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The Very Best Of TV/Film (September 8-October 2)
by Jules Lee
September 10, 2009
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents The 47th Annual New York Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, from Sept 24–Oct 11. This year’s highlights include the controversial Antichrist, Lars von Trier’s chronicle of a couple’s efforts to find their love again after a tragic loss—a process that winds up unleashing the hidden monsters lurking in their souls; and Bluebeard/La barbe-bleue, a fearless explorer of edgy sexuality by Catherine Breillat that follows two young sisters reading Charles Perrault’s 17th-century tale of perhaps the first serial killer. The girls reflect on the enduring fascination with Bluebeard, who has served as inspiration for countless novels, plays and films.

Oct 2-4, the Coney Island Film Festival celebrates its ninth anniversary with a truly eclectic range of films from the U.S. and all over the world and a number of "made in Coney Island" productions. The festival's ties to carny culture are undeniable. The main screening venue is the legendary Sideshows by the Seashore theater, home to America's last authentic 10-in-1 circus sideshow, and the infamous opening night celebrations feature live performances by renowned sideshow and burlesque stars.

This month is your last chance to catch P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s Kenneth Anger, the first major survey of the filmmaker’s body of work at a U.S. museum in over a decade, which closes Sept 14. Making films since 1947, Anger is internationally considered to be a pioneering and influential force in avant-garde cinema. His ground-breaking films have inspired the likes of Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant and Guy Maddin. Anger’s work constitutes a radical critique of Hollywood, often evoking and referencing pop icons within occult settings and depicting youth counterculture in the midst of violence and eroticism
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