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The Non-Actor Film Series

Image: "Naked Childhood" directed by Maurice Pialat

The Non-Actor, a historical survey of the myriad ways in which filmmakers have used so-called amateurs to reimagine the language of cinema and to investigate—and perhaps fundamentally change—the medium’s relationship with the realities it depicts, is coming to the Film Society of Lincoln Center November 24-December 10.

Questions concerning “the real” have haunted cinema from its inception, and they have often been entwined with performance. Filmmakers have long experimented with the use of nonprofessional, untrained actors, whether to inject a measure of documentary reality into fictions, to deconstruct acting itself, or to challenge the conventions of screen performance and cinematic realism. The non-actor has emerged time and again as a totem of renewal, central to many of film history’s most consequential movements, beginning with Robert Flaherty’s subjects and Sergei Eisenstein’s principles of “typage,” continuing with Italian neorealism’s men on the street, Robert Bresson’s models, and Andy Warhol’s Superstars, and running through the work of innovators as varied as Shirley Clarke, Straub-Huillet, Agnès Varda, and Pedro Costa.

This series is a historical survey of the myriad ways in which filmmakers have used so-called amateurs to reimagine the language of cinema and to investigate (and perhaps fundamentally change) the medium’s relationship with the realities it depicts.


Screenings

Au Hasard Balthazar
Directed by Robert Bresson
Year: 1966
Runtime: 95 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Saturday, November 25 - 4:00pm
> Tuesday, November 28 - 4:00pm
Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.

Bestiaire
Directed by Denis Côté
Year: 2012
Runtime: 72 mins
> Sunday, December 3 - 8:45pm
> Monday, December 4 - 4:30pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Francesca Beale Theater, 144 W. 65th St.

Black Girl (La noire de...)
Directed by Ousmane Sembene
Year: 1966
Runtime: 59 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, December 4 - 8:45pm
> Wednesday, December 6 - 2:30pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Francesca Beale Theater, 144 W. 65th St.

Jaguar
Directed by Jean Rouch
Year: 1954/1967
Runtime: 89 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Tuesday, November 28 - 8:30pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Francesca Beale Theater, 144 W. 65th St.

Naked Childhood (L'enfance nue)
Directed by Maurice Pialat
Year: 1969
Runtime: 82 mins
In French with English subtitles
> Thursday, November 30 - 6:30pm
Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
> Sunday, December 3 - 1:00pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Francesca Beale Theater, 144 W. 65th St.

Vagabond (Sans toit, ni loi)
Directed by Agnès Varda
Year: 1985
Runtime: 105 mins
In English, French and Arabic with English subtitles
> Friday, November 24 - 6:45pm
> Tuesday, November 28 - 1:30pm
Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.

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