THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 2 AUGUST – 27 SEPTEMBER / 5 PM

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 27 SEPTEMBER / 5 PM


TRAFFIC / 1971 / JACQES TATI / 5 PM
In Trafic, Hulot is a bumbling automobile designer who works for Altra, a Paris auto plant. He, along with a truckdriver and a publicity agent (Maria Kimberly), takes a new camper-car (designed by Hulot) to an auto show in Amsterdam. On the way there, they encounter various obstacles on the road. Some of the obstacles that Hulot and his companions encounter are getting impounded byDutch customs guards, a car accident (meticulously choreographed by the filmmakers), and an inefficient mechanic. - Wikipedia

93 mins, Colour, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 20 SEPTEMBER / 5 PM


HUMAIN, TROP HUMAIN / 1973 / LOUIS MALLE / 5 PM
A documentary study of the automotive industry, focusing on the manufacturing process at a Citroen factory. - NewWaveFilm

75 mins, Colour, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 13 SEPTEMBER / 5 PM


RED DESERT / 1964 / MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI / 5 PM
Michelangelo Antonioni's panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age - about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband's coworker, played by Richard Harris - continues to keep viewers spellbound. With one startling, painterly composition after another, Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema's preeminent poet of the modern age. -Janus Films

117 mins, Colour, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 6 SEPTEMBER / 5 PM


BLUE COLLAR / 1978 / Paul Schrader / 5 PM
A trio of Detroit auto workers, two black—Zeke Brown (Pryor) and Smokey James (Kotto)—and one white—Jerry Bartowski (Keitel) are fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass. Coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, the trio hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters. - Wikipedia

114 mins, Colour, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 30 AUGUST / 5 PM


AJANTRIK / 1958 / RITWIK GHATAK / 5 PM
One of the earliest Indian films to portray an inanimate object, in this case anautomobile, as a character in the story. It achieves this through the use of sounds, recorded during post-production, to emphasize the car's bodily functions and movements. - Wikipedia

108 mins, B & W, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 23 AUGUST / 5 PM


SHOULDER ARMS / 1918 / CHARLIE CHAPLIN / 5 PM
Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines. - IMDb
45 mins, B & W, DVD

MODERN TIMES / 1936 / CHARLIE CHAPLIN / 6 PM
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. - IMDb

87 mins, B & W, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 17 AUGUST / 5 PM


A NOUS À LIBERTE/ 1931 / RENE CLAIR/ 5 PM
À nous la liberté is a landmark in the history of film comedy and sound film. Back in 1931 when almost all film directors in every country were cautiously using the new technology as a recording medium, Clair, with the help of Georges Auric's musical score, was exploring it as a creative medium. Throughout the film we see and hear many unusual sound effects and uses of recorded sound: the "sound" of assembly line mechanization done through music (using xylophones, among other instruments), aural flashbacks, singing flowers and more. - Full Unemployed Cinema

97 mins, B & W, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 9 AUGUST / 5 PM


SHERLOCK Jr / 1924 / BUSTER KEATON / 5 PM
The film is one of Buster's superior silent comedies that's noted for his usual deadpan humor, frolicsome slapstick, the number of very funny sight gags, the many innovative technical accomplishments and that he did his own stunts (including the dangerous one where he was hanging off a ladder connected to a huge water basin as the water poured out and washed him onto the railroad track, fracturing his neck nearly to the point of breaking it. Keaton suffered from severe migraines for years after making this movie). - Dennis Schwartz, Wikipedia.
45 mins, B & W, DVD

THE CAMERAMAN / 1929 / BUSTER KEATON / 6 PM
Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. - IMDb

69 mins, B & W, DVD

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THE MACHINE AGE / KIRAN NADAR MUSEUM OF ART / 2 AUGUST / 5 PM


WORKERS LEAVING THE FACTORY/ LUMIERE BROTHERS / 5 PM
The film consists of a single scene in which workers leave the Lumiere factory. The workers are mostly female who exit the large building 25 rue St. Victor, Montplaisir on the outskirts of Lyon, France, as if they had just finished a day's work. - Wikipedia
1 min, B & W, DVD

THE ARRIVAL OF THE TRAIN AT LA CIOTAT / LUMIERE BROTHERS / 5:05 PM
This 50-second silent film shows the entry of a train pulled by a steam locomotive into a train station in the French coastal town of La Ciotat. Like most of the early Lumière films, L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat consists of a single, unedited view illustrating an aspect of everyday life. There is no apparent intentional camera movement, and the film consists of one continuous real-time shot. - Wikipedia
1 min, B & W, DVD

BEER ADVERTISEMENT / LUMIERE BROTHERS / 5:10 PM
1 min, B & W, DVD

ANEMIC CINEMA / 1926 / MARCEL DUCHAMP / 5:15 PM
A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as it rotates. The messages, in French, feature puns and whimsical rhymes and alliteration. The final message comments on the spiral motif itself. - David Carless IMDb
6 min, B & W, DVD

MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA / 1929 / DZIGA VERTOV / 5:30 PM
This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style (at one point it features a split screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).- Wikipedia
68 mins, B & W, DVD

ENTHUSIASM / 1931 / DZIGA VERTOV / 6:40 PM
This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style (at one point it features a split screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).- Wikipedia

67 mins, B & W, DVD

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