By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 16, 2011 at 9:31AM
To kick off the opening of The Film Society of Lincoln Center's new home base, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, the Center will host a weekend of free programming from June 10-12.
Highlights include a movie marathon of NY Film Festival classics such as "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "My Fair Lady" and "Pulp Fiction"; a performance by the band Fall On Your Sword; Q&A's with Oliver Stone, Paul Schrader, Mike Nichols, Kevin Smith and others; and screenings of "The Story" and "Live, Joseph!," from Ghetto Film School, the film education program in the South Bronx.
Free tickets are available a week in advance from the Film Society's website.
Below is a list of the events, organized by location, with descriptions courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center:
FRANCESCA BEALE THEATER
"Alexander Revisited" screening with Oliver Stone Q&A
Featuring Oliver Stone’s dramatically revised final cut of "Alexander" (2004), starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. Stone will attend and participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Paul Schrader’s Film Class Featuring: Bernardo Bertolucci’s "The Conformist"
Utilizing a newly restored print of Bertolucci’s classic "The Conformist" by Bologna Cineteca, Schrader will offer his own unique insights on filmmaking.
Kevin Smith’s SMovieola presents "Valley Girl"
Kevin Smith revisits Martha Coolidge’s 80s comedy classic, "Valley Girl," a film that among other things delivered Nicolas Cage to film fans forever after. Smith will moderate a Q&A including Coolidge and other special guests following the screening.
HOWARD GILMAN THEATER
Antonio Damasio on Cognitive Film Theory
ANTONIO DAMASIO ON COGNATIVE FILM THEORY will offer an insightful look at how we view films and what exactly explains our emotional responses and imaginative engagement to what we see on the big screen. Those hard-wired responses we instinctually have to what we see and how we process that information explains how we react to the way scenes are edited, colors are utilized and what we feel is "realistic". Author, Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, Damasio has received numerous scientific prizes and is a renowned worldwide for his "talks" on the subject.
Cinematheque de la Danse program
Courtesy of the Cinematheque de la Danse, a presentation of films from the distinctive collection of films celebrating and exploring the worlds of dance and jazz will be screened.
NYFF Opening Night Classics Movie Marathon
A twelve-hour marathon featuring past opening night films from the New York Film Festival’s 48-year history will screen for the film enthusiast whose endurance and fortitude can match their love of cinema. Films screened will include:
"Day for Night"
"Down by Law"
"Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
FILM CENTER AMPHITHEATRE
Merv Bloch’s Trailer Show
MERV BLOCH'S TRAILER SHOW will provide an entertaining and comprehensive look at the work of one of the film Industry's legendary and most influential advertising minds. Bloch was the creative force behind the marketing and specifically the trailers for countless films iconic films through more than three decades. Trailers featured will include; THE TENANT, FLASHDANCE, GOLDFINGER, RAGTIME, CABARET, HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, THIEF, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, FRIDAY THE 13TH, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, SHADOWS AND FOG, HUD, THE WARRIORS, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, THE ELEPHANT MAN and MARATHON MAN.
Ghetto Film School Event: Screening "The Story/Live," "Joseph!"
The award-winning South Bronx educational organization, Ghetto Film School will present a special screening of "The Story," which follows twenty students from GFS as they prepare and shoot a narrative film in Uganda. The screening will be followed by a screening of the film they shot, "Joseph" and a conversation afterward with the GFS students and filmmaker Maurice Marable.
THE WALTER READE THEATER
Cinematheque Francaise Silents presents GRIBICHE with live musical accompaniment
Directed by Jacques Feyder, "Gribiche" (1926) is a silent film about a young boy who pines for his dead mother as he struggles to find happiness under the same roof with his stepmother and stepsister. The screening will be accompanied with a live piano performance by Donald Sosin.
Fredric Jameson on The Future of Film
One of only two Americans to have received the Holberg International Memorial Prize (in 2008), which is often called the Nobel Prize for the Humanities, Jameson is a noted literary critic and political Marxist theorist best known for his analysis of cultural trends. In this discussion, the man, whose most recent subjects have included postmodernism, as well as the study of utopia and science fiction, will turn his attention to the future of film as he sees it.
"My Fair Lady" screening
Families and classic movie musical fans alike will enjoy seeing the Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison starrer presented at the Walter Reade.
Jason Reitman presents "Carnal Knowledge" (with Q&A featuring Mike Nichols)
Four-time Oscar-nominated writer-director Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Up in the Air") presents a screening of Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols’ landmark 1971 drama following 20 years in the lives and sexual escapades of college friends Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel. Q&A with Jason Reitman and Mike Nichols will follow the screening.
Taipei Film Archive presents "Confucius"
Written and directed by Fei Mui, a filmmaker admired by fans of classic Chinese cinema, "Confucius" was made in Shanghai and premiered with much fanfare towards the end of the ‘40s and was thought to be lost shortly after; a print was later found and restored which will be screened in the Walter Reade Theater.
The first screening of the recently announced From Britain With Love film series co-presentation between FSLC, UK Film Council and Emerging Pictures, TOAST stars Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") in the drama of a young boy’s journey into adulthood based on the best-selling autobiography of food writer Nigel Slater.