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May 8, 2006

DC Late Spring Screens

Via Green Cine: a tip from Acqarello on an upcoming series of Theo Angelopoulos' films at the National Gallery of Art here in DC. I'll admit that I'm relatively unfamiliar with Anglopolous, but this looks like a good opportuinty to see some interesting films.

Also while I'm thinking about it, a reminder that the premiere of Sujewa's Date Number One is scheduled for this Saturday, May 13 at 7 PM, at the Goethe-Institut (right next to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop).

Update: I forgot to mention that David Lowery's film, Deadroom will be screening in DC on Thursday, May 25th, at 7 PM, at Kensington Row Bookshop as a part of Sujewa's Capital City Microcinema series.

Posted by chuck at May 8, 2006 1:29 PM

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Ugh, I can't stand Theo Angelopoulos's movies. One of my profs from undergrad wrote a book on the director and subjected us to too many of his films. Horton isn't kidding when he call the films a "cinema of contemplation" - they might the most slowly paced narrative films I've ever seen. Maybe if I was more mature at the time, I would have gotten more out of them, but they just seemed hyper-pretentious to a nicotine-addicted twenty-two year-old.

Posted by: McChris at May 8, 2006 3:16 PM

Thanks for the mentions Chuck T! Getting the 'ole DIY film distro machine started up over here. it's cranky, but in time I think it'll get the job done.

Just turned in a City Paper ad this afternoon for the 5/13 premiere, look for it in this Thu's issue.

See ya on Sat if U can make it!

- Sujewa

Posted by: Sujewa "El Corazon" Ekanayake at May 9, 2006 12:07 AM

Sujewa, sounds like you have your hands full. I'm planning to attend the premiere, very much looking forward to it.

Chris, I probably subjected my students to way too much Chris Marker, but I suppose that's what professors are supposed to do. I do like supporting National Gallery and other Smithsonian events. I'll probably only make it to one of the films, so we'll see how it goes.

Posted by: Chuck at May 9, 2006 12:19 AM

Chris Marker is vastly more interesting than Angelopoulos, although I do get your drift. When we watched Letter from Siberia in Janet's class, it made me nostalgic for Oklahoma City, which seems strange, finding the connection between Siberia and OKC (I guess coastal people can make snarky jokes here) and feeling anything positive toward OKC period. Marker is good at making connections between disparate things. Angelopoulos is good at making long movies with painfully long shots. If you go to a screening, be sure to have a few taped episodes off "CSI:Miami" on hand, you'll need them to clean Angelopoulos out of your system.

Of course, I've subjected more than one class to screenfull.net, which is probably my own little high-culture fetish.

Posted by: McChris at May 9, 2006 2:09 AM

Interesting take on Siberia, which I still haven't seen (it's near the top of my to-see list). I'll try to catch at least one Angelopolous screening, but maybe I can stop off at the multiplex and see MI3 on the way home if the long shots cause too many problems.

Posted by: Chuck at May 9, 2006 10:32 AM

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