Museum Of The Moving Image Announces Events For Grand Reopening
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."
To view and print this full announcement as a PDF, go to http://movingimage.us/press/pdf/2010/opening_programs_122210.pdf
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 http://movingimage.us beginning Tuesday, January 4.
RECOVERED TREASURES: GREAT FILMS FROM WORLD ARCHIVES
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
SIGNAL TO NOISE
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
FREE FAMILY DAY
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
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+
CINEMA EYE HONORS
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 www.cinemaeyehonors.com.
Tickets: $20 /$10 Museum members/Free for Silver Screen members and above.
TELEVISION, BEHIND THE SCENES
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.