Cinematheque 108: Special Valentine's Day Event -- MALCOLM LE GRICE

February 14, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque 108:
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Malcolm Le Grice


7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 14th, 2019

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Discussion with Malcolm Le Grice to follow screenings.


Malcolm Le Grice’s appearance made possible by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of a week of appearances by the filmmaker. See for more information.

Le Grice’s visit supported by a generous grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

About the Event

Designated by the British Film Institute as “probably the most influential modernist filmmaker in British cinema,” Malcolm Le Grice achieved global significance in the 1970s as the doyen of the group of filmmakers centered on the London Filmmakers’ Coop. Often known as “Structural- Materialists,” Le Grice and his cohorts radically extended the material-specific preoccupations of the US “Structural” filmmakers in an aesthetic project of unprecedented formal and theoretical ambition, precision. and clarity. Now a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Arts in London, Malcolm Le Grice is making one of his very rare visits to Los Angeles. USC is honored to welcome him.

He writes: “I was born in 1940 in Plymouth, Devon. I studied Painting in London during the so-called swinging sixties – a period of strong political activity, changes in fashion and life-style and the breaking of artistic boundaries. I started to make film in 1965. Though I continued to paint, film became my main medium together with experiments with computers and other technologies. My earliest 16mm film, Castle 1, was a pre-punk attack on cinema with a live, continually flashing light bulb before the screen. From then I constructed my own printing and developing system – later installing a professional printer at the London Filmmakers Co-op that dominated my ‘materialist’ work until switching to explore multi-projection and digital video. Meanwhile I published a history of experimental cinema, Abstract Film and Beyond (1977), and theoretical essays collected in Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age (2001).”

His presentation with give a taste of this general development and include the following complete works:

  • Berlin Horse, 9 mins
  • For the benefit of Mr K, 1 min
  • After Monet Water Lillies, 3 mins
  • Lecture to an Academy, 9 mins
  • Critical Moments, 1 min
  • Threshold, 17 mins
  • Travelling with Mark, 5 mins
  • Neither Here nor There, 8 mins

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: David James