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Museum Of The Moving Image Announces Events For Grand Reopening

January 15
2:00 AM 2011

Rochelle Slovin, Director of Museum of the Moving Image, today announced the complete schedule for the screenings and programs that will celebrate the grand re-opening of America's only museum dedicated to film, television, and digital media. The transformed Museum, which will open to the public on January 15, 2011, will include a new 267-seat theater, a 68-seat screening room, new galleries, and multiple screening spaces for video art.

The entire six weeks of inaugural programs will be titled Celebrating the Moving Image, in honor of the Museum and of screen culture itself. Highlights of programs during the opening weeks include:

· Jacques Tati's Playtime and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey presented in restored 70mm prints on the opening weekend, to show off the extraordinary experience of the new main theater
· Marcel L'Herbier's silent epic L'Argent in a restored print, presented with live music by the Mont Alto Orchestra in a reprise of their triumph at the Telluride Film Festival
· the New York premiere of the restored print of John Ford's Upstream, the long-lost 1927 feature recently rediscovered in New Zealand, with music by four musicians led by acclaimed accompanist Donald Sosin
· the world premiere of a lustrous restored print of Robert Rossen's The Hustler
· a rare screening of Manoel de Oliveira's five-hour masterpiece Doomed Love in a restored print
· a virtually once-in-a-lifetime screening of avant-garde master Gregory Markopoulos's Eniaios: Cycle Five, a section of the 80-hour-long epic film he made for projection at his open-air theater in Greece
· the New York premieres of Kiran Rao's Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat) and Hong Sang-soo's HaHaHa in the new series Indian Cinema Showcase and Korean Cinema Now
· a special screening on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of an archival print of King: A Film Record...Montgomery to Memphis, the major documentary made for a one-night-only showing at 600 theaters nationwide in 1970
· the introduction of weekend family matinees, including Henry Selick's Coraline presented in digital 3-D on January 17 and the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup on January 15
· and special programs about television, exploring The Art of Televised Baseball, a Panorama of New York Public Access TV, and events with Diahann Carroll and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara

"The opening programs reflect the Museum's wide scope of programming, encompassing silent films with live music, classic Hollywood cinema, avant-garde film, television, contemporary world cinema, and more," said the Museum's Chief Curator, David Schwartz. "Films will always be shown in the highest quality formats possible. We are opening with a series of restored films from archives around the world, and Celebrating the Moving Image will offer the public many unforgettable experiences."

Many of these programs will be presented in the new main theater-a cinema space unlike any other. Designed as a capsule for the imaginary voyage of movie-going, the ceiling and walls of the theater are a woven felt surface of vibrant Yves Klein blue, which slips under the stadium rake seating to give the audience a sensation of floating. Outfitted with an ample screen of classic proportions and projection equipment for formats from 16mm to 70mm and high-definition digital 3-D, the Museum's new theater will provide an unsurpassed filmgoing experience. The screening room will also feature state-of-the-art equipment, and will serve as an intimate space for viewing films and digital media.

The press preview for the museum is scheduled for January 11, at which time there will be opportunities to experience the new theaters and see the exhibitions and projections in the Museum's new galleries: In its new Video Screening Amphitheater, the Museum will present a specially commissioned animated film, Dolls vs. Dictators, by New York-based artist Martha Colburn (who will also participate in the Signal to Noise party on January 15 with an analog VJ/live film loop performance). On the 50-foot-long projection wall in its completely redesigned new lobby, the Museum will show the video work City Glow, by artist Chiho Aoshima in collaboration with animator Bruce Ferguson. In its new gallery for changing exhibitions, the Museum will present Real Virtuality, six experiments in art and digital technology, including three Moving Image commissions (from Workspace Unlimited, OpenEnded Group and Pablo Valbuena), the New York premiere installation of the experimental video game The Night Journey by Bill Viola, and the New York premiere museum installation of RMB City by Cao Fei.

"There is going to be something for everyone during the opening celebrations for Museum of the Moving Image," Rochelle Slovin stated, "from connoisseurs of classic cinema to fans of video games and current TV, from children and their families to New York's new-media artists. We welcome audiences from all around New York and all around the world to our transformed Museum, which has been so brilliantly designed by Thomas Leeser."

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Celebrating the Moving Image
January 15-February 20, 2011

Film screenings are included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. Advance tickets for special events are available to Members now by phone at 718.777.6800. Tickets will be available to the public by phone and online at beginning Tuesday, January 4.

January 15-February 20, 2011

The Museum's breathtaking new main theater and intimate screening room are designed to transport viewers to another world. It is fitting that the inaugural series is also a cinematic journey, with recently restored films from archives in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, and the United States.

Saturday, January 15, 1:00 pm
70mm print restored by a consortium of French archives
Dir. Jacques Tati. 1967, 124 mins. Tati's architectural and cinematic masterpiece sets the hapless Hulot adrift in a bustling yet sterile modern cityscape. Alienation has never been so spectacular or richly detailed; this was Tati's only film in 70mm, the only format suitable for its rich pictorial detail.
Tickets: $15 public (includes Museum admission) / Free for Museum members

The Hustler
Saturday, January 15, 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 16, 2:00 pm
World premiere of restored print by 20th Century Fox
Dir. Robert Rossen. 1961, 134 mins. Paul Newman is Fast Eddie, the brash pool hustler who drifts through the film's seedy nocturnal cityscapes until meeting his match in Jackie Gleason's Minnesota Fats. Eugene Shuftan's vibrant CinemaScope black-and-white photography has never looked better.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Saturday, January 15, 4:00 pm
New 70mm restored print by Warner Bros.
Dir. Stanley Kubrick. 1968, 141 mins. As brilliantly engineered as the space program itself, Kubrick's mysterious and profound epic, "the ultimate trip," is about nothing less than the beauty and banality of civilization, blending cool satire, an elaborate vision of the future, and passages of avant-garde cinematic inventiveness.
Tickets: $15 public (includes Museum admission) / Free for Museum members

Magic, Music and Early Movies: Georges Méliès and Sxip Shirey
Sunday, January 16, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Archival prints from the British Film Institute, Lobster Films, FilmArchiv Austria, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Musical magician meets movie magician in this enchanting encounter between the trick-filled movies of the French film pioneer Georges Méliès and the inventive accompaniment of a one-man-band Sxip Shirey, who will perform on a dazzling array of handmade instruments. Méliès's playful movies, filled with special effects and fanciful sets, are shown in restored archival copies. The program includes The Conjurer (1899), The Doctor's Secret (1910), Conquest of the Pole (1912), and Méliès most famous movie, A Trip to the Moon (1902).
Tickets: $20 ($15 children) / $10 for Museum members ($5 for children of members) / Free for Silver Screen members and above.

