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Screening followed by panel discussion with Thomas Beard (Light Industry), Richard Brody (The New Yorker), Emily Gould (Emily Books), A.S. Hamrah (n+1) and Choire Sicha (The Awl), moderated by writer/programmer Miriam Bale.

In anticipation of the NYRB reissues of Renata Adler's modern classics, Speedboat and Pitch Dark, a panel of writers will discuss her importance as a novelist, journalist and also her brief but brilliant stint as a film critic. Adler was the chief film critic at The New York Times for 14 months in 1968/69, a year in which she saw almost everything, from dying Old Hollywood blockbusters to multiple films by Robert Downey, Sr and Godard. Most of this writing is complied into A Year in the Dark, which describes in flinty, deadpan prose not only the films she saw, but also the peculiar life of the film critic. Preceding the panel will be a screening of Maurice Pialat's feature debut, a film Adler greatly admired.

"L'enfance nue by Maurice Pialat, is one of the few beautiful films I have seen this year that are moving in a human and sentimental way. It is the story of a little boy, with problems on the order of The 400 Blows, who meets a number of obtuse but charming old adults as he is shuttled about among foster homes. The boy drops a cat down a long stairwell, to prove that the animal always lands on its feet, and then tries to nurse it back to health. He throws iron bars from a bridge, and causes a severe accident. He is, in short, troubled in not altogether endearing ways, and this is a departure into honesty for childhood films. The film, which is in color and which is Pialat's first movie of feature length, was shown yesterday at the New York Film Festival." –from Renata Adler's September 28, 1968 New York Times review

Director: Maurice Pialat. 83 min. 1968. 35mm.

For panelist bios, click the Program Notes tab above.


Tickets: $12, Film Club Member: $8.

Brief Bios

Thomas Beard is a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to organizing screenings for Artists Space, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum and Tate Modern, he recently co-curated the cinema for Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 and the film program for the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Richard Brody is the film listings editor for The New Yorker magazine and the author of Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard.

Emily Gould is the cofounder of Emily Books, an online feminist bookstore and subscription book club. She is the author of the essay collection And The Heart Says Whatever and the forthcoming novel Friendship.

A. S. Hamrah writes for n+1, is the editor of their film review, the N1FR, and is a contributing editor to The American Reader. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including CNN.com, The Baffler, Cineaste, The Paris Review Daily, Modern Painters, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, La Furia Umana and Undercurrent.

Choire Sicha is the coproprietor of The Awl and the author of the forthcoming Very Recent History (HarperCollins). 

Film programmer/writer Miriam Bale has organized film programs at Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Museum of the Moving Image. Her writing has appeared in Film Comment, Moving Image Source, Filmmaker and Cineaste. She reviews films for the NY Daily News and is the director of the La Di Da Film Festival.

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