It’s sheer coincidence that the Art Museum’s new “Live Cinema” exhibition opens mere weeks after the death of Sylvia Kristel from throat and lung cancer. But that fact lends an especial poignancy to the images of the still-striking Emmanuelle actress silently smoking that frame director Manon de Boer’s Super-8 portrait, Sylvia Kristel — Paris. Boer’s camera roams the streets of Paris while Kristel, off-camera, twice recounts her history in the city, a distinctly 1970s saga of affairs with producers and co-stars. The film is one-third of a trilogy with two other cinematic landscapes-as-portraits that pair disembodied narrators with a floating sense of place. Resonating Surfaces features psychoanalyst Suely Rolnik recounting her relationships with Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and the influence of her move from Brazil to Paris; and Think About Wood, Think About Metal glides over close-ups of an array of instruments as percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky discusses her challenges as a female avant-garde musician performing Cage and Feldman.
Nov. 17-Feb. 10, free with museum admission of $20, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100, philamuseum.org.