Category Archives: Film

Towards the Temenos

Wednesday, April 8th 2009, 4:00 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street 

“Towards the Temenos:  Gregory Markopoulos’ Eniaios”

Conceivably the most demanding and intransigent of all twentieth-century film projects, Eniaios was a monumental re-editing of the nearly one hundred films that Gregory Markopoulos had made over the course of his five-decade career.  Completed just before Markopoulos’ death in 1992, the film was divided into twenty-two cycles running for three to five hours each, with a total estimated projection time of nearly eighty hours. Even more remarkable than its length was its dependence on the particular characteristics of its screening environment, the “Temenos,” located in Lyssaraia, a small hilly area on the western side of the Peloponnese. By choosing the mythic birthplace of lyric poetry and the home to ancient houses of healing as the site for his Temenos, Markopoulos acknowledged that one of its functions was to isolate the viewer from the vagaries of ordinary time, allowing one to reconnect with the rhythms of the natural world.  In form and scale, Eniaios could not be more ambitious, and its utopian aspirations are linked to both its radical reworking of film aesthetics and the unique harmonization of viewing space and image made possible at the Temenos.

This special event will provide an extremely rare chance for members of the Yale community to see parts of this project alongside some of Markopoulos’ earlier films.  The screening will be followed by a presentation by Richard Suchenski.  Please email with any questions.

 Co-sponsored by the Yale Avant-Garde Film Colloquium, the Hellenic Studies Program, the History of Art Department, and the Film Studies Program.

With special thanks to the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.





The Librarian’s Parade

A black-and-white film from 1930 showing librarians moving the 1742 Collection of books from the Old Library (now Dwight Chapel) to the newly-completed Sterling Memorial Library.




Home Movie Day 2008

New Haven Home Movie Day will be an open screening on Saturday October
18th, in which members of the community will be asked to bring in home
movies. The films will be inspected by trained film lab technicians
and archivists, and then projected in front of an audience. Home
movies do not need to be your own family’s but can also include found
films. Formats accepted: 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm.

There will be information available on how to properly care for your
movies, transfer options and local vendors, and fun prizes to give

Saturday, October 18
Film drop-off and inspection: noon to 2pm.
Home Movie Screenings: 2pm to 6pm.
People’s Center 37 Howe Street, New Haven
Free and open to the public (wheelchair access available)

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