During the next three months, as part of its ongoing OnScreen at ArtPace series, the institution will screen three films in which architectural spaces define human relationships. Titled "Deuces Wild," the series of screenings and talks is being presented by David Jurist, an artist who specializes in environmental installations. Jurist, who studied film at the University of California at San Diego and landscape architecture at Berkeley, and earns his living as a building contractor, seems well-placed to curate a series about how films construct couples through their set construction and use of space.
The first screening of the series features L'atalante on Thursday, February 19. In L'atalante (1934), one of only two films made by French director Jean Vigo, marriage between newlyweds Dita Parlo and Jean Daste adapts to the rhythms of the barge they sail along the rivers of France.
Jurist organized the series as a progression from the sequestered innocence of the newlyweds in L'atalante to the utter viciousness of homicidal lovers in The Honeymoon Killers (which screens in April), with Le Crime de Monsieur Lange in between (in March).
— Steven G. Kellman
Silent Film Festival
The St. George Fine Arts Series at St. George Episcopal Church presents its Silent Film Festival on Saturday, February 21. The 16mm reel-to-reel films will be projected on a big screen and will be accompanied by the New York City-based Biograph Players, who will perform authentic silent film scores composed for films of the era.