DANSE MACABRE is a compilation of short films focusing on the occult, sorcery and the macabre, with works ranging from the silent era through the 1960s, including Carl Theodor Dreyer’s haunting road safety film, They Caught the Ferry (De nåede færgen) (1948) and avant-garde master Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), a mesmerizing brew of sex, Magick and rock ‘n’ roll. Plus much more!
Free Admission. Live musical accompanimnet by Cliff Retallick.
This is the third in the series “The Witching Hour: Three Screenings Co-curated by Francesca Gabbiani.” Los Angeles-based artist Francesca Gabbiani has selected an eclectic range of works on paper, many from UCLA’s own collections, that explore the subjects of witchcraft and sorcery–themes that are often subtly evoked in her own work. The works selected include drawings, prints and illustrated books ranging in date from the Renaissance to the present. To complement this exhibit (on view at the Hammer through May 24), the artist and the UCLA Film & Television Archive have co-curated three evenings of film screenings (two with live musical accompaniment) that explore similarly occult themes. Two iconic films about witchcraft will be screened: Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s haunting Day of Wrath (1943) and the legendary Häxan (1922), by Benjamin Christensen–presented in a gloriously restored and tinted print from Sweden. The program concludes with an eclectic mix of short works from the silent era through the 1960s, including Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969).
Location: Billy Wilder Theater – Hammer Museum – 10899 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024 310.206.8013
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Date: May 16 at 7:30pm