3rd (1965): “Films: Fashion of the Fashionable” Show Notes

Table of Contents: Description, Corrections/Clarifications, Housekeeping, General, Main Slate, Ephemera, Recurring Directors, Recurring Countries, One-Time Directors, Debuts/Final Features, Festivals/Oscar Nominees, Events/Shorts, Discussions By Length, Specifications

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Description
The third 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 third edition of the festival in 1965.

0:00-9:08 – Opening
9:09-54:11 – Part One [Alphaville to Charulata]
54:12-1:31:16 – Part Two [The Wedding March to Shakespeare Wallah]
1:31:17-2:18:36 – Part Three [Les Vampires to Le Petit Soldat]
2:18:37-3:10:38 – Part Four [Gertrud to Red Beard]
3:10:39-3:17:39 – Closing

Corrections/Clarifications

  • “Les Jeux Des Anges” was directed by Walerian Borowczyk.

Housekeeping

  • Hosted by Dan Molloy & Ryan Swen
  • Conceived and Edited by Ryan Swen
  • Recorded in Seattle and Portland on MacBook GarageBand, Edited in Audacity
  • Podcast photograph from Yi Yi, Logo designed by Dan Molloy
  • Poster by Bruce Conner
  • Recorded April 6, 2018
  • Released April 18, 2018
  • Music (in order of appearance):
    • Alphaville (opening night)
    • The Koumiko Mystery (another favorite)
    • Charulata (favorite of the first section)
    • Walkover (favorite of the second section)
    • Les Vampires (favorite of the third section)
    • Gertrud (favorite of the fourth section)
    • Red Beard (closing night)

General

  • Selection Committee: Richard Roud (program director), Amos Vogel (festival director)
  • Location: Philharmonic Hall
  • Prices: 2 for terrace, 2.50 or 3 for orchestra, 3.50 or 4 for loge; add 0.50 for Les Vampires; 12.50 and 17.50 for opening (ACLU benefit with champagne reception; rush tickets one dollar more than regular)
  • Films seen for the podcast:
    • Ryan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: Alphaville
      • Seen for the podcast: All available except Raven’s End, The Shop on Main Street, Thomas the Impostor, Of Human Bondage*; Alphaville rewatched
      • Favorite films: Gertrud, Les Vampires*, Seven Chances*, Charulata, Red Beard, The Koumiko Mystery
      • Least favorite films: Black Peter
      • Catch-up films: The Big City (2nd), Pasazerka (2nd), Before the Revolution (2nd)
    • Dan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: Alphaville, Seven Chances*, Gertrud, Red Beard
      • Seen for the podcast: All available except Knave of Hearts*, The Lady Without Camelias*, Les Vampires*, The Wedding March*; none rewatched
      • Favorite films: Seven Chances*, Gertrud, Charulata, Alphaville, Red Beard
      • Least favorite films: Black Peter, Sandra
      • Seen after the podcast: Les Vampires (4th)
  • Discoveries of the festival: Not Reconciled, The Koumiko Mystery, Raven’s End, Walkover, The Lady Without Camelias*
  • Unavailable films: Sweet Substitute, Twilight of Empire

