Cinema Arts

A Weekend with Photographer and Filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg: Puzzle of a Downfall Child


Prior to the screening, director Jerry Schatzberg discusses his photography career with Malcolm Daniel, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, at 3:30 p.m.

“Jerry Schatzberg drew inspiration from his background as a portrait photographer by using conversations with fashion model Anne Saint-Marie as a foundation for his engrossing story of a washed-up model gradually losing hold on reality. Schatzberg’s first feature, Puzzle of a Downfall Child is a stylistic tour de force that displays his consummate mastery of the medium. The film employs a fractured narrative style that freely intermingles flashbacks and fantasized events with the present and brilliantly manipulates the soundtrack to maximize the carefully calibrated sense of disorientation. In her revealing performance as the fragile model, Faye Dunaway strikingly personifies Schatzberg’s fascination with the disenfranchised that will extend to his subsequent films.” —Harvard Film Archive

Read an appreciation of the film

• The director talks to “Interview”

When:
Jun 2, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
5:00 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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A Weekend with Photographer and Filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg: Scarecrow


Post-film conversation with director Jerry Schatzberg, moderated by Michael Zilkha, cochair of the MFAH film committee

“Jerry Schatzberg’s endearing and picaresque road movie Scarecrow stars Gene Hackman and Al Pacino as a pair of down-and-out wanderers hitchhiking across the country and harboring a vaguely formed plan to open a car wash in Pittsburgh. Returning once again to wounded, marginalized characters floating on the ragged edge of American society, Schatzberg creates an indelible portrait of the rambling lives of vagrant dreamers. Working with famed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, Schatzberg transforms the tumbleweed world of back roads, roadside bars, and diners into a strikingly American landscape and poetic backdrop for his tale of male friendship.” —Harvard Film Archive

• Read a blog post about the film

• See an appreciation in “BFI Film Forever”

• The director talks to “Dazed”

When:
Jun 1, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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A Weekend with Photographer and Filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg: The Panic in Needle Park


Post-film conversation with director Jerry Schatzberg, moderated by Ernie Manouse of Houston Public Media

“One of the quintessential expressions of early 1970s American cinema, Jerry Schatzberg’s second feature centers around a fragile woman who has been set adrift by recent trauma and overly dependent relationships. Shot on location in a wintry and desolate New York City, The Panic in Needle Park offers an undaunted and fascinating vision of the secret world of drug addicts. The film features an electrifying Al Pacino—in his first starring role—as a small-time hustler and addict, and newcomer Kitty Winn as a naive Midwesterner enraptured by his energetic charm.

“A poetic and deeply touching love story, The Panic in Needle Park is also a vivid, documentary-style rendering of the squalor and fear felt by addicts drifting like ghosts through the dirty flophouses, cheap diners, and trash-strewn sidewalks of the Upper West Side. Eschewing a music track and any direct appeals to sentimentality, Schatzberg imbues the film with a verité quality that lends an air of wrenching, tragic inevitability to the doomed lovers’ tale.” —Harvard Film Archive

• Read a blog post about the film

See a feature in the “New Yorker”

When:
May 31, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Filming Vincent: At Eternity’s Gate


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

Journey inside the world and mind of Vincent van Gogh during his self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. As he develops his unique style of painting, Van Gogh wrestles with religion, mental illness, and a turbulent friendship with artist Paul Gauguin—before Van Gogh releases the pain of the present and concentrates on his relationship with eternity. At Eternity’s Gate stars Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, along with Rupert Friend as Theo van Gogh and Oscar Isaac as Gaugin. 

“This movie is based on Vincent van Gogh’s letters; common agreement about events in his life that parade as facts; hearsay; and scenes that are just plain invented. Even with all the violence and tragedy that has been associated with Van Gogh, there is no doubt: His was a life lived rich with magic, profound communication with nature, and the wonder of being. He seems to have transgressed death and encouraged others to do the same. This is not a forensic biography about the painter. It is about what it is to be an artist.” —artist and director Julian Schnabel 

• Interview with Willem Dafoe

• Interview with Julian Schnabel

When:
May 30, 2019 to Jun 22, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5 & 2PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Filming Vincent: Loving Vincent


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

One of the most visually acclaimed films of 2017, Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil-painted feature film. It details the complicated life and controversial death of Vincent van Gogh. More than six years in the making with the help of 125 artists, this brilliant animated feature is composed of 65,000 painted frames. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings, subjects, and correspondence, the film’s story begins a year after the artist’s death, when the postmaster’s son (Douglas Booth) is tasked with delivering Van Gogh’s last letter and ends up interviewing those who knew the artist in his troubled last days, trying to understand Van Gogh’s character and what happened. Among the other actors are Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, and Aidan Turner.

