This Week’s Agenda
All three films in this week’s selection star singer-performers stradding different artistic disciplines.
In the musical comedy Artists and Models (1955), singer-actor Dean Martin plays a painter, Ricky, sharing an apartment with Jerry Lewis’s comic book addict character, Eugene, who’s plagued by superhero nightmares. It’s the first Martin & Lewis film orchestrated by Frank Tashlin, a cartoonist himself and best known for his work on the Looney Tunes. The screening at KASKcinema will be introduced by comics studies scholar Benoît Crucifix.
Equally structured by dreams and starring another singer-actor, Yves Montand, Un soir, un train (1968) is shown by Sabzian in a brand-new restoration to pay tribute to André Delvaux, who passed away 20 years ago. Trained at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and accompanying silent films at the city’s film museum, Delvaux came to cinema through the piano. Although another Johan Daisne adaptation, Un soir, un train shows Delvaux developing musical structures. Yves Montand plays a linguist who’s staging the 15th-century morality play Elckerlijc with his wife Anne as production designer. Inspired by Paul Delvaux’s painting Train du soir (1957), the film slowly grows into a danse macabre.
“I tell stories and those look like paintings sometimes. They look like songs. They look like films,” Laurie Anderson once noted. The artist is in Brussels this week. In between concerts and a VR exhibition, she’ll introduce Home of the Brave (1986), her avant-garde concert film, starring writer and artist William S. Burroughs, and the ultimate synthesis of her hypnotic, multi-artistic talent that spans music, visual arts and performance.