1st (1963): “The Film As Art” Show Notes

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Description
The first episode of the Catalyst and Witness podcast, devoted to exploring the films and format of the New York Film Festival, hosted by Ryan Swen and Dan Molloy. This covers the first edition of the festival in 1963, and includes an introduction to the mission of the podcast as a whole.

0:00-16:07 – Introduction to the Podcast
16:08-26:27 – Opening
26:28-1:09:45 – Part One [The Exterminating Angel to Elektra at Epidaurus]
1:09:46-1:48:11 – Part Two [Hallelujah the Hills to Ro.Go.Pa.G.]
1:48:12-2:39:48 – Part Three [The Servant to Sweet and Sour]
2:39:49-2:48:06 – Closing

Corrections

  • The editorial with the title “The Film As Art” was not written by Amos Vogel, likely written by the editorial team in collaboration with the publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger.
  • Avery Fisher Hall was renamed as David Geffen Hall in 2015.
  • The Terrace is an Argentinian film, not an Italian movie.
  • Harakiri played in the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Barravento was released in New York City in 1987.
  • The last film to play at the festival was Sweet and Sour.
  • The whole festival was sold out.

Housekeeping

  • Conceived by Ryan Swen, Hosted by Ryan Swen & Dan Molloy
  • Edited by Ryan Swen
  • Recorded in Seattle and Portland on MacBook GarageBand, Edited in Audacity
  • Podcast photograph from Yi Yi, Designed by Dan Molloy
  • Recorded January 28, 2018
  • Released February 1, 2018
  • Music (in order of appearance):
    • Sansho the Bailiff (first film to play at the New York Film Festival)
    • The Exterminating Angel (“opening night”)
    • Harakiri (second favorite of the first section)
    • An Autumn Afternoon (favorite of the first section)
    • The Trial of Joan of Arc (favorite of the second section)
    • Muriel, or the Time of Return (favorite of the third section)
    • Sweet and Sour (“closing night”)

General

  • Selection Committee: Richard Roud (program director)
  • Location: Philharmonic Hall
  • Prices: 1.50 for terrace, 2.25 for orchestra, 3.50 for loge
  • Films seen for the podcast:
    • Ryan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: An Autumn Afternoon
      • Seen for the podcast: All else but A Cozy Cottage, The Terrace, Elektra at Epidaurus, Sweet and Sour; none rewatched
      • Favorite films: Muriel or the Time of Return, An Autumn Afternoon, The Servant
      • Least favorite films: Magnet of Doom, All the Way Home
    • Dan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: The Exterminating Angel, Harakiri, An Autumn Afternoon, The Trial of Joan of Arc
      • Seen for the podcast: All else but A Cozy Cottage, The Terrace, Elektra at Epidaurus, Ro.Go.Pa.G., Sweet and Sour; An Autumn Afternoon rewatched
      • Favorite films: An Autumn Afternoon, Muriel or the Time of Return, Le Joli Mai
      • Least favorite films: All the Way Home, Magnet of Doom
  • Discoveries of the festival: Il Mare, Glory Sky, In the Midst of Life

Main Slate
*The Exterminating Angel [El ángel exterminador] (Luis Buñuel)
September 10, 9:15
Premiered 1962, Released 1967
In the Midst of Life [Au cœur de la vie] (Robert Enrico)
September 11, 6:30
Premiered 1963, never released
Knife in the Water [Nóż w wodzie] (Roman Polanski)
September 11, 9:15
Premiered 1962, Released 1963
A Cozy Cottage [Kertes házak utcája] (Tamás Fejér)
September 12, 6:30
Premiered 1963, never released
Harakiri [Seppuku] (Masaki Kobayashi)
September 12, 9:15
Premiered 1962, Released 1964
An Autumn Afternoon [Sanma no aji] (Yasujiro Ozu)
September 13, 6:30
Premiered 1962, Released 1973
The Terrace [La terraza] (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson)
September 13, 9:15
Premiered 1963, Released 1964
Elektra at Epidaurus (Takis Mouzenidis)
September 14, 3:00
Premiered 1962, never released
Hallelujah the Hills (Adolfas Mekas)
September 14, 6:30
Premiered 1963, Released 1963
All the Way Home (Alex Segal)
September 14, 9:15
Premiered 1963, Released 1963
Glory Sky [Ouranos] (Takis Kanellopoulos)
September 15, 3:00
Premiered 1963, Released 1963
The Trial of Joan of Arc [Procès de Jeanne d’Arc] (Robert Bresson)
September 15, 6:30
Premiered 1962, Released 1965
I fidanzati [The Fiances] (1963, Ermanno Olmi) (Ermanno Olmi)
September 15, 9:15
Premiered 1963, Released 1964
Ro.Go.Pa.G. (Omnibus: Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ugo Gregoretti)
September 16, 6:30
Premiered 1963, never released
The Servant (Joseph Losey)
September 16, 9:15
Premiered 1963, Released 1964
Il Mare [The Sea] (Giuseppe Patroni Griffi)
September 17, 6:30
Premiered 1963, never released
Magnet of Doom [L’Aîné des Ferchaux] (Jean-Pierre Melville)
September 17, 9:15
Premiered 1963, never released
Le Joli Mai [The Lovely Month of May] (Chris Marker)
September 18, 6:30
Premiered 1963, Released 1966
Muriel, or the Time of Return [Muriel ou le Temps d’un retour] (Alain Resnais)
September 18, 9:15
Premiered 1963, Released 1963
Barravento [The Turning Wind] (Glauber Rocha)
September 19, 6:30
Premiered 1962, Released 1987
*Sweet and Sour [Dragées au Poivre] (Jacques Baratier)
September 19, 9:15
Premiered 1963, Released 1964

