"I love you like a madman," declares Garrel's stand-in Gerard (Benoît Régent). "That means the day you cease to be crazy, you won't love me anymore," she snaps. Later, when talking to Gerard's stable new squeeze, Marianna seems to speak for the director and his late muse when she ponders, "Maybe I didn't make him happy, but it was a different era. Maybe we didn't need to be happy. We were seeking something else."
Guitar's posthumous portrait is more repellent than alluring. But to help the unconverted fathom Nico's peak mystique, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts film curator Joel Shepard has also programmed The Velvet Underground and Nico, an hour-long 1966 performance directed by Warhol. Static and chaotic, it features Nico on tambourine, with little Ari (her son by Alain Delon), a noise-jamming V.U., Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga a-go-go, and a bout of performance interruptus courtesy of the NYPD. At the box office, up until 2005's Regular Lovers, Philippe Garrel couldn't get arrested. But outside of it, the types he hung with always could.
I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR: RARE FILMS BY PHILIPPE GARREL
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room
701 Mission, SF