Film Series in NYC This Week


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Donald Pleasence plays a disquieting town doctor in the Ted Kotcheff feature “Wake in Fright,” showing on Monday at Film Forum. See listing below.

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Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

DISPLACED PERSONS: MIGRATION ON FILM at Anthology Film Archives (April 29 through May 4). The experience of refugees — from Bosnia, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia — is the subject of this continent-bridging retrospective, presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut New York and the International Center of Photography. The series includes “Site 2” (Saturday and Sunday), directed by the Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, whose films (“The Missing Picture,” “Exile”) often confront his personal experience of life under the Khmer Rouge. In “Site 2,” from 1989, he visits a sprawling refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border that has grown to the size of a small city.
212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

FURTHER RESEARCH: HAROLD AND LILLIAN at the Quad Cinema (April 29-30). The new documentary “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” opening on Friday, posits Harold and Lillian Michelson as a kind of unsung power couple in Hollywood. He was a storyboard illustrator and art director; she was a researcher. Both were highly sought after during a period of innovation in studio filmmaking, and their influence often went uncredited. This sidebar calls attention to some of their handiwork, including Mr. Michelson’s drawings for “The Cotton Club” (Saturday), Ms. Michelson’s research for “Fiddler on the Roof” (Sunday) and both of their contributions to Mel Brooks’s “History of the World, Part I” (Saturday).
quadcinema.com

WOJCIECH HAS’S ‘THE NOOSE’ AND ‘HOW TO BE LOVED’ at the Museum of Modern Art (through May 3) and ‘THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT’ at the Museum of the Moving Image (April 30). The Polish director Wojciech Has is probably best known in the United States for his adaptation of “The Saragossa Manuscript,” showing on Sunday at the Museum of the Moving Image, which unfolds as a surreal series of stories within stories. Two films showing at MoMA reveal the director working in very different modes: “The Noose” follows an alcoholic looking to get on the wagon, and in “How to Be Loved,” an actress recalls sheltering an actor during World War II.
212-708-9400, moma.org
718-784-0077, movingimage.us

‘WAKE IN FRIGHT’ at Film Forum (May 1, 7 p.m.). On the way to a vacation with his girlfriend, a schoolteacher (Gary Bond) is stranded in the fictional Australian outback town of Bundanyabba, known to everyone as the Yabba, which he initially regards as a disgusting backwater. Plying him with one beer after another, the town’s residents, almost all men, are eager to cure him of his prudishness, especially a town doctor (Donald Pleasence) who seems like just about the last person you would want to see scrubbing in for your surgery. The increasingly surreal goings-on come to a head in a horrifically visceral kangaroo hunt. The director, Ted Kotcheff, who went on to make “First Blood” and “Weekend at Bernie’s,” will participate in a Q. and A.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

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