Thursday, June 22
VenueWalter Reade Theater
The famously flammable nitrate is what celluloid film prints were originally made of: therefore, for the 100th anniversary of the invention of cinema, Ferreri celebrates the incendiary emotions of film audiences through the years. In this very personal and moving homage to the first century of movies, theaters are shown as paradises of the imagination. In this filmic testament, the amazement in the eyes of the audience facing films comes to embody a sort of cinephile manifesto, a tribute to the medium’s enduring capacity to resonate, perturb, provoke, and seduce. 35mm copy from the Archivio Storico del Cinema Italiano – Associazione Culturale ONLUS.
Do What Thou Wilt
Marco Ferreri, 1995, France, 35mm, 52m
French with English subtitles
A banquet, a celebration in the tradition of Gargantua, a masquerade, and a reading of one of the masterworks of French literature. This rather experimental documentary was made for French television to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of François Rabelais, and it amounts to an adaptation of the author’s quote concerning free will. Do What Thou Wilt is an expression of absolute freedom by a filmmaker who has nothing left to prove to his audience. 35mm print from Cinecittà.
For $30, receive one ticket to a film in Marco Ferreri: Beyond the Absurd and a select menu item at Café Paradiso, located in FLC’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Learn more about our dinner and a movie combo here.