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Peter Strauss and Molly Ringwald in “Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone 3-D” (1983). See listing below.

Columbia Pictures, via Everett Collection

‘COMIN’ AT YA!: 3-D 35MM’ at the Quad Cinema (Oct. 13-19). Today’s 3-D movies use digital projection, but that stereoscopic effect was originally achieved by having two overlapping images projected from strips of film. The revival of 3-D cheese-fests in the 1980s afforded a rite of passage to some rising stars of the decade, including Molly Ringwald in “Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone 3-D” (Oct. 13), Dennis Quaid in “Jaws 3-D” (Oct. 15 and Oct. 17) and Demi Moore in “Parasite 3-D” (Oct. 18). But the attraction of a retrospective like the Quad’s is a chance to see rare formats in action. Arch Oboler’s “The Bubble” (Oct. 14), from 1966, was recently restored for digital projection, but the Quad will present it in its original 35-millimeter “Space-Vision.” Instead of two projectors running simultaneously — one for each eye — as was the practice in the 1950s, Space-Vision achieved the 3-D effect using one projector and one film strip with two images in every frame. This will be the first known screening of the original roadshow version since Mr. Oboler cut the film by more than 20 minutes in 1968, says Robert Furmanek, founder and chief executive of the 3-D Film Archive.
212-255-2243, quadcinema.com

‘THE FILMS OF PAUL BARTEL’ at Anthology Film Archives (Oct. 13-19). A character actor and exploitation auteur who cut his teeth directing for Roger Corman, Paul Bartel (1938-2000) had a sense of satire that combined the campiness of John Waters with the class consciousness of Peter Watkins. In “Eating Raoul” (Friday and Tuesday), from 1982, one of the tawdriest films ever to play the New York Film Festival, Mr. Bartel plays a wine salesman who, with his wife (the Warhol superstar Mary Woronov), a nurse, raises money to start a country kitchen by murdering swingers with a frying pan and stealing their money. The political commentary seems even more pointed and prescient in the 1975 feature “Death Race 2000” (Friday and Sunday), set in a totalitarian future where the national pastime is a cross-country car race that awards drivers points for mowing down pedestrians. David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone and Ms. Woronov play three of the drivers.
212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (through Oct. 15). As the festival comes to a close this weekend with Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” on Saturday, the special offerings include Barbet Schroeder’s documentary “The Venerable W.” (Friday and Saturday), a profile that probes the contradictions in the life of a Burmese monk who preaches Islamophobia and has been accused of inspiring violence, and “The Yakuza” (Friday), with Robert Mitchum as a former cop working to rescue a friend’s daughter from a Japanese gangster. Sydney Pollack directed, and Paul Schrader and Robert Towne wrote the script.
212-875-5601, filmlinc.org/nyff2017

‘PHILIPPE GARREL: PART 1’ at the Metrograph (through Oct. 26) In recent years, Mr. Garrel has made a series of personal, almost confessional black-and-white movies, including “Jealousy,” “In the Shadow of Women” and the coming “Lover for a Day.” But this French filmmaker’s formative work has been dismayingly tough to find. The Metrograph’s two-part retrospective, billed as the most comprehensive ever in the United States, includes “J’entends Plus la Guitare” (Friday and Oct. 24), inspired by the director’s relationship with the singer Nico, who died in 1988. The film “pursues its themes with the intuitive freedom of a memoir or a poem, rather than conventional narrative logic,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times in 2008.
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

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