March 2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Limited Engagements!



Tickets available 30 days in advance.



SCHEDULE (by series)

SCHEDULE (by date)








Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

Thursday, March 21 – Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM

Special Re-Release in 70 mm. – 3 Nights Only!!

BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. If you missed either of our two previous, sold-out screenings of BARAKA, this is your chance to experience one of the most visually awesome films ever made. Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who shot the earlier KOYANNISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly edited, superbly scored … speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single word" – Suzan Ayscough, Variety. Plus, director Morten Skallerud’s astounding 70 mm. time-lapse short, "A Year Along The Abandoned Road," (1991), which takes us on a year-long journey around a remote mountain lake in Norway – in 12 minutes! Q&A with BARAKA producer Mark Magidson following Friday and Saturday screenings.

A book about the making of BARAKA: A Visual Journal will sell at the theatre for $43. The AC Member price is $38.


March 22 & 23, 2002 | 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM *Please note that there will not be any shows on Sunday, March 24 despite listings in the in the printed calendar.

WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP (76 min., 1999)

"I doubt you will see a more important American film this year." – David Thomson, The Independent (UK)

"…a Victorian "Twin Peaks." Variety

"… a distant story from a century ago that with the force of prophecy seems to rush forward to our time and past it. The New York Times, Greil Marcus

"A gorgeously photographed, highly original film." – Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

"...dark, disturbing and completely absorbing... subtley drawing a parallel to today made it clear that blaming the media for the ills of society is ludicrous given the violence and mayhem of a century prior in which we didn't have these convenient scapegoats." Mark A. Altman, Film Threat

Despite narrator Ian Holm’s opening claim that "Nowhere can be found a more charming residence," picturesque Black River Falls, Wisconsin in the 1890’s, was "Either some weird plague-stricken hole in an otherwise unblemished American tapestry, or else the whole notion of America’s proud past is a myth." (Luc Sante, Bookforum) Based on Michael Lesy’s book of the same title, director James Marsh renders a wry documentary portrait of this German/Scandinavian settled small town where incidents of suicide, murder, madness, infanticide, and other socially unacceptable mayhem dominate the Badger State Banner newspaper for a decade (coinciding with the economic depression that hit in 1893 and the ravage of a Diphtheria epidemic). These real life accounts read like a litany of human catastrophe invented by Edward Gorey: a cocaine-sniffing schoolmistress who travels the state on a bizarre window breaking quest; a bored teenage girl arsonist; persons possessed by religious fervor who engage in heinous deeds; a 9-year-old who kills his sister while playing with the family gun; and two pre-pubescent runaway brothers who, incited by "the outlaw image" -- murder an old farmer – and live in his house all summer until the law catches up with them. And these are just a few of the grim tales illustrating how "many lives cracked like thin glass in the cold" (David Thomson), at once dispelling the legend of the hardy pioneer and the notion that society has only just corrupted in the modern age. This official selection of the Telluride and San Francisco Film Festivals is a combination of haunting vintage photography and impeccably stylized (B&W) reenactments that give the incredible appearance of period photography in motion. Produced by Maureen A. Ryan.

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