The Big Combo
Friday, January 21, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 22, 3:00 pm
Restored by UCLA Film and TV Archive
Dir. Joseph H. Lewis. 1955, 89 mins. In one of the last great noirs, photographed by shadow master John Alton, and featuring Joseph H. Lewis's (Gun Crazy) blend of violence and morbid sexuality, an obsessive detective pursues a savage mob boss whose motto is "First is first and second is nobody."

Oliver Twist
Saturday, January 22, 12:30 pm
Sunday, January 23, 1:00 pm
Restored by British Film Institute
Dir. David Lean. 1948, 116 mins. From its famous opening scene of a pregnant mother struggling through a rainstorm, David Lean's powerful, often humorous adaptation, with Alec Guinness as Fagin, remains true both to Dickens' harsh portrait of Victorian London and to the bleak reality of postwar London.

With live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Orchestra
Saturday, January 22, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 23, 2:00 pm
Restored by Centre National de la Cinématographie
Dir. Marcel L'Herbier. 1928, 180 mins, with intermission. One of the most exciting film events of recent years was the Telluride Film Festival's premiere of a stunning restoration of Marcel L'Herbier's epic silent masterpiece, accompanied by the acclaimed Mont Alto Orchestra. The Colorado-based chamber ensemble's scores are "breathtakingly beautifully and always in the strict service to the film on the screen." (Dave Kehr, The New York Times). L'Argent transposes Emile Zola's 1891 novel about the excesses of capitalism to decadent modern-day Paris; L'Herbier's mobile, avant-garde camerawork sets the human drama vividly against the Art Deco architecture of the magnificent sets. Brigitte Helm (Metropolis) plays the cunning mistress at the heart of a bold financial scheme.
The Mont Alto Orchestra: Rodney Sauer (piano), Britt Swenson (violin), David Short (cello), Brian Collins (clarinet), Dawn Kramer (trumpet), Kate Polera (drums).
Tickets: $25 public (includes Museum admission) / $15 Museum members / $10 Silver Screen members and above

Autour de L'Argent
Saturday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 23, 6:00 pm
Restored by Centre National de la Cinématographie
Dir. by Jean Dréville. 1929, 40 mins. Marcel L'Herbier commissioned this fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary about the production of L'Argent. Made in the poetic style of its subject, the film chronicles the remarkable scale of the production and the sheer inventiveness behind its spectacular camerawork.

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Friday, January 28, 7:00 pm
Restored by the Czech Film Archive
Dir. Jaromil Jireš. 1970, 77mins. When a 13-year-old girl crosses the threshold into womanhood, her life unfolds as a baroque saga of vampires, witchcraft, and mysticism. This mesmerizing celluloid poem has been described as a "Jodorowsky/Bergman co-production of a Grimm's fairy tale."

Way Out West
Saturday, January 29, 12:30 pm
Sunday, January 30, 12:30 pm
Restored by UCLA Film & TV Archive
Dir. James W. Horne. 1937, 65mins. This western spoof, in which Stan and Ollie play city slickers sent to Brushwood Gulch to deliver a deed to a mine, is one of their best feature films. The unforgettable soft-shoe dance is one of their most delightful moments.

Rome, Open City (Roma, Citta Aperta)
Saturday, January 29, 2:00 pm
Restored by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale
Dir. Roberto Rossellini. 1945, 100mins. Just a few months after the liberation of Rome, Rosselini filmed this documentary-style drama about the arrest of a resistance leader; the film became the first post-war masterpiece of Italian neorealism. The clarity and consistent visual quality of this restoration will surprise anyone used to the poor quality of earlier prints.

Fellini's Roma
Saturday, January 29, 4:15 pm
Restored by Cineteca del Comune di Bologna
Dir. Federico Fellini. 1972, 128mins. Starring Peter Gonzales-Falcon and Fiona Florence. A poetic, colorful, and freewheeling autobiographical extravaganza, travelogue, and essay film, complete with a fashion show and appearances by Anna Magnani and Gore Vidal, Fellini's Roma is the polar opposite of Rosselini's Rome, Open City.

The Salvation Hunters
Saturday, January 29, 7:00 pm
Live music by Donald Sosin
Restored by UCLA Film & TV Archive
Dir. Josef von Sternberg. 1925, 65mins. Sternberg's impressive debut is a story of lower-depths love and loneliness, filmed on location for a pittance, in a style that foretells neorealism. The film impressed Charlie Chaplin, who cast its star, Georgia Hale, in The Gold Rush.

The Ghost Train (El Tren Fantasma)
Sunday, January 30, 2:00 pm
Live music by Donald Sosin
Restored by Filmoteca UNAM, Mexico City
Dir, Gabriel García Moreno. 1927, 73 mins. This action-packed thriller is about a railroad engineer who investigates a robbery spree, and falls for the station master's daughter. Filled with dazzling camera movement, fight scenes, and stunts performed by the actors, it is one of the best surviving silent Mexican films.

