Google+ Cinema Viewfinder: NYFF Day 7 thru 10: Notes on Lola Montès and Ashes of Time Redux

Saturday, October 4, 2008

NYFF Day 7 thru 10: Notes on Lola Montès and Ashes of Time Redux

Well, I'm back from New York, but that doesn't mean Cinema Viewfinder is. We've still got lots of coverage to take us through the end of the festival, including reviews of two incredible films, Che and The Wrestler. I also have some Q & A's with director Steven Soderbergh, and Mickey Rourke coming your way. And I'll try to keep up with the Film Festival schedule, highlighting special events when appropriate. Director Wong Kar Wai is in town to discuss Ashes of Time Redux. I caught the screening and it's a nice version of the film. But honestly, I was a bit under the weather when I saw it, and don't feel like I can give it a proper critique. So I still recommend you catch it. Apparently it's only screening twice today (times are below). Then go listen to the always very cool Wong at the HBO Films Dialogues discussion tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. For my part, I promise to have a review up soon, when it opens nationwide. This weekend brings the start of the 12th Annual Views from the Avant-Garde series, which actually started last night, and continues through tomorrow. This morning, at 11:15 a.m. is the Spotlight Retrospective of Max Ophuls's Lola Montès (1955), starring Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, and Oskar Werner. The new restoration is a sight to behold. For more information, here's a link. And tonight is the first screening of the festival Centerpiece, Clint Eastwood's Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie. My review is posted above. Despite my problems with it, it's worth your time. Below is a schedule of this weekend's festival events. More information can be found at the festival's web site. EVENT TITLES NYFF – Festival main slate film VAG – Views from the Avant-Garde SE – Festival special event SCREENING LOCATIONS ZT – Ziegfeld Theatre, 54th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues WRT – Walter Reade Theater, 65th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway, upper level KP – Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 65th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway, 10th Floor Saturday, Oct 4 11:15am Lola Montès (NYFF/ZT) 12:00 The Warmth of the Sun (VAG/WRT) 2:30 Night and Day (NYFF/ZT) 3:30 Andrew Noren (VAG/WRT) 6:15 Ashes of Time Redux, with Dust (NYFF/ZT) 6:30 Nathaniel Dorsky (VAG/WRT) 8:45 Bruce Conner tribute (VAG/WRT) 9:15 CENTERPIECE: Changeling, with Wait For Me, (NYFF/ZT) midnight Ashes of Time Redux, with Dust (NYFF/WRT) Sunday, Oct. 5 11:15am CENTERPIECE: Changeling, with Wait For Me (NYFF/ZT) 12:00 Time of the Signs (VAG/WRT) 3:00 Four Nights with Anna, with Pal Secam (NYFF/ZT) 3:00 Craig Baldwin (VAG/WRT) 4:00 HBO FILMS DIALOGUES: Wong Kar-wai (SE/KP) 6:00 The Windmill Movie, with Quarry (NYFF/ZT) 6:00 still wave (VAG/WRT) 9:00 Gomorrah (NYFF/ZT) 9:00 James Benning (VAG/WRT) Lola Montès Photo Credit: Rialto Pictures / Film Society of Lincoln Center Ashes of Time Redux Photo Credit: Lau Wai Keung and Chan Yuen Kai © 1994, 2008 Block 2 Pictures Inc., Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics / Film Society of Lincoln Center

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