Philip Seymour Hoffman and Krzysztof Kieslowski Retrospectives Coming Up at Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image has announced its major programs runnig September - October 2016, including retrospectives devoted to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Krzysztof Kieslowski. Scroll down for details!


New releases at the Museum

Kaili Blues (Sept. 3-11) / Chronic (Sept. 23-Oct. 2)
In a return New York engagement, the Museum will present Bi Gan's highly acclaimed feature debut Kaili Blues, a mesmerizing cinematic tour de force from China, a tale of a doctor searching for his abandoned nephew. And, in a New York premiere engagement, the Museum will present Chronic, a new drama starring Tim Roth in what The Guardian calls "the performance of his career." Roth, best known for his simmering intensity and gritty characters in films such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Vincent and Theo, here plays an in-home aide to terminally ill patients. The film will also play at Cinema Village.Press release | Event info: Kaili Blues | Event info: Chronic

Meltdown: Nuclear Fears on Film (with Eric Schlosser in person)
September 3-11, 2016
Inspired by Command and Control, Eric Schlosser's book examining the flaws in the complex human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe, the Museum will present a series of films that address fears of nuclear annihilation. This series opens with Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, featuring an introduction by Schlosser with clips from the new documentary based on his book, and followed by a book signing. Also screening are The Atomic Cafe; Peter Watkins's The War Game (in a 35mm print from the Academy Film Archive); and The China Syndrome. This series coincides with the theatrical release of the documentary Command and Control at Film Forum on September 14. Event info

Colombia Pictures: Films from Burning Blue
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Burning Blue has rapidly become one of Colombia's leading film production companies, focusing on projects with strong aesthetic and narrative elements, particularly from first-time directors. This series presents three of Burning Blue's acclaimed titles, including the New York premiere of Jorge Forero'sViolencia, Ciro Guerra's The Wind Journeys (the film he made prior to Embrace of the Serpent), and Óscar Ruiz Navia's Los Hongos. Co-presented with Cinema Tropical. Event info

The Master: A Philip Seymour Hoffman Retrospective
September 16-October 2, 2016
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent, an actor and director whose performances were always immersive and electrifying. He was beloved in the film and theater world, and his untimely death in 2014 at age 46 took away the promise of so much great work to come. His legacy lives on in many ways, including his astonishing performances in the films in this retrospective, which include his Academy Award-winning Capote; Before The Devil Knows You're Dead; Boogie Nights; Doubt; Magnolia; The Master; Synecdoche, New York; The Talented Mr. Ripley; and his impressive and heartfelt directorial debut Jack Goes Boating. Select screenings will be introduced by his colleagues and friends. Special thanks to Mimi O'Donnell.

Visions: TV Dramas by Maya Angelou and Momoko Iko
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The pioneering PBS TV series Visions, produced by Barbara Schultz from 1976 to 1980, presented 40 programs that brought together playwrights and directors addressing controversial topics in American culture. Two short dramas, directed by Maya Angelou, The Tapestry and Circles (written by Alexis De Veaux), and the play The Gold Watch by Japanese-American writer Momoko Iko about the West Coast Japanese-American experience after Pearl Harbor, will be presented. These works were recently restored by New York Women in Film and Television's Women's Film Preservation Fund. Event info

Agnès Varda
September 25-October 16, 2016
Agnès Varda, one of the key directors to emerge from the French New Wave, has worked in fiction and documentary and has long been regarded as an essential figure in world cinema. In conjunction with a new symposium dedicated to Varda on Reverse Shot, the Museum's online publication, featuring original writing on all of her films, the Museum will present screenings of newly restored versions of four of her greatest works: Le Bonheur, Mur Murs withDocumenteur, and Cléo from 5 to 7-introduced by Reverse Shot writers.

Krzysztof Kieslowski: A Complete Retrospective
October 7-November 6, 2016
Coinciding with the theatrical release of a new digital restoration of Krzysztof Kieslowski's epic masterwork The Decalogue (1988), the Museum will present a complete retrospective of all of the acclaimed Polish director's features, short films, and documentaries. Kieslowski (1941-1996), best known for his internationally acclaimed 1990s films The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, and Red, was a graduate of the prestigious Lodz Film School and started his career in television with documentaries and dramas that captured the daily lives of working class people. At the height of his career (and sadly at the end of his life), he was admired worldwide for his emotionally haunting, visually sumptuous moral dramas of modern life, epitomized by the Three Colors Trilogy. The series will also feature a marathon screening of The Decalogue, and four posthumous works based on Kieslowski's unproduced screenplays. Guest appearances by collaborators and scholars of the director's work will be announced at a later date.Presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Polish Film Institute.

In addition, the Museum will continue to present programs in the ongoing series Jim Henson's World, Fist and Sword (martial arts films and events), Changing the Picture, and New Adventures in Nonfiction. Other programs and exhibitions will be announced as they are confirmed.


Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection
Closing Sunday, September 18, 2016 (Changing Exhibitions Gallery)
Arcade Classics features more than 30 video arcade games released between 1972 and 1993, drawn from the Museum's collection. All of the games are playable. Games will include the first video arcade game Computer Space (1971), Asteroids (1979), Space Invaders (1978), Ms. Pac-Man (1981), Donkey Kong (1981), and many more. Press release | Exhibition info

To the Moon and Beyond: Graphic Films and the Inception of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Extended through October 9, 2016 (Amphitheater Gallery)
Original concept sketches by Graphic Films and correspondence relating to the development of Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction masterpiece.
Press release / Exhibition info

Computer Films of the 1960s
Extended through October 9, 2016 (Video Screen Amphitheater)
A selection of pioneering films from the 1960s featuring computer generated imagery by Edward E. Zajac, A. Michael Noll, Charles A. Csuri, James P. Shaffer, Stan VanDerBeek, Kenneth Knowlton, and John and James Whitney. Organized by guest curators Leo Goldsmith and Gregory Zinman. Exhibition info

Behind the Screen
Ongoing (Second- and Third-Floor Galleries)
The Museum's core exhibition features more than 1,400 historical objects, art works, video clips, and interactive experiences that show how moving images are made, marketed, and exhibited.

Museum of the Moving Image ( advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its stunning facilities-acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design-the Museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The Museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts.

Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Holiday Hours: The Museum will be open on Monday, October 10 for the Columbus Day holiday.
Museum Admission: $15 adults; $11 senior citizens (ages 65+) and students (ages 18+) with ID; $7 youth (ages 3-17). Children under 3 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Film Screenings: Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and as scheduled. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $12 adults / $9 students and seniors / $7 youth (ages 3-17) / free for Museum members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above. Advance purchase is available online. Ticket purchase may be applied toward same-day admission to the Museum's galleries.
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