Sunday, January 30, 5:00 pm
With live music for a four-piece band and vocals composed by Donald Sosin
New York Premiere of Restored Print by New Zealand Film Archive, 20th Century Fox, and Academy Film Archive
Dir. John Ford. 1927, 61 mins. This long-lost John Ford movie is one of the sparkling gems from the treasure chest of 75 American silent films recently discovered in New Zealand. A handsomely made backstage drama about an egotistical actor and a vaudeville couple who partner in a knife-throwing act, it hints at the influence of F.W. Murnau on Ford's evolving style. Donald Sosin will evoke the vaudeville atmosphere of the film with a four-piece band and vocals in the score he composed for the European premiere of this restored version at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone Italy. Vocalist Joana Seaton will debut the new title song for the film. Musicians: Susan Heerema (violin), David Tasgal (clarinet), Ken Lauber (drums), Donald Sosin (keyboards).
Tickets: $20 public (includes Museum admission) / $10 Museum members / Free for Silver Screen members and above

The Mayor of Hell
Sunday, January 30, 7:00 pm
Introduced by Mike Mashon, Library of Congress
Restored by The Library of Congress
Dir. Archie Mayo. 1933, 90 mins. Jimmy Cagney is a syndicate crook appointed to oversee a brutally chaotic reform school; he soon develops a kinship with its scrappy slum kids and tries to transform the school into a self-governing paradise. This vital Pre-Code shocker builds to an incendiary finale; the film-and Cagney-bristle with energy.

The Match King
Friday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Restored by The Library of Congress
Dirs. Howard Breatherton, William Keighley. 1932, 79 mins. Many of Warner Bros. 1930s films were "Ripped from Today's Headlines." The Match King, with Warren William as a tycoon who corners the world market on matches and builds a financial empire based on junk bonds and pyramid schemes, only to be done in by the stock market crash (and his infatuation with a beautiful actress), could have been ripped from today's headlines.

M. Hulot's Holiday
Saturday, February 5, 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 6, 1:00 pm
Restored by the Cinémathèque Francaise
Dir. Jacques Tati. 1953, 90 mins. Tati made his first appearance as the gangly raincoat-wearing Hulot, stumbling from mishap to mishap, in this episodic comic masterpiece about the urgency of trying to relax during a seaside holiday. Tati's formally groundbreaking work dispenses plot and favors sound effects over dialogue.

Doomed Love
Saturday, February 5, 2:00 pm
35mm print restored by Cinemateca Portugesa
Dir. Manoel de Oliveira. 1978. 262 mins. plus intermission. This Romeo and Juliet tale of a wealthy young man who falls in love with a woman from a rival aristocratic family is based on the renowned 19th century novel by Camilo Castillo Branco. Oliveira's iconoclastic style balances rigid formalism with obsessive romanticism. The result is an epic tour de force described by J. Hoberman as "a minuet staged as grand opera." Filmed in 16mm, and blown up to 35mm for this rarely screened restored print.
Tickets: $15 public (includes Museum admission) / Free for Museum members.

Nathan the Wise
Sunday, February 6, 2:00 pm
Restored by the Deutsches Film Museum. Digital presentation.
Live music by Donald Sosin and David Tasgal
Dir. Manfred Noa. 1922, 123 mins. Long thought to be missing, Nathan the Wise was one of the most acclaimed German films of the 1920s, a drama set in 12th century Jerusalem depicting the conflict between Christians, Moslems, and Jews. Needless to say, the film was banned by the Nazis; long considered lost, it was rediscovered recently in a Moscow film vault.

Follow the Fleet
Sunday, February 6, 4:30 pm
Introduced by Rajendra Roy, The Museum of Modern Art.
Restored by the The Museum of Modern Art
Dir. Mark Sandrich, 1936, 118 mins. Follow the Fleet was one of the most popular Astaire-Rogers musicals. It added a touch of brash vulgarity to the mix, with Astaire as a gum-chewing sailor who falls for Rogers while on leave, and it has a great Irving Berlin score, featuring "Let's Face the Music and Dance."

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Saturday, February 12, 12:30 pm
Sunday, February 13, 1:00 pm
Restored by Sony Pictures
Dir. Roy Rowland, 1953, 88 mins. A boy's nightmare about his tyrannical piano teacher leads to an elaborate fantasy about conformity and rebellion in this unique, imaginative musical whose story and songs were written by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

The Wedding Day (Baishey Shravana)
Saturday, February 12, 2:30 pm
Restored by the National Film Archive of India
Dir. Mrinal Sen. 1960, 98 mins. Sen established himself on the international scene with this drama about a salesman in a remote Bengali village who marries a teenager half his age. His life begins to unravel, just as World War II erupts.

Sunday, February 13, 2:00 pm
Newly restored by George Eastman House
Dir. Paul Fejos. 1928, 69 mins. A simple story of boy meets girl in the big city is at the core of Hungarian émigré Paul Fejos's late-silent-era dazzler, expressionistically filmed on New York locations, with a Coney Island trip capturing the excitement of the couple's courtship. This new restoration includes three scenes with dialogue, a synchronous music score, and color tinting.

The Valiant Ones
Sunday, February 13, 4:00 pm
Restored by Hong Kong Film Archive
Dir. King Hu. 1975, 104 mins. A rarely-screened wuxia gem, The Valiant Ones is a meditative yet action-filled movie about a 16th-century husband-and-wife swordfighting team hired to protect China from Japanese marauders. King Hu reveals character-and intricate strategy-through the film's countless fight scenes.

My Brilliant Career
Sunday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Restored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Dir. Gillian Armstrong. 1979, 100 mins. Based on the 1901 autobiography of a headstrong young woman seeking artistic and personal independence, and featuring a fiery star-making performance by Judy Davis, My Brilliant Career helped launch the Australian New Wave.

