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Preview: Podcasts of Museum of the Moving Image Pinewood Dialogues

Podcasts of Museum of the Moving Image Pinewood Dialogues

Museum of the Moving Image presents selected conversations with innovative and influential creative figures in film, TV, and digital media.

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Om Puri

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT

Om Puri, the prolific and internationally renowned actor known for such films as Ardh Satya, East Is East, My Son the Fanatic, Mirch Masala, and AK 47, was the focus of a special tribute program at Museum of the Moving Image prior to a preview screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey, in which he co-stars with Helen Mirren. Puri was interviewed about his remarkable life and career by Madhur Jaffrey, the prolific cookbook author, actress, and journalist.

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Brendan Gleeson + John Michael McDonagh

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT

In Calvary, a masterfully made, darkly comic film that is bound to be one of the most talked-about movies of the year, the great actor Brendan Gleeson plays an Irish priest who is marked for death by a parishioner and given one week to live. Writer/director John Michael Donagh, who has crafted a literary and deeply moving film, and the phenomenal actor Brendan Gleeson (who also starrred in McDonagh's film The Guard), took part in a lively and memorable discussion after a special screening for Museum members.

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David Chase

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT

David Chase, the main creative force behind The Sopranos, directed just two episodes of the acclaimed series himself: the pilot and the finale. Airing on HBO on January 10, 1999, the first episode introduced James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mobster, family man, and self-proclaimed "waste management consultant." The final episode, "Made in America" aired eight years later, on June 10, 2007, with a stunning and widely discussed ending. Chase spoke at the Museum in a conversation with Chief Curator David Schwartz, and fielded questions about the ending, and other topics, after a screening of the episodes at the Museum.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Denis Villeneuve, + Aaron Guzikowski

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST

Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, and director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), spoke at Museum of the Moving Image after a special screening of their riveting thriller Prisoners. Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki, who is investigating the disappearance of two young girls. He arrests a potential suspect, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release. Leo plays Alex's mysterious mother, Holly Jones. As Scott Foundas wrote in Variety, Prisoners sustains an almost unbearable tension for two-and-a-half hours of screen time, satisfying as both a high-end genre exercise and a searing adult drama of the sort Hollywood almost never makes anymore."

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Making Roots, Making TV History

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 EST

The 1977 miniseries Roots was one of the most influential and highest rated television events of all time; the final episode had an audience of more than 100 million. Thirty-five years later, Roots still resonates within popular culture, having changed forever the way that African-Americans were depicted on television, and having a strong impact on the nation’s collective guilt about slavery. In this unforgettable evening at Museum of the Moving Image, four stars of the series, Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton, and Leslie Uggams, participated in a discussion about the show’s production and its long-lasting legacy, moderated by Donald Thoms, Vice President of Programming, PBS. The program was presented in collaboration with the PBS series Pioneers of Television,/i>.

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Tony Kushner + Harold Holzer

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 EST

Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln was one of his most acclaimed films, in large part due to the magnificent screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The film focuses on President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, as he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country, and abolish slavery. Museum of the Moving Image presented a special screening of Lincoln followed by a conversation with screenwriter and playwright Kushner (Angels in America, Munich) and with the noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author of the official film companion book Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America.

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Ava DuVernay

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST

Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere was one of the most remarkable American independent films of the year in 2012, winner of the Best Director award at Sundance. The film focuses on a woman whose husband is sentenced to eight years in a California prison. Ruby (played by Emayatzy Corinealdi), drops out of medical school to maintain her marriage. Driven by love, loyalty, and hope, Ruby learns to sustain the shame, separation, guilt, and grief that a prison wife must bear. Her new life challenges her to the very core of her identity. Ava DuVernay’s elegant and emotionally inspiring film portrays the universal dilemma of how a woman maintains herself as she commits to loving and supporting someone through hardship. After a special screening at Museum of the Moving Image, DuVernay spoke about the challenges behind making and distributing the film.

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Paul Williams

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST

Songwriter, singer, actor, and Tonight show favorite Paul Williams was a cultural icon throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and is the subject of the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive. The hit songs he wrote dominated the charts and became staples, including “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Rainbow Connection,” and Williams appeared as an actor on the big and small screens, most notably as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma’s cult classic Phantom of the Paradise (which he also co-scored). Williams was honored with a weekend retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image. This discussion followed the screening of Phantom of the Paradise.

