(John Maybury, 1998) · With an exquisitely British cast, including Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, and Tilda Swinton, Love is the Devil follows the life of painter Francis Bacon (Jacobi) who takes in his new lover (Craig) after he is discovered burglarizing Bacon's home. Capturing the full sweep of the British art world and boho scene of the 1960s, Maybury utilizes lens distortion, harsh lighting, and fast-paced montage to simulate the grotesquery of Bacon's paintings.
runtime: 90 min format: 35mm
(Emile de Antonio, 1973) · Spanning from abstract expressionism to pop art, Painters Painting takes an in-depth look at the New York art scene between 1940 and 1970. Featuring interviews with such luminaries of modern art as Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and others – many before they became famous – this documentary provides a candid view into the creative process and an insider's take on one of the most dynamic moments in American art history.
runtime: 116 min format: 16mm
(Gregg Araki, 2004) · When 8-year-olds Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Brian (Brady Corbet) are sexually abused by their baseball coach, they react to the trauma in vastly different ways. In the years following, Brian experiences intense trauma (coming to believe he was abducted by aliens), while Neil moves to New York City to prostitute himself. Roger Ebert called Gregg Araki's film "at once the most harrowing and, strangely, the most touching film I have seen about child abuse."
runtime: 105 min format: 35mm
(Josef von Sternberg, 1953) · Given an unusually large amount of control over the elements of production, Josef von Sternberg's final film finds twelve victims of a shipwreck stranded on a desert island with only two other inhabitants. Leaving the Japanese dialog unsubtitled, von Sternberg's narration guides viewers through an intensely stylized set. Produced just nine years after the end of WWII, the film paints a surprisingly humanizing portrait of the Japanese military.
runtime: 92 min format: 35mm