In collaboration with the student-run WUD Film Committee, the Cinematheque brings back our Monday evening series of fun screenings that travel down the less-visited, sometimes more grungy avenues of contemporary pop cinema. The screenings take place at the Marquee Theater in Union South. This season’s offerings include Les Blank’s portrait of Leon Russell, A Poem is a Naked Person and Gerald Kargl’s Angst, a home invasion movie that takes horror to new extremes. Neither film was officially released in the U.S. until 2015! Plus, Nastassja Kinski in James Toback’s ultra weird rarity Exposed, screened in 35mm.

  • Mon., Sep. 21 | 7:00 PM

Documentarian Blank’s camera lets us into the world of beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Russell, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with exciting scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty.

  • Mon., Oct. 26 | 7:00 PM

Unreleased in the U.S. for more than three decades, Angst is one of the most disturbing features ever committed to celluloid. The film’s based-on-reality story concerns an unreformed psychopath (Leder) who, just released from prison, unleashes his murderous fury on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house. Unsettlingly rigorous to say the least, Angst features stylish cinematography by Oscar winner Zbigniew Rybczynski.

  • Mon., Nov. 16 | 7:00 PM

Kinski plays a Wisconsin farm girl encountering romance, intrigue, and lots of danger on the streets of New York and Paris in what is perhaps maverick director Toback’s most idiosyncratic and unhinged tale to date. Equal parts rags-to-riches melodrama and political thriller, Exposed is a rarely seen, one-of-a-kind spectacle, featuring a revelatory performance from Kinski, a seduction scene featuring ballet star Nureyev and a violin bow, and a typically riveting turn from Keitel. (BR)