14th (1976): “Artistic Freedom” Show Notes

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

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Description
The fourteenth 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 fourteenth edition of the festival in 1976.

0:00-27:53 – Opening
27:54-1:11:17 – Part One [Small Change to The Ceremony]
1:11:18-1:55:04 – Part Two [Kings of the Road to Illustrious Corpses]
1:55:05-2:34:08 – Part Three [Story of Sin to A Touch of Zen]
2:34:09-3:20:25 – Part Four [The Middleman to The Marquise of O…]
3:20:26-3:26:08 – Closing

Corrections/Clarifications

  • The episode title comes from a quote by Martin E. Segal regarding the barred screenings of In the Realm of the Senses, via the New York Times.

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 Allan D’Arcangelo
  • Recorded May 25, 2019
  • Released May 31, 2019
  • Music (in order of appearance):
    • Small Change (opening night)
    • Harlan County, U.S.A. (another favorite)
    • In the Realm of the Senses (favorite of the first section)
    • Dersu Uzala (favorite of the second section)
    • A Touch of Zen (favorite of the third section)
    • Duelle (une quarantaine) (favorite of the fourth section)
    • The Marquise of O… (closing night)

General

  • Selection Committee: Richard Roud (program director), Richard Corliss, Roger Greenspun, Charles Michener, Susan Sontag, Arthur Knight (West Coast consultant), Henri Langlois (retrospective consultant)
  • Location: Alice Tully Hall and Ziegfeld Theatre
  • Prices: 2, 2.50, 3.50, 5; for opening and closing night 4, 5, 7, 10
  • Films seen for the podcast:
    • Ryan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: In the Realm of the Senses, A Touch of Zen
      • Seen for the podcast: All available except Story of Sin, Strongman Ferdinand, Nana, Fear of Fear; A Touch of Zen rewatched
      • Favorite films: A Touch of Zen, Duelle (une quarantaine), The Marquise of O… Dersu Uzala, In the Realm of the Senses, The Ceremony, Sérail
      • Least favorite films: Illustrious Corpses
    • Dan
      • Seen before podcast watching period: Small Change, Ossessione, In the Realm of the Senses, The Ceremony, Kings of the Road, Duelle (une quarantaine)
      • Seen for the podcast: All available except Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, The Memory of Justice, Illustrious Corpses, The Middleman, Nana; none rewatched
      • Favorite films: Duelle, Harlan County U.S.A., The Marquise of O…, A Touch of Zen
      • Least favorite films: Story of Sin, Ossessione
  • Discoveries of the festival: Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
  • Unavailable films: Sunday Funnies, In the Region of Ice

Main Slate

Opening Night: Small Change [L’Argent de poche/Pocket Money] (1976, François Truffaut)
October 1, 6:30
Released 1976
Retrospective: Ossessione [Obsession] (1943, Luchino Visconti)
October 2, 3:00
Released 1977
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 [Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000] (1976, Alain Tanner)
October 2, 6:00
Released 1976
In the Realm of the Senses [Ai no korīda/Corridor of Love] (1976, Nagisa Oshima)
Replaced With: The Ceremony [Gishiki] (1971, Nagisa Oshima)
October 2, 9:00
Released 1977/Released 1974
Kings of the Road [Im Lauf der Zeit/In the Course of Time] (1976, Wim Wenders)
October 3, 5:00
Released 1976
Dersu Uzala (1975, Akira Kurosawa)
October 5, 6:15 {Ziegfeld Theatre}
Released 1977
The Memory of Justice (1976, Marcel Ophuls)
October 5, 6:30
Released 1976
“Rites of Passage”
Sunday Funnies (1976, Ray Karp)
In the Region of Ice (1976, Peter Werner)
Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976, Joan Micklin Silver)
October 6, 6:15
Never released/Never released/Never released
Illustrious Corpses [Cadaveri eccellenti] (1976, Francesco Rosi)
October 6, 9:30
Released 1981
Story of Sin [Dzieje grzechu] (1975, Walerian Borowczyk)
October 7, 9:30
Released 1976
Sérail [Surreal Estate] (1976, Eduardo de Gregorio)
October 8, 9:30
Released 1976
Strongman Ferdinand [Der starke Ferdinand] (1976, Alexander Kluge)
October 9, 6:00
Released 1977
A Touch of Zen [Xiá nǚ/Hero Woman] (1971, King Hu)
October 10, 2:00
Released 2016
The Middleman [Jana Aranya] (1976, Satyajit Ray)
October 12, 9:30
Released 1980
Duelle (une quarantaine) [Twhylight] (1976, Jacques Rivette)
October 13, 9:30
Never released
Retrospective: Nana (1926, Jean Renoir)
October 14, 9:15
Released 1929
Fear of Fear [Angst vor der Angst] (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
October 15, 6:15
Never released
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976, Barbara Kopple)
October 15, 9:30
Released 1977
Closing Night: The Marquise of O… [Die Marquise von O…] (1976, Eric Rohmer)
October 17, 6:00
Released 1976

