3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend
3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

DOC NYC at various locations (through Nov. 15). It’s impossible to distill a documentary festival that crams more than 100 features into eight days. Pick your topic. Are you interested in the mental cartwheels of contemporary flat-Earthers (“Behind the Curve,” on Saturday)? The efforts of animal welfare activists (“The Cat Rescuers,” on Saturday and Thursday)? Why people might confess to crimes they haven’t committed (“False Confessions,” on Tuesday)? The post-structualist filmmaker Peter Greenaway (“The Greenaway Alphabet,” on Saturday)? The late attention-grabber, announced earlier this week, is the world premiere of the long-unreleased “Amazing Grace” (on Monday), in which the director Sydney Pollack captured the 1972 recording of that famous Aretha Franklin live gospel album. Franklin, who died this year, had sued to block the film’s release, but the legal issues have been resolved.

CLAUDE LANZMANN’S CINEMA OF REMEMBRANCE at the Quad Cinema (Nov. 9-20). To honor Lanzmann, who died at 92 in July, and to prepare for the release of his “Shoah: Four Sisters” on Nov. 14, the Quad is hosting this retrospective, the anchor of which, of course, is “Shoah” (on Sunday and Nov. 17), Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour film on the Holocaust. Describing this 1985 landmark as a documentary seems insufficient; it’s a towering work of experimental cinema that is as interested in how history is written — and in the necessity and limitations of bearing witness — as it is in the history itself. “Four Sisters” consists of material not used in “Shoah,” whose castoffs have also served as the basis of other Lanzmann films. One is the gripping “The Last of the Unjust” (on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Nov. 19), in which Lanzmann verbally spars with Benjamin Murmelstein, a rabbi from Vienna who, at Theresienstadt, acted as a liaison between the Jews imprisoned there and the Nazis.
212-255-2243, quadcinema.com

IDA LUPINO 100 at Film Forum (Nov. 9-22). An actress turned director, Lupino (1918-95) is known as a groundbreaker in Hollywood and an independent auteur, but that reputation may still short-sell her considerable artistry. Although Lupino had a knack for tightly coiled thrillers (“The Hitch-Hiker,” from 1953; on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday), she also dealt candidly with third-rail subject matter, such as rape and its aftermath in the 1950 feature “Outrage” (on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 16). The haunting irresolution and complexity of her best work can be seen in “The Bigamist” (on Friday, Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Nov. 16), in which Edmond O’Brien, trying to do right by two differently independent women (his business-savvy wife in San Francisco, played by Joan Fontaine, and a Los Angeles waitress played by Lupino), winds up married to both of them.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

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