcome retrospective of the globe-trotting Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski begins at Queens’ Museum of the Moving Image this weekend and continues through July 3.

 

Long unavailable — like many films with ripping soundtracks, Deep End had suffered a sad fate of obscurity due to music-rights issues — it reappeared in 2007 in a beautiful new print at Anthology. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch it then, today and tomorrow are your two chances.

 

Dan Callahan lays it all out for Alt Screen:

In all of the best work of the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, there is a barely-there surrealism in play that keeps his films excitingly unsteady, as if the goal posts were being moved from scene to scene. Even in a seemingly naturalistic setting like the London bathhouse of Deep End (1970), Skolimowski’s finest film, there is always a sense that something is not quite right; each moment is pregnant with a humorously deadpan, sometimes slaphappy, but still menacing possibility.
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Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Deep End” (1970) at Museum of the Moving Image (Jun 11 & 12)

by on June 7, 2011Posted in: Essay

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