50 Years of the New York Film Festival Sep 11

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Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing on to the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival stands as the second-oldest film festival in North America, and one of the oldest in the world. As we count down to NYFF’s historic 50th edition in 2012, the Film Society is proud to present a year-long retrospective of highlights from the festival’s first 49 years, as curated by past and present members of the NYFF selection committee.

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NYFF ‘11: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

NYFF ‘11: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Nuri Bilge Ceylan | 2011 | 150 mins

A police caravan searches the Turkish countryside for a dead man buried in a shallow grave in Ceylan’s visually stunning, existential procedural.

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Past Films

NYFF ‘63: The Exterminating Angel

NYFF ‘63: The Exterminating Angel

Luis Buñuel | 1962 | 94 mins

The launch of a year-long retrospective of highlights from the New York Film Festival’s past 49 editions, beginning with the opening night film of the very first NYFF, Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel.

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NYFF ‘64: Hamlet

NYFF ‘64: Hamlet

Grigori Kozintsev | 1964 | 140 mins

Arguably the most cinematic Shakespeare on film, director Grigori Kozintsev’s radical adaptation of Hamlet began life as a 1954 stage production at Leningrad’s Pushkin Theatre, based on a translation by Doctor Zhivago author Boris Pasternak.

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NYFF ‘65: Fists in the Pocket

NYFF ‘65: Fists in the Pocket

Marco Bellocchio | 1965 | 105 mins

Marco Bellocchio’s explosive debut feature—a macabrely funny, full frontal assault on Catholic family values and other forms of Italian patriarchy—has lost none of its sting, or its brilliant filmmaking fervor, in the five decades since its original release.

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NYFF ‘66: The Hunt

NYFF ‘66: The Hunt

Carlos Saura | 1966 | 91M mins

Four men go off for a weekend hunting trip in Saura’s acute, cross-generational portrait of the victors of the Spanish Civil War.

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NYFF ‘67: The Battle of Algiers

NYFF ‘67: The Battle of Algiers

Gillo Pontecorvo | 1967 | 121 mins

Q&A with actor, producer and former National Liberation Front leader Saadi Yacef, whose memoir Souvenirs de la Bataille d'Alger inspired the film! Moderated by NYU professor Robert Stam, author of Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism.

A major achievement in world cinema, Pontecorvo's brilliant re-enactment of the bloody Algerian revolt against the French is as gripping and relevant as ever. Please note that the time of this screening has been changed to 7:00pm.

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NYFF ‘68: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

NYFF ‘68: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

Jean-Luc Godard | 1967 | 87 mins

The “her” of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 masterpiece is Paris in the throes of redevelopment, and a Parisian housewife (the glowing Marina Vlady) who moonlights as prostitute.

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NYFF ‘69: My Night at Maud’s

NYFF ‘69: My Night at Maud’s

Eric Rohmer | 1969 | 105 mins

In Rohmer’s scintillating Oscar-nominated masterpiece, a young Catholic engineer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) spars with an irresistibly witty and charming divorcée (the ravishing Françoise Fabian).

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NYFF ‘70: Kes

NYFF ‘70: Kes

Ken Loach | 1969 | 110 mins

New 35mm print!

In Ken Loach’s lyrical classic, a bullied, directionless 15-year-old boy finds an escape in his coal-mining town through training a bird in the art of falconry.

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NYFF ‘71: The Debut

NYFF ‘71: The Debut

Gleb Panfilov | 1970 | 91 mins

In director Gleb Panfilov’s delightfully wry movie about moviemaking, a factory worker and amateur actress is discovered and cast as the lead in a Joan of Arc bio-pic.

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NYFF ‘72: L’amour fou

NYFF ‘72: L’amour fou

Jacques Rivette | 1969 | 252 mins

A theater copmany’s stage work forms while a marriage collapses in the most remarkable of Rivette’s many explorations of the intersection of life and art. With Bulle Ogier.

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NYFF ‘73: Mean Streets

NYFF ‘73: Mean Streets

Martin Scorsese | 1973 | 112 mins

Martin Scorsese in person for intro and Q&A!

