Spring Film Series 2011

The Creative Life

March 25:

The Red Shoes (1948) Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Leonide Massine (133 min).

Generations of nascent ballerinas have been inspired by this ravishing adaptation of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale into the story of an obsessed ballerina wedged between a devilish impresario and her romance with a dashing composer, “ecstastic entertainment” (Michael Skragow). Technicolor restoration print from the UCLA Film Archive.

April 1:

Scarlet Street (1945) Directed by Fritz Lang. Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea (103 min).

A meek company cashier, hen pecked by his shrewish wife, escapes into his Sunday painting. Embroiled with a sleek femme fatale, she slyly markets his outsider art as her own. Banned by the Legion of Decency, the “mesmeric dark atmosphere and camerawork are still dazzling half a century later” (Patrick Mc Gilligan). Archive print from the Library of Congress. Film Notes

April 8:

Downtown 81 (2001) Directed by Edo Bertoglio. Jean Michel Basquiat, Fab Five Freddy, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, Deborah Harry (72 min).

Ninteen year old Basquiat, playing himself, wanders the streets of NYC in this picaresque day and night in the life, evoking a past era of “garbage, graffiti, rubble-strewn lots, unlicensed after-hours clubs and highly idealistic kids eager to make their mark as avant-garde artists and musicians” Dave Kehr NY Times. Film Notes for Downtown 81

April 15:

Herb and Dorothy (2008) Directed by Megumi Sasaki (87 min)

The Vogels, a modest middle class couple living in Manhattan, are curious and enthusiastic about art. They decide to collect, buying the conceptual art they can afford, nurturing friendships with struggling artists. They’re “crazy, smart, generous and enormously endearing”(Bob Mondello NPR). Introduced by NCMA curator Linda Daugherty, who helped accession the Vogels collection at the National Gallery of Art. Shown on DVD.

April 22:

(Untitled) (2009) Directed by Jonathan Parker. Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Zac Orth, Lucy Punch (96 min).

A brooding new music composer (his signature instrument: a kicked bucket) is taken under the wing of an ambitious art gallery owner who adores patronizing the difficult work others disdain. Skewering pretentiousness with satirical work by genuine artists and composers, it’s “a comedy worthy of the best Woody Allen” (Roger Ebert). Film Notes for Untitled

April 29:

You'll Find Out (1940) Directed by David Butler. Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre (97 min).

Kay Kyser, The Ol’ Professor of Swing, arrives at spooky Bellacrest Mansion and tangles with three horror film icons to save a beleaguered heiress. UNC alum Kyser’s radio sensation, The College of Musical Knowledge ran 11 years. He retired to Chapel Hill, and his daughter, Kimberly Kyser, introduces this special event. Shown on DVD. Film Notes for You'll Find Out.

May 6:

Summer Hours (2008) Written and directed by Olivier Assayas. Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Edith Scob (103 min).

At Hélene’s 75th birthday party, her far flung family gathers at their beloved rustic country house for what may be the last time. They ponder sibling bonds, and some exquisite family heirlooms coveted by the Musee d’Orsay. “This bittersweet meditation… is deeply nuanced and strikes just the right emotional notes (USA Today). In French with English subtitles. Introduced by Film Critic Craig Lindsey.

May 13:

Funny Face (1957) Directed by Stanley Donen. Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson (103 min).

A mousy Greenwich Village bookshop assistant blooms under the discerning lens of photographer Dick Avery, his lyrical photos shot by masterful Richard Avedon. One of Hepburn’s most perfect films features tempting Paris locations, a stunning Givenchy wardrobe, Gershwin score and witty Eloise author Thompson as a “Think Pink” fashion editor. Film Notes for Funny Face.


All films are shown in 35mm except as noted and begin Fridays at 8:00 pm

The galleries and Iris Restaurant will be open prior to screenings

Box Office: (919) 715-5923

Tickets: $5.00/$3.50 NCMA Members

Series Passes $35/$25 NCMA Members

Introductions are by Film Curator Laura Boyes unless otherwise noted.

For more information about the NC Museum of Art: ncartmuseum.org

Thanks to Rob Stone and Mike Mashon at the Library of Congress, Todd Weiner at the UCLA Film Archive, and David Spencer and Matt Jones at the UNCSA Archive.