Spring 2018 special presentations include stunning new restorations of Edgar G. Ulmer’s poverty row film noir classic Detour; Andrei Tarkovsky’s Soviet masterpiece Andrei Rublev; and Marcel Pagnol’s delightful humanist comedy, The Baker’s Wife. Plus, Wim Wenders' Pina in 3D and Professor J.J. Murphy will present a 35mm print of Abel Ferrara’s Madonna vehicle Dangerous Game and discuss its relevance to his new book, Rewriting Indie Cinema.

  • Fri., Feb. 1 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

While driving west, an unemployed musician (Neal) becomes the blackmail victim of a vicious hitchhiker (Savage). Shot on the ultra-cheap in less than two weeks, Ulmer’s sleazy mise-en-scene and unmistakably fatalistic attitude make this a definitive example of film noir. Seen only in splicy, scratchy versions for years, this new restoration of Detour by the Academy Film Archive breathes new life into a shadowy, low-budget classic. Preceded by the animated UPA short Rooty Toot Toot (1951, 7 min.)

  • Fri., Apr. 12 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

A boundary bursting historical epic, Tarkovsky’s masterpiece follows the life and spiritual crisis of the eponymous 15th Century Russian icon painter during the bloody Tartar invasions. This greatest of sound-era Soviet films has been restored to its fullest length in this definitive director’s cut, screened via a new 4K DCP.

  • Fri., Apr. 19 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Refusing to believe his wife has deserted him for a younger man, a village baker (Raimu) nonetheless decides not to bake until she returns. Missing his delicious bread, the small town’s citizens organize to track down the lovers. Following-up his “Marseille Trilogy,” writer-director Pagnol delivered this warm, funny adaptation of a Jean Giono story, shown here in a new 4K restoration!

  • Fri., Apr. 26 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

A film director (Keitel) tries to coax heartfelt performances from an inexperienced would-be starlet (Madonna) and a drug & alcohol abusing leading man (Russo). Ferrara’s meta-meta-movie psychodrama is about the effects of the creative process on the souls of those involved. As film, video, rehearsals, takes, and sex & violence both real and staged blend together; lines are blurred, crossed, redrawn and erased, leaving us with a scathing portrait of filmmaker as unreliable narrator and unhinged orchestrator of chaos. The screening will be followed by a discussion with J.J. Murphy, UW Professor of Film and author of Rewriting Indie Cinema: Improvisation, Psychodrama, and the Screenplay. (BR)

  • Fri., May. 3 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

The powerful, hypnotic and groundbreaking choreography of the celebrated Pina Bausch (1940-2009) is showcased in a striking series of dance vignettes selected and filmed by her friend, master filmmaker Wenders. Shown here in its original 3D format, Pina is a stunning and moving homage to a great artist.

  • Sat., May. 4 | 7:00 PM

Highlighting works produced in Communication Arts Media Production courses at UW Madison, this program is curated by the instructors of film, video and animation courses and gives new filmmakers the opportunity to present their films on screen for the first time.