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A Dazzling Imagination

Daniel Bird, 2014

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This program of documentaries—all directed by series co-curator Daniel Bird—sheds light on the life and sui generis career of Borowczyk, ranging from his early animations, his erotic feature films, and his artwork beyond the realm of cinema.

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Behind Convent Walls

Walerian Borowczyk, 1977

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Introduction by Violet Lucca of Film Comment on April 6

Borowczyk's first Italian production concerns the antics of a convent full of sexually repressed nuns and is a serious exploration of the relationship between flesh and spirit.

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Blanche

Walerian Borowczyk, 1971

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Introduction by film critic Simon Abrams at the 7:00pm screening

An amorous king and page fall under the spell of the young, beautiful wife to an aging, senile baron in Borowczyk’s heartrending third feature, filmed to resemble a Medieval fresco.

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Goto, Island of Love

Walerian Borowczyk, 1968

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Introduction by author Abel Segretin at the 7:30pm screening

A petty thief works his way up the absurd hierarchy of Goto, an archipelago cut off from civilization by a tumultuous earthquake, in Borowczyk’s second feature (banned in Communist Poland and Franco’s Spain).

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Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk, 1974

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Introduction by author Mike Levy at the 4:30pm screening

Structured in four episodes rolling back into the annals of history, this veritable cavalcade of depravity was a box-office smash in France and spent much of the 1970s embroiled in censorship problems around the world.

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Immoral Women

Walerian Borowczyk, 1979

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A film in three parts that brings together tales of women in different historical epochs, from Renaissance Rome to modern-day Paris, who use their sexuality to triumph over the men that oppress them.

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Love Rites

Walerian Borowczyk, 1987

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A vain, preening clothing buyer is spiritually consumed by a demonic prostitute in Borowczyk’s final feature, which turns the sexual tables with perverse exactitude.

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Lulu

Walerian Borowczyk, 1980

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Based on the Lulu plays by Frank Wedekind, Borowczyk presents a terse, stripped-back account of the titular anti-heroine, filmed in a series of stylized sets designed by the director himself.

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Print Screen: Karl Ove Knausgaard and ‘The Idiots’

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On the occasion of the U.S. release of Book Four in his brilliant, widely acclaimed My Struggle series, we invited Karl Ove Knausgaard to make a carte blanche selection. A devotee of Dogme 95, Knausgaard selected Lars von Trier’s sui generis The Idiots, which he will introduce. A Q&A and book signing will follow.

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Story of Sin

Walerian Borowczyk, 1975

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Introduction by curator Daniel Bird on April 5

Casting a critical eye on the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, the Palme d’Or–nominated Story of Sin is Borowczyk’s most passionate film (and only Polish feature), a delirious melodrama that reaches an ecstatic pitch.

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The Beast

Walerian Borowczyk, 1975

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Introduction by film critic Nick Pinkerton at 9:15pm screening on April 8

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat in this erotic black farce hell-bent on trampling every pretense of good taste.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

Walerian Borowczyk, 1981

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Introduction by curator Daniel Bird at the 7:00pm screening

A masterpiece of surrealist cinema, Borowczyk’s chamber piece spanning just one night mischievously flits between violent farce, bloody delirium, and erotic frenzy. With Udo Kier as Henry Jekyll.

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The Streetwalker

Walerian Borowczyk, 1976

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Introduction by cinematographer Sean Price Williams

Borowczyk’s most atypical film rivals Taxi Driver in rendering urban life as a seedy inferno and features an eclectic soundtrack including 10cc, Chopin, Elton John, and Pink Floyd.

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Theatre of Mr. and Mrs. Kabal

Walerian Borowczyk, 1967

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Strangely moving, Borowczyk’s existential soap opera (and only animated feature) eschews dialogue and conventional narrative to evoke the highs and lows of married life and serves as a stiff antidote to Disney’s saccharine whimsy.

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Walerian Borowczyk Shorts Program

Walerian Borowczyk,

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Introduction by artist Dick Roberts

This program showcases a key section of Borowczyk’s career: his dazzling short films, innovative animations that are formally radical, conceptually surreal and arguably his most influential work.

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