• Watch how painters designed “Loving Vincent.”

• Read more about the making of the film.

“Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream” screens March 29 & 30

When:
May 30, 2019 to Jun 13, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
2:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
2PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Filming Vincent: Lust for Life


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

Vincent van Gogh (Kirk Douglas) starts his inspired, tempestuous life as a man of God but soon discovers a passion for art. Spurned by the woman he loves and rejected as a painter, Van Gogh gravitates to Paris and its vibrant Impressionist movement, where he establishes a friendship with fellow artist Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn). But only after Van Gogh’s death does the world discover the incredible beauty that Van Gogh created.

• Blog post > Vincente Minnelli’s Lust for Life

• Film review > Silver Screen Modes: Lust for Life

• Film review > Lust for Life: A Fine Bromance

When:
May 27, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
2:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: The Eyes of Orson Welles


Granted exclusive access to hundreds of drawings and paintings by legendary filmmaker Orson Welles (1915–1985), Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey) narrates this documentary as a series of letters to Welles inspired by the astonishing discovery. A visual autobiography of Welles’s life and travels—sketched with Welles’s own hand, painted with his own brush—the film is a vital contribution to the still-evolving understanding of the breadth of Welles’s genius.

“Whimsical but heartfelt love letter to Orson Welles connects the director’s films to his paintings and drawings” —The Guardian

★★★★ “Intriguing” —The Independent

★★★★ “Facinating” —Financial Times

★★★★ “Impressive and arresting” —Empire

“A visual rhapsody” —Total Film

“Quite simply one of the best Welles documentaries released since his death” —Wellsnet

“Intriguing and illuminating” —The Hollywood Reporter

• Read a Film Comment blog post and an essay by Mark Cousins about the documentary.

When:
May 24, 2019 to May 26, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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New Releases: Dogman


Inspired by a true-crime story, the Italian drama Dogman follows mild-mannered Marcello (Cannes award-winning best actor Marcello Fonte), who must juggle running his dog-grooming business and caring for his daughter while being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of a violent ex-boxer who terrorizes the seaside village. The bully’s abuse finally leads to a breaking point, and Marcello takes a stand through an act of vengeance.

“A brilliant, beguiling comic drama that takes on a tragic hue, Matteo Garrone’s modern-day fable is one of the best Italian films of recent times.” —The Independent

“A compelling opera of beta-male criminal martyrdom.” —The Guardian

“A powerful and endearing portrait of the human struggle for acceptance and courage. Garrone's fascinating streak continues.” —Hey U Guys

• New York Times” review

• Interview with the filmmaker

• Five things to know about “Dogman”

When:
May 17, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Time:
7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Sunday Time & Price:
5PM $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
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Latin Wave: The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste García (El viaje extraordinario de Celest García)


Widowed, retired schoolteacher Celeste (María Isabel Díaz) lives with her grown son in Havana and works at the local planetarium. When aliens are discovered in the community, Celeste is asked to travel to their home planet to teach Earth geography. As she and her fellow tourists prepare for intergalactic travel, Celeste believes she can finally experience life wholeheartedly. Melding political commentary, absurdity, and a bit of sci-fi, director Arturo Infante reflects on contemporary Cuba with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek touch.

“Fueled by a delightfully simple sci-fi premise, The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste García is an earthbound comedy with a keen grasp of human foibles and societal woes.” —Hollywood Reporter

• Read other reviews here and here.

When:
May 5, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID $8
Time:
8:30 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
8:30PM General Admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID $8
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Latin Wave: Florianópolis Dream (Sueño de Florianópolis)


Married pschyoanalysts Lucrecia and Pedro (Mercedes Morán and Gustavo Garzón) are separating after years of marriage—but not before taking their teenagers on a road trip to Florianópolis, Brazil, to celebrate Lucrecia’s 50th birthday. Pondering aging, parenting, and the permanence of love and desire, Ana Katz’s fifth feature film is a wise and funny reflection on long-term relationships. Reminiscent of the films of Eric Rohmer, Katz offers a lighthearted, yet wholly profound piece on the female experience.

“A vacation worth taking.” —Hollywood Reporter

“A film that is very difficult to forget.” —La Nación (Argentina)

“Katz opted for an ingenious comedy, and the result paid off.” —EscribiendoCine

“Florianópolis Dream is not just a great movie, but also a breath of fresh air.” —Caimán Cuadernos de Cine

When:
May 5, 2019
Cost:
General Admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID $8
Time:
3:30 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
3:30PM General Admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+), and students with ID $8
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