11th (1973): “Trains in the Night” Show Notes

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

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Description
The eleventh 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 eleventh edition of the festival in 1973.

0:00-1:19:01 – Introduction [2018 Top Tens]
1:19:02-1:37:58 – Opening
1:37:59-2:18:45 – Part One [Day for Night to Réjeanne Padovani]
2:18:46-3:18:08 – Part Two [A Doll’s House to Land of Silence and Darkness]
3:18:09-4:14:49 – Part Three [Just Before Nightfall to Badlands]
4:14:50-4:20:34 – Closing

Corrections/Clarifications

  • Unlike the past ten episodes, this episode’s title comes from a quote in Day for Night, due to a lack of satisfactory headlines in the New York Times‘s coverage.

Housekeeping

  • Hosted by Dan Molloy & Ryan Swen
  • Conceived and Edited by Ryan Swen
  • Recorded in Los Angeles on Zoom H4N and Sennheiser Microphones, Edited in Audacity
  • Podcast photograph from Yi Yi, Logo designed by Dan Molloy
  • Poster by Niki de Saint Phalle
  • Recorded January 27, 2019
  • Released January 31, 2019
  • Music (in order of appearance):
    • Day for Night (opening night)
    • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (another favorite)
    • La Rupture (another favorite)
    • History Lessons (favorite of the first section)
    • The Mother and the Whore (favorite of the second section)
    • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (favorite of the third section)
    • Badlands (closing night)

General

  • Selection Committee: Richard Roud (program director), Richard Corliss, Arthur Knight, Arthur L. Mayer, Andrew Sarris, Susan Sontag, Henri Langlois (retrospective consultant)
  • Location: Alice Tully Hall and Philharmonic Hall
  • Prices: 1-4, for opening and closing night 2, 4, 7.50, 10
  • Films seen for the podcast:
    • Ryan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: Badlands
      • Seen for the podcast: All available; Badlands rewatched
      • Favorite films: The Mother and the Whore; Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler; The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant; Badlands; La Rupture; Just Before Nightfall; Mean Streets; Day for Night; History Lessons
      • Least favorite films: Réjeanne Padovani
      • Catch-Up Corner: The Assassination of Trotsky (10th)
    • Dan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: Day for Night; Mean Streets; La Rupture; The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant; Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler; Badlands
      • Seen for the podcast: All available except The Illumination; Israel, Why; Just Before Nightfall; Andrei Rublev; Badlands rewatched
      • Favorite films: The Mother and the Whore, Mean Streets, Day for Night, History Lessons, Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene”
      • Least favorite films: Réjeanne Padovani, Kid Blue, La Rupture, A Doll’s House
      • Films seen after the podcast: The Illumination (12th)
  • Discoveries of the festival: The Mother and the Whore
  • Unavailable films: Ritorno

Main Slate

Opening Night: Day for Night [La Nuit américaine/The American Night] (1973, François Truffaut)
September 28, 9:00 {Philharmonic Hall}
Released 1973
Ritorno [Return] (1973, Gianni Amico)
September 29, 4:00
Never released
The Illumination [Iluminacja] (1973, Krzysztof Zanussi)
September 29, 6:30
Never released
Kid Blue (1973, James Frawley)
September 29, 9:30
Released 1973
History Lessons [Geschichtsunterricht] (1972, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
Also: Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene” [Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene] (1973, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet)
September 30, 4:00
Never released/Released 1976
Réjeanne Padovani (1973, Denys Arcand)
October 1, 6:15
Never released
A Doll’s House (1973, Joseph Losey)
October 1, 9:30
Released 1978
Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
October 2, 9:30
Released 1973
La Rupture [The Breach] (1970, Claude Chabrol)
October 4, 6:15
Released 1975
The Mother and the Whore [La Maman et la Putain] (1973, Jean Eustache)
October 5, 6:15
Released 1974
Israel, Why [Pourquoi Israël] (1973, Claude Lanzmann)
October 7, 5:00
Never released
Land of Silence and Darkness [Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit] (1971, Werner Herzog)
October 8, 6:15
Released 1981
Just Before Nightfall [Juste avant la nuit] (1971, Claude Chabrol)
October 8, 9:30
Released 1975
Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
October 9, 9:30
Released 1992
Distant Thunder [Ashani Sanket/Impending Disaster] (1973, Satyajit Ray)
October 11, 6:15
Released 1975
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant [Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant] (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
October 11, 9:30
Released 1976
Retrospective: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler [Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler] (1922, Fritz Lang)
October 13, 1:00
Released 1927
Closing Night: Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)
October 13, 7:00
Released 1974

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

  • Claude Chabrol: 2/2/4/4/0/1
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet: 1/2/4/5/0/1
  • Werner Herzog: 1/1/4/4
  • Joseph Losey: 1/1/4/4
  • Satyajit Ray: 1/1/5/5/1
  • François Truffaut: 1/1/3/3/2
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder: 1/1/3/3
  • Krzysztof Zanussi: 1/1/3/3
  • Gianni Amico: 1/1/2/3
  • Martin Scorsese: 1/1/2/2
  • Denys Arcand: 1/1/1/1
  • Claude Lanzmann: 1/1/1/1
  • Andrei Tarkovsky: 1/1/1/1
  • Fritz Lang: 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: 5/5/67/78/8
  • USA: 3/3/32/43/2
  • West Germany: 2/3/12/13
  • Italy: 2/2/27/31/2
  • UK: 1/1/16/18/1
  • Poland: 1/1/9/9
  • USSR: 1/1/5/5/2
  • India: 1/1/5/5/1
  • Canada: 1/1/4/5
  • Germany: 0/1/0/1

