Films about Cinema. Faces of American Film

20 June – 6 September 2017


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Documentary Film Center present a joint program Films about Cinema. Faces of American Film. The program will be held at the Garage Screen summer cinema at Garage Square.

Faces of American Film. is a program of film screenings dedicated to the most prominent personalities of the American cinema. Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles and Richard Linklater all created their own unique language that influenced the subsequent generations of filmmakers. Every screening session will include a documentary about one of these film directors, his or her own work, and a discussion with experts invited by KinoPoisk portal.

The program will start on June 20 with the night of Alfred Hitchcock. The screening will begin with Alexandre O. Philippe’s hit documentary 78/52 which premiered at the Sundance Festival in 2017. 78/52 gives a detailed analysis of the pivotal murder scene from Hitchcock’s Psycho. The documentary will be followed by a remastered version of the famous psychological thriller. The first session will be presented by film critic, film historian, and translator Nina Tsyrkun who will talk about Alfred Hitchcock's directing techniques and aesthetics.

The second block (July 12–13) will be Karen Bernstein and Louis Black’ biographical film Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny followed by the second Linklater’s feature film Slacker, which became an anthem of 1990s independent American cinema.

The nights of August 15 and 16 will be devoted to Stanley Kubrick. Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237 will be followed by the director’s cut of The Shining. Kubrick insisted on cutting some of the scenes from the most commonly available version because according to him they softened the film’s “total horror effect”.

The program will end on September 5–6 with Hitchcock’s contemporary Orson Welles. Clara and Julia Kuperberg’s documentary This is Orson Welles was first shown at the Cannes Classic Film Festival in 2015, the year of Welles’ centenary anniversary. This biographical film will be accompanied by a remastered version of the most mysterious Welles’ film The Lady from Shanghai.

The program Films about Cinema. Faces of American Film continues the collaboration of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Documentary Film Center. Their first joint project was a 2014–2015 screening series Exhibition on Screen which featured films about the greatest contemporary museum exhibitions. In 2016, the Documentary Film Center screened a series of documentaries about art on Garage’s rooftop.

The program’s curator is Maya Kuzina.


DOCUMENTARY FILM CENTER is a cultural and educational platform in Moscow city center. It screens and distributes Russian and international documentary films. During the five years of its existence, the Center has screened thousands of films, held hundreds of opening nights, special screenings and lectures, and opened the first free mediatheque with a collection of Soviet documentary masterpieces. It has also hosted dozens of film festivals and started its own festival called Center which gathers contemporary documentaries about cities and people. Documentary Film Center also promotes documentary cinema by forming film programs for big Moscow and regional institutions. 



June 20–21

Films about Cinema. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980) is a British and American film director, one of the most revered personalities of world cinema. Hitchcock’s creative peak was reached in Hollywood. The combination of suspense, assembly editing, and emotional dramatic language became a perfect formula for Hitchcock’s commercial success. He managed to combine the resources of studio film-making and his own vanguard talent.

Psycho is one of Hitchcock’s most terrifying films. Its first audience was left screaming, and after watching it young women refused to go to bathroom, afraid of being stabbed to death. At the same time Psycho is a delicately and originally constructed film that went beyond the genre of psychological thriller.

One of Psycho’s most dramatic scenes is the murder of Marion Crane (acted by Janet Leigh). Alexandre O. Philippe examined this scene in detail in his documentary 78/52. Alexandre specializes in films about films, his previous works include a history of zombie movies and a documentary comedy film The People vs. George Lucas about the Star Wars universe and its innumerable fans. 78 setups and 52 cuts is the equation for the Psycho 2-minute episode that profoundly changed the horror film genre. 78/52 shows Peter Bogdanovich, Elijah Wood, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth and a number of film critics and historians who analyze the structure and meaning of the scene’s every second.

June 20, 21:30  Garage Screen summer cinema

Nina Tsyrkun lecture. «Psycho»: the Key to Hitchcock

The magic of Alfred Hitchcock could be explained not only by the fact that he is a virtuoso image designer, but also because in each of his films he reveals himself to us. «Psycho» in this sense is one of the most significant and intense of his films. The keys to the secrets of the director's relationship with his mother, his wife, and women in general; to the matter from which his art is created could be found there.

June 20, 22:00  Garage Screen summer cinema


Director: Alexandre O. Philippe. USA, 2017. 91 minutes. 18+

World premiere: Sundance Film Festival


June 21, 22:00  Garage Screen summer cinema


Director: Alfred Hitchcock. USA, 1960. 109 minutes. 18+


July 12–13

Films about Cinema. Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater (born 1960) is a renowned icon of independent American cinema. Linklater was nominated for an Academy Award, won two Berlin Film Festival Awards, and two Golden Globes. A touching and honest biographical film Dream Is Destiny recounts Linklater’s creative biography—from a low-budget film director to the holder of prestigious awards. One of the film’s directors Louis Black is Linklater’s friend and co-founder of South by Southwest (SXSW), the main American independent film festival. Linklater appears on screen with his friends Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. The director speaks about his main feature films: Slacker, Dazed and Confused, romantic trilogy Before Sunrise – Before Sunset – Before Midnight, and about his passion project Boyhood which took over twelve years to finish.