Main Slate

Opening Night: Alphaville [Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution] (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)
September 7, 9:00
Released 1965
Retrospective: Knave of Hearts [Monsieur Ripois] (1954, René Clément)
September 8, 6:30
Released 1954
Mickey One (1965, Arthur Penn)
September 8, 9:30
Released 1965
Raven’s End [Kvarteret Korpen] (1963, Bo Widerberg)
September 9, 6:30
Released 1970
The Shop on Main Street [Obchod na korze] (1965, Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos)
September 9, 9:30
Released 1966
Retrospective: The Lady Without Camelias [La signora senza camelie] (1953, Michelangelo Antonioni)
September 10, 6:30
Released 1981
Charulata [Cārulatā] (1965, Satyajit Ray)
September 10, 9:30
Released 1974
Retrospective: The Wedding March (1928, Erich von Stroheim)
September 11, 3:00
Released 1928
Black Peter [Černý Petr] (1964, Milos Forman)
September 11, 6:30
Released 1971
Thomas the Impostor [Thomas l’imposteur] (1964, Georges Franju)
September 11, 9:30
Never released
Identification Marks: None [Rysopis] (1964, Jerzy Skolimowski)
September 12, 3:00
Released 1968
Walkover [Walkower] (1965, Jerzy Skolimowski)
September 12, 6:30
Released 1969
Shakespeare Wallah (1965, James Ivory)
September 12, 9:30
Released 1966
Retrospective: Les Vampires (1915, Louis Feuillade)
September 13, 5:00
Never released
Retrospective: Buster and Beckett
The Railrodder (1965, Gerald Potterton)
Film (1965, Alan Schneider)
Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton)
September 14, 6:30
Never released/Released 1968/Released 1925
Retrospective: Tribute to Bette Davis: Of Human Bondage (1934, John Cromwell)
September 14, 9:30
Released 1934
Sweet Substitute (1964, Laurence L. Kent)
September 15, 6:30
Never released
Six in Paris [Paris vu par…] (1965, Omnibus: Jean Douchet, Jean Rouch, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol)
September 15, 9:30
Released 1969
Retrospective: Le Petit Soldat [The Little Soldier] (1961, Jean-Luc Godard)
September 16, 6:30
Released 1967
Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
September 16, 9:30
Released 1966
Fists in the Pocket [I pugni in tasca] (1965, Marco Bellocchio)
September 17, 6:30
Released 1968
Sandra [Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa] (1965, Luchino Visconti)
September 17, 9:30
Released 1966
The Koumiko Mystery [Le Mystère Koumiko] (1965, Chris Marker)
And: Twilight of Empire (1964, Kevin Billington)
September 18, 3:00
Released 1967/Never released
Not Reconciled [Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht] (1965, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
September 18, 6:30
Released 1969
“Closing Night”: Red Beard [Akahige] (1965, Akira Kurosawa)
September 18, 8:40
Released 1968

Ephemera

  • “Film ’65”: Thirteen panel discussions coordinated by Arthur Knight at the Library and Museum of Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, all free
  • Excerpts from Dark Victory, All About Eve, and Jezebel shown after Of Human Bondage

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, fraction in parentheses indicates number of features shown from oeuvre, features released in the eligible timeframe, features in oeuvre

  • Jean-Luc Godard: 1/3/3/6/1/1
  • Jerzy Skolimowski: 2/2/2/2/0/1
  • Satyajit Ray: 1/1/2/2/1
  • Chris Marker: 1/1/2/2
  • Akira Kurosawa: 1/1/1/1/1
  • Marco Bellocchio: 1/1/1/1
  • Milos Forman: 1/1/1/1
  • James Ivory: 1/1/1/1
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet: 1/1/1/1
  • Luchino Visconti: 1/1/1/1
  • Bo Widerberg: 1/1/1/1
  • Michelangelo Antonioni: 0/1/0/1
  • Claude Chabrol: 0/1/0/1
  • Louis Feuillade: 0/1/0/1
  • Eric Rohmer: 0/1/0/1
  • Jean Rouch: 0/1/0/1
  • Erich von Stroheim: 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: 4/7/16/19/2
  • USA: 2/6/7/13
  • Italy: 2/3/8/9
  • Poland: 2/2/5/5
  • Czechoslovakia: 2/2/2/3
  • Canada: 1/2/2/3
  • Japan: 1/1/8/8/1
  • UK: 1/1/3/3
  • India: 1/1/2/2/1
  • Sweden: 1/1/2/2
  • Denmark: 1/1/1/1
  • Germany: 1/1/1/1