Scorsese’s electrifying and unforgettable portrait of small-time thugs in Little Italy stars Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.

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NYFF ‘74: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

NYFF ‘74: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Rainer Werner Fassbinder | 1974 | 93 mins

This wry, tender romance/social commentary about the unlikely love between a Moroccan immigrant and an older German widow remains one of the director’s most popular films.

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NYFF ‘75: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

NYFF ‘75: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Werner Herzog | 1974 | 110 mins

This strange and haunting drama, inspired by the case of feral wild child Kaspar Hauser, features the unforgettable performance by late street performer Bruno S.

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NYFF ‘76: Kings of the Road

NYFF ‘76: Kings of the Road

Wim Wenders | 1976 | 176 mins

A movie projector repairman and a suicidal hitchhiker travel the ghostly border region between the two Germanys in Wenders’ one-of-a-kind masterwork. NOT ON DVD!

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NYFF ‘77 & ‘80: Handle with Care & Melvin and Howard

NYFF ‘77 & ‘80: Handle with Care & Melvin and Howard

Jonathan Demme |

Discussion between screenings with director Jonathan Demme and actor Paul Le Mat!

Handle with Care a.k.a. Citizen’s Band (Jonathan Demme, 1977)
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme directs this high-spirited comic panorama about eccentric characters who broadcast their alter-egos over citizen’s band radio. NOT ON DVD!

PLUS SPECIAL BONUS SCREENING:
Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980)
Jason Robards stars in this stranger-than-fiction tale of a Utah gas-station owner who became instantly famous upon being named a beneficary to Howard Hughes’s fortune.

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NYFF ‘78: Gates of Heaven

NYFF ‘78: Gates of Heaven

Errol Morris | 1978 | 85 mins

Errol Morris in person for a Q&A following the screening!

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris’s uncanny debut feature—hailed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the 10 greatest films ever made—follows the shifting fortunes of two Bay Area pet cemeteries.

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NYFF ‘79: The Black Stallion

NYFF ‘79: The Black Stallion

Carroll Ballard | 1979 | 118 mins

Special family matinee! Only $6 for kids!

Initially the object of indifference from its distributor, United Artists, first-time director Carroll Ballard’s intensely lyrical film of Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel was buoyed by its inclusion in NYFF (and the good reviews that followed) to become a major hit and and one of the most beloved family films of all time.

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NYFF ‘80: The Last Metro

NYFF ‘80: The Last Metro

François Truffaut | 1980 | 131 mins

Catherine Deneuve gives one of her greatest performances as the wife of a Jewish theater director in Nazi-occupied Paris in François Truffaut’s classic wartime melodrama.

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NYFF ‘81: Man of Iron

NYFF ‘81: Man of Iron

Andrzej Wajda | 1981 | 153 mins

Legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda made his fourth NYFF appearance with this epic chronicle of the birth of the Solidarity labor movement.

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NYFF ‘82: Moonlighting

NYFF ‘82: Moonlighting

Jerzy Skolimowski | 1982 | 97 mins

Five Polish construction workers (led by foreman Jeremy Irons, in one of his first major roles) renovate a London flat while Solidarity collapses back home in Skolimowski’s lyrical, darkly funny, altogether remarkable political allegory.

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NYFF ‘83: Nostalghia

NYFF ‘83: Nostalghia

Andrei Tarkovsky | 1983 | 125 mins

A melancholic Russian poet journeys through Italy while researching an 18th-century composer and forms an unexpected bond with a local madman in Tarkovsky’s hypnotically beautiful paean to the death of culture and tradition.

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NYFF ‘84: Three Crowns of the Sailor

NYFF ‘84: Three Crowns of the Sailor

Raul Ruiz | 1983 | 117 mins

A student who has just committed a brutal murder is persuaded by a drunken sailor to listen to his macabre life story in Ruiz’s dazzlingly surreal dream narrative, shot by legendary Buñuel and Resnais cameraman Sacahe Vierny.

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NYFF ‘85: A Year of the Quiet Sun

NYFF ‘85: A Year of the Quiet Sun

Krzystof Zanussi | 1984 | 107 mins

An American GI (Scott Wilson) and a Polish war widow fall in love in post-WWII Poland in Zanussi’s haunting, timeless story of love’s ability to transcend all personal and cultural barriers. Winner, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival.