Slacker is Linklater’s second full-length feature film. This seemingly plotless film shows the eccentric residents of Austin, Texas. The characters include Lanklater himself, he stars in the first scene. Slacker is a model example of 1990s independent American cinema: shot with the unprecedented budget of $20 000, it brought in a domestic gross of over a million dollars and became one of the most important films of the twentieth century. Slacker became the starting point for indie cinema and created a truthful portrait of Generation X who can’t take  “the system” seriously and prefer the role of bystanders.

June 12, 21:00  Garage Screen summer cinema

Lecture. Richard Linklater: on the Benefits of Slacking

Slacker is meandering babble, aimless drifting around the city, interweaving paths of different people. It is also one of the most significant films in the history of American independent cinema. All Linklater had to do to deserve the status of a cult director was to grab a camera, call his friends and wander with them around the town.

July 12, 21:30  Garage Screen summer cinema

Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

Directors: Karen Bernstein, Louis Black. USA, 2016. 90 minutes. 16+

World premiere: Sundance Film Festival


July 13, 21:30  Garage Screen summer cinema


Director: Richard Linklater. USA, 1991. 97 minutes. 16+


August 15–16

Films about Cinema. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (1928–1999) is an American and English film director, one of the twentieth century most influential artists. He made screen adaptations of literary works by Vladimir Nabokov, Anthony Burgess, Arthur Clarke, and Stephen King as well as other writers. Kubrick always avoided direct translation of the text and interpreted the material visually, thus becoming one of the most spectacular film directors. His films combine various innovative techniques, complex figurative structure, and mysterious omissions – which gave birth to numerous analytical theories aiming to decipher the films’ philosophical and symbolic content.

The Shining is a film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel which is the story of Jack Torrance, a writer (acted by Jack Nicholson). Jack started working on a new novel in a gigantic hotel closed for winter, but his stay turned into a bloody and mystical nightmare. The Shining is considered to be one of Kubrick’s most visually complex and enigmatic films.

Rodney Ascher’s documentary researched the most incredible theories inspired by the Shining (one of them suggests that Kubrick staged the fake recoding of the Americans’ flight to the moon). Ascher analyzes every second of the film along with other Kubrick fans and immerses the audience into the director’s multilayered screen world where every detail is meaningful.

August 15, 21:00  Garage Screen summer cinema

The Shining:  Horror movie or a movie by Kubrick?

Stanley Kubrick wanted to make the world’s scariest movie and that’s what he achieved with The Shining despite total neglect of the genre’s rules. Instead of obligatory dark corners and frantic editing Kubrick chose a lot of open space and measured slide of the camera. As it turned out, calm and amplitude can also be really scary in skillful hands and an evasive script is capable of sparking off a huge number of interpretations.

August 15, 21:00  Garage Screen summer cinema

Room 237

Director: Rodney Ascher. USA, 2012. 102 minutes. 18+

World premiere: Sundance Film Festival


August 16, 21:00  Garage Screen summer cinema

The Shining

Director: Stanley Kubrick. USA, 1980. 119 minutes. 18+


September 4–6

Films about Cinema. Orson Welles

Orson Welles (1915–1985) is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the twentieth century who influenced film language and the cinema production industry as a whole. He worked on his films as actor, script writer, director, and editor at the same time. Though Welles used to face harsh criticism of his filming style while alive, his main films Citizen Kane, The Trial, The Stranger and The Lady from Shanghai became the most quoted works in the history of cinema.

The Lady from Shanghai is a mysterious and hypnotizing sample of film noir, though the American critics recognized it only decades later. A confusing plot, original visual solutions and the incredible popularity of Rita Hayworth who starred in the leading role, did not make the film a financial success, but turned it into a cult artwork which is admired by Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier.

The documentary This is Orson Welles examines the shooting of The Lady from Shanghai and tells the story of the most important film in the history of cinema—Citizen Kane. It also shows the private life of the “main Hollywood illusionist”. The cast includes film directors Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich, film historian Joseph McBride, Welles’ friends and relatives.

September 4, 20:00  Garage Screen summer cinema 

Lecture. Orson Welles: The King of Disequilibrium

In a brief overview of the Wellesian oeuvre, his life and his work will be discussed as an important fountainhead of American independent cinema. A poet, an illusionist, a gypsy, Shakespearian connoisseur, radio and TV host, a maverick, a king and a jester, a tyrant or a hippie—just who really are you behind all these masks, Mr. Welles?

September 4, 20:30  Garage Screen summer cinema

This is Orson Welles

Directors: Clara and Julia Kuperberg. France, 2015. 52 minutes. 16+

World premiere: Cannes Film Festival


September 6, 20:30  Garage Screen summer cinema

The Lady from Shanghai

Director: Orson Welles. USA, 1947. 87 minutes. 18+


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