Brian De Palma and Noah Baumbach to Share Stage at New York Film Festival

Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
 Rob McEwan

Noah Baumbach and Brian De Palma will join each other for a dialogue and audience Q&A as part of the New York Film Festival’s On Cinema series of master classes, the first time two directors will share the stage at the festival event.

The New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and running Sept. 28 to Oct. 14, also said Monday that the participants in its Directors Dialogues will be Abbas Kiarostami, David Chase and Robert Zemeckis.

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It also announced additional titles in its Masterworks program, which will include the director’s cut of Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors, restored versions of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, Laurence Olivier’s Richard III and Peter Whitehead’s The Rolling Stones – Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965.

De Palma and Baumbach, whose respective films, Passion and Frances Ha, will screen at the festival, will share the stage Oct. 7, when they will discuss their influences in film, show clips and take questions from the audience.

The schedule for Directors Dialogues, in which a director is paired with a film journalist to discuss his career, consists of: Kiarostami, interviewed by Philip Lopate (former NYFF selection committee member and contributor to Film Comment) on Oct. 6; Chase joined by Scott Foundas (NYFF selection committee, FSLC associate program director and contributing editor, Film Comment) on Oct. 7; and Zemeckis, in a conversation with Richard Pena (chairman of the NYFF selection committee and FSLC programming director) on Oct. 13.

The Masterworks lineup also will include a 30th anniversary screening of Amos Gitai’s Field Diary, a 40th anniversary screening of Bob Rafelson’s The King of Marvin Gardens and a screening of Pierre Chenal’s Native Son, with Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image division at the Library of Congress, participating in a post-screening discussion.

Two special sidebar presentations have been added as part of the festival’s 50th anniversary celebration: Cinéastes de notre temps/Cinéma, de notre temps (Filmmakers of Our Time) and Men of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and the Cinema MacMahon.

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Cinéastes de notre temps/Cinéma, de notre temps was created in1964, when film critic and filmmaker André S. Labarthe, together with Janine Bazin, widow of influential film theorist André Bazin, approached the French television channel ORTF about starting a program that would resemble the long, in-depth interviews with film directors that magazines such as Cahiers du cinéma and Positif regularly published. The festival will present 37 of these programs on filmmakers, featuring such directors as Chantal Akerman, Busby Berkeley, Luis BuñuelJohn Cassavetes, George Cukor, Samuel Fuller, Jerry Lewis, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Raoul Walsh.

The Men of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and the Cinema MacMahon section has its beginnings in the early 1950s, when the future critic-publicist-programmer Pierre Rissient and his friends convinced the theater owner to let them commandeer the programming, ushering in a wave of American movies — especially film noirs and other genre fare — directed by the likes of Fritz Lang, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger and Walsh. Of the selection of films for the program, Rissient, who will be in attendance, says: “Along with Mizoguchi’s Ohaur and Ugetsu, these magnificent seven films make an almost accurate autobiography of my youth and discovery of cinema.”

The films in the sidebar are Max OphulsLiebelei (1933), Walsh’s Objective, Burma! (1945) and Pursued (1947), Preminger’s Whirlpool (1949), Jules Dassin’s Night and the City (1950), Losey’s The Prowler (1951) and Lang’s The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959).

 

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