Artist's Choice Film Series: Jesper Just - Double Features

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Sunday, May 4 / 1:30 pm


  • Film (1965)

    Alan Schneider, director
    20 minutes

    A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around Bishop Berkeley's principle 'esse est percipi' (to be is to be perceived), Keaton's very existence conspires against his efforts.
    Starring  Buster Keaton, Nell Harrison, James Karen


  • Persona (1966)

    Ingmar Bergman, director
    83 minutes

    A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.
    Starring Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, and Margaretha Krook


Wednesday, May 7 / 6:30 pm


  • Bassae (1964)

    Jean-Daniel Pollet, director
    9 minutes

    ” I was interested by the fact that some old guy, after the Parthenon’s glamour, devoted himself in a much smaller temple, where there was no white marble, no nothing. All greek temples are dedicated to Apollo etc, and this particular one was not dedicated to anyone and is in a place where there never was a city nearby, in a kind of wasteland, in a ditch. But, just by going up a bit –you are in the centre of Peloponissos- on a clear day, you can see the sea on both your left and right. I went back there, at least six, seven or eight times, as if I wanted to think or find myself. So, at the temple in Bassae, I made a short 10 minute film and I was lucky enough to encounter two days of clouds and mist between the columns."
    — (Jean-Daniel Pollet, Tours d’horizons, Editions de l’?il 2005).


  • Fear of Fear (1975)

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder, director
    88 minutes

    Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child. Her husband Kurt, who is busy studying for an exam, does not understand her situation. Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law Lore are openly hostile to her. She resorts to valium and drink, and looks for sympathy, but to no avail.
    Starring  Margit Carstensen, Ulrich Faulhaber, Brigitte Mira




All films intended for adult audiences.