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Time: It’s of the Essence

Actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke embracing.
October 20, 2023 -
December 17, 2023


The last several years have seriously messed with our experience of time. The disorienting isolation of the COVID-19 lockdowns, the dizzyingly pell-mell pace of major current events, the endless scroll of the latest social media apps, each have contributed to disrupting our personal and collective understandings of when things happened, how long they lasted or even in what order they occurred. Of course, the movies have been doing this to us almost since their beginning. From that very first cut, the movies have been reflecting and reorienting our sense of temporality in the modern age. Whether classical or avant-garde in form, movies can elide hours, days or years; jump between past, present and future; stretch or compress action; layer disparate moments, one over the other, as if they were occurring simultaneously; or render ambiguous completely the passage of time on screen. In acknowledgement of both time as an essential building block of cinema and our current, shared general sense of temporal dislocation, the Archive presents a series of films that play with the representation of real time and elevate its passage to their explicit subject. International in scope, and in keeping with its own theme, unbound from specific periods or linear chronology, the selections in this series take place or were produced over discrete periods — a day, a night, a week — and draw our attention to the construction of time on screen in ways that most movies seek to obscure. This program may not be able to reset your internal clock, but we hope it makes you more aware of how time, at least cinematically, is constructed.

Programs & Events

Image Title Date and Time Location
Upside down of a rocky landscape.

La région centrale

March 8, 2024 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
A woman sitting at a table with notebooks.

Nine Days / After Life

Sunday, December 17, 2023 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A woman running past a group of nuns.

Run Lola Run

Friday, December 15, 2023 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A group of women laughing and smiling on a bus.

Blindspotting / Bhaji on the Beach

Sunday, December 3, 2023 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke embracing.

Before Sunrise

Friday, November 17, 2023 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
An upside-down image of a barren landscape.

La région centrale

Sunday, November 5, 2023 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A man running a film projector.

L. Cohen / Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Friday, October 27, 2023 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actor Corinne Marchand wearing a feathery hat.

Cléo from 5 to 7

Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actor Gary Cooper dressed as a sheriff in a Western town.

High Noon

Friday, October 20, 2023 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater