September/October 2022 Repertory Film Calendar at Metrograph Announced

We have the calendar for the upcoming films at the Metrograph to share with you for the month of September and October 2022.

Beginning September 2
Metrograph In Theater and At Home
An Anthology of Cinema
Presented In Conjunction with The Costume Institute’s “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” Exhibition at The Met, A Series of Films Curated by Participating Directors
In conjunction with The Costume Institute’s “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibition at The Met, Metrograph has invited filmmakers who created fictional tableaux for the show to screen films that inspired their contributions—a line-up that includes selections from Radha Blank, Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Martin Scorsese, and Chloé Zhao, alongside picks from Met curators Andrew Bolton and Sylvia Yount. 
 
A vivacious cinematic journey through history that provides insights into the interrelationship of clothing, culture, and character, and a happy meeting between The Met and The Metrograph. 

With filmmaker Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version) in attendance for special introduction ahead of September 2 screening of Black Girl.Titles include The Age of Innocence, All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story, Black Girl, Daughters of the Dust, The Fountainhead, Land of Silence and Darkness, Leave Her to Heaven, The Portrait of a Lady, and Ten Minutes to Live.
Beginning September 9
Metrograph In Theater
’70s Play The ’30s 
There’s no simple explanation as to what drives nostalgia cycles, but in the United States the 1970s had a few different reasons to be looking in the rearview mirror at the 1930s. Maybe the era of “stagflation” felt some kinship with that of the Great Depression, and a similar disillusion with the American Dream; maybe it was a matter of rediscovering the glamor of Art Deco and Old Hollywood fashion in a time of anonymous corporate architecture and polyester—whatever the reason, three decades later the ’30s were back in a major way, from Three Stooges movies on UHF television to a flotilla of films from some of the finest directors working in so-called “New Hollywood”: Roberts Altman and Aldrich, Peter Bogdanovich, Roman Polanski, Walter Hill, and many more. We can’t explain the affinity that existed between the heydays of hot jazz and disco, but we can say that the movies that came from it are begging to be screened.Titles include Bloody Mama, Bound for Glory, Boxcar Bertha, The Cat and the Canary, Chinatown, Emperor of the North, Hard Times, The Last Tycoon, Paper Moon, The Sting, and Thieves Like Us.
Beginning September 11
Metrograph In Theater
Midlengths: Daily Life and the Afterlife
The midlength movie—not quite a short, not quite a feature. The French, being more than usually serious about cinema as an artform, have a word for them: the moyen métrage. And to make one means being serious about cinema as an artform, because the midlength movie has no place in cinema as commerce. This means there is an abundance of midlength movies of exceptional quality and ambition, but you’ll rarely see them screened—something that this series intends to address, while allowing you to catch a movie on a Sunday or a weeknight and still make it home in time to put the kids to bed. The first installment, appropriately, focuses on quotidian rituals of youth, as well as the ghosts and other-worldly creatures who are very much part of our own; themes that intersect in not-quite shorts from the likes of Tsai Ming-liang, Abbas Kiarostami, Kelly Reichardt, and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.Titles include A Day in the CountryDiamonds of the Night,The Experience, Heaven Is Still Far Away + Touching the Skin of Eeriness, Mekong Hotel, Ode, The Punishment, and more.
Beginning September 23
Metrograph In Theater
Just One More Thing…
The cult program Columbo, starring John Cassavetes go-to Peter Falk as rumpled, tenacious, deceptively discombobulated-seeming LAPD detective Frank Columbo, sporadically aired new episodes between 1968 to 2002. Shot with a single camera and running around feature-film length, Columbo’s 69 episodes were more “cinematic” than many cinema releases, directed by real filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Jonathan Demme, and featuring casts packed with some of the finest working character actors. Being a movie theater, Metrograph can’t in good conscience screen episodes of Columbo, but what we can do is roll out a program of films by directors and performers—including, naturally, a heaping helping of Falk—who helped create the particular magic of Columbo, a TV show with links to the best in American cinema. Just one more thing… there ain’t a dud in the line-up.

