Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love
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New Yorkers have two MoMs competing for their attention this fall. This weekend, MoMI welcomes acclaimed critic/author (and Film Comment contributing editor) J. Hoberman for a two-week stint as guest curator to celebrate the release of his new book Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?). His take on the last decade-and-a-half of cinema is surprising, bold, and more than a little brilliant—Jurassic Park screens back-to-back with some meditative late Godard; Carlos Reygadas shares the bill with Richard Kelley and Cloverfied; and some films crop up for their first-ever New York screening in years (Mamoru Oshii's Avalon, Jia Zhangke's Useless). It's one of the most exciting rep series this year, an exercise in curating as criticism, film history and manifesto in one. Hoberman will be in person Saturday for a book singing, preceded by a screening of Godard's In Praise of Love.
Detail of Christian Marclay's The Clock, 2010. Photo by Todd-White Photography.
We heard around this time last year that MoMA had acquired Christian Marclay's The Clock, the massive exercise in revisionist film (and human) history that had followers lining up around the block well past 1am during its Lincoln Center appearance this summer. Now they've announced its offical run: a full month starting December 21. Further details, including the chunks of time in which the twenty-four-hour film will be shown, are still forthcoming. I wrote earlier this summer about undertaking a 24-hour marathon of the film, and it was a pretty unforgettable experience. You don't have to weather the film for a full day for it to work its magic, of course—but I'd recommend sticking around for midnight!
In other news, up-to-the-minute film gurus Indiewire have gone mobile: you can download their brand-new app now, compatible for iPhone and Android. Speaking of Indiewire, they've recently reported that Edwin Black's bestselling exposé IBM And The Holocaust, the true story of America's largest corporation and its WWII-era ties with Nazi Germany, is coming to film—courtesy of producer/star Brad Pitt. More details coming soon...