"Although most film festivals are consecrated to glamorous premieres and the newsworthy new, [To Save and Project: The Ninth MOMA International Festival of Film Preservation, opening tomorrow and running through November 19,] treasures the rediscovered and dusted-off," writes J Hoberman in the Voice. "Like browsing a used bookstore in an unfamiliar city — another endangered pleasure — parsing TSAP's lineup, you're never sure what will turn up. This year's attractions range from a restored color version of Georges Méliès's A Trip to the Moon (the Star Wars of 1902) and the first Soviet stereo-vision feature, Robinzon Kruso (1947), to new prints of Roger Corman's anti-segregationist screen-scorcher The Intruder (the most alarming B-movie of 1962), Louis Malle's 1969 doc Calcutta (showing with Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad's lyrical portrait of a leper colony, The House Is Black), Alberto Lattuada's 1952 neorealist adaptation of Gogol's The Overcoat, and Elaine May's 1976 black comedy Mikey and Nicky (the best movie John Cassavetes never made), as well as the preserved work of the late downtown performance artist Stuart Sherman. The mix makes its own context."
Tonight, the New York Film Festival presents a 10th anniversary screening of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, followed by an on-stage reunion of Anderson and other members of the cast and crew. Alt Screen's got a roundup.
Radical Adults Lick God Head Style: New Weird Urbanism and the Rapture of Decay, tonight's program at the San Francisco Cinematheque, features work by Alee Peoples, Gibbs Chapman, Ching Yi Tseng, Stephanie Barber and Xav Leplae. Max Goldberg at the Cinematheque's new blog: "The mostly short subjects navigate urban space in different ways, though all might be taken as lessons in applied psychogeography. They follow cracked compasses with a resourcefulness that often seems closer to foraging than location shooting."
"The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, now in its 10th year, is probably my most-anticipated local film event," writes Cheryl Eddy, introducing a collection of previews in the Bay Guardian. DocFest opens tomorrow and runs through October 27.