The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, May 27-June 2

05/27/2015 7:02 AM |

Media Rybczynski

Media (1980)
Directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski
In this cheeky 95-second short from Oscar-winning animator Rybczynski, set to what sounds like carousel music slowed down to postapocalyptic atonality, a bearded man in a red pullover can be seen on a monitor which is centered in the frame and appears to sit atop an editing suite, surrounded by shelves of film canisters and other analog clutter. He slates in, and juggles a balloon, which is centered on a second mobile monitor that floats depthlessly across the frame as he bumps the balloon into the air and rolls it across his shoulders—though the technique has the grace of cutout animation, the second monitor has the glitchy blue tint of a video screen. That the man also smokes a cigarette gives another layer to this consideration of ubiquitous 20th-century devices and their encroaching high-tech replacements. Mark Asch (May 27, 28, 8:30pm as part of a shorts program in BAM’s “Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960—1990”)