Titles include Big Trouble, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Brink’s Job, Chinatown, The Eiger Sanction, Husbands, Scanners, The Sugarland Express, and Wings of Desire. 
Beginning September 23
Metrograph In Theater and At Home
The Films of Sylvia Kristel 
Born in the Netherlands in 1952, Sylvia Maria Kristel will forever be linked to the character that she made a household name: Emmanuelle, the sexually adventurous heroine of Just Jaeckin’s eponymous 1974 softcore adaptation of the erotica classic. Kristel would go on to play Emmanuelle in six more features, the last released in 1993, but there’s more to Kristel than just Emmanuelle, as this series, corresponding to the Cult Epics’ publication of Jeremy Richey’s gorgeous new volume Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol, decisively proves. A striking beauty radiant with sensuality, as well as an uncompromising artist projecting a touching vulnerability, Kristel was sought after by top international directors including Claude Chabrol, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Curtis Harrington, building a uniquely seductive filmography—in spite of an often troubled personal life—up until her untimely death in 2012. She’s not just Emmanuelle and she’s not just a sex symbol: she’s the one and only Sylvia Kristel.  

Author Jeremy Richey in attendance for select screenings.Titles include Emmanuelle, Julia, Mata Hari, Mysteries, Naked Over The Fence, Pastorale 1943, and Playing with Fire
Beginning October 7
Metrograph In Theater
Yes: The Films of Sally Potter
Few filmmakers can do it all in the way that pioneering British filmmaker Sally Potter can, having at various times acted as director, writer, performer, composer, and choreographer on her movies. With the release of Potter’s new short, Look at Me, starring Javier Bardem and Chris Rock, and the appearance of a new restoration of perhaps her best-known film, 1992’s time-traveling, gender-bending Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, we’re revisiting some of the highlights of a remarkable, eclectic career that encompasses experimental shorts, documentaries, and sumptuous period pieces, united by their innovations with form, sensitive performances, provocative subject matters, and conceptual rigor. An opportunity to encounter the artist Artforum’s Amy Taubin praised for her “brilliant eye for framing and camera placement, her ear for music, and the extremely moving ongoing conflict between her romantic sensibility and her analytic mind.”Featuring Sally Potter in attendance for select screenings.

Titles include the North American Premiere of Look At Me and the New York Premiere of the new Orlando restoration, as well as Ginger & RosaGold DiggersI Am An Ox, I Am A Horse, I Am A Man, I Am A WomanRageThe Tango LessonYes, and a selection of shorts that include Jerk, Hors d’oeuvres, Thriller, London Story, Play, and Combines.
Beginning October 14
Metrograph In Theater and At Home
Whole Lotta Herzog
A leading figure of the New German Cinema who stands far outside of any “movement”; a master in both documentary and fiction; a narrator with a unique voice and far-out perspective… Werner Herzog is among the most iconic living filmmakers, a mad maestro who has never fully disappeared from the public eye since first appearing on the scene. The “consummate poet of doom,” per The New York Times, the Munich-born director/producer/writer of over 60 features made his first short work at age 19 and is still fearlessly forging ahead at 79, with a drive as intense as that of the many obsessive characters he’s brought to the screen. In conjunction with Metrograph’s run of the stunning Sepa: Our Lord of Miracles, the lone film directed by Herzog’s longtime producer Walter Saxer, we present some of Herzog’s most celebrated and awe-inspiring films. “He is a pure artist and maniac and there will never be another one like Herzog.”—Harmony Korine Select screenings introduced by filmmaker Walter Saxer.

Titles include Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Enigma of Kasper Hauser, Fitzcarraldo, and Nosferatu the Vampyre.
Beginning October 21
Metrograph In Theater
Adriana Varejão Selects
Co-Presented by Gagosian
“In the late 1980s, after I quit engineering at university to study art, the cineclub Estação Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro was my classroom and film became my artistic universe. I immersed myself in the films of the period from many different countries, including my own.
 