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

  • Nagisa Oshima: 1/2/2/3/0/1
  • Satyajit Ray: 1/1/6/6/1†(6/24/32)
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder: 1/1/6/6
  • François Truffaut: 1/1/5/5/4
  • Jacques Rivette: 1/1/5/5/0/1
  • Alexander Kluge: 1/1/4/4
  • Eric Rohmer: 1/1/3/4/2
  • Akira Kurosawa: 1/1/3/3/1
  • Francesco Rosi: 1/1/3/3/0/1†(3/15/18)
  • Marcel Ophuls: 1/1/3/3
  • Luchino Visconti: 0/1/2/3/1
  • Walerian Borowczyk: 1/1/2/2†(2/14/14)
  • Alain Tanner: 1/1/2/2
  • Wim Wenders: 1/1/2/2
  • Eduardo de Gregorio: 1/1/1/1
  • Barbara Kopple: 1/1/1/1
  • Jean Renoir: 0/1/0/4

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)

  • West Germany: 4/4/23/24/1
  • France: 3/4/84/101/12
  • USA: 3/5/42/57/2
  • Italy: 1/2/31/36/3
  • Japan: 1/2/13/16/1
  • Poland: 1/1/10/10
  • USSR: 1/1/6/6/2
  • India: 1/1/6/6/1
  • Switzerland: 1/1/4/4
  • Taiwan: 1/1/1/1

One-Time Directors

  • King Hu
  • Ray Karp (short)
  • Joan Micklin Silver
  • Peter Werner (short)

Festivals

  • NYFF World Premiere
    • Harlan County, U.S.A.
  • Cannes
    • A Touch of Zen (1975, Technical Grand Prize)
    • Story of Sin (1975)
    • The Marquise of O… (Grand Prix)
    • Kings of the Road (FIPRESCI)
    • Strongman Ferdinand (Directors’ Fortnight, FIPRESCI)
    • Duelle (une quarantaine) (Directors’ Fortnight)
    • In the Realm of the Senses (Directors’ Fortnight)
    • Illustrious Corpses (Out of Competition)
    • The Memory of Justice (Out of Competition)
  • Berlin
    • Small Change
  • Other
    • Dersu Uzala (Moscow, Golden Prize, FIPRESCI)
  • N/A
    • Bernice Bobs Her Hair
    • The Ceremony
    • Fear of Fear
    • In the Region of Ice
    • Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
    • The Middleman
    • Nana
    • Ossessione
    • Sérail
    • Sunday Funnies

Oscar Nominees

  • Dersu Uzala: 1975 Best Foreign Film (won)
  • Harlan County, U.S.A.: Best Documentary (won)
  • In the Region of Ice: Best Live Action Short Film (won)

Discussions By Length (Approximate)

