American Cinema of the 1950s

Lecturer: Fred Camper

We conclude a series of fourteen programs entitled  “American Cinema
of the 1950s,” with weekly Tuesday lecture/discussions by Fred Camper,
artist and longtime art and film critic for the Chicago Reader and
many other publications.  The series is presented in cooperation with
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art
History, Theory, and Criticism.  Additional screenings of the films on
Friday or Saturday do not include Fred Camper's lecture.  Admission to
all “American Cinema of the 1950s” programs is $4 for Film Center
members (available only at the Film Center box office; increases to $5
after January 1, 2013).  Usual admission prices apply for non-members.

Watch for our next series, “Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixties,”
beginning January 25, with weekly Tuesday lectures by visual artist,
video-maker, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Mary
Patten.  The  series brings together key films and experimental videos
that emerged from the revolutionary moment of the “long 1960s”
(1955-1975), including explicitly political works by Emile de Antonio,
Gillo Pontecorvo, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Chris Marker, and Jean-Luc

1950s Avant-Garde Program
1953-59, Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, Christopher Maclaine, Marie
Menken, USA, 95 min.

Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 11, 6:00 pm

This program of four American avant-garde films illuminates key themes
of the era in ways that compare and contrast with the Hollywood films
previously shown.  Included are Marie Menken’s lyrical stroll GLIMPSE
OF THE GARDEN (1957, 5 min.), Maya Deren’s starry dance THE VERY EYE
OF NIGHT (1959, 15 min.), Stan Brakhage’s “first-person cinema”
breakthrough ANTICIPATION OF THE NIGHT (1958, 40 min.), and
Christopher Maclaine’s hipster apocalypse THE END (1953, 35 min.).
16mm.  (MR)

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