Thursday, December 1st-Sunday, December 4th: The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival Film Series

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival and Spectacle Theater (124 S. 3rd St., Brooklyn) present a weekend of surreal, sensationalistic and flat-out sensational comics-themed and animated double features.

Thursday and Friday we proudly present “Eurocomics Psychocinema,” featuring lurid cinema classics based on European comics of the 1960s and 1970s. On Saturday and Sunday we’ll screen the “BCGF Animation Showcase,” presenting a panoply of contemporary experimental shorts and historical masterworks, with live musical accompaniment.

$5 per film / double feature $8

Thursday, December 1: Eurocomics Psychocinema: Master Kriminals

7:30: KiLiNK Istanbul’da (Yilmaz Atadeniz dir., 1967)
In 1962 Angela and Luciana Giussani created the Italian super-criminal Diabolik, a villainous comic book protagonist who scoffed at the law in superb style. Legions of imitators followed, including Kriminal, a cold blooded master thief in a skull-faced body stocking, who was in turn ripped off in the photo-comics series Killing. Turkish filmmaker Yilmaz Atadeniz extended the chain of bootleged influence one link further, directing a trilogy of freewheeling black and white features starring KiLiNK, now a skeletoid Turkish master criminal with an eye for the dames and a thirst for world domination. In this first film of the series, KiLiNK faces off against the equally unauthorized do-gooder antagonist “Superhero,” a beefy mash-up of Superman, Shazam and the Phantom.

9:30: Danger: Diabolik (Mara Bava dir., 1968)
The diabolical one who started it all comes to life in Mario Bava’s stylish, candy colored cult classic. Bava, best known as the horror director who launched the giallo genre, here effectively recreates the skewed compositions and deep-focused perspective of the pulpy adventure comics from which Diabolik sprang. John Philip Law (who in that same year also appeared in the similarly comics-derivedBarbarella) brings the criminal mastermind to life as a lithe, cool customer, melting only under the influence of his purring girlfriend and accomplice, Eva Kant (Melissa Mel). Clips from this film were used to great effect in the Beastie Boys’ 1998 video “Body Movin.’”

Friday, December 2: Eurocomics Psychocinema: Cinema Crepax

7:30: Baba Yaga (Corrado Farina dir., 1973)
In 1965 cartoonist Guido Crepax created his signature character Valentina in the pages of Linus magazine. Indebted to cinema, his adventurous photographer bore the notorious jet black bob of early film siren Louis Brooks, and over the years her increasingly erotic adventures turned towards sadomasochistic surrealism. Crepax executed an intense fragmentation of the comics page, mimicking the erotic flicker of the eye and inducing heightened attention to sensual form and feeling. Farina’s 1973 film channels the decadent, opiated tone of Crepax’s work and evokes his sequential aesthetic with rapid-fire, high-contrast images. The film co-stars Carrol Baker (who gained notoriety in Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll) as the titular witchy woman who increasingly gains control over Valentina’s dream — and waking — life.

9:30: Col Cuore in Gola (Tinto Brass dir., 1967)
Before he gained fame as the director of erotic films including Paprika, Cosí fan Tuti, and the notorious (and infamously troubled) production Caligula, Tinto Brass directed this thriller, based on the giallo pulp novel of the same name. Setting his film in swinging London and firmly under the sway of Antonioni’s Blow-Up (released the previous year, and name-checked in the film), Brass hired Crepax to storyboard the film and provide Pop Art imagery that appears throughout. This mod, moody thriller is notable for following Crepax’s intensive storyboards with great fidelity, using quick-cuts and split-screens to mimic the experience of reading the artist’s intensively sliced-up comics pages.

Saturday, December 3: BCGF Animation Showcase

7:30: Selections from the 2011 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart

Originating in Chicago, Eyeworks focuses on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. This special 83-minute program will showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is even more varied, and includes cosmic abstraction, psychedelic characters, geometric patterning, and surrealistic narratives. Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.

Full list of featured shorts:
Nicolas Mahler – Mystery Music 5:00, 2009
Paul Rayment – Piano 2:00, 2010
Eric Dyer – The Bellows March 5:30, 2009
Jesse McManus – Macavity 3:00, 2011
Mike Maryniuk – Tattoo Step 1:11, 2008
Johan Rijpma – Tape Generations 2:30, 2011
Zeitguised – Peripetics 3:20, 2009
Atsushi Wada – In A Pig’s Eye, 10:00, 2010
Peter Larsson – Seven Days in the Woods 6:00, 2010
Niki Lindroth von Bahr – Tord and Tord 10:44, 2010
Stefan Gruber – Both Worlds 10:00, 2011
Max Hattler – AANAATT 4:45, 2010
Dalibor Barić – Pain so light that appears as tickle 4:05, 2010
Bill Porter – On Time Off 4:21, 2008
Bendik Kaltenborn – The End 10:00, 2008

9:30: The Idea (dir. Berthold Bartosch, 1932) and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926) with live music by Chips and Salsa

This very special program will include a screening of Berthold Bartosch’s short animated film The Idea, based upon the eponymous woodcut novel by Belgian printmaker Frans Masereel. Bartosch’s film features a mixture of techniques, including stop motion animation and various optical effects. Bartosch learned many of these methods as an assistant to pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger, best known for creating the first still-extant animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Based on Araban Nights fairy tales, Prince Achmed features Reiniger’s distinctive, elaborately jointed cut paper silhouette animation, enhanced with mesmerizing abstract effects and sumptuous dyed film stock in a variety of saturated hues. The international multi-instrumentalist duo Chips and Salsa will provide live musical accompaniment to these stunning and rare animated films.

Sunday, December 4: BCGF Animation Showcase

7:30: Selections from the 2011 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart

Originating in Chicago, Eyeworks focuses on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. This special 83-minute program will showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is even more varied, and includes cosmic abstraction, psychedelic characters, geometric patterning, and surrealistic narratives. Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.

Full list of featured shorts:
Nicolas Mahler – Mystery Music 5:00, 2009
Paul Rayment – Piano 2:00, 2010
Eric Dyer – The Bellows March 5:30, 2009
Jesse McManus – Macavity 3:00, 2011
Mike Maryniuk – Tattoo Step 1:11, 2008
Johan Rijpma – Tape Generations 2:30, 2011
Zeitguised – Peripetics 3:20, 2009
Atsushi Wada – In A Pig’s Eye, 10:00, 2010
Peter Larsson – Seven Days in the Woods 6:00, 2010
Niki Lindroth von Bahr – Tord and Tord 10:44, 2010
Stefan Gruber – Both Worlds 10:00, 2011
Max Hattler – AANAATT 4:45, 2010
Dalibor Barić – Pain so light that appears as tickle 4:05, 2010
Bill Porter – On Time Off 4:21, 2008
Bendik Kaltenborn – The End 10:00, 2008

9:30: The Idea (dir. Berthold Bartosch, 1932) and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926) with live music by Chips and Salsa

This very special program will include a screening of Berthold Bartosch’s short animated film The Idea, based upon the eponymous woodcut novel by Belgian printmaker Frans Masereel. Bartosch’s film features a mixture of techniques, including stop motion animation and various optical effects. Bartosch learned many of these methods as an assistant to pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger, best known for creating the first still-extant animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Based on Araban Nights fairy tales, Prince Achmed features Reiniger’s distinctive, elaborately jointed cut paper silhouette animation, enhanced with mesmerizing abstract effects and sumptuous dyed film stock in a variety of saturated hues. The international multi-instrumentalist duo Chips and Salsa will provide live musical accompaniment to these stunning and rare animated films.