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The Provincetown Film Art Series



Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm

Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Amid the social tumult of the late '60s the innocent Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell), a modern Candide, travels around a comically corrupt England with high hopes of success and fulfillment, only to be seduced, betrayed, impoverished and crushed. In Anderson's epically surreal satire, a priceless British cast (Helen Mirren, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, and many more) in multiple roles acts out Anderson's sometimes creepy, sometimes glib, ultimately joyful existential dance, accompanied by rocker Alan Price, singing sensational original songs.

2 hours, 58 minutes.


Wednesday, January 28 at 7pm

Directed by Jules Dassin. Dassin was blacklisted during the production, which was shot, dazzlingly, on the streets of London, and he was not allowed on studio property back in the U.S. to edit or score it. Undaunted, he created an indelible film noir: Richard Widmark as Harry Fabian, an American hustler abroad, whose every conniving, scheming move to score money backfires, leaving a trail of angry gangsters, wrestlers, and world-weary girlfriends, including Gene Tierney. The sharp script, with its nihilistic worldview, lays bare the violent insecurities of the postwar Pax Americana.

1 hour, 36 minutes.


Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm

Directed by Martin Provost. As this keenly observant biographical film about the "modern primitive" French painter Séraphine Louis shows, the execution of an outsider artist's work is no less inspired than a trained one's. Discovered in her hometown of Senlis by a German art critic (Ulrich Tukur) in 1914, when she was in her 40s and working as a washerwoman, Séraphine (Yolande Moreau) was never fully accepted by the public and ended up in a mental hospital, where she died in 1942. Her extraordinary, erotically charged florals live on in the world's greatest museums.

2 hours, 5 minutes.
In French; subtitled.


Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Günter Grass's novel The Tin Drum revealed the horrors of Nazi rule and World War II from the inside out: It's essentially a tall tale about a boy, Oskar (11-year-old David Bennent) who is born with a fully formed intellect in the city of Danzig and at the age of three simply refuses to grow up-and then miraculously doesn't. His journey is fanciful, magical, and yet grotesque and tragic, and Schlöndorff's luxuriantly cinematic adaptation has become a classic of the German New Wave.

Restored Director's Cut.
2 hours, 43 minutes.
In German; subtitled.


Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm

Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Tourneur's first-rate work in Hollywood B genres, such as this magnificent horror-thriller, was often overlooked. French beauty Simone Simon stars as Irena, a Serbian fashion sketch artist who marries a nice American guy (Kent Smith) while hiding a terrifying secret: women from her home town, when aroused, turn into a panther and kill. It sounds hokey, but Tourneur spins the drama around the notion of belief. Unlike the Wolf Man, Irena is never seen transforming; instead we get haunting suggestions-paintings, sculpture, shadows, and torn clothes.

1 hour, 13 minutes.

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