The American Cinematheque Presents Tav Falco’s First Feature Film, “Urania Descending” June 2nd and 3rd. 

This movie was shot on 16mm black and white reversal film stock procured from FOMA in Prague. That’s part of what gives it its ethereal, film noir mood. Although “Urania Descending” was finished in 2014, it looks like it could have been made in the ’30s. The classic strings on the soundtrack also add to the anachronistic feel. The film was described as a “poem infused with metaphor and mood, where the past overtakes the present, and the present overtakes the past.”

Gina Lee, a disaffected American girl, buys a ticket to Vienna on a whim. In the sexy city on the Danube, this avatar of Urania, the muse of the heavens, mixes with the decadent locals and becomes involved in an adventure involving Nazi plunder. Although a tragic affair ends with her submerged in the lake, her ultimate destiny is unknown.

In his career as a musician, film-maker and actor, Falco has collaborated with the likes of Alex Chilton, Lux Interior and Charlie Feathers. Several of his short films have been shown in underground arts venues and archived into the permanent collection of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. He has now completed a feature length expressionistic film entitled, “Urania Descending,” which is possibly the first of a tryptic.

Falco has said his main artistic purpose is, “to stir up the dark waters of the unconscious.”

Screenings will start Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Meet Tav Falco live in-person! Tickets are $12. Egyptian Theater for info and tickets.

Donna Lee contributed to this post

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