NOVEMBER 20 — LEO TOLSTOY
Christian anarchist, novelist of epic and historic scale.
NOVEMBER 20, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Mexico: REVOLUTION DAY. WRITING ON THE WALL DAY.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 20 IN HISTORY…
1752 — British poet, forger, suicide Thomas Chatterton born, Bristol, England.
1816 — Term “scab” born at Albany Typographical Society.
1884 — American socialist leader Norman Thomas born, Marion, Ohio.
1910 — Russian anarchist, novelist Leo Tolstoy dies, Astapovo train station, Russia.
1945 — Nuremberg war crimes trial begins.
1969 — 78 Indians from 20 tribes seize Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
1975 — Spanish fascist Francisco Franco dies. (And he’s still dead!)
1978 — Surrealist painter, cultural renegade Giorgio de Chirico dies, Rome, Italy.
José Antonio Sistiaga: Ere Erera Baleibu Icik Subua Aruaren
(w/ new live score by Savage Republic)
“Basque abstract artist José Antonio Sistiaga painted directly onto film with homemade inks to create this silent 1970 feature. But Sistiaga’s strangely titled work… is different from the films of Stan Brakhage, who didn’t come to film from painting and had his own rhythm. […] [I]ts combination of color and 35-millimeter ‘scope (with about half an hour in black and white) yields the kind of spectacle one associates with musicals and [science fiction] epics.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum
A hand-painted masterpiece of the 1970s; a legendary band of the 1980s. Sistiaga’s rarely-screened ere erera baleibu icik subua aruaren is a work of uncompromising beauty that absolutely deserves a wider appreciation. Savage Republic, one of the unrecognized godfathers of post-rock, formed roughly three decades ago in the midst of the Los Angeles punk rock scene and abruptly disbanded in 1989. In recent years, they’ve reformed and their unique sound (somewhat akin to a Middle Eastern surf band backed by the rhythm section from Joy Division) is as compelling and inexorable as ever. Original members Ethan Port and Thom Fuhrmann, joined by Alan Waddington and Kerry Dowling, will perform their newly commissioned score to Sistiaga’s prodigious work (presented in a stunning 35mm print from Paris.) DJ Michael Stock of Part Time Punks will be on-hand to man the decks, spinning tunes during the pre-show!