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The Precode 34 34 films
Here are 34 recommended precode films - the number 34 memorializes the dark year 1934 when Hollywood's self-censorship took hold.…
For people who have seen the noir films delineated as canonical, and want to take a deeper dive into the…
The Noir Canon 21 films
Here are the films that have been programmed by AFS in past seasons of the Noir Canon series. Click on…
Frederick Wiseman joins us for a live Zoom Q&A about his latest nonfiction masterpiece, CITY HALL, on Nov. 15th at noon. RSVP here: austinfilm.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a3j1K000009JnRwQAK
Richard Linklater joins author Melissa Maerz for a conversation on Wed. Nov. 18, 2020 to celebrate the launch of her book, Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s DAZED AND CONFUSED. Learn more and get tickets to this virtual event: www.austinfilm.org/event/the-oral-history-of-dazed-and-confused-richard-linklater-in-conversation-with-melissa-maerz/
Plug: AFS Members can join us for a Discussion Club on October 27th, hosted by our Lates programmer, Jazmyne Moreno (jaz_m on LBX). RSVP here: bit.ly/34uR8uM
Belgian writer/director Harry Kumel’s lush and eccentric vampire movie DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS is a fascinating work. This is a full-on art-horror film hybrid, with overtones of homoeroticism and camp (in its classical sense). The extraordinary Delphine Seyrig (LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOSIE) plays a mysterious, ageless Countess, who drifts through the proceedings clad in silk and feathers, like a phantom of old-Hollywood glamour.
Here’s a bizarre cinematic relic that we can barely believe exists. Way back in 1971, at the International Film Festival in Belgrade, a number of the attendees were given the assignment of shooting a 3 minute magazine of film that would be edited together with the footage from the other participants, a sort of cinematic Exquisite Corpse.
This was not a new idea. It has been done before. But what makes this so special is the level of talent involved…
Last month we hosted a member-exclusive Zoom discussion with Professor Caroline Frick of the University of Texas and the invaluable Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) on the subject of the precode film THREE ON A MATCH. The following discussion covers a good deal of the history of Hollywood’s self-censoring production code, and the films made before it was strictly enforced.
We should warn you that the discussion gets into the particulars of the plot of THREE ON A…
Guest Intro by Fantastic Fest Programmer Logan Taylor: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV2t5_aKsqI
When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a…
Intro by AFS LATES Programmer Jazmyne Moreno: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ait3wNbBeAw
Watch the film here: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/son-of-the-white-mare/
One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, SON OF THE WHITE MARE is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling…
Watch it at AFS: www.austinfilm.org/virtual-screening/made-in-bangladesh/
Shimu fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works grueling hours at a textile factory for paltry sums while her husband searches for work. She decides to start a union with her co-workers, despite threats from the management and the disapproval of her husband. Together, the women working in the factory must fight and find a way.