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Rachel Weisz

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST

In The Deep Blue Sea, Terrence Davies's lush and deeply moving adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play, Rachel Weisz plays a woman who abandons her passionless marriage, entering a torrid affair with a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot. Weisz gave a career-topping performance that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and won her the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle. Weisz brings to an unmatched luminosity, magnetism, and emotional rawness to her performance, which she discussed after a screening of the film at the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Harmony Korine

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EDT

Spring Breakers was the buzz film of the Toronto Film Festival, and was screened at the Museum of the Moving Image immediately after its American premiere at SXSW. The Museum screening was part of a retrospective of Korine's films. Visually and aurally dazzling, Spring Breakers is a high-concept pulp-fest starring former Disney Channel actresses Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson as co-eds who perform a catalogue of illegal and incendiary activities in order to get out of their boring small town for spring break. With the encouragement of their new friend “Alien” (James Franco) and an assortment of neon bikinis, they will stop at nothing for an experience they will never forget.

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Wong Kar-wai

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EDT

The great Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's eagerly anticipated film The Grandmaster is his first film in six years, and a thrilling return to genre filmmaking that retains his unique personal style. Reinvigorating the martial arts movie with inimitable aesthetic grandeur, The Grandmaster features outstanding performances by Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang. Wong Kar-wai discussed the film after a special preview screening, part of a complete retrospective of his feature films.

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Agnieszka Holland

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST

Agnieszka Holland, the great Polish director whose films include Europa Europa and The Secret Garden, discussed her masterful new film In Darkness at a special preview screening at the Museum. Inspired by real events, In Darkness tells the story of Leopold Socha, a Polish sewer worker and occasional grifter who kept a group of Jews hidden from the Nazis during the occupation of Lvov by hiding them deep in the sewage system. After a special screening co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute, New York and Museum of the Moving Image, Holland talked about how she overcame her initial reluctance to make a film about the Holocaust, and about the grueling physical production, and about the remarkable real people who inspired the movie.

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An Evening with Hugo Cabret

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 EST

Martin Scorsese's film Hugo is a vivid, cinematically breathtaking adaptation of Brian Selznick's beloved graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the story of a young boy who lives in a Paris train station and develops an unlikely friendship with film pioneer Georges Méliès. Selznick discusses writing the book as a silent film's storyboard and the depth of research he pursued in creating the world of Méliès and classic French cinema. After a special screening at the Museum the Moving Image, Selznick and screenwriter John Logan sit down to talk about the process of adapting a book to a screenplay and working with Scorsese.

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Nekisa Cooper

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST

The acclaimed independent featurePariah follows a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood as she quietly but firmly embraces her identity as a lesbian. A rousing success, this deeply felt human drama is the feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees. In a conversation with Chief Curator David Schwartz at the Museum of the Moving Image, producer Nekisa Cooper provides insight to how the film came to be funded by the Sundance Institute, her history with Rees and cinematographer Bradford Young, and the challenges producers face balancing art and commerce.

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Dennis Farina + Joe Maggio

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Distinctive character actor Dennis Farina (Get Shorty) gives a career performance in the affecting drama The Last Rites of Joe May. Invoking the spirit of 1970s films like Fat City, Joe Maggio's film follows the life of a 60-something hustler who is looking for a last shot at greatness. In a discussion at the Museum of the Moving Image, Farina and Maggio talk about the inspiration for the story, the challenges filmmakers face getting films made today, and the involvement of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company throughout the production process.

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Elizabeth Olsen + John Hawkes

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 EDT

In Sean Durkin's impressive first feature, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Elizabeth Olsen delivered a breakthrough debut performance as a woman who escapes from a polygamous cult and struggles to reconnect with her family after years of abuse and estrangement. Olsen and co-star John Hawkes join Chief Curator David Schwartz at the Museum of the Moving Image to discuss what drew them to Durkin's screenplay. This wide-ranging conversation explores the Jackson Frank song used in the film, scouting locations, and how Hawkes avoided caricature while creating his riveting performance as a cult leader.

