FIAF · Florence Gould Hall; 55 East 59th Street, NYC
New York, NY, February 22, 2013—This March, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, presents theCinémaTuesdays film seriesThe Man Makes the Clothes: Pierre Cardinin Film, a tribute to the pioneering Italian-born French designer that examines his contribution to some of the greatest French films of the post-war era. Pierre Cardinin Film is presented as part of Fashion at FIAF, a program celebrating fashion in March.
Over the course of his seven-decade-long career, Pierre Cardin revolutionized women’s fashion, introducing an avant-garde, space-age design aesthetic that would become emblematic of an era. He brought Western fashions to Japan and China, and became the first designer to incorporate his logo into garments and license his brand. Cardin also applied his talent and passion for the arts to creating costumes for more than a dozen films and television programs. He worked with many of the greatest directors of the 20th century, including Orson Welles, Vittorio de Sica, Jean Cocteau, Louis Malle, and Joseph Losey, as well as iconic leading ladies Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Mia Farrow, and Jeanne Moreau, who would become his companion.
Cardin was twenty-four when he created the extraordinary costumes for Jean Cocteau’s 1946 masterpiece Beauty and the Beast. To highlight Cocteau’s surreal interpretation of the classic fairytale, he dressed its stars, Josette Day and the legendary Jean Marais, in 19th-century Victorian-inspired designs with an avant-garde twist. In Viva Maria!, Louis Malle’s 1965 comic adventure film, Jeanne Moreau and Brigitte Bardot star as two “Marias” who become revolutionaries in Central America in the early 20th century. Here, Cardin experiments with western themes, creating ravishing, tight-fitting ensembles that accentuate the female form.
For Eva, Joseph Losey’s dark 1962 tale of desire and entrapment, Pierre Cardin was inspired by the trends of the early ‘60s to create the elegant and luxurious wardrobe for Jeanne Moreau’s titular femme fatale. Cardin resumed his collaboration with Jean Cocteau in Princess of Clèves (1961), directed by Jean Delannoy and adapted by Cocteau from Madame de La Fayette’s 17th-century psychological novel. Cardin’s designs incorporate bold geometric patterns into the elaborate baroque costumes, emphasizing the characters’ tragic grandeur in this tale of a young princess ensnared in an illicit affair of the heart.
Series curated by Marie Losier.
The Man Makes the
Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)
Tuesday, March 5 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
Directed by Jean Cocteau, 1946. B&W. 96 min.
With Josette Day, Jean Marais, Michel Auclair
Cocteau’s second feature as director remains a fantastical, sumptuous viewing experience with few peers in cinema. Heightened by lavish costumes that an unaccredited Cardin worked on, this is a spirited adaptation of the centuries-old French fairytale of a man who sacrifices his youngest daughter to appease a mystical beast and the curious courtship that follows.
“One of the most magical of all films… a fantasy alive with trick shots and astonishing effects, giving us a Beast who is lonely like a man and misunderstood like an animal."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Studied or not for philosophy, this is a sensuously fascinating film, a fanciful poem in movement given full articulation on the screen.”—The New York Times
Directed by Louis Malle, 1965. Color and B&W. 120 min.
With Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Paulette Dubost
In Tinker Auditorium
Malle mines the frenzy of political upheaval for thrills, comedy, and a flirtatious sense of adventure with two of European cinema’s most alluring stars. Bardot and Moreau are two Marias—one sings, the other dances—who unexpectedly become catalysts of a socialist revolution in Central America. Witty and appealingly delirious.
"B.B. in her best form since And God Created Woman, and brilliantly matched by Jeanne Moreau. They are backed by a rollicking, comic adventure opus impeccably brought off by director Louis Malle."—Variety
Eva Tuesday, March 19 at 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
Directed by Joseph Losey, 1962. B&W. 116 min.
With Jeanne Moreau, Stanley Baker, Virna Lisi
In a body of work filled with femmes fatales, Losey arguably reached a peak withEva, his collaboration with Jeanne Moreau examining a prostitute’s entrapment of a Welsh author (Baker). Cardin’s costume design for Moreau fundamentally informs her character, as Eva’s appearance often reveals more than the words she speaks.
