Presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting, this film program takes the lived experience of cinemagoing as its jumping-off point; as cinema-goers we see the same actors in different films, we are reminded of certain details from a particular film as we go about our daily lives, we even begin to notice the small-scale, the everydayness, in blockbuster movies.
Films in the first half include Paris-based Mark Rappaport's latest film Debra Paget, For Example, which looks at 20th Century Fox contract player Debra Paget, and how 'even the memory and essence of minor stars can affect people's lives'; as well as Thom Andersen's bullet-point examination of 90s bit player Tony Longo, 'protagonist of some poignant tragedies almost buried in otherwise mediocre films'. Each of the films takes a sideways look at monolithic mainstream cinema and moviegoing, implicitly acknowledging that films (and their stars) are watched, and re-watched, opening up this supposedly closed circuit, and taking a whimsical, and at times melancholic, look at the small things in big movies.
The second half of the program is a screening of Jacques Richard's 2004 documentary Henry Langlois: Phantom of the Cinemateque. Langlois was a legendary cinephile and pioneer of film preservation, whose Musee du Cinema was considered a work of art in its own right.
Debora Paget, For Example – Mark Rappaport
Alfred Hitchcock – Ian Bourn
4'33' The Movie – People Like Us
The Tony Longo Trilogy - Thom Andersen
Nicholas Cage Losing His Shit - Harry Hanrahan
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes approx
Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinemateque – Jacques Richard
Runtime: 2 hours 8 minutes