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Duncan Jones

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Director Duncan Jones followed his acclaimed feature debut Moon with the expertly crafted and provocative thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in the body of a different man and finds that he is part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In this conversation at the Museum of the Moving Image, Jones discusses how Moon impacted his career, what it was like to work with editor Paul Hirsch (Star Wars), and how Source Code compared to a Hitchcock movie. The conversation was followed by a lively dialogue with audience members.

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Joan Ganz Cooney

Wed, 02 May 2012 00:00:00 EDT

As co-founder of the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), "the single largest teacher of young children in the world," and the originator of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney is a television pioneer whose work has had enormous influence in the world of education and entertainment. Cooney sat down with 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl at the Museum of the Moving Image to discuss her remarkable career, advancing children's learning in the digital age, working with Jim Henson, and the significance of Sesame Street's multicultural urban setting. Cooney and Stahl share their feelings about the barriers that they broke for women in the industry.

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Todd Haynes, Sandy Powell, + Mark Friedberg

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EDT

A magnificently mounted and beautifully performed film that both evokes and subverts the craftsmanship and artifice of Hollywood studio filmmaking, Far from Heaven is writer-director Todd Haynes's most critically acclaimed film to date. Both homage to and an update of Douglas Sirk's 1955 melodrama All that Heaven Allows. Haynes, Powell, and Friedberg discuss the film's astonishing craftsmanship, its political relevance for contemporary audiences, and the desire to make a film that would engage audiences intellectually and emotionally. This conversation between Haynes, Powell, Friedberg was presented in conjunction with the exhibition PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film.

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Alex Ross Perry

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry's highly original second feature, beautifully filmed in black-and-white 16mm, follows the calamity and chaos when a young woman, JR, forces her reluctant and disapproving younger brother Colin on a road trip to help her move out of her professor-turned-lover's apartment. During this conversation with Chief Curator David Schwartz at Museum of the Moving Image, Perry, an inveterate cineaste, discusses his influences, and the film's unique style and its startling portrayal of incestuous sexual tension.The Color Wheel, which has developing a following on the festival circuit, was recently called "The future of cinema, I hope," by film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.

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Bennett Miller

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Bennett Miller's acclaimed film Moneyball, based on a true story, stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, and features a remarkable ensemble cast including Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane has to outsmart the richer clubs. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution—one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he's tearing out the heart and soul of the game. In this conversation, Miller, who also presented Capote at the Museum, discusses the arduous process of getting Moneyball produced and how it is different than most other sports films.

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Drag Glamour Panel

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:00:00 EDT

As part of the Fashion in Film Festival series "Birds of Paradise," curated by Marketa Uhlirova, this panel discussion with Ronald Gregg, Stuart Comer, Agosto Machado, and Ela Troyano offered a lively conversation about the legacy of the queer aesthetic in which the spectacle of fashion plays a dominant role, from the shimmering dresses in Kenneth Anger's Puce Moment to Jack Smith's reimagining of 1940s Hollywood Orientalism to the stunning, surreal imagery of Steven Arnold. At the Museum of the Moving Image, the panel moderated by Stuart Comer (curator of film at Tate Modern, London) focused on the important role of costume in the avant-garde aesthetic.

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Lisa Kudrow + Dan Bucantinsky

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In 2005, Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King co-created The Comeback, a penetrating and often brutal satire of reality TV, sitcoms, and show business in general. The series was cancelled, but quickly developed a cult following. After a screening of the first episode, Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky (executive producer and actor on The Comeback) discuss the conception, execution, and untimely demise of the series with Tod Lippy, editor of Esopus, the innovative magazine that had an interview about The Comeback in its special issue about television. The conversation examines how the show foresaw the trajectory of the reality TV phenomenon and how it suffered in ratings for being ahead of its time.

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Errol Morris

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Errol Morris's film Tabloid is an entertaining and provocative compendium of some of his favorite themes, including crime, obsession, truth, and the nature of self-presentation. It digs deeply into a sensational and salacious news story about Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose alleged kidnapping and rape of a Mormon in England in 1977 made her a pop culture sensation. This conversation between Morris and Chief Curator David Schwartz at Museum of the Moving Image included a lively exchange with the audience about Morris's attitude towards his subject, and whether the film encourages us to admire her or laugh at her...or both.

