Church of Film

November 12th, 2018

FIESH, FANTASY & DESTINY at Century

Monday, November 12th. 9:30pm at Century. Free admission & popcorn! The supernatural and destiny intertwine in four tales! A young woman (Betty FieId) yearns for love but finds herself too homely—a mysterious purveyor of masks on Mardi Gras may provide her with the secret to beauty. A successful lawyer (Edward G. Robinson) receives a troubling palm-reading, only to discover that often prophecies are self-fulfilling. Finally, a tightrope walker (Charles Boyer) is troubled by a woman in his nightmares (Barbara Stanwyck)—meeting her, however, he falls into a doomed love. FLESH & FANTASY is an enchanting medley of tales of providence and prophecy, directed in Hollywood by French auteur Julien Duvivier during the war. As a bonus, we've tracked down a segment of Duvivier's film that removed and shoehorned into a B-noir called Destiny, restoring it to its original collection!
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November 15th, 2018

THE DAWN OF COLOR AT THE ANITA IN ASTORIA

Thursday, November 15th at the Anita in Astoria, OR! $10 suggested. 7pm, a performance by Benoît Pioulard (Kranky Records)! 8pm, THE DAWN OF COLOR: A treasure trove of short film work from the beginning of cinema to the mid-20th Century, revealing filmmakers trying to break free from the silver screen into glorious color! This set will feature beautiful hand stenciled coloration, two-tone Technicolor processing, and other means and methods of bringing images into living color! Films will include Pathecolor fairy tale films, scandalous pre-code dance skits like THE DEVIL’S CABARET, and other candy-colored adventures! Get your eyes drunk!
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November 15th, 2018

POEMS OF LOVE, DEATH & THE SEA AT THE PIONEER MOTEL IN PIONEERTOWN, CA

Thursday, November 1th. 6pm at the Pioneer Motel in Pioneertown, CA! FREE! A shorts and featurettes program of love, death, and the sea! Our headline film, DAINAH LA METISSE, is an early masterpiece by French master Jean Gremillon. A strange, stylized and alluring film, DAINAH is a jazzy, nightmarish poem about racial tension and sublimated colonial guilt, set amidst the strange parties and magic-laced maskarades on an ocean liner. Also included will be Dmitri Kirsanoff's haunting experimental narrative, MENILMONTANT, and Jean Epstein's beautiful LE TEMPESTAIRE.
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November 21st, 2018

THE FILMS OF ARTAVAZD PELESHIAN AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Wednesday, November 21st. 8pm at the Clinton Street Theater! $5-8 suggested donation. One of cinema's greatest secrets and spiritual theorists, Armenian direcor Artazavd Pelechian was lauded by Jean-Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky, and many other film giants, even as he languished in obscurity. In his films he explored the psychological and mystical possibilities of what he termed "distance montage"—the ordering of images to create patterns and juxtopositions of ideas at different measures of psychic space. In these three films, US (1969), SEASONS OF THE YEAR (1975), and OUR CENTURY (1982), Pelechian used extraordinary footage of Soviet life to meditate on the relationship of humankind to nature, technology, and divinity—and to examine their aspirations and follies. Some of the most haunting experimental cinema ever made!
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November 5th, 2018

In Two Minds & The Cloud Door: Two Films by Mani Kaul at Century

Monday, November 5th. 9:30pm at Century. Free popcorn & admission. A ghost falls in love with a young bride, and while her husband leaves for business, he assumes his form to be with her. What happens when a woman loves the dead more than the living? IN TWO MINDS is a masterpiece of the Indian New Wave by the great Mani Kaul, who, inspired by the films of Bresson & Tarkovsky, sought to elevate the artistry of the region's film industries with deft blending of poetry, music, Hindu mysticism and theory. Also showing will be his short film, THE CLOUD DOOR, an erotic piece of poetry about a pet bird's revenge that caused a riot when first screened.
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