One-Time Directors

  • Kevin Billington (short)
  • René Clément (retrospective)
  • John Cromwell (retrospective)
  • Jean Douchet (omnibus)
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Georges Franju
  • Buster Keaton (retrospective)
  • Laurence L. Kent
  • Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos
  • Arthur Penn
  • Jean-Daniel Pollet (omnibus)
  • Gerald Potterton (short)
  • Alan Schneider (short)

Feature Debuts

  • Marco Bellocchio
  • Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet

Final Features

  • Carl Theodor Dreyer

Festivals

  • Cannes
    • Knave of Hearts (1954, Special Jury Prize)
    • The Shop on Main Street (Special mention for actors)
    • Raven’s End (1964)
    • Walkover (International Critics’ Week)
  • Berlin
    • Alphaville (Golden Bear)
    • Charulata (Silver Bear for Best Director, OCIC)
    • Shakespeare Wallah (Silver Bear for Best Actress)
    • Thomas the Impostor
    • Six in Paris (?)
    • Not Reconciled (?)
    • The Railrodder (Short Silver Bear)
  • Venice
    • Sandra (Golden Lion)
    • Red Beard (Volpi Cup for Best Actor, OCIC; also Moscow)
    • Mickey One
    • Gertrud (non-competition, FIPRESCI)
    • Film (short)
  • Other
    • Black Peter (Locarno, Golden Sail)
    • Fists in the Pocket (Locarno, Prize for Best Direction)
    • The Koumiko Mystery (Locarno)
    • Identification Marks: None (London)
    • Sweet Substitute (Montreal, Special Jury Prize)
  • N/A
    • The Lady Without Camelias
    • The Wedding March
    • Les Vampires
    • Of Human Bondage
    • Le Petit Soldat
    • Twilight of Empire

Oscar Nominees

  • The Shop on Main Street: Best Foreign Film (won), 1966 Best Actress
  • Raven’s End: 1964 Best Foreign Film
  • Of Human Bondage: 1934 Best Actress (unofficial)

Events/Shorts

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Discussions By Length (Approximate)

  • 12:32 “Buster and Beckett” (1:40:20-1:52:52)
  • 11:01 Red Beard (2:59:37-3:10:38)
  • 11:01 Six in Paris [Omnibus] (2:00:05-2:11:06)
  • 10:23 Charulata (43:48-54:11)
  • 10:19 Gertrud (2:19:24-2:29:43)
  • 10:10 Not Reconciled (2:49:26-2:59:36)
  • 9:26 Identification Marks: None/Walkover (1:12:44-1:22:10)
  • 9:10 Alphaville (9:47-18:57)
  • 9:05 Shakespeare Wallah (1:22:11-1:31:16)
  • 8:17 Les Vampires [One Person] (1:32:02-1:40:19)
  • 7:29 Le Petit Soldat (2:11:07-2:18:36)
  • 7:20 The Koumiko Mystery (2:40:59-2:48:19)
  • 6:54 Black Peter (1:01:54-1:08:48)
  • 6:51 The Wedding March [One Person] (55:02-1:01:53)
  • 6:44 Mickey One (22:15-28:59)
  • 6:15 Of Human Bondage [One Person] (1:52:53-1:59:08)
  • 5:51 The Shop on Main Street [One Person] (32:41-38:32)
  • 5:42 Sandra (2:35:16-2:40:58)
  • 5:31 Fists in the Pocket (2:29:44-2:35:15)
  • 5:14 The Lady Without Camelias [One Person] (38:33-43:47)
  • 3:54 Thomas the Impostor [One Person] (1:08:49-1:12:43)
  • 3:40 Raven’s End [One Person] (29:00-32:40)
  • 3:16 Knave of Hearts [One Person] (18:58-22:14)
  • 1:05 Twilight of Empire [Unavailable] (2:48:20-2:49:25)
  • 0:55 Sweet Substitute [Unavailable] (1:59:09-2:00:04)