Princess of Clèves (La Princesse de Clèves)
Tuesday, March 26 at 12:30, 4 & 7:40pm
Jean Delannoy, 1961. Color. 101 min.
With Jean Marais, Marina Vlady, Jean-François Poron
Adapted by Jean Cocteau and released during the ascension of the nouvelle vague, this opulent costume drama set in 16th-century France was unjustly dismissed. Seeing the film now, its themes of tradition, loyalty, and forbidden love resonate as timeless, and its production and costume design remain undeniably elegant.
Kino Classics Releases D.W. Griffith's historical drama Abraham Lincoln, starring Walter Huston, on Blu-ray
35mm Restoration by the Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY - November 6, 2012 - Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray release of D.W. Griffith's acclaimed historical drama Abraham Lincoln, starring Walter Huston in a performance that Mordaunt Hall in his 1930 review in The New York Timescalled "genuinely fine and inspiring".
Abraham Lincoln comes to Blu-ray on November 13th, with a SRP of $34.95 and mastered in HD from a 35mm restoration by the Museum of Modern Art. It includes a special introduction for the 1930 re-release of Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, featuring a conversation between the director and actor Walter Huston, filmed during the production ofAbraham Lincoln.
Released at the dawn of the sound era, Abraham Lincoln was D.W. Griffith's first talkie, and for this important project, he returned to the historical era of his greatest success, The Birth of a Nation. Walter Huston (The Devil and Daniel Webster) stars as the nation's 16th president, following his personal triumphs and tragedies.
Griffith's film depicts this American icon with a sensitivity and grace matched only by John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln. In addition to depicting the life of a remarkable American president, Abraham Lincoln provides viewers with the chance to see one of the master filmmakers of the silent era working within the new medium of sound film.
Often circulated in inferior versions mastered from 16mm prints, the Kino Classics edition is the most complete version available -- with approximately three minutes of footage missing from other DVD releases. The audio elements of these rediscovered scenes have been lost, and the missing dialogue and sound effects are provided via subtitles.
U.S. 1930 B&W 93 Min. 1.20:1 1920x1080p
Special Features Mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration by The Museum of Modern Art Introduction to The Birth of a Nation, featuring D.W. Griffith and Walter Huston (filmed during production of Abraham Lincoln)
Abraham Lincoln Director: D.W. Griffith Genre: Drama SRP: $34.95 (Blu-ray) Street date: November 13, 2012
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MAPPING SUBJECTIVITY FILM SERIES SCREENS RARELY EXHIBITED WORKS OF MASTER AND EMERGING FILMMAKERS FROM THE ARAB WORLD
Third Edition Features 10 North American Premieres, 3 U.S. Premieres, and 4 New York Premieres
Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III November 1–25, 2012 The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
NEW YORK, October 16, 2012—The Museum of Modern Art presentsMapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III, November 1 through 25, 2012, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. As in the preceding editions, Mapping Subjectivitylooks into the region's largely unknown heritage of auteur, personal, and sometimes experimental film, highlighting kinships in sensibilities, approaches, and poetics across generations and countries. Works selected hail from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, and include film and video, shorts and features, documentary and fiction that reflect a diversity and richness of voices and visual languages. The exhibition is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, and Rasha Salti, Independent Curator. Presented in association with ArteEast, New York.
Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III opens on November 1, coinciding with this year's 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, with a screening of Damien Ounouri's Fidaï (Algeria, 2012), a documentary recounting the struggles and hardships during the war as told by Mohamed El Hadi, the director's uncle.
This installment of Mapping Subjectivity also features titles that are considered auteur classics of Arab cinema, such as Ridha Béhi's Sun of the Hyenas (Tunisia, 1977); Mohamed Aboulouakar's rarely screenedHadda (Morocco/France, 1984); several recently restored and digitized Super 8mm films by Ahmed Zir, shot between the late 1970s and now; and Ahmed Bennys's astonishing documentary animation Mohammadia (Tunisia, 1974). Myth and music are explored with evocative imagination by Eric and Marc Hurtado (Etant Donnés) in Jajouka, Something Good Comes to You (Morocco/France, 2012).