Deeper Into Movies

Writers have always shaped our relationship to movies, their words responsible for both inspiring what ends up on screen, and for sealing such films’ fate. Deeper Into Movies, like the legendary critic Pauline Kael for whom it is named, aims to delve deeply into films, chosen and presented by the writers who love and hate them, who inspired and are inspired by them.

The Leather Boys (w/ director Sidney Furie and author Rachel Kushner in person!)

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6/14/2017 - 7:30PM

This sharply observed slice-of-life takes the speedy marriage of cockney teens Dot and biker Reggie as its premise. The marriage sours instantly, leading Reggie to take refuge with his biker friends, particularly Pete – with whom he enjoys a whirlwind romance of a friendship, the implications of which he is slow to face. With The Leather Boys, Furie crafted both a touchstone of queer cinema and a seminal example of British kitchen sink realism. The film will be presented by Rachel Kushner (author of Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers) who counts it among her favorites. Following the screening, she will moderate a Q&A with director Sidney Furie!

The Leather Boys is one of my all-time favorite movies. An incredible time capsule of the biker scene at London’s legendary Ace Cafe, it is also a subversive masterpiece about bleak working class destiny.” – Rachel Kushner

Dir. Sidney Furie, 1964, 35mm, 108 min.

Durga Chew-Bose presents Everyone Else

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5/16/2017 - 7:30PM

Durga Chew-Bose, author of the new book Too Much and Not the Mood, presents Everyone Else, followed by a book signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Fans of last year’s Toni Erdmann – the three hour-long, German comedy none of us could stop raving about – won’t want to miss director Maren Ade’s earlier work, like the 2009 Everyone Else. Young couple Gitti and Chris are vacationing at Chris’ parents’ villa in Sardinia. Ade’s almost too perceptive window into the relationship spares us none of the details, as the bathing-suit clad couple’s “vacation” – with its ample, visual reminders of Rohmer’s La Collectionneuse – becomes its own bit of prison.

Durga, whose perceptive, personal book of essays swirls in and around the language and world of film, says: “It’s a film that doesn’t mind sitting with the discomfort of a couple’s unrest; those near-imperceptible, sometimes totally physical tensions that build up, that reach some emotional brink, that are, in their way, pure suspense.”

Dir. Maren Ade, 2009, 35mm, 119 min.

Special thanks to Fiona Duncan. This event is presented in partnership with Hard to Read.

Watch the trailer!

Emma Straub presents "The Squid and the Whale"

6/5/2016 - 6:30PM

New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub joins us to present Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale. In ‘80s Brooklyn, when a couple of infrequently publishing writers could live in a spacious Park Slope brownstone with their two kids, the self-absorbed duo announce plans to separate, upending the lives of their children. The acerbic bunch, parents included, fail to handle the adjustment well, but the characters are so monstrous—save perhaps for the younger son, a self-proclaimed philistine—that it seems implausible that they were even marginally more loving prior to the separation. Drawing out painfully harsh moments between family members with dark humor and wry wit, Baumbach—the child of two writers—hones in on the inescapable drama of the nuclear family, a subject also near and dear to Straub’s work. Watch closely, and you might catch a glimpse of Emma in the film…

The film will be followed by a conversation with Emma and copies of her new book, Modern Lovers, will be available for purchase.

Dir Noah Baumbach, 2005, 35mm, 81 min.

Jonathan Lethem presents "Bigger Than Life"

5/25/2016 - 7:30PM

New York Times best-selling author and MacArthur fellow Jonathan Lethem joins us to present Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life. A family drama with a Hitchcockian streak, Bigger Than Life is an Eisenhower-era paranoia-laden CinemaScope masterpiece, based on a piece in the New Yorker authored by medical writer Berton Roueché. Careening between melodrama, sci-fi, and horror — Lethem calls the film “Douglas Sirk meets Oliver Sacks” — this poignant and precise vision of ‘50s American life and the fantasy/nightmare of the nuclear family plays like speculative fiction, with medical experiments acting as a harbinger for wild fears of fascism, state power, and class shame. Ray expertly teases out the precariousness inherent in the explicit conventionality of James Mason, Barbara Rush, and Walter Matthau’s characters — a school teacher, his wife, and his best friend, respectively. The group who, as Lethem notes, “rest uneasily on their bed of normality,” feel their quotidian lives violently upended in a Shining-esque trip down a post-WWII Americana rabbit hole.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Lethem.

Dir. Nicholas Ray, 1956, DCP, 95 min.