Madness of the Muses series


Wednesday, December
20, 2006

Britain 2000. Director: Julien Temple

Post-screening discussion

with Ramon Kubicek.

Pandaemonium is
the delirious story of passion, betrayal, madness and addiction
that binds two of history’s most acclaimed poets: Samuel
Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
The film opens in 1816, where Wordsworth (John Hannah),
about to be named poet laureate, is throwing a lavish party.
An unsteady Coleridge (Linus Roache), ravaged
by an opium addiction, crashes to the floor

An Angel At My Table

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 – 7:30pm
USA/UK 1990. Director: Jane Campion
Post-screening discussion
with Ramon Kubicek.
Jane Campion’s brilliant adaptation of Janet Frame’s Autobiography

Originally conceived of as a television miniseries, Jane Campion’s brilliant, heart-breaking three-part film adapts celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame’s
three-volume autobiography. The first section, “To the Is-Land,” tells
of Frame’s poverty-stricken childhood on a New Zealand farm, where she
grows up chronically shy and awkward, acutely aware of being different,
and finds refuge in books and writing. In the second section, “An Angel
at My Table,” she dutifully enrols in teachers’ college, even though
she desperately wants to be a writer.

Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry

Wednesday, October 18th – 7:30pm
Canada 1976 . Directors: Donald Brittain, John Kramer
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek.
Special thanks to the National Film Board of Canada

English writer Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) exorcised his demons through writing and gin,
all the while fearing he would be engulfed by his fiction. Opening in
sobering fashion with the inquest into Lowry’s “death by misadventure”
(a coroner’s jury cited his death as “the result of combined effects of
gin, barbiturates and inhalation of stomach contents”), the film moves
back in time to trace one writer’s agonized voyage into oblivion.

Monster in a Box

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 – 7:30pm
USA/UK 1992. Director: Nick Broomfield

“Spalding Gray may be the ultimate WASP neurotic,
analyzing his actions with an intensity that would be unpleasantly
egomaniacal if it weren’t so self-deprecatingly funny. He questions
everything and ends up more exhausted than satisfied” (Michael
Kuchwara, Associated Press).

In the Realms of the Unreal / Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 – 7:30 pm
USA, 2004. Director: Jessica Yu
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek
Co-sponsored by Gallery Gachet and the Art Studios and The Ubyssey

In 1973, at a Catholic poorhouse in Chicago, an 81-year-old retired
and isolated janitor named Henry Darger quietly died. After Darger’s
death, when his landlords went to clean out his one-room apartment,
they found an astonishing and monumental artistic legacy. Piled all
over the cramped apartment were hundreds of brilliant watercolours,
featuring disturbing and mysteriously beautiful images of little girls
in the throes of apocalyptic battles with evil forces.

Preceded by:


USA, 1996. Director: Jessica Yu
Jessica Yu won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for this honest and intimate portrait of an artist who lived for four decades paralyzed by polio and confined to an iron lung.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005 – 7:30 pm
USA 1996. Director: Julian Schnabel
Cosponsored by Gallery Gachet and the Art Studios and The Ubyssey

In 1979, 18-year-old graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was sleeping in a cardboard box in a New York City park. Within three years, this Haitian-American child of middle-class parents was an ascendant star of the frenetic contemporary art scene ofManhattan in the 1980s. Marketed by his agent as “the true voice of the gutter”, Basquiat first gained attention as a graffiti artist whose neatly printed legends, signed SAMO, were found all over the city.

Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Wednesday, October 21, 2005 – 7:30 pm
Great Britain/France/Japan 1998. Director: John Maybury
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek
Cosponsored by Gallery Gachet and the Art Studios and The Ubyssey

“One of the nastiest and most truthful portraits of the artist-as-monster ever filmed” (Stephen Holden, New
York Times), Love Is the Devil offers a riveting and disquieting
depiction of a riveting and disquieting painter. Recognized during his
lifetime as “England’s greatest living painter,” Francis Bacon (played
here in a fearless, astonishing performance by Derek Jacobi) created
violent and disturbing paintings portraying the human body in all its
ugliness and anguish — his works a constant probing of the horrors of

Vincent and Theo

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 – 7:30 pm
France/United Kingdom/Netherlands 1990. Director: Robert Altman
Post-screening discussion with: Ramon Kubicek
Cosponsored by Gallery Gachet and the Art Studios

An unflinching and powerful portrait of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, acknowledged today as
one of the world’s greatest artists, but in his lifetime completely unrecognized.