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In The White City (free)

  • Chazen Museum of Art 750 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Bruno Ganz wanders through Lisbon in this 1983 film by Alain Tanner. Info


UW Cinematheque's series on Swiss director Alain Tanner continues with the film In The White City, a 1983 drama starring Bruno Ganz, who is better recognized these days as Hitler from the 2004 movie Downfall. We weren't able to see In The White City ahead of time for this preview because Tanner's films are rare in the US, which only makes this series more of a welcome offering in Madison's cinema calendar. (For example, the only available DVD on Amazon is $50 and doesn't work on American DVD players.)

In The White City centers on a thin, meandering plot that mimics the pointlessness of many of our lives. A sailor (Ganz) abandons his ship in Lisbon so he can spend a few days anonymously roaming the streets. He takes super-8 videos of banal events and sends these back to his wife, and while when his camera is off he flirts with his hotel maid. Tanner eschews cutaway shots and snappy editing, instead lingering on his subjects. Ganz's aimless wandering is highlighted when Tanner makes the camera itself seem detached from any straight line. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: April 28
Jim Jefferies