In celebration of the Barnes unveiling its new Philadelphia home with 56 consecutive hours of free admission and activities, the Philadelphia Film Society partnered with the Barnes for a Midnight Film Series that put a focus on art around the world.
Attendees got to enjoy being among the first to wander the incredible collection of the Barnes Foundation at its new home in Philadelphia, as well as enjoy SEVEN stellar films hand-picked by Philadelphia Film Society Artistic Director Michael Lerman in the brand-new Barnes Auditorium.
Saturday Evening, May 26, 2012 (technically Sunday at Midnight) the series kicked off with four fantastic films:
12:00 am – Midnight in Paris
This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
2:00 am – Basquait
Basquiat chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of the gifted and charismatic young New York artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, as he emerged from the streets of the East Village to become an internationally renowned sensation.
4:00 am – Exit Through the Gift Shop
Exit Through The Gift Shop is a chaotic study of low-level criminality, comradeship, and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairytale… with bolt cutters. This is the inside story of Street Art-a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money, and vandalism collide. Exit Through The Gift Shop follows an eccentric shopkeeper turned amateur filmmaker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have famed British stencil artist Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner in one of the most provocative films about art ever made.
6:00 am – House
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.
Sunday Evening, May 27, 2012 (technically Monday at Midnight) the series continued with three films!
12:00 am – Crumb
Terry Zwigoff’s landmark 1995 film is an intimate documentary portrait of the underground artist Robert Crumb, whose unique drawing style and sexually and racially provocative subject matter have made him a household name in popular American art. Zwigoff candidly and colorfully delves into the details of Crumb’s incredible career and life, including his family of reclusive eccentrics, some of the most remarkable people you’ll ever see on-screen. At once a profound biographical portrait, a riotous examination of a man’s controversial art, and a devastating look at a troubled family, Crumb is a genuine American original.
2:15 am – Science of Sleep
The Science of Sleep is a playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal), an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life.
4:30 am – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke barrels toward Las Vegas—accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo—to cover a motorcycle race. What should be a cut-and-dried journalistic assignment quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast headlined by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro show no mercy in bringing Hunter S. Thompson’s excoriating dissection of the American way of life to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.
Point of Information: We had SEVEN PEOPLE (not including insomniac employee Justin Nordell) who made it until 7am between the two nights! Congratulations to those film lovers!
What did YOU think of the Barnes? What did you think of the films selected? Which of the films selected is your favorite? Which do you wish you could see in the middle of the night? Discuss!
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