Specifications

  • Jean-Luc Godard, Alphaville, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 99 minutes, 1.37:1, France.
  • René Clément, Knave of Hearts, 1954, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 100 minutes, 1.37:1, France.
  • Arthur Penn, Mickey One, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 93 minutes, 1.85:1, USA.
  • Bo Widerberg, Raven’s End, 1963, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 101 minutes, 1.37:1, Sweden.
  • Ján Kadár & Elmar Kos, The Shop on Main Street, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 128 minutes, 1.37:1, Czechoslovakia.
  • Michelangelo Antonioni, The Lady Without Camelias, 1953, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 101 minutes, 1.37:1, Italy.
  • Satyajit Ray, Charulata, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 117 minutes, 1.37:1, India.
  • Erich von Stroheim, The Wedding March, 1928, 35 mm, black-and-white and color, silent, 113 minutes, 1.33:1, USA.
  • Milos Forman, Black Peter, 1964, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 85 minutes, 1.37:1, Czechoslovakia.
  • Georges Franju, Thomas the Impostor, 1964, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 94 minutes, 1.85:1, France.
  • Jerzy Skolimowski, Identification Marks: None, 1964, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 73 minutes, 1.66:1, Poland.
  • Jerzy Skolimowski, Walkover, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 77 minutes, 1.66:1, Poland.
  • James Ivory, Shakespeare Wallah, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 120 minutes, 1.78:1, USA.
  • Louis Feullade, Les Vampires, 1915, 35 mm, black-and-white, silent, 417 minutes, 1.33:1, France.
  • Gerald Potterton, The Railrodder, 1965, 35 mm, color, sound, 24 minutes, 1.37:1, Canada.
  • Alan Schneider, Film, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 20 minutes, 1.37:1, USA.
  • Buster Keaton, Seven Chances, 1925, 35 mm, black-and-white and color, silent, 56 minutes, 1.33:1, USA.
  • John Cromwell, Of Human Bondage, 1934, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 83 minutes, 1.37:1, USA.
  • Laurence L. Kent, Sweet Substitute, 1964, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 90 minutes, 1.37:1, Canada. (?)
  • Jean Douchet/Jean Rouch/Jean-Daniel Pollet/Eric Rohmer/Jean-Luc Godard/Claude Chabrol, Six in Paris, 1965, 16 mm, color, sound, 95 minutes, 1.37:1, France.
  • Jean-Luc Godard, Le Petit Soldat, 1960, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 88 minutes, 1.37:1, France.
  • Carl Theodor Dreyer, Gertrud, 1964, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 116 minutes, 1.66:1, Denmark.
  • Marco Bellocchio, Fists in the Pocket, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 105 minutes, 1.85:1, Italy.
  • Luchino Visconti, Sandra, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 105 minutes, 1.66:1, Italy.
  • Chris Marker, The Koumiko Mystery, 1965, 16 mm, color, sound, 54 minutes, 1.37:1, France.
  • Kevin Billington, Twilight of Empire, 1964, 16 mm, black-and-white, sound, 21 minutes, 1.37:1, UK. (?)
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Not Reconciled, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 55 minutes, 1.37:1, Germany.
  • Akira Kurosawa, Red Beard, 1965, 35 mm, black-and-white, sound, 185 minutes, 2.35:1, Japan.

April 2018 Capsules

Les Vampires
If a summation of what makes Les Vampires such a pleasurable experience inevitably devolves into a description of just a handful of its most indelible moments, this is by no means a weakness on the part of the film. Even more than most of the great directors, Feuillade seems to think in terms of the scene, plotting out all of the possibilities of drastic narrative change within this discrete block of time and then executing any number of them. The suspense aspect most associated with a “crime thriller” such as this is quickly replaced with the pleasure of the unexpected, and the even greater pleasure of seeing so many twists and turns executed so flawlessly, with such a skillful restraint in technique matched with the most outlandish developments imaginable.

Also everyone is superhuman in this.

Seven Chances

Gertrud

Oxhide

Oxhide II