Production/Distribution series: IBM: A SELF-PORTRAIT

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n this early Maysles film, the filmmakers visit the corporate headquarters of then-burgeoning IBM, interviewing average workers, executives, and everyone in between. In the process, they reveal the inner workings of the newly christened technological age’s frontier. “In sharp contrast to current, more calculated modes of corporate self-presentation, the Maysles evoke an institution through everyday minutiae and the individual psychologies of its workers.”—Light Industry. (35 mins.)

FOLLOWED BY

TOUJOURS MOINS AND TOUJOURS PLUS
DIRECTOR: LUC MOULLET
FRANCE, 1993, 2010
“In 1993, I filmed ALWAYS MORE (TOUJOURS PLUS). The indispensable complement was missing, LESS AND LESS (TOUJOURS MOINS), my 40th film. It evokes in 14 minutes the development and expansion, from 1968 to 2010, of the devices based on computers, automats, interactive terminals, and others that can be found everywhere. The aim of our current system appears to be to employ a single individual in each sector of activity. We are not there yet, but we’re getting there…. A schizophrenic world, since, at the same time, businesses have to pay the price for these suppressions in an indirect way. We can’t leave millions of human beings jobless. An observation that is both bitter and funny: the methods of this perpetual reduction are surprising and comical….”—Luc Moullet. (14 mins. and 24 mins.)

FOLLOWED BY

THE DARTY REPORT
DIRECTOR: Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville
FRANCE, 1989
“When commissioned to make an infomercial about an appliance store chain, Godard and Miéville shake their heads yes and no, deflect the straightness of the commercial job, and make an eccentric interrogative film about capitalism…”  – Yale Union (50 minutes)

Andy Rector, film critic and author of the Kino Slang blog, will introduce the program.

 

IBM: A SELF-PORTRAIT, TOUJOURS MOINS AND TOUJOURS PLUS, AND THE DARTY REPORT all screen on Saturday, February 1, beginning at 3:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The films are being presented as part of our Production/Distribution series, co-presented with Yale Union.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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