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Short Nonfiction Films by Alain Resnais

02/11/18 | 9:00 PM

Anthology Film Archives

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11-02-2018 12:00:00 11-02-2018 12:00:00 America/New_York Short Nonfiction Films by Alain Resnais | 9:00 PM Before making HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, the film that launched his legendary career as the author of some of the most innovative and uncategorizable films in international art cinema, Alain Resnais created a series of short nonfiction films on a dizzying range of topics. The most famous of these early works is surely his shattering but highly controlled meditation on the Nazi concentration camps, NIGHT AND FOG (1955). That seminal documentary anchors this short selection of Resnais's films of the 1940s and 50s, alongside some of his lesser-known nonfiction work of the period: VAN GOGH (1948), the first of several biographical portraits; GUERNICA, a study of the Basque town that suffered catastrophic bombing during WWII, narrated by María Casares and featuring the writing of Paul Eluard and the art of Pablo Picasso; and the altogether extraordinary LE CHANT DU STYRÈNE (1958), an industrial film commissioned to celebrate the glory of plastics, that Resnais and his collaborator, avant-garde writer Raymond Queneau, transform into a Pop Art, Cinemascope masterpiece of vivid color and mechanical rhythms. VAN GOGH (1948, 20 min, 35mm, b&w. In French with English subtitles.) GUERNICA (1951, 13 min, 35mm, b&w. In French with English subtitles.) NIGHT AND FOG / NUIT ET BROUILLARD (1955, 32 min, 35mm. In French with English subtitles.) LE CHANT DU STYRÈNE (1958, 19 min, 16mm. In French with English subtitles.) Total running time: ca. 90 min. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=279656 Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives

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Before making HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, the film that launched his legendary career as the author of some of the most innovative and uncategorizable films in international art cinema, Alain Resnais created a series of short nonfiction films on a dizzying range of topics. The most famous of these early works is surely his shattering but highly controlled meditation on the Nazi concentration camps, NIGHT AND FOG (1955). That seminal documentary anchors this short selection of Resnais's films of the 1940s and 50s, alongside some of his lesser-known nonfiction work of the period: VAN GOGH (1948), the first of several biographical portraits; GUERNICA, a study of the Basque town that suffered catastrophic bombing during WWII, narrated by María Casares and featuring the writing of Paul Eluard and the art of Pablo Picasso; and the altogether extraordinary LE CHANT DU STYRÈNE (1958), an industrial film commissioned to celebrate the glory of plastics, that Resnais and his collaborator, avant-garde writer Raymond Queneau, transform into a Pop Art, Cinemascope masterpiece of vivid color and mechanical rhythms.

VAN GOGH (1948, 20 min, 35mm, b&w. In French with English subtitles.) GUERNICA (1951, 13 min, 35mm, b&w. In French with English subtitles.) NIGHT AND FOG / NUIT ET BROUILLARD (1955, 32 min, 35mm. In French with English subtitles.) LE CHANT DU STYRÈNE (1958, 19 min, 16mm. In French with English subtitles.) Total running time: ca. 90 min.

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