Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. OPHRA YERUSHALMI Pianist, film director
presents her documentary Chopin’s Afterlife (2005, 54 minutes. In English.) Is Chopin's Music too beautiful? A dialogue between the film's director-pianist Ophra Yerushalmi and other musicians and artists takes on this paradox. Chopin's Afterlife is a personal essay of a concert pianist searching for Frédéric Chopin. "I am a pianist because of Chopin. He has been a constant presence in my life". Chopin's music is the work of one of the boldest minds in music history. The film is an attempt to bridge the gap between Chopin the romantic and Chopin the revolutionary - to understand what is unique about the music and its meaning for us today.
Chopin's Afterlife had its first public screening in New York at the Yamaha Salon of YASI on November 3, 2005 and in Cracow, Poland on December 7, 2005.
Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. TIMOTHY J. REISS Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU; author of Mirages of the Selfe: Patterns of Personhood in Ancient and Early Modern Europe
De Bry, Stradanus, Flying Monsters and Globalizing Myths of European Expansion: From the Argonauts to Michelet
A famous image designed by Stradanus, issued in a series in 1589, again for the Columbus centenary and popularized by de Bry in 1594, of Magellan passing through his eponymous straits encapsulates a powerful symbolic story of European expansion and domination. Its iconography incarnates a globalizing tale that “starts” with colonizing Argonauts, Hercules and Alexander, incorporates myths drawn from Persian, Arab and Turkish story, and folds into these American and Western European elements common to numbers of writers, from the friars and historians of American invasion (and often their indigenous sources) to sailors like Alfonse de Saintonge or Jacques Cartier, naturalists like Pierre Belon, Ariosto and the Pleiade poets and many others. It is a symbolic story still vitally alive in the nineteenth century, from Coleridge to Michelet and Wagner, if critically in some of these.
March 4 - 6
Translating the Encyclopédie in the Global Eighteenth Century
Published in Paris between 1751 and 1772, in 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates, the Encyclopédie contains some 77,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. It mobilized many of the great – and the not-so-great – philosophes of the eighteenth century, and presented itself as an all-encompassing reference work for the arts and sciences, while at the same time serving as a war machine for the Enlightenment. This colloquium is part of a series initiated by the ARTFL project at the University of Chicago around the digitization of the Encyclopédie. The 2011 installment of this annual colloquium focuses on the idea of translation.
Conference organized by Lucien Nouis (NYU) and Andrew H. Clarke (Fordham)
For a detailed schedule, please visit our website at http://www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th street President's Dining Room, 12th Floor
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, 19 University Place, Auditorium First Floor
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Maison Française 16 Washington Mews (corner of University Place)
Emily Apter, NYU; Yves Citton, Université de Grenoble; Joanna Stalnaker, Columbia; Daniel Brewer, University of Minnesota; Robert Morrissey, University of Chicago; Glenn Roe, University of Chicago; Glovis Gladstone, University of Chicago; John Bender, Stanford University; Michael Marrinan, Stanford University; Anthony Vidler, Cooper Union; Thierry Rigogne, Fordham; David Bates, UC Berkeley; Clorinda Donato, CSU Long Beach; Pierre Caye, CNRS; Martine Groult, CNRS; Anne Deneys-Tunney, NYU
Keynote Speakers: DAVID BELL, Princeton University; JONATHAN ISRAEL, Institute for Advanced Studies
Conference organized with the generous support at NYU of the Humanities Initiative, the Department of French, the Department of History, and the Center for French Civilization and Culture, and at Fordham of the Dean of Fordham College Lincoln Center, the Departments of History, Modern Languages, the Program in Literary Studies, and the NY 18th-Century Seminar.
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2011
Screenings presented in cooperation with Unifrance, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the IFC Center
Location: IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas (at West 3rd St)
Tickets: $14. General Public $10. with NYU i.d. (these screenings only)
Contact: 212-924-7771 www.ifccenter.com
Friday, March 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Think Global, Act Rural / Solutions locales pour un désordre global
2010, 113 minutes. In French with English subtitles.
In what's already been called a "radical and exhilarating" documentary manifesto, the unstoppable Serreau digs into the problem of industrialized agriculture, quizzing farmers and philosophers across the globe.
Followed by Q&A with director COLINE SERREAU
Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m.
The Long Falling / Où va la nuit
2011, 105 minutes. In French with English subtitles.
Martin Provost re-teams with SERAPHINE star Yolande Moreau for this heartfelt drama, based on Keith Ridgway's novel. The film follows the story of a long-suffering wife who takes revenge and bonds with her gay son in this suspenseful one-of-a-kind story of sin and salvation.
Followed by Q&A with director MARTIN PROVOST
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema runs from March 3 to 13, presenting the New York premieres of new French films.
Screenings take place at the Walter Reade Theater, FIAF, BAM, and at the IFC Center. Complete schedule available at: www.rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com