Out of the Past
Friday, February 18, 7:00 pm
Restored by the Library of Congress
Dir. Jacques Tourneur. 1947, 97mins. The laconic, world-weary Robert Mitchum plays a gas station owner who is desperate-but unable-to escape his dark past and the lure of Jane Greer's femme fatale. One of the most exquisite and intricate of all film noirs, shown in a lush print restored from a nitrate negative.

Orders (Les Ordres)
Saturday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Restored by the Cinémathèque Québécoise
Dir. Michel Brault. 1974, 109 mins. The War Measures Act in 1970 suspended civil rights in Canada; Brault's engrossing documentary-style drama focuses on five innocent citizens who were arrested. The Best Director winner at Cannes was described by Variety as "a relentless look at how easily totalitarian methods can surface in a so-called republic or democracy . . . touching and harrowing."

Here's Your Life (Här har du ditt liv)
Sunday, February 20, 2:00 pm
Restored by the Swedish Institute
Dir. Jan Troell, 1966, 169 mins. A forgotten great movie from the 1960s by Swedish director Jan Troell (The Immigrants, Everlasting Moments), this vibrant bildungsroman, adapted from a turn-of-the-century novel, is about a teenager who works as a projectionist, logger, and actor. The widescreen film moves from black-and-white to color, displaying Troell's photographic virtuosity.

Saturday, January 15, 8:00 pm-2:00 a.m.

The Museum's inaugural Signal to Noise party will take over the building with a three-ring circus of live electronic music, moving image performances, and interactive art. Artists, hackers, musicians, and filmmakers will activate every area of the Museum late into the night. Nick Yulman and his robotic orchestra accompany silent films (including Georges Méliès's 1900 The One-Man Band and Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's 1943 Meshes of the Afternoon); Martha Colburn performS live film loops; chiptune artists Bit Shifter and Nullsleep electrify the dance floor with their hacked Gameboys; Fall On Your Sword accompanies their mashed-up videos of William Shatner and David Hasselhoff with live electro-jams; VJ Shantell Martin extracts partygoers' digital auras while they wait...and more.
Tickets: $15 public (when ordered online), $20 at door/$10 Museum members/Free for Silver Screen level and above

Monday, January 17, 2010 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
To observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and to celebrate the Museum's opening, admission is free on Monday, January 17, 2011. Visitors are invited to attend these special screenings; admission to the films is first-come, first-served. Reservations are available to Museum members only.

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
Monday, January 17, 3:00 pm
Introduced by Richard Kaplan
Archival print from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Prod. Ely Landau, Associate prod. Richard Kaplan. 1970, 185mins, Made for a one-night-only screening in 600 theaters nationwide, this tribute documentary uses archival footage of DR. Martin Luther King's life, from the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott to his assassination in 1968, intercut with dramatic readings and interviews by friends and admirers including Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, and more.

Monday, January 17, 1:00 pm
Digital 3-D
Dir. Henry Selick. 2009, 96 mins. The most evocative, atmospheric 3-D family film to date, this stop-motion animated feature is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book about a bored and neglected girl who discovers a door to an alternative version of her life. Rated PG. Recommended for Ages 8+

Tuesday, January 18

Tuesday, January 18, 8:00 p.m.
Founded in 2007, the Cinema Eye Honors is a new annual award that recognizes exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film. Films are selected by a committee of international film festival programmers. Many of the world's leading documentary filmmakers will be present for this exciting awards ceremony. Nominees for best film are: The Oath, Marwencol, Last Train Home, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and Armadillo. Grey Gardens will receive the Legacy Award. For other nominees, and more information, visit
Tickets: $20 /$10 Museum members/Free for Silver Screen members and above.

January 25, February 10, and February 12

The Art of Televised Baseball: Bill Webb and Curt Gowdy, Jr.
Presented in cooperation with SNY-TV home of the New York Mets, Jets, and Big East Conference
Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 pm
A televised baseball game is an unpredictable, multi-character drama that unfolds in real time. The director and production team make thousands of split-second decisions, cutting between more than a dozen camera angles, and incorporating on-screen graphics and the announcers' commentary to make an entertaining, involving show. Emmy-winning director Bill Webb, who directs New York Mets games on SNY, is widely considered to be the best in the business. Curt Gowdy, Jr., Senior Vice President of Production and Executive Producer for SNY-and son of legendary broadcaster Curt Gowdy-will join Webb in this special behind-the-scenes look at the art and craft of producing a televised baseball broadcast. Their work is on view in a brand new multi-monitor display in Behind the Screen that allows us to hear Webb as he calls the plays during a recent broadcast of a Mets vs. San Diego Padres game.
Tickets: $20 public/$10 Museum members/Free for Silver Screen members and above.

Changing the Picture: NBC and the Emergence of African-Americans in Television
An Evening with Diahann Carroll and Herbert S. Schlosser
Thursday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Diahann Carroll, who was just inducted into the TV Hall of Fame, had the groundbreaking starring role in Julia, the first television series to star an African-American woman in a non-stereotypical role. Julia was part of an important group of breakthrough series on NBC, including I Spy, The Bill Cosby Show, Laugh-In, and The Flip Wilson Show, that went on the air in the late 1960s and early 1970s, against the backdrop of social upheaval and the rise of the civil rights movement. Herbert S. Schlosser, the Museum's Chairman, was the President of NBC during this period. Carroll and Schlosser will offer an inside look at this fascinating and important chapter in American history, in an evening of conversation and clips moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz.
Tickets: $20 public/$10 Museum members/Free for Silver Screen level and above.

