Seconds of Eternity: The Films of Gregory J. Markopoulos

2/9/12 to 2/16/12

Gregory J. Markopoulos, a leading figure of the American avant-garde and the world of art cinema, was a poet filmmaker whose work falls intro three main categories: mythic themes, film portraits, and films of place. Join us for this rare opportunity to view eleven of Markopoulos's films made between 1940 and 1967.

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Past Films

  • The Illiac Passion

    • Thursday, February 16 7 pm

    Gregory J. Markopoulos (U.S., 1966–67). Studded with New York art stars (Andy Warhol, Taylor Mead, Jack Smith), The Illiac Passion is the most elaborate of Markopoulos's completed films and has been compared to Kenneth Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. Ming Green is one of the filmmaker's most sensuous films about place. (99 mins)

  • Eros and Myth

    • Saturday, February 11 6:30 pm

    Gregory J. Markopoulos (U.S., 1950–63). Introduced by Robert Beavers. Markopoulos's ability to improvise with his surroundings and to develop techniques of rapid cutting and subjective treatments of narrative time remain among the greatest contributions he made to cinema. This program includes Swain, Flowers of Asphalt, Eldora, and Twice a Man, inspired by the myth of Hippolytus and Phaedra. (87 mins)

  • Markopoulos: The Early Films

    • Thursday, February 9 7 pm

    Gregory J. Markopoulos (U.S., 1940–49). Introduced by Robert Beavers. Early films by “one of cinema's great colorists, who achieved a palette worthy of Delacroix or Redon” (Kristin M. Jones, Artforum). Includes Psyche, A Christmas Carol, Lysis, Charmides, Christmas USA, and The Dead Ones. Plus the Bay Area Premiere of Beavers's short The Suppliant. (116 mins)