Mar 6, 2009 12:00 AM - Mar 13, 2009 12:00 AM
Ivan Passer’s Way
March 6-13, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Ivan Passer’s Way
Already admired for his screenwriting contributions to some of the most celebrated films of the famed Czech New Wave (including Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball, cowritten with director Milos Forman), Ivan Passer’s major contribution to the movement came in 1965 with his astonishing directorial debut, Intimate Lighting. The film’s lightness and casual elegance veils a trenchant, sensitive portrait of friendship and provincial life; shot through with compassion, humanity, and a keen sense of the absurd, it perfectly expresses the tone and rhythms of real life. Intimate Lighting exemplifies Passer’s remarkable ability to capture atmosphere and to craft detailed psychological portraits.
After immigrating to the
Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, MoMA and supported by the
Fádní odpoledne (A Boring Af ternoon), 1964
A short film about all the things that happen when, ostensibly, nothing
is happening. In Czech; English subtitles. 20 min.
Intimní osvětlení (Intimate Lighting), 1965
Directed by Ivan Passer. Written by Passer, Jaroslav Papoušek, Václav Šašek.
With Zonek Bazušek, Karel Blažek, Věra Křesadlová, Jaroslav Středa. Two
friends meet again after several years and reconnect over a night of drinking
through their shared passion for music. This extraordinary portrait is as personal as a home movie and as penetrating as an X-ray. Every gesture and musical cue is intimate and effortlessly laden with history and meaning; every movement and action reveals the details of provincial living and the heartache of diminished expectations and broken dreams.
New print. In Czech; English subtitles. 71 min.
Friday, March 6, 6:00 (introduced by Passer)
Saturday, March 7, 2:00
Sunday, March 8, 4:00
Monday, March 9, 5:00
Wednesday, March 11, 8:30
Thursday, March 12, 6:00
Cutter’s Way, 1981
Friday, March 6, 8:00 (introduced by Passer)
Sunday, March 8, 6:00
Born to Win, 1971
With George Segal, Karen Black, Paula Prentiss, Robert De Niro.
Passer’s first American film, a gritty, hard-boiled tale about a junkie, was shot on the mean streets of
Saturday, March 7, 4:00
Friday, March 13, 8:00
Law and Disorder, 1974
With Ernest Borgnine, Carroll O’Connor, Karen Black. When police
fail to respond to the influx of criminals and perverts into Borgnine
and O’Connor’s working-class neighborhood, the two men take
matters into their own hands. But instead of making the streets safer,
their shoestring militia of bumbling, incompetent husbands – like
modern-day Keystone Kops – only makes them crazier. Featuring vibrant
location photography, Passer’s second American film is an insightful
look into the social politics of 1970s
Sunday, March 8, 1:30
Friday, March 13, 6:00
Golden Sixties, 2009
This insightful and revelatory documentary portrait of Passer is part of a just-finished project by the producer čestmír Kopecký to depict all the major figures of the Czech New Wave while they can still participate. The twenty-six portraits completed to date include Miloš Forman, Dušan Hanák, Věra Chytilová, Jiří Menzel, and Jan Švankmajer.
In Czech; English subtitles. 53 min.
Sunday, March 8, 6:30
Wednesday, March 11, 4:30
Info about tickets: www.moma.org
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From: Mar 6, 2009 12:00 AM
To: Mar 13, 2009 12:00 AM
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