Museum of the Moving Image and the Comedy Hall of Fame Present:
The New York School (1955-1965):
An Evening with Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
Saturday, February 12, 7:00 pm
In collaboration with the Comedy Hall of Fame
New York City has been at the epicenter of comedy since the days of vaudeville. The city has spawned a sophisticated approach to comedy rooted in sharp verbal humor and contemporary relevance. In the 1960s, a group of distinctly New York comedians performed their standup routines on network television, and made a huge cultural impact with a sharp-edged style that was politically engaged, socially relevant, and verbally inventive. In the coming months, the Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum will present three evenings of conversations with legendary comedians who were part of a comedy movement that can be called The New York School , Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara made frequent appearances throughout the 1960s and 1970s on such shows as The Ed Sullivan Show; they are now making a weekly web series, Stiller and Meara: A Show About Everything. Stiller and Meara will discuss their careers in a program moderated by New Yorker writer Ben Greenman.
Tickets: $20 public/$10 Museum members/Silver Screen level and above.

January 15-February 19, 2011

Avant-garde films are made independently, often without commercial support, which means that they are in danger of deteriorating and disappearing over time. Thankfully, there are two major initiatives underway to preserve and restore significant avant-garde films. The National Film Preservation Foundation, with support from the Film Foundation, has an Avant-Garde Masters grant program. The Academy of Motion Picture Archives, which is best known for awarding mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, devotes considerable resources to restoring well-known and neglected avant-garde films.

8mm Films by George and Mike Kuchar
Saturday, January 15, 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 16, 5:30 pm
Restored 16mm blow-up prints by Anthology Film Archives.
The Bronx-born Kuchar Brothers made their own dime-store version of Hollywood with an 8mm camera. Anita Needs Me 1963, 16mins. An overheated tale of lust, guilt, and Mom, made as a response to the French New Wave. Sylvia's Promise, 1962, 9 mins. A visually spectacular tale of tortured love and 1960s rock music and dancing. A Town Called Tempest 1963, 33mins. Extreme weather and melodrama abound in this torrid tour de force.

The Cross Revolves at Sunset: Restored Experimental Film from the Academy Film Archive
Sunday, January 22, 7:30 pm
Introduced by Mark Toscano, Preservationist, Academy Film Archive
The title of this mixed program of acknowledged masterworks and rarities was inspired by Keewatin Dewdney's rarely screened gem The Maltese Cross Movement, which playfully explores many elemental and metaphorical aspects of celluloid cinema, themes touched on by other films in the show. The Maltese Cross Movement Keewatin Dewdney, 1967, 7mins. Penny Bright and Jimmy Witherspoon Robert Nelson, 1967, 4 mins. Hotel Cartograph Scott Stark, 1983, 11 mins. The Divine Miracle Daina Krumins, 1973, 6 mins. Sky Blue Water Light Sign J.J. Murphy, 1972, 9mins. Eclipse Predictions Diana Wilson, 1982, 4mins. What's Out Tonight is Lost Phil Solomon, 1983, 8mins. Hand Held Day Gary Beydler, 1975, 6mins. Analogies Peter Rose, 1977, 14 mins. Dead Reckoning David Wilson, 1980, 9 mins. Raindance Standish Lawder, 1972, 16 mins.

From Contemplation to Chaos: An Avant-Garde Sampler
Saturday, January 29, 3:00 pm
Sunday, January 30, 5:30 pm
With Millicent Brower, Larry Gottheim, and Carolee Schneemann in person
Restored prints and video from The Harry Ransom Center, The New York Public Library, The Harvard Film Archive, Electronic Arts Intermix, and Chicago Filmmakers.
This compilation program moves from dreamlike, meditative silence to a joyful, loud frenzy. (untitled) Norman Mailer, 1947, 9mins. Novelist Mailer's surprisingly assured foray into surrealist cinema, starring Millicent Brower; Blues Larry Gottheim, 1969, 8mins. A radiant visual study of the changing light in a bowl of blueberries and milk. Doorway Larry Gottheim, 1970, 7 mins. A serene winterscape viewed through a door unlocks a rich world of textures and revelatory detail. Body Collage Carolee Schneemann, 1967, 4mins. Schneemann turns her body into a collage to create a visceral "movement-event." Meat Joy 1964, 11mins. An ecstatic document of performance art, filmed during Schneemann's spectacular erotic rite at Judson Church in 1964. Jerry's Tom Palazollo, 1976, 10mins. A frenetic, verbally abusive deli owner offers his own form of performance art.

Sunday, February 6, 7:00 pm
Dir. Andy Warhol. 1965, 66 mins.
16mm print restored by The Museum of Modern Art
Edie Sedgwick was Andy Warhol's flighty, endlessly charismatic "It Girl," the star of all his talkies in 1965. An hour-long closeup of Edie singing along to rock songs and, as always, making herself up and talking, this rediscovered portrait film is essentially Warhol's The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Lost, Lost, Lost
Sunday, February 13, 3:30 pm
16mm print preserved by Anthology Film Archives
Dir. Jonas Mekas, 1976, 180 mins. Filmmaker, poet, critic, exhibitor, distributor, and champion of avant-garde filmmaking, Jonas Mekas is also the creator of beautiful diary films marked by a fleeting, impressionistic style suffused at once with nostalgia and presence-in-the-moment. This epic diary chronicles his arrival in New York City and his early years with the underground scene.

Gregory Markopoulos Panel Discussion
Saturday, February 19, 1:00 pm
The filmmaker Robert Beavers, who was Gregory Markopoulos's companion for nearly thirty years and who directs the Temenos Association will present an overview of the Temenos Project, to place this screening in the context of Markopoulos's extraordinary vision. A panel of noted avant-garde film historians, including Rebekah Rutkoff, Dr. Jeffrey Stout, and Richard Suchenski, will discuss Markopoulos's work.

Eniaios: Cycle Five
Saturday, February 19, 3:00 pm
Restored 16mm print from the Temenos Association.
Dir. Gregory Markopoulos, 2004, approx. 210 mins. 16mm print preserved by the Temenos Association. Visionary filmmaker and American expatriate Gregory Markopoulos (1928-1992) devoted his last twenty years to Eniaios, an eighty-hour meditation on the essence of cinema, embodied in an intricate fusion of Greek myth, portraiture, and landscape. The film was designed to only be shown in its entirety during special screenings of its 22 cycles, or "orders," in a carefully chosen site outside the Peloponnesian village of Lyssaria. At the current pace of restoration and preservation with successive screenings of individual cycles every few years, the entire film will not have been seen until 2028. Eniaios was described by P. Adams Sitney as "the most extraordinarily ambitious film ever made."
Tickets: $15 public / Free for Museum members.

