Reverse Angle: Cinema Looks at Itself

January 20–April 1, 2018

This rich array of fiction, nonfiction, and experimental works interrogates film as a medium and asks what cinema’s social and cultural role is or could be.

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  • Notfilm

  • A Useful Life

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

  • Sacred Places

  • The Thoughts That Once We Had

  • Two Marxists in Hollywood

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood

    • Sunday, April 1 7 PM

    Experimental filmmaker Zoe Beloff revisits the Hollywood exile of two revolutionaries—Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht—in an illustrated presentation and a trilogy of short films.

    Zoe Beloff in Person

  • Salaam Cinema

    • Saturday, March 31 7:30 PM
    Mohsen Makhmalbaf
    Iran, 1995

    Acclaimed Iranian director Makhmalbaf blurs the line between fiction and reality by turning a casting call into cinema, and his prospective actors into subjects, in this tribute to (and wry jab at) the power of film. “Witty and slyly relevant” (Variety).

  • The Thoughts That Once We Had

    • Sunday, March 18 7 PM
    Thom Andersen
    United States, 2015

    The film essayist behind Red Hollywood and Los Angeles Plays Itself returns with this personal history of cinema, inspired by Gilles Deleuze. “Less a lecture than a wordless, associative, haunted journey not just through the history of cinematic innovation, but through the 20th century itself” (The Guardian).

  • Sacred Places

    • Sunday, March 4 7 PM
    Jean-Marie Téno
    Cameroon, France, 2009

    A bootleg DVD, an old TV, and beat-up benches are all you need to keep cinema alive—at least in one run-down Burkinabe neighborhood—in Téno’s tribute to African hustle and cinephilia. With Christian Bruno and Natalija Vekic’s Ed and Pauline and Emily Chao’s Bruce Takes Dragon Town.

    Christian Bruno, Natalija Vekic, and Emily Chao in Person

  • Cinema: A Public Affair

    • Thursday, February 22 7 PM
    Tatiana Brandrup
    Germany, 2015

    This profile of Naum Kleiman, an acclaimed film historian and former director of Moscow’s Cinema Museum and Eisenstein Center, celebrates “a modest, inspiring cultural figure [with a] conviction that cinema can be used to construct a free civil society” (Hollywood Reporter).

  • Notfilm

    • Friday, February 16 7 PM
    Ross Lipman
    United States, 2015

    Lipman’s fascinating kino-essay examines a 1965 collaboration between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton. “Testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema” (New York Times). With the original article: Samuel Beckett’s Film.

  • A Film Unfinished

    • Sunday, February 4 7 PM
    Yaël Hersonski
    Israel, 2010

    BAMPFA Collection

    A remarkable examination of what happens when a film on the Warsaw Ghetto, discovered shortly after World War II and thought to be documentary footage, turns out to be an unfinished propaganda film.

    Introduction by William Guynn

  • A Useful Life

    • Sunday, January 28 7 PM
    Federico Veiroj
    Uruguay, 2010

    BAMPFA Collection

    A lifelong film archivist faces a new beginning with the threatened closure of his institution in this loving black-and-white ode to a life lived among the reels. “An elegy to cinephilia” (Slant). With Morgan Fisher’s Standard Gauge and Alexi Manis’s Luminous.

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    • Sunday, January 21 6:30 PM
    Bill Morrison
    United States, 2017

    Bill Morrison presents his beautiful meditation on a rare trove of silent nitrate film, as well as the barren Canadian Yukon town where it was found. “Both awe-inspiring and humbling” (New York Times).

    Bill Morrison in Person

  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    • Saturday, January 20 6 PM
    Chris Marker
    France, 2000

    Film to Table dinner follows

    Chris Marker’s cinematic psalm to Andrei Tarkovsky transports the viewer into Tarkovsky’s films and his world. With Marker’s short on the Russian director Alexander Medvedkin, The Train Rolls On.