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Bill Cosby

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Bill Cosby is one of the most influential and successful creative figures in television history. I Spy, the first network series starring a black actor, made Cosby one of the most popular actors in television. Cosby then starred as gym teacher Chet Kincaid in The Bill Cosby Show (1969-1971). The Cosby Show (1984-1992), about the Huxtables, an affluent Brooklyn family, was the top-rated show for five consecutive years. In one of the first special programs in the Museum's new theater, Cosby spoke with chief curator David Schwartz, and Museum chair Herbert S. Schlosser, former president of NBC.

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Tom Hooper, Claire Bloom + Jennifer Ehle

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Tom Hooper won the Academy Award for Best Director for The King's Speech, which also won Best Picture and two other Oscars. Hooper, and cast members Claire Bloom and Jennifer Ehle, were the first guest speakers in the Museum of the Moving Image's brand new theater, which opened to the public on January 15, 2011. Hooper had taken an overnight flight from Los Angeles after the Golden Globe Awards, where Colin Firth won Best Actor for his performance in The King's Speech. When entering the Museum's strikingly modern theater, Hooper exclaimed "what a magnificent cinema."

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David O. Russell + Spike Jonze

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

On the opening night of his retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image, director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Spanking the Monkey, Flirting With Disaster, Three Kings, and I Heart Huckabees) was interviewed by his friend, director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), following a special screening of The Fighter. The conversation, like their films, was unpredictable and unforgettable, and filled with surprises. It was part of the opening programs at the Museum's expanded and transformed building.

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Amy Ryan

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Amy Ryan's Oscar-nominated performance as Helene McCready, a working-class drug-addicted mother in Gone Baby Gone, established her as one of America's leading screen actresses. Her vivid, wide-ranging performances on film and television include her roles in movies directed by Paul Greengrass (Green Zone), Clint Eastwood (The Changeling), and Sidney Lumet (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), and on TV as Officer "Beadie" Russell on The Wire, Holly (Steve Carrell's girlfriend) on The Office. In a special Museum of the Moving Image event, Ryan spoke about her career before a screening of her Jack Goes Boating, the directorial debut of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Michael Caine

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In this wide-ranging conversation, Michael Caine, who was born Maurice Micklewhite, reveals that he chose his new surname when he saw a poster for Humphrey Bogart's movie The Caine Mutiny. Growing up in a working-class London neighborhood, Caine watched movies seven days a week; Bogart was his favorite actor. In more than 100 films, Caine has maintained a distinctly British persona but inflected it with a hardboiled, laconic style. In this discussion, presented in collaboration with BAFTA East Coast, Caine focused on his tough-guy roles, in films including Zulu, The Italian Job, Get Carter, and his latest, Harry Brown.

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Michael Fassbender

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Michael Fassbender, the German-born Irish actor who received international acclaim for his performance as Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008) gives a pivotal performance in Andrea Arnold's film Fish Tank. He plays the charismatic, irresponsible Connor, a man who starts a flirtatious relationship with a teenager, Mia, while he is dating Mia's mother. Set in the projects in a bleak neighborhood on the outskirts of London, this emotionally complex, dynamic film has a cast that included nonactors, most notably its young star, Katie Jarvis. Fassbender spoke about the unique process behind the film at a Museum of Moving Image preview screening.

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Jeff Bridges + Scott Cooper

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Four-time Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges has received tremendous acclaim for his deeply felt and richly detailed performance as Bad Blake, a broken-down, hard-living country music singer in writer-director Scott Cooper's debut feature Crazy Heart. Bridges has appeared in more than 70 films, including Fat City, The Fisher King, and The Big Lebowski. As Bad Blake, who has had too many drinks, too many marriages, and too many years on the road, Bridges not only gives a powerful dramatic performance, but also performs songs by T-Bone Burnett. Bridges and Cooper spoke after a special Museum of the Moving Image screening. (Note: the audio quality is poor).

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Henry Selick

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Henry Selick, who directed the animated features Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach, offered an in-depth, intimate look at his early days and his career as an animator, in two programs presented by Museum of the Moving Image. On November 18, he discussed his work and his creative process in a conversation with the Museum's Senior Deputy Director Carl Goodman, On November 19, he spoke with Chief Curator David Schwartz after a screening of Coraline. The rich texture of Selick's work comes from its adherence to the physicality and hand-made quality of stop-motion animation.