January 16 & February 12, 2011

India has the world's largest and most vibrant film industry, producing more movies than Hollywood, and playing to a larger and more diverse audience. While known largely for its song-and-dance filled Bollywood productions, Indian cinema also produces a wide range of ambitious art films. In the greater New York area, a number of the specialized theaters presenting Indian cinema have closed in recent years. Indian Cinema Showcase is a monthly series that fills this gap, with theatrical screenings of the best of new and classic Indian Cinema.
Presented in collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation, India.

Mumbai Diaries (Dhobi Ghat)
New York Premiere
Sunday, January 16, 7:00 pm
Dir. Kiran Rao. 2010, 100 mins. A favorite at the Toronto Film Festival, and an urban romance that puts a fresh, independent face on the image of Indian cinema, Dhobi Ghat is an impressive directorial debut by Kiran Rao. Rao's husband, superstar Aamir Khan, gives a compelling low-key performance as an artist who falls in love with an Indian-American banker. The third member of the triangle is their shared dhobi-the laundry man who picks up their clothes. This fresh, lyrically photographed film is also a love letter to Mumbai during monsoon season.

The Wedding Day (Baishey Shravana)
Saturday, February 12, 2:00 pm
Restored by the National Film Archive of India
Dir. Mrinal Sen. 1960, 98 mins. (See description above, in Recovered Treasures).

January 23 & February 20

In recent years, South Korea has become a hotbed of cinema, with a wide range of films that have achieved critical and commercial success around the world. With directors like Lee Chang-Dong, Hong Sang-soo, Im Kwon-taek, Bong Joon-ho, and Park Chan-wook, Korean films of a wide range of genres and styles have been among the best current films from any country. This monthly showcase, which will feature both contemporary and classic films, is co-presented with the Korea Society.

Sunday, January 23, 4:00 pm
Preview screening courtesy Kino International
Dir. Lee Chang-dong. 2010, 139mins. A mysterious death, and the story of a woman in her 60s who enrolls in a poetry class just as she is plagued by the onset of Alzheimer's disease, are at the core of the highly acclaimed new film by Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine). This multilayered drama won the best screenplay award at Cannes, and features an indelible central performance by Yun Jung-hee.

Sunday, February 20, 6:00 pm
Dir. Hong Sang-Soo. 2010, 115mins. A filmmaker on the skids who plans to move to Canada meets a film critic friend; during a classic Hong Sang-soo drinking session, they decide to share memories of recent trips they took to the same seaside town. This deceptively lightweight romantic comedy, which has not been shown in New York, won the top jury prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

February 6, 2011

A Black History Moment in Hong Kong Action Films: Screening and discussion with Martial Arts Pioneers Stephan Berwick and Mike Woods
Sunday, February 6, 3:00 pm
Stephan Berwick and Mike Woods are two of America's foremost practitioners of Chinese martial arts. While training in China, they acted in Hong Kong action films. They were among the very few African-Americans to do so. Berwick and Wood will screen and discuss clips of their film performances with Fist and Sword film series curator and Museum of the Moving Image trustee Warrington Hudlin. In addition to sharing their on-camera and behind-the-scenes experiences in the Hong Kong film industry, Berwick will show the short film he directed, Final Weapon (2010, 15 mins.).

February 11-20, 2011
Guest-curated by Leah Churner and Nicolas Rapold

When the world's first public access channel went on-air in Manhattan in 1971, the press praised it as a landmark civic experiment in "electronic democracy." But this everyman's soapbox was a stage, too: for the showboats who flocked there, public access was off-off-off-off-Broadway, uncensored, unmediated and unencumbered by production values. A free-range creative habitat, it attracted radicals, reactionaries, artists, smut peddlers, teenage puppeteers, quack doctors, club kids, book clubs, church choirs, backyard wrestlers, and naked talk-show hosts. New York's public access shows harnessed mysteries of human nature never before seen on television. The series begins with a live event featuring luminaries of the medium, including Cable Soho co-founder Jaime Davidovich, famed documentarian and "godfather of public access," George Stoney, and many more. The carefully selected compilation programs span four decades of must-see fringe television, most of which has never been shown publicly since appearing on cable. Laugh, cry, and scratch your head at natural-born performers, uncensored callers, celebrity cameos, rare musical discoveries, raucous parodies, and unclassifiable acts.

Special Event: Public Access Reunion 2011
Friday, February 11, 7:00 pm
It's the first-ever NYC Public Access Reunion! Live and in person, see the ever-expanding galaxy of Access stars. Personalities from The Scott and Gary Show, Wild Record Collection, The Live! Show, Squirt TV, The Vole Show and Metro Access Studios will take the stage-along with surprise guests.

Phones, Cheap, and Out of Control
Saturday, February 12, 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 13, 3:00 pm
Live TV + viewer call-ins = magic, or something like it...Long before CNN's Larry King Live, public access programs invited audiences to talk back and join the show. This medley of "interactive television" excerpts is packed with punkish put-downs, left-field expertise, and Warholian dead air.

Saturday, February 12, 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 13, 5:00 pm
Calling all big boppers and vinyl connoisseurs! This irresistible musical showcase celebrates The Scott and Gary Show, the legendarily loud anti-MTV after school bandstand, and Wild Record Collection, your weekly deep-cut genius DJ set-hosted by Snuffles the Bear and his dancing zoo revue!