Ephemera

  • Crisis (Robert Drew) [shown with The Trial of Joan of Arc]
  • 
The Chair (Robert Drew) [shown with The Fiancés]
  • O.K. End Here (Robert Frank) [shown with Hallelujah the Hills]
  • 
Museum of Modern Art side-bar:

    • Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi)

    • The Exiles (Kent MacKenzie)

    • I Live in Fear (Akira Kurosawa)
    • 
The Olive Trees of Justice (James Blue)
    • Point of Order (Emile de Antonio)
    • 
La Terra Trema (Luchino Visconti) [replaced with Peace to Him Who Enters (Aleksandr Alov & Vladimir Naumov)]

    • Fin de Fiesta (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson)
    • 
Bread of Our Former Years (Herbert Vesely)

    • The New Angels (Ugo Gregoretti)

    • Lola Montés (Max Ophuls)

Recurring Directors
Key: films in this iteration excluding shorts/omnibus/retrospectives, films in this iteration including, films in the festival up to this point excluding, films up to this point including, number of gala spots (when applicable), number of festivals with more than one film shown (when applicable); † indicates their last appearance

  • Luis Buñuel: 1/1/1/1/1
  • Robert Bresson: 1/1/1/1
  • Masaki Kobayashi: 1/1/1/1
  • Joseph Losey: 1/1/1/1
  • Chris Marker: 1/1/1/1
  • Adolfas Mekas: 1/1/1/1
  • Jean-Pierre Melville: 1/1/1/1
  • Ermanno Olmi: 1/1/1/1
  • Roman Polanski: 1/1/1/1
  • Alain Resnais: 1/1/1/1
  • Glauber Rocha: 1/1/1/1
  • Jean-Luc Godard: 0/1/0/1
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini: 0/1/0/1
  • Roberto Rossellini: 0/1/0/1

Recurring Countries
Key: films in this iteration excluding shorts/retrospectives, films in this iteration including, films in the festival up to this point excluding, films up to this point including, number of gala spots (when applicable)

  • France: 6/6/6/6/1
  • Italy: 3/3/3/3
  • Greece: 2/2/2/2
  • Japan: 2/2/2/2
  • USA: 2/2/2/2
  • Mexico: 1/1/1/1/1
  • Argentina: 1/1/1/1
  • Brazil: 1/1/1/1
  • Hungary: 1/1/1/1
  • Poland: 1/1/1/1
  • UK: 1/1/1/1

One-Time Directors

  • Jacques Baratier (Gala)
  • Robert Enrico
  • Tamás Féjér
  • Ugo Gregoretti
  • Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
  • Takis Kanellopoulos
  • Adolfas Mekas
  • Takis Mouzenidis
  • Leopoldo Torre Nilsson
  • Alex Segal

Festivals

  • NYFF World Premiere
    • All the Way Home
  • Cannes
    • The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962, Special Jury Prize)
    • The Exterminating Angel (1962, FIPRESCI)
    • Harakiri (Special Jury Prize)
    • I fidanzati (OCIC)
    • A Cozy Cottage
    • Glory Sky
    • Hallelujah the Hills (International Critics’ Week; also Locarno, Silver Sail)
    • Le Joli Mai (International Critics’ Week)
  • Berlin
    • The Terrace
  • Venice
    • Muriel, or the Time of Return (Best Actress)
    • The Servant
    • Sweet and Sour
    • Elektra at Epidaurus (1962 Information Section)
    • Knife in the Water (1962 Information Section)
    • Il Mare (1962 Information Section)
  • Other
    • An Autumn Afternoon (Montreal)
    • Barravento (Sestri Levante)
    • In the Midst of Life (San Sebastian, Best Director and FIPRESCI)
  • N/A
    • Magnet of Doom
    • Ro.Go.Pa.G.

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