Film Series

June 09 - June 30, 2011
Stein High/Stein Low Stein High/Stein Low

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Our popular "High/Low" series returns with a cinematic array that taps into the legacy of iconic cultural luminary Gertrude Stein. Narrative and documentary elections explore her cultural milieu, expatriate lifestyle, and personal life (Stein's longtime partnership with Alice Toklas is evoked in two imaginative portrayals of alternate ways of living and loving).


The Sun Also Rises
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Henry King, 1957, 130 min., 35mm

King's 1957 interpretation of Ernest Hemingway's novel illuminates the condition and characteristics of post-World War I expatriates in Paris, dubbed "The Lost…

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The Moderns
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Alan Rudolph, 1988, 126 min., 35mm

The Moderns follows Nick Hart, a struggling painter at the center of the expatriate culture of 1920s Paris, as he navigates the Left Bank milieu. From cafe conversations to sordid…

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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
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Hy Averback, 1968, 92 min., video

Averback's 1968 film stars Peter Sellers as Harold Fine, an uptight lawyer who is uninspired with approaching middle age and his upcoming nuptials. Harold's life is changed forever…

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The Virgin Machine
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Monika Treut, 1988, 84 min., 16mm

With a nod to The Wizard of Oz, German journalist Dorothee (Ina Blum) writes about the perils of finding love. Her research takes her from Germany deep into San Francisco's lesbian…

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Image: Henry King, The Sun Also Rises (still), 1957; courtesy of Photofest NYC