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.