"My favorite film of the last two years, Hong Sang-soo's Bam gua nat (Night and Day), is getting a one-week run at Anthology Film Archives, starting this Friday," announces Dan Sallitt, and for more raves (well, mostly), you can turn to Richard Brody (New Yorker), Scott Foundas (Voice), Andrew Schenker (L) and Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York). Update, 10/23: More from Jeannette Catsoulis (New York Times), Michael Joshua Rowin (Reverse Shot) and S James Snyder (Artforum).
This is just one of several extraordinary runs going on in NYC over the next while, starting this evening at Film Forum, where, with what the Voice's J Hoberman calls the "cine-essay-cum-illustrated-lecture Rembrandt's J'accuse," Peter Greenaway "uncovers a foul, lurid, corrupt, and perversely compelling conspiracy - which is to say, he successfully turns The Night Watch into a Peter Greenaway film." More from Manohla Dargis (New York Times), David Fear (TONY), Nicolas Rapold (L), Bill Weber (Slant) and James van Maanen. Through Tuesday, November 3. Interviews with Greenaway: Nick Dawson (Filmmaker) and Leo Goldsmith (Moving Image Source). In both conversations, the filmmaker's favorite subject naturally comes up, namely, the death of cinema. Update, 10/23: More from Graham Fuller (Artforum).
"MoMA is throwing Sátántangó a crystal anniversary party, and [Béla] Tarr has brought admired Hungarian films to play with it," writes Nick Pinkerton in the Voice. "This is interesting; though he's had long runs with like-minded collaborators, Tarr has been happy to perpetuate the idea that he's been influenced by no one, and sprang full-grown from the forehead of a brooding deity." Tomorrow through October 30.
Then, on Saturday, also through October 30, MoMA screens John Cassavetes's A Woman Under the Influence, recently restored. Tim Grierson (Voice), Joshua Rothkopf (TONY) and Benjamin Strong (L) celebrate and Keith Uhlich (TONY) actually gets to talk with Gena Rowlands.
Two ongoing events call out for notice. "Last month, the Museum of Modern Art embarked on one of its most ambitious and exciting film series in recent years, An Auteurist History of Film." At the L, Cullen Gallagher interviews curator Charles Silver.
The Elia Kazan retro rolls on at Film Forum and one highlight sees a full week-long engagement: "Kazan's films are better known for showcasing stratospheric Method-emoting over visual expressiveness, which makes Wild River's gorgeous imagery a shock," writes TONY's David Fear. More from Andrew Schenker in the L Magazine. Update, 10/23: More from Paul Brunick (Bomb).
Update, 10/23: 1962: New York Film Critics Circle, a series built around the one year, in all of its 75 years, that the organization did not give out awards, opens at the BAMcinématek tonight. Armond White, who chairs the NYFCC, argues for the importance of the year in the New York Press and in an interview with Benjamin Strong in the L Magazine. More from AO Scott on the New York Times.
Image: Night and Day.