Soho Television Presents
Saturday, February 19, 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 20, 3:00 pm
In 1976, the artists' collective Cable Soho convinced the cable company to extend service south of Houston Street. What followed was a homegrown electronic Cabaret Voltaire. From Jaime Davidovich's block party on Wooster Street to Bob Hope's views on Nam June Paik, Soho produced absurd artistic entertainment for the home.

After Hours
Saturday, February 19, 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 20, 5:00 pm
Downtown had its own late-night talk show circuit in the 1980s, with stoned, sexy hosts offering an avant-garde alternative to the networks. Meanwhile, "blue" programs enjoyed immunity to FCC decency laws. "I think our show is less prurient than Johnny Carson," said Al Goldstein. Come judge for yourself! (Note: This program contains adult content.)

Ongoing every weekend (plus special events)
Matinee screenings every Saturday and Sunday, and holiday weekdays, are designed to introduce adventurous children to the pleasures of great cinema. Family screenings will include films selected from Museum retrospectives as well as films especially programmed for budding cinephiles and their parents. Non-children are welcome as well. Workshops will offer children the opportunity to learn filmmaking techniques from accomplished artists.

Duck Soup
Saturday, January 15, 12:30 pm
1933, 68mins. Dir, Leo McCarey. Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo satirize war and government, and celebrate mayhem, anarchy, and brotherly love in their funniest film. Recommended for Ages 8+

Magic, Music and Early Movies: Georges Méliès and Sxip Shirey
Sunday, January 16, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Archival prints from the British Film Institute, Lobster Films, FilmArchiv Austria, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Musical magician meets movie magician in this enchanting encounter between the trick-filled movies of the French film pioneer Georges Méliès and the inventive accompaniment of a one-man-band Sxip Shirey, who will perform on a dazzling array of handmade instruments. Méliès's playful movies, filled with special effects and fanciful sets, are shown in restored archival copies. The program includes The Conjurer (1899), The Doctor's Secret (1910), Conquest of the Pole (1912), and Méliès most famous movie, A Trip to the Moon (1902).
Tickets: $20 ($15 children) / $10 for Museum members ($5 for children of members) / Free for Silver Screen members and above.

Monday, January 17, 1:00 pm
Digital 3-D
Dir. Henry Selick. 2009, 96 mins. The most evocative, atmospheric 3-D family film to date, this stop-motion animated feature is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book about a bored and neglected girl who discovers a door to an alternative version of her life. Rated PG. Recommended for Ages 8+

Oliver Twist
Saturday, January 22, 12:30 pm
Sunday, January 23, 1:00 pm
Dir. David Lean, 1948, 116mins. (See description above, in Recovered Treasures). Recommended for Ages 12+

Digital Drawing with Shantell Martin
January 22, 2:30 p.m.
Illustrator and VJ Shantell Martin provides an inside look at the technology, aesthetics, and creative expansion of live painting software. Children learn to harness their intuitive creativity using technology and methods developed for and by artists. Guided by music, participants create live drawings projected onto a screen in real time. Recommended for ages 10 and up, 90 min., $10 materials fee ($5 for members).

Way Out West
Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 12:30 pm
Dir, James W. Horne. 1937, 63 mins. (See description above, in Recovered Treasures) Recommended for Ages 8+

M. Hulot's Holiday
Saturday, February 5, 12:30pm and Sunday, February 6, 1:00pm
Dir. Jacques Tati. 1953, 114mins. (See description above, in Recovered Treasures) Recommended for Ages 10+

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Saturday, February 12, 12:30 pm
Sunday, February 13, 1:00 pm
Dir. Roy Rowland, 1953, 88 mins. (See description above, in Recovered Treasures) Recommended for Ages 10+

Cartoon Morphing with Tiny Inventions
Saturday, February 12, 2:30 p.m.
Working with the Brooklyn-based animation team Tiny Inventions, children will collaboratively create a hand-drawn morphing animation using their neighbor's first drawing as their last. Together, the class will produce a single, seamless flow of images-a cartoon that can be looped indefinitely. Recommended for ages 10 and up, 90 min., $10 materials fee ($5 for members).

President's Week Screenings:
Aardman Animation
Saturday, February 19-Friday, February 25

The Aardman studio is known for their delightful stop-motion animation, especially Nick Park's films starring the befuddled inventor Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit. These two compilations offer a sampling of their best and most beloved films. Recommended for Ages 8+

Aardman Animation: Program One
Saturday, February 19, 12:30 pm
Daily, Monday-Friday, February 21-25, Noon
Can vs. Sprouts (2010, 2 mins.) A spaghetti sauce can vs. a vegetable alliance. Wat's Pig (1996, 11 mins.) Twins divided at birth; one raised to be king, the other raised by pigs. Wallace and Gromit in Cracking Contraptions: "The Snowmanotron" (2002, 2 mins.) Wallace's snowman machine becomes abominable. "The Bully Proof Vest" (2002, 2 mins.) Wallace's bully-repeller takes on Gromit and his ninja moves. A Close Shave (1995, 30 mins.) 1995, 30 mins. Wallace falls for a wool shop owner while Gromit is framed for sheep rustling. A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008, 29 mins.) Gromit is suspicious about a series of murders that occur shortly after Wallace opens a baking business.

Aardman Animation: Program Two
Sunday, February 20, 12:30 pm
Daily, Monday-Friday, February 21-25, 3:00 pm
Stuff vs. Stuff: "Walkman vs. Hoover" (2010, 2 mins.) Two appliances duke it out. Creature Comforts (1989, 5 mins.) In Aardman's first Oscar winner, zoo animals are interviewed about their accommodations. Cracking Contraptions: "Shopper 13" (2002, 3 mins.) Wallace tries to deploy a store-to-home cheese delivery system. "The AutoChef" (2002, 3 mins.) Gromit finds something awry with a breakfast-cooking robot. A Grand Day Out (1989, 23 mins.) In their debut, Wallace and Gromit build a moon rocket so they can sample cheese. The Wrong Trousers (1993, 23 mins.) In desperate financial straits, Wallace rents Gromit's bedroom to a malevolent penguin.