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Henry Selick

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Henry Selick, who directed the animated features Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach, offered an in-depth, intimate look at his early days and his career as an animator, in two programs presented by Museum of the Moving Image. On November 18, he discussed his work and his creative process in a conversation with the Museum's Senior Deputy Director Carl Goodman, On November 19, he spoke with Chief Curator David Schwartz after a screening of Coraline. The rich texture of Selick's work comes from its adherence to the physicality and hand-made quality of stop-motion animation.

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Terry Gilliam

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The unfettered imagination of Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) is on full display in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, an endlessly playful movie that contains Heath Ledger's final performance. (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell were brought in after Ledger's death to complete and amplify his role). Christopher Plummer is Dr. Parnassus, a trickster showman who travels through contemporary England, with a seemingly ramshackle show in which audience members step through a magical mirror into a surreal other world. Gilliam discussed the unique adventure of making this movie, following a Museum of the Moving Image preview screening.

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Tennessee Williams Panel

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The 2009 film The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, based on an unproduced screenplay written by Tennessee Williams in the late 1950s, is the latest example of the enduring importance of Williams's artistic legacy. Two of the film's stars, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ellen Burstyn, and its director, Jodie Markell, participated in a panel discussion, along with legendary actors Eli Wallach and Elaine Stritch, moderated by The New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood. The lively discussion, "Tennessee Williams on Screen and Stage" focused largely on the qualities of Williams' work that inspired so many great performances over the years.

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Jane Campion

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Jane Campion's Bright Star is a romantic drama about the final years of 19th-century romantic poet John Keats, seen through the eyes of his lover, Fanny Brawne. As in her best films, Campion creates a strong female character, depicting layers of desire and emotion that churn beneath the surface, and using imagery, music, and performance to create a tactile, sensual cinematic experience. Campion spoke after a preview screening for the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Judd Apatow

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Judd Apatow, the writer/director of Funny People, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin is the most prolific and influential figure in contemporary screen comedy. His work combines emotional honesty and insight with unabashed, frequently vulgar comedy, as he explores the most fundamental life experiences, including coming of age, losing virginity, dealing with pregnancy, getting married, and confronting mortality. In this Museum of the Moving Image program, Apatow talked about his career, from his early days hosting a radio show at Syosset High School to Funny People, a loosely autobiographical film starring Apatow's former roommate Adam Sandler as a famous comedian who has a near-death experience.

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Harold Ramis

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Harold Ramis, who directed and co-wrote Year One, is the man behind some of the funniest Hollywood movies of the past thirty years. He wrote Animal House, whose raunchy humor revitalized screen comedy. He also wrote Ghostbusters and starred in the film with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. His many credits include Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Analyze This, and The Ice Harvest. In this special Museum of the Moving Image program, Ramis talked about his career, starting with his days as head writer of the series Second City TV. Comedian and actor David Cross, who co-stars in Year One, introduced Ramis.

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Eric Schlosser, Alice Waters + Food, Inc. Panel

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The documentary Food, Inc., which lifts the veil on America's food industry, is a muckraking film that is elegantly made and entertaining. The Museum of the Moving Image presented the New York premiere, followed by a discussion with: Eric Schlosser, whose best-seller Fast Food Nation inspired the film; Robert Kenner, the director; Alice Waters, the renowned chef of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California; Gary Hirshberg, the president of Stonyfield Farm, the world's leading organic yogurt producer; and Marcel Van Ooyen, the executive director of the Council on the Environment of New York City, which runs nearly fifty greenmarkets.

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Sam Mendes + John Krasinski

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Sam Mendes, the Academy Award-winning director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition, was putting the finishing touches on the intensely dramatic Revolutionary Road when he started working on Away We Go, a whimsical and heartfelt movie about an expectant couple on a cross-country odyssey in search of a place to set down roots. The films are companion pieces: two very different movies about couples trying to find their place. Mendes and the film's co-star, John Krasinski, best known for his role on The Office, discussed their collaboration at a special screening for the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Pete Docter

Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Pete Docter, the director of the Disney/Pixar movie UP, is one of the top creative figures in contemporary animation. He directed Monsters, Inc. and was a writer for Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Wall-E. Docter spoke at a Museum of the