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NYFF ‘86: Police

NYFF ‘86: Police

Maurice Pialat | 1985 | 113 mins

Gérard Depardieu stars as a jaded police inspector who finds himself drawn to a Tunisian drug dealer’s seductive moll (Sophie Marceau) in Pialat’s brutally efficient genre film cum searing, Cassavetes-style drama.

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NYFF ‘87: Police Story

NYFF ‘87: Police Story

Jackie Chan | 1985 | 101 mins

Co-presented by New York Asian Film Festival.

Jackie Chan’s personal favorite among his more than 100 films features the action superstar in several of his most crazily balletic, duly celebrated set-pieces, including dangling from a speeding bus with just an umbrella for support.

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NYFF ‘88: Bird

NYFF ‘88: Bird

Clint Eastwood | 1988 | 161 mins

Forest Whitaker gives a standout performance as jazz legend Charlie “Yardbird” Parker in Clint Eastwood’s hugely ambitious, personal and evocative bio-pic—the first of Eastwood’s many NYFF appearances.

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NYFF ‘89: Roger & Me

NYFF ‘89: Roger & Me

Michael Moore | 1989 | 91 mins

Director Michael Moore in person!

Moore’s explosive--and explosively funny--debut feature, follows the filmmaker to the decimated auto town of Flint, Michigan as he surveys the economic damage and strives to interview elusive GM chairman Roger B. Smith.

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NYFF ‘90: Ju Dou

NYFF ‘90: Ju Dou

Zhang Yimou | 1990 | 95 mins

Gong Li stars as the third wife of a sadistic dye factory owner in Zhang Yimou’s controversial, Oscar-nominated tale of forbidden passion.

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NYFF ‘91: My Own Private Idaho

NYFF ‘91: My Own Private Idaho

Gus Van Sant | 1991 | 35mm mins

Hustler buddies River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves drift through the Pacific Northwest and the Italian countryside in Gus Van Sant’s landmark American indie.

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NYFF ‘92: Dream of Light

NYFF ‘92: Dream of Light

Victor Erice | 1992 | 133 mins

The Spanish realist painter Antonio López García works meticulously on a still-life canvas in Victor Erice’s masterful, one-of-a-kind study of artistic creation.

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NYFF ‘93: The Piano

NYFF ‘93: The Piano

Jane Campion | 1993 | 121 mins

Skype Q&A with director Jane Campion!

Holly Hunter won a richly deserved Oscar for her revelatory performance as a mute Scotswoman torn between a loveless marriage and a passionate erotic affair in 19th century New Zealand.

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NYFF ‘94: Hoop Dreams

NYFF ‘94: Hoop Dreams

Steve James | 1994 | 170 mins

Director/editor Steve James, producer/editor Frederick Marx, producer/cinematographer Peter Gilbert and subject Arthur Agee in person! Screening to be introduced Baron Davis of the New York Knicks!

An epic study of race, class and the high price of the American dream, as framed by the competing destinies of two inner-city Chicago youth basketball stars.

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NYFF ‘95: Lamerica

NYFF ‘95: Lamerica

Gianni Amelio | 1994 | 116 mins

A pair of Italian huckster brothers have their eyes opened to the harsh realities of post-Communist Albania in director Amelio’s moving, darkly comic neorealist triumph.

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NYFF ‘96: Irma Vep

NYFF ‘96: Irma Vep

Olivier Assayas | 1996 | 99 mins

Screening will be introduced by filmmaker, critic and former NYFF selection committee member Kent Jones, editor of the newly published collection Olivier Assayas!

Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Carlos) made his first NYFF appearance with this latter-day Day for Night about the chaos that erupts on a film set before "action" and after "cut."

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NYFF ‘97: Taste of Cherry

NYFF ‘97: Taste of Cherry

Abbas Kiarostami | 1997 | 95 mins

A suicidal man traverses the Iranian countryside looking for a volunteer to throw dirt on his grave in Abbas Kiarostami’s remarkable paean to the small miracles of everyday life and the elusive nature of happiness.