President's Week Claymation Workshops
Daily, February 19-27, 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.
Children create their own three-dimensional characters made from clay, then animate them using the same technique used to create popular animated films like the Wallace and Gromit series. Recommended for ages 10 and up, 60 min., $5 materials fee (members free).


Saturday, January 15
12:30 Duck Soup
1:00 Playtime
2:00 The Hustler
4:00 2001: A Space Odyssey
5:00 George and Mike Kuchar Films
8:00 Signal to Noise

Sunday, January 16
1:00 Magic, Music, and Early Movies: Georges Melies and Sxip Shirey
2:00 The Hustler
4:00 Magic, Music, and Early Movies: Georges Melies and Sxip Shirey
5:30 George and Mike Kuchar Films
7:00 Mumbai Diaries

Monday, January 17
1:00 Coraline
3:00 King: A Filmed Record

Tuesday, January 18
8:00 Cinema Eye Honors

Friday, January 21
7:00 The Big Combo

Saturday, January 22
12:30 Oliver Twist
2:30 Digital Drawing workshop with Shantell Martin
3:00 The Big Combo
6:00 Autour de L'Argent
7:30 L'Argent with music by the Mont Alto Orchestra

Sunday, January 23
1:00 Oliver Twist
2:00 L'Argent with music by the Mont Alto Orchestra
4:00 Poetry
6:00 Autour de L'Argent
7:30 The Cross Revolves at Sunset: Avant-garde films introduced by Mark Toscano

Tuesday, January 25
7:00 The Art of Televised Baseball, with Bill Webb and Curt Gowdy, Jr. in Person

Friday, January 28
7:00 Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Saturday, January 29
12:30 Way Out West
2:00 Rome, Open City
3:00 Avant Garde Masters mixed program
4:15 Fellini's Roma
7:00 The Salvation Hunters

Sunday, January 30
12:30 Way Out West
2:00 The Ghost Train
5:00 Upstream
5:30 Avant Garde Masters mixed program
7:00 The Mayor of Hell, introduced by Mike Mashon

Friday, February 4
7:00 The Match King

Saturday, February 5
12:30 M. Hulot's Holiday
2:00 Doomed Love
3:00 M. Hulot's Holiday

Sunday, February 6
1:00 M. Hulot's Holiday
2:00 Nathan the Wise
3:00 Fist and Sword program with Stephan Berwick
4:30 Follow the Fleet, introduced by Rajendra Roy
7:00 Face

Thursday, February 10
7:00 Changing the Picture: NBC and the Emergence of African-Americans in Television, with Diahann Carroll and Herbert S. Schlosser in Person

Friday, February 11
7:00 Public Access Reunion 2011

Saturday, February 12
12:30 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
2:30 The Wedding Day
2:30 Cartoon Morphing Workshop with Tiny Furniture
3:00 Phones, Cheap and Out of Control
5:00 Shindig
7:00 The New York School: Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara in Person

Sunday, February 13
1:00 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
2:00 Lonesome
3:00 Phones, Cheap and Out of Control
3:30 Lost, Lost, Lost
4:00 The Valiant Ones
5:00 Shindig
7:00 My Brilliant Career

Friday, February 18
7:00 Out of the Past

Saturday, February 19
12:30 Aardman Animation, Program 1
1:00 Gregory Markopoulos Panel
1:00 Claymation Workshop
2:30 Claymation Workshop
3:00 Eniaios: Cycle 5
3:00 Soho TV Presents
5:00 After Hours
7:00 Les Ordres

Sunday, February 20
12:30 Aardman Animation, Program 2
1:00 Claymation Workshop
2:30 Claymation Workshop
2:00 Here's Your Life
3:00 Soho TV Presents
5:00 After Hours
6:00 HaHaHa

Monday-Friday, February 21-25
12:00 Aardman Animation, Program 1
1:00 Claymation Workshop
2:30 Claymation Workshop
3:00 Aardman Animation, Program 2

Support for Museum of the Moving Image

The expansion and renovation of Museum of the Moving Image has received major support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York City Council, PlaNYC, Office of the Queens Borough President, New York State Dormitory Authority, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall; Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin; Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn; Councilmembers Leroy G. Comrie, Domenic M. Recchia, Jimmy Van Bramer and the entire Queens delegation of the New York City Council; New York State Senators George Onorato and Malcolm Smith; New York State Assemblymembers Michael N. Gianaris and Catherine T. Nolan; and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Generous capital funding has also been provided by many individuals, foundations, and corporations. Real Virtuality has been underwritten by an award from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, with additional support from Barco and Flanders House. Martha Colburn's commissioned animated film Dolls vs. Dictators is made possible thanks to a grant from the Greenwall Foundation.

About the Museum

Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the U.S. that explores the art, industry and innovation of screen culture in all its forms. Embracing topics that range from 19th century optical toys to the latest Internet developments, the Museum provides insight into every phase of the production, promotion and exhibition of moving images. Engaging an international audience of all ages, Museum of the Moving Image offers a distinctive, highly interactive core exhibition; contemporary and retrospective programs of films from around the world; public discussions with leading figures in film and television; a unique collection; inspiring education programs; stimulating changing exhibitions; and groundbreaking online projects. The Museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York. For more information, please visit


Hours (beginning January 15, 2011): Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Holiday Openings: Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Monday, February 21 (Washington's Birthday), 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Monday except for holiday openings).
Film Screenings: See schedule above for schedule.
Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events and Friday evenings) Tickets for special screenings and events may be purchased in advance online at or by phone at 718.777.6800.
Location: 35 Avenue at 37 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or M trains (R on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or Q trains to 36 Avenue.
Program Information: Telephone: 718.777.6888; Website:

The Museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York and its operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation). The Museum also receives generous support from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. For more information, please visit


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