One-Time Directors

  • Jean Eustache
  • James Frawley
  • Terrence Malick (gala)

Feature Debuts

  • Claude Lanzmann
  • Terrence Malick

Festivals

  • NYFF World Premiere
    • Badlands
    • Mean Streets
  • Cannes
    • The Mother and the Whore (Grand Prix)
    • Land of Silence and Darkness (1972 Directors’ Fortnight)
    • History Lessons (Directors’ Fortnight)
    • Réjeanne Padovani (Directors’ Fortnight)
    • Andrei Rublev (1969 Out of Competition)
    • Day for Night (Out of Competition)
    • A Doll’s House (Out of Competition)
  • Berlin
    • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
    • Distant Thunder (Golden Bear)
  • Other
    • The Illumination (Locarno, Golden Leopard)
    • Just Before Nightfall
    • La Rupture
  • N/A
    • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
    • Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene”
    • Israel, Why
    • Kid Blue
    • Ritorno

Oscar Nominees

  • Day for Night: Best Foreign Film (winner), 1974 Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress

Shorts

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Discussions By Length (Approximate)

  • 20:00 The Mother and the Whore (2:47:15-3:07:15)
  • 12:19 Badlands (4:02:30-4:14:49)
  • 11:13 Day for Night (1:39:01-1:50:14)
  • 10:50 Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (3:51:39-4:02:29)
  • 10:24 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (3:41:14-3:51:38)
  • 10:16 Mean Streets (2:28:40-2:38:56)
  • 9:45 Andrei Rublev [One Person] (3:26:58-3:36:43)
  • 8:56 A Doll’s House (2:19:43-2:28:39)
  • 8:17 La Rupture (2:38:57-2:47:14)
  • 7:45 Just Before Nightfall [One Person] (3:19:12-3:26:57)
  • 7:21 History Lessons (2:02:17-2:09:38)
  • 6:29 Kid Blue (1:55:47-2:02:16)
  • 6:17 Israel, Why [One Person] (3:07:16-3:13:33)
  • 4:47 Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s “Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene” (2:09:39-2:14:26)
  • 4:34 Land of Silence and Darkness (3:13:34-3:18:08)
  • 4:29 Distant Thunder (3:36:44-3:41:13)
  • 4:18 Réjeanne Padovani (2:14:27-2:18:45)
  • 4:03 The Illumination [One Person] (1:51:43-1:55:46)
  • 1:27 Ritorno [Unavailable] (1:50:15-1:51:42)

Specifications

  • François Truffaut, La Nuit américaine, 1973, 35 mm, color and black-and-white, mono sound, 116 minutes, 1.66:1, French, France.
  • Gianni Amico, Ritorno, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 85 minutes, 1.37:1, Italian, Italy.
  • Krzysztof Zanussi, Iluminacja, 1973, 35 mm and 16 mm, color, mono sound, 91 minutes, 1.66:1, Polish, Poland.
  • James Frawley, Kid Blue, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 100 minutes, 2.39:1, English, USA.
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Geschichtsunterricht, 1972, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 85 minutes, 1.37:1, German, Italy.
  • Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene, 1973, 16 mm, color and black-and-white, mono sound, 15 minutes, 1.37:1, German, West Germany.
  • Denys Arcand, Réjeanne Padovani, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 96 minutes, 1.85:1, French, Canada.
  • Joseph Losey, A Doll’s House, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 106 minutes, 1.66:1, English, UK.
  • Martin Scorsese, Mean Streets, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 112 minutes, 1.85:1, English and Italian, USA.
  • Claude Chabrol, La Rupture, 1970, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 124 minutes, 1.66:1, French, France.
  • Jean Eustache, La Maman et la Putain, 1973, 16 mm, black-and-white, mono sound, 217 minutes, 1.37:1, French, France.
  • Claude Lanzmann, Pourquoi Israël, 1973, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 185 minutes, 1.37:1, French and English and Hebrew and German and Russian, France.
  • Werner Herzog, Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit, 1971, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 85 minutes, 1.37:1, German, West Germany.
  • Claude Chabrol, Juste avant la nuit, 1971, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 106 minutes, 1.66:1, French, France.
  • Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev, 1966, 35 mm, black-and-white and color, mono sound, 183 minutes, 2.35:1, Russian, USSR.
  • Satyajit Ray, Ashani Sanket, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 101 minutes, 1.37:1, Bengali, India.
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant, 1972, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 124 minutes, 1.37:1, German, West Germany.
  • Fritz Lang, Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, 1922, 35 mm, black-and-white, silent, 242 minutes, 1.33:1, German, Germany.
  • Terrence Malick, Badlands, 1973, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 94 minutes, 1.85:1, English, USA.

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