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NYFF ‘98: Flowers of Shanghai

NYFF ‘98: Flowers of Shanghai

Hou Hsiao-hsien | 1998 | 130 mins

Hou made his seventh festival appearance with this ravishingly beautiful chamber drama that follows the intertwined fortunes and intrigues of four “flower girls” serving in the opulent brothels of fin-de-siècle 19th-century Shanghai.

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NYFF ‘99: Topsy-Turvy

NYFF ‘99: Topsy-Turvy

Mike Leigh | 1999 | 160 mins

Mike Leigh’s lavish backstage musical about the making of The Mikado is one of the great, uncannily perceptive films on the subject of artistic creation.

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NYFF ‘00: The House of Mirth

NYFF ‘00: The House of Mirth

Terence Davies | 2000 | 140 mins

Gillian Anderson is magnificent as an ill-fated woman of means in 1890s New York in this brilliant adaptation of Edith Wharton’s perceptive class drama.

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NYFF ‘01: I’m Going Home

NYFF ‘01: I’m Going Home

Manoel de Oliveira | 2001 | 90 mins

An actor (Michel Piccoli) tries to put his life back together after the loss of his daughter and son-in-law in this crowning achievement from 103-year-old director Oliveira.

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NYFF ‘02: Talk to Her

NYFF ‘02: Talk to Her

Pedro Almodóvar | 2002 | 112 mins

In this triumphantly bizarre romantic drama—winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar—Almodóvar weaves together the destinies of two men in love with comatose women.

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NYFF ‘03: Dogville

NYFF ‘03: Dogville

Lars von Trier | 2003 | 178 mins

Beautiful fugitive Nicole Kidman takes refuge in a Depression-era mountain town in Lars von Trier’s spellbinding deconstruction of sacred American values, one of the essential films of the 21st century.

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NYFF ‘04: The World

NYFF ‘04: The World

Jia Zhang-ke | 2004 | 140 mins

A global village theme park is the setting for this remarkable fourth feature by Jia Zhangke, about provincial Chinese youth looking for love and meaning in the big city of Beijing.

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NYFF ‘05: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

NYFF ‘05: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Cristi Puiu | 2005 | 150 mins

Introduction by past NYFF Selection Committee member Phillip Lopate on September 2!

The film that ignited the Romanian New Wave, Cristi Puiu’s extraordinary black comedy traces the odyssey of one dying man through a public health system that resembles the nine circles of hell.

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NYFF ‘06: Offside

NYFF ‘06: Offside

Jafar Panahi | 2006 | 93 mins

A group of Iranian women attempt to infiltrate a men-only football stadium during a World Cup qualifying game in director Jafar Panahi’s sharply observed social comedy.

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NYFF ‘07: Silent Light

NYFF ‘07: Silent Light

Carlos Reygadas | 2007 | 145 mins

A farmer in the Mennonite community of Chihuahua, Mexico enters into an affair with a neighbor woman while his wife suffers in silence in Reygadas’ enormously affecting drama of marital and spiritual crisis.

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NYFF ‘08: Gomorrah

NYFF ‘08: Gomorrah

Matteo Garrone | 2008 | 137 mins

Director Matteo Garrone rebuilt the modern Mafia film from the ground up with this blisteringly intense, panoramic portrait of the Neapolitan underworld.

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NYFF ‘09: The White Ribbon

NYFF ‘09: The White Ribbon

Michael Haneke | 2009 | 144 mins

In its broadest sense a portrait of the formative years of the Nazi generation, Michael Haneke’s meticulous social drama—shot in stunning black-and-white and featuring an extraordinary cast of nonprofessional child actors—continues its maker’s career-spanning fascination with the brutality lurking beneath society’s placid facades, while taking his artistry to a new level of accomplishment.

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NYFF ‘10: Black Venus

NYFF ‘10: Black Venus

Abdellatif Kechiche | 2010 | 159 mins

A brilliant and unsparing bio-pic of Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman, the indigenous South African infamously exhibited as the "Hottentot Venus" in the traveling carnivals and bourgeois salons of 19th-century Europe.

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