Posts Tagged ‘Grigori Alexandrov’

This weekend at the Cinematheque

October 9, 2009

Honestly, I’m only planning to attend the Cinematheque’s Saturday night screening of Grigori Alexandrov’s The Circus (1936),which begins at 7:30PM; but don’t get me wrong, the Cinematheque’s Friday night event sounds pretty intriguing in its own right: Music For the Eye: Selected Works of Joost Rekveld, with Rekveld himself in attendance, also beginning at 7:30PM. The following description is lifted from the Cinematheque’s website:

Inspired by “the lesser frequented by-ways in the history of science and technology” and fascinated by visual and aural perception, Rekveld combines complicated optical and mechanical set-ups with computer technology to create exquisite abstract animations—”music for the eye.”

So if you’re into that sort of thing, then by all means, check it out.

As for The Circus… well, last Saturday’s screening of Alexandrov’s Jolly Fellows (1934) didn’t exactly send me reeling into the brisk October night with my heart all aflutter, but whatever: the novelty remains way too attractive to deny.

If I don’t seem 200% enthused about all this, it’s because I’m not. But we definitely don’t need to have once-in-a-lifetime/Earth-shattering/paradigm-shifting cinematic experiences every weekend night. It gets exhausting.

Something else hath arriveth!

August 26, 2009

The wait, once again, is over: the UW Cinematheque has announced its schedule for the Fall 2009 season. I honestly don’t where to begin in breaking down the various programs, but as a visit to the Cinematheque’s website quickly reveals, the schedule is absolutely loaded. We’ll be getting retrospectives devoted to the directors Vincente Minelli (nine of his most well-known films), Alain Resnais (including his collaborations with Chris Marker AND what I believe is the newly restored print of L’année dernière à Marienbad [!]) and Grigori Alexandrov (a major “whoa” for those of us who are severely interested in Soviet cinema); a thematic series about border politics (including Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three and Chantal Akerman’s De l’autre côté [!]); Luis Buñuel’s The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz on my birthday; and these are just the films which immediately jump out at me. Stay tuned for more analysis of the schedule when I have time to digest it and research the films themselves. But let there be no doubt: We lucked out in a big way. This schedule looks outstanding.