A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.
Spielberg on Spielberg (2006) (Shown on film): Carrie Rickey hosts this career-spanning look at Steven Spielberg, directed by Time critic Richard Schickel. Spielberg doesn't do commentary tracks, which should make this a useful experience. He does, however, put in plenty of appearances on DVD special features, so chances are you've heard all this before, albeit not in the same place. B- Mon., March 31, 7pm. $12.
Free, unless otherwise noted. 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org
Cinevardaphoto (2004/1982/1963) (Shown on video): Collecting three of her many short docs from the last five decades, French New Waver Agnes Varda's trifecta ruminates on the relationship between photography and memory. Pointedly enough, it's structured so the film hurtles us backward in time. The most recent, Ydessa, the Bears and Etc., portrays a museum exhibit covered in archaic photos of kids with their teddy bears, including many pre-Holocaust Jews and Nazis. Ulysses was made two decades earlier, but its subject is older than that: a photo she snapped in the '50s which, in 20 crammed minutes, she examines, bringing back its context and interviewing those in the shot. Another two-decade time jump takes us to Hi There, Cubanos! and Cuba in 1963, celebrating the revolution in a flurry of still photos--a moment of joy poignantly frozen in time. B+ Wed., March 26, 7pm.
The NextFrame International Student Film Festival (Shown on film and video): Your chance to see shorts by students from all over the world. Some of the filmmakers will be present for a Q&A session. Thurs., March 27, 7pm. $5-$7.
Jellyfish (2007) (Shown on film): Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes last year, Etger Keret's drama portrays life in modern-day Tel Aviv through the stories of three different women: a waitress, a wedding reception server and a domestic worker who doesn't speak Hebrew. Shown as part of the Israeli Film Festival. (Not reviewed.) Sat., March 29, 8:30pm.
Riddles of the Sphinx/Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti/Amy! (1977/1983/1980) (Shown on video): Like those in the French New Wave, feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey graduated from dissertations to filmmaking--though at least judging from the three films offered here, her work erred more to the essayistic Jean-Luc Godard of the 1970s than, say, Truffaut. The feature-length Riddles of the Sphinx (co-directed, as with all three, with Peter Wollen) is divided into seven sections, the largest of which shows fragments of the life of a newly single woman through 13 360-degree pans. Mulvey is most famous for the classic 1975 essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, which dissected the male gaze in movies. Fittingly, Sphinx obliterates the gaze altogether. Her camera moves indifferently of its subjects, and vice versa--life carrying on as the camera goes about its business, even as the circular movements imprison them. The night is rounded out with two short experimental docs, Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti, which compares and contrasts the life and art of the Mexican painter and photographer; and Amy!, a mixed-method doc on 1930s aviator Amy Johnson. B+ Tues., April 1, 7pm.
$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com
The Kite Runner (2007) (Shown on DVD): First Everything Is Illuminated, then Running With Scissors, now this. How do these movie versions of unstoppable bestsellers keep tripping up? Apart from the obvious? C Fri., March 28-Sat., March 29, 8pm; and Sun., March 30, 7pm.
Free. 22 S. Third St. www.philebrity.com
Alucarda (1978) (Shown on DVD): Espers' Greg Weeks pops up at the Philebrity/TLA screening series with this Mexican "nunsploitation" classic, featuring an orphan who arrives at a miserable nunnery and becomes a Satanist. Of course. (Not reviewed.) Thurs., March 27, 7:30pm.
$5. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. www.smallchangescreenings.com
Cartune Xprez: 2008 Sprng Cruisr Tour (Shown on video): Last seen here in 2006, Portland, Ore., duo Hooliganship returns to Small Change with another bag of independent 'toons, including work by Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata and Bruce Bickford--a legend discovered by Frank Zappa in the '70s who handcrafts his work in his parents' basement. Hooliganship will also be represented with another of their multimedia works, this time employing 3-D. Sat., March 29, 9pm.
$3. 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com
Am�lie (2001) (Shown on DVD): After it had once upon a time played virtually every hour on the hour, I think it's safe to watch this again. B Mon., March 31, 7:30pm.
Free. 508 S. Fifth St. 215.413.0999. www.woodenshoebooks.com