Introducing Germany’s Master of Suspense & His Exquisitely Subtle Muse

Neither fish nor fowl, the films of Berlin master Christian Petzold fall somewhere between festival-brand art cinema and commercial practice, occupying much the same space that was once staked by the very best in classical cinema. It, indeed, is no accident that Petzold has been described as Germany’s “master of suspense,” not even withstanding his proclivity… Learn More

Museum Films Presents: Pedro Costa’s Horse Money (2014)

Having the stalwart appearance of being cut from stone as much as being figures traced in the light, the subjects of Pedro Costa’s Horse Money (2014; screening Thurs., August 20th at 8 p.m. only), the Colossal Youth auteur’s first “fiction” film in nearly a decade, occupy a world that is constructed from flights of remembrance, from an archive… Learn More

Portraits of Women: From Posed & Composed to The Princess of France and When Marnie Was There

There’s a moment early in this Thursday’s superlative seventy-minute Shakespeare update, The Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro, 2014), that deftly captures the approach of the Museum’s new original exhibition, Posed & Composed: Portraits of Women from the Permanent Collection: Victor, a twenty-something actor, and a pair of female companions, tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires after visiting… Learn More

Museum Films Presents: La Semaine du film français

Joining, no doubt, the many venues hosting French film series this week, in commemoration of Bastille Day (July 14th), the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be screening five new works–and one recently re-released masterwork, Jacques Rivette’s Le Pont du Nord, on 35mm–that speak to the quantitative strength of the French film industry. In their… Learn More

Pather Panchali and the Poetry of the Particular

Screening over three consecutive nights at the Noble Theater (Thurs., June 4-Sat., June 6, at 8 p.m. each night), Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959) inaugurated a new, alternative form of Indian cinema that captured the attention of the West almost immediately–a mode of ethnographic observation and humanistic pathos that completely eschewed the ‘Bollywood’ song-and-dance idiom that even… Learn More

From Mayerling to Montès: Exploring the Nationless Cinema of Max Ophüls

Over the next two Thursdays, Museum Film will be presenting a pair of 19th-century historical epics by the great Max Ophüls, best known today for his lavish romances, made in both Hollywood and Western Europe (cf. Madame de…, 1953), during the first post-World War II decade. Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, in western Germany, in 1902. When… Learn More

La Sapienza, or Cinema as Art History + Clouds of Sils Maria

Titled partially after Italian Baroque architect Francesco Borromini’s Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, which was itself named for the Sapienza University of Rome, La Sapienza (2014, screening Thursday, April 30 only at 7:30 p.m.) also refers to a word of Latin origin that translates to “sapience” in English, or the possession of great wisdom or sagacity. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture that harmoniously brings… Learn More

Reflections on Jauja (2014): A Radical New Direction for Lisandro Alonso

Thirty-nine year-old Lisandro Alonso is one of the most original and distinctive filmmakers to emerge in the early 21st century. Beginning with 2001’s La Libertad, the Argentinian director’s startling debut, Alonso has produced a body of work that boldly explores the permeable boundaries between fiction and documentary. He is, in this sense, an heir to the… Read More

The Devil, Probably: French TV Produces a Cinematic Masterpiece

As the final season of AMC’s Mad Men is about to begin, we are once again reminded of the remarkable legacy for which that program, along with the network’s Breaking Bad, HBO’s The Sopranos and The Wire, can claim credit: long America’s most popular consumer art form, television is now also its widely discussed among taste-makers. This former mass medium is now… Read More

Staging Banality or “Have you seen L’Avventura by Antonioni?”: Reading Porumboiu's When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013)

Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu’s brilliant When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013; screening Friday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m.) opens with an extended nocturnal dialogue, filmed inside an automobile, with the camera statically shooting the conversing couple. The driver, a film director named Paul (Bogdan Dumitrache), informs his actress passenger Alina… Read More