Film Restoration and Screening: TIME OF THE HEATHEN [1961] (directed by Peter Kass)

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by Tony Frankel on May 1, 2024

in Film,Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-New York

4K Restoration Nationwide Screenings Include
May 10 in NY at Film at Lincoln Center (Opening)
and May 12 in LA at the American Cinematheque

Emerging from the void, mysterious drifter Gaunt (The Sting’s John Heffernan) wanders the upstate countryside in a daze with only his bible for company. But after happening upon the murder of a local female housekeeper at the hands of a rural deviant, Gaunt soon finds himself framed for the attack. Forced to flee deeper into the woods with the only witness to the crime — the woman’s young deaf mute son Jesse — the pair forge a complex bond that culminates in one of cinema’s most memorable, psychedelic, and unclassifiable endings.

A “lost” marvel of independent filmmaking, Time of the Heathen is set in the immediate shadow of the atomic bomb, yet narrativized through the groundbreaking aesthetics and shifting racial politics of the 1960s. Directed by Peter Kass, best known for his path-breaking work in the New York theater world, and strikingly lensed by visual artist and avant-garde filmmaker Ed Emshwiller, Heathen is major discovery for even the most well-versed cinephiles.

Restored in 4K in 2023 by UCLA Film & Television Archive and Lightbox Film Center, University of the Arts at Illuminate Hollywood laboratory, in collaboration with Corpus Fluxus and Audio Mechanics from the 35mm picture, the soundtrack negative and the original 1⁄4” stereo master recording of Lejaren Hiller’s score.

poster design by Dylan Haleying

Time of the Heathen
Arbelos Films
USA | 1961 | 76 min. | B&W and Color | English | DCP

May 10-16, 2024 Film at Lincoln Center New York, NY
May 10, 2024 Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia, PA
May 12+17, 2024 American Cinematheque Los Angeles, CA
May 17, 2023 Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago, IL
June 25, 2024 Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
August 16-18, 2024 Trylon Cinema Minneapolis, MN

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