For the Metrograph program, I am taking a poetic approach, bringing together some of the films that have opened doors in my own art.My selection might seem eclectic but there are discernible themes and genres—eroticism, excess, science-fiction fatalism—that connect to my own work. I am attracted to the science fiction genre because it is possible to abandon linear temporality and the political and scientific limitations of the present. The baroque aesthetic, with which I so strongly identify, connects with the idea of ​​artificiality, of excess for pure pleasure, and the creation of other possible realities. These aspects are present in my own art in the representations of flesh, in the historical parodies, in the saunas that reveal themselves to be imagined environments rather than real. My program also includes some more recent remarkable Brazilian productions that resonate with my own thinking.”—Adriana VarejãoTitles include BacurauCaravaggioDivine Love, The Fly, In The Realm of Senses, Solaris, The State of Things, and more.
Beginning October 28
Metrograph In Theater and At Home
Dans Le Labyrinthe
“Dans Le Labyrinthe,” which derives its title from a novel by master of narrative games Alain Robbe-Grillet, is a program exploring the myriad ways filmmakers have used the formal properties of their medium to construct cinematic variants of the labyrinth, manifolds of time and space which lure the spectator along their winding corridors and branching paths. Each work in the series, curated by Sam Ishii- Gonzales and Jaime Levinas, offers its own distinct approach, and not all of them offer a clear exit. Their intricate twists and turns are the source of both their pleasure and their danger. The deeper you go, the more is revealed—and the further you may be from ever finding your way home. With films by David Lynch, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Bi Gan, Alain Resnais, and other expert maze-builders, getting lost has never looked so alluring as it does here.Titles include Aleph, By the Time It Gets Dark, Inland Empire, Invasión, The Lady from Shanghai, Last Year at Marienbad, and Long Day’s Journey into Night.
SPECIAL EVENTS
 September 17
Metrograph In Theater
Whit Stillman Presents
The writer-director Whit Stillman graces Metrograph theater for one night only, presenting Metropolitan and Barcelona, the first two installments in his trilogy of sophisticated satires detailing the lives of beautiful, young, affluent city-dwellers. 
 
“The writing of Barcelona and Metropolitan overlapped—I had started the Barcelona script while I was still repping Spanish films and getting small parts as the ‘foolish American’ character. I saw that shooting abroad would be too hard for a first film, though, so I shifted to the minimalist Metropolitan.”—Whit Stillman
ONGOING SERIES
Begins September 2
Metrograph In Theater
Late Nites: Hip-Hop Icons
By virtue of being accustomed to the stage, quite a few musicians have successfully made the leap to film acting—even legitimate stardom. In this mic drop of a series, we’re looking at silver screen stars with platinum plaques who came out of the world of hip-hop, with the likes of Tupac Shakur (a one-time acting student at the Baltimore School for the Arts), Queen Latifah, and Ice Cube in stellar roles. With some of the finest American films of the last 30+ years to choose from, Hip-Hop Icons is a series that’s got bars for weeks.
 
Titles include Baby Boy, BellyBoyz N The Hood, House Party, Poetic Justice, Juice, Set it Off, Gang Related, Friday, and more.
Begins September 3
Metrograph In Theater
Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z Part II
When Metrograph opened its doors in 2016, we did so with Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z, a way to introduce moviegoers to our particular take on cinema history. Now that our booklet is back, we have relaunched A to Z. Every four months, one of our programmers will create their own idiosyncratic alphabet: one film per letter, neither canon nor anti-canon, but rather a selection of favorite films that serve as life-changing revelations or enduring personal passions, and ultimately films of which Metrograph exists to spread the gospel. Continuing this fall, Programmer Lydia Ogwang takes us from N-Z, including stops at Med Hondo’s Soleil Ô, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Quai des orfèvres, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss.
Titles include No Fear, No DieOrpheus, Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom, Quai des Orfèvres, Reason Over Passion, Soleil Ô, Top of the Heap, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Veronika Voss, Woman in the Dunes, Xiao WuYourself and Yours, and A Zed and Two Noughts.
Begins September 9
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Metrograph Selects: Box Office
Select films, chosen specially by Metrograph staff. For the latest iteration of our recurring series, members of the Metrograph box office staff—Harry Kroessler, Clare Maceda, Justice Sanders, Cece Vargas, and Kristine Veras—each pick a personal favorite film. Special guests are attached to the films they’ve chosen, including editor Andrew Weisblum, and filmmakers Eliza Hittman and Ken Jacobs.
 
Titles include a special screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox with introduction and Q&A by editor Andrew Weisblum, presented with American Cinema Editors, as well as Big AnimalIt Felt Like LoveNobody’s WatchingThe Warriors, and Ken Jacobs Collection: Shorts.

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