  • 19:39 A Touch of Zen (2:14:29-2:34:08)
  • 19:32 In the Realm of the Senses/The Ceremony (51:45-1:11:17)
  • 14:20 Duelle (une quarantaine) (2:42:00-2:56:20)
  • 12:02 The Marquise of O… (3:08:23-3:20:25)
  • 11:41 Dersu Uzala (1:21:07-1:32:48)
  • 9:46 Sérail (2:00:10-2:09:56)
  • 9:41 Small Change (28:51-38:32)
  • 8:52 Kings of the Road (1:12:14-1:21:06)
  • 8:23 “Rites of Passage” (1:41:06-1:49:29)
  • 8:16 The Memory of Justice [One Person] (1:32:49-1:41:05)
  • 7:27 Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 [One Person] (44:17-51:44)
  • 6:49 The Middleman [One Person] (2:35:10-2:41:59)
  • 5:44 Harlan County, U.S.A. (3:02:38-3:08:22)
  • 5:43 Ossessione (38:33-44:16)
  • 5:34 Illustrious Corpses [One Person] (1:49:30-1:55:04)
  • 4:46 Fear of Fear [One Person] (2:57:51-3:02:37)
  • 4:31 Strongman Ferdinand [One Person] (2:09:57-2:14:28)
  • 4:06 Story of Sin [One Person] (1:56:03-2:00:09)
  • 1:29 Nana [No Person] (2:56:21-2:57:50)

Specifications

  • François Truffaut, L’Argent de poche, 1976, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 104 minutes, 1.66:1, French, France.
  • Luchino Visconti, Ossessione, 1943, 35 mm, black-and-white, mono sound, 140 minutes, 1.37:1, Italian, Italy.
  • Alain Tanner, Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000, 1976, 35 mm, color and black-and-white, mono sound, 116 minutes, 1.66:1, French, Switzerland.
  • Nagisa Oshima, Ai no korīda, 1976, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 102 minutes, 1.66:1, Japanese, Japan.
  • Nagisa Oshima, Gishiki, 1971, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 123 minutes, 2.35:1, Japanese, Japan.
  • Wim Wenders, Im Lauf der Zeit, 1976, 35 mm, black-and-white, mono sound, 175 minutes, 1.66:1, German, West Germany.
  • Akira Kurosawa, Dersu Uzala, 1975, 70 mm, color, 6-track stereo sound, 142 minutes, 2.20:1, Russian, USSR.
  • Marcel Ophuls, The Memory of Justice, 1976, 16 mm, color and black-and-white, mono sound, 278 minutes, 1.37:1, English and German and French, USA.
  • Ray Karp, Sunday Funnies, 1976, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 21 minutes, 1.37:1, English, USA. (?)
  • Peter Werner, In the Region of Ice, 1976, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 37 minutes, 1.37:1, English, USA. (?)
  • Joan Micklin Silver, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, 1976, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 45 minutes, 1.37:1, English, USA.
  • Francesco Rosi, Cadaveri eccellenti, 1976, 35 mm, color and black-and-white, mono sound, 120 minutes, 1.85:1, Italian, Italy.
  • Walerian Borowczyk, Dzieje grzechu, 1975, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 130 minutes, 1.66:1, Polish, Poland.
  • Eduardo de Gregorio, Sérail, 1976, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 83 minutes, 2.35:1, French and English, France.
  • Alexander Kluge, Der starke Ferdinand, 1976, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 97 minutes, 1.37:1, German, West Germany.
  • King Hu, Xiá nǚ, 1971, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 180 minutes, 2.35:1, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwan.
  • Satyajit Ray, Jana Aranya, 1976, 35 mm, black-and-white, mono sound, 131 minutes, 1.37:1, Bengali, India.
  • Jacques Rivette, Duelle (une quarantaine), 1976, 35 mm, color and black-and-white, mono sound, 121 minutes, 1.85:1, French, France.
  • Jean Renoir, Nana, 1926, 35 mm, black-and-white, silent, 150 minutes, 1.33:1, French, France.
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Angst vor der Angst, 1975, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 88 minutes, 1.37:1, German, West Germany.
  • Barbara Kopple, Harlan County, U.S.A., 1976, 16 mm, color, mono sound, 103 minutes, 1.78:1, English, USA.
  • Eric Rohmer, Die Marquise von O…, 1976, 35 mm, color, mono sound, 102 minutes, 1.37:1, German, West Germany.

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