Tonight’s cool screenings:
Max Meehan and Lars Nilsen present yet another dope edition of Savage Gold, their carefully programmed, faintly insane series of “strange and unseen materials” from the collections of, well, VHS collectors. As their webpage puts it, “These shows are for the most adventurous viewers, offering everything from microbudget, shot on video action epics to homemade music videos and more.” Tonight, 8 p.m. $5, AFS Screening Room (1901 East 51st St) . Here is the tickets link.
Also tonight, as part of the Drafthouse’s Orson Welles extravaganza, check out a 35mm print of the strange and often misunderstood 1955 movie “Mr. Arkadin” aka “Confidential Report.” Welles plays a billionaire who contracts an American outlaw to investigate his past. Further scrambling an already complicated movie, there is no “director’s cut” or definitive version of “Arkadin.” The Drafthouse site notes that there are “at least eight different cuts of the film, three radio plays, a novel, and several long-lost sequences. ” Here is a primer.
In that, “Arkadin” is a great example of the notion of unreliable narrator (or narrative unreliability) made literal in the physical object of the movie, inadvertently anticipating remix culture, YouTube cuts, fan culture, etc. The story of “Mr. Arkadin” is never really over; this is just one version. Tickets are $10.25, show starts at 7 p.m.