On the Waterfront by Rudy Burckhardt (1946, 8 min., 16 mm). An elegy to New York City’s waterfront: crates and boxes unloading in the morning, lonely men sitting on half-broken docks in the afternoon, and the sailor bars at night.

Cerveza Bud by Rudy Burckhardt (1981, 22 min., 16 mm). "Taking its title from the favorite elixir of New York Hispanics and its format from collage, this filmic slice of life coalesces into an ethnographic view of a possible future: the city as a constantly bubbling, delirious playground where yesterday's monuments are symbols to be triumphed over, and tomorrow never arrives. Perhaps this is why the ultimate effect is one of wistfulness, due also to the unexpected intrusion of a memento mori in the guise of a nude traversing Maine woods, both visually mocking Central Park's trampled landscape, offering its frenetic revelers an alternative route." —Trevor Winkfield

City Pasture by Rudy Burckhardt (1975, 38 min, 16 mm). A poetic and meditative view of a city through images of places and people: a snowstorm, Disney World, New York City, an ox-pull in Maine, and an ant in the woods.

Cinema and the City

Three Films by Rudy Burckhardt

Next Session: This event is closed.
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Remis Auditorium, 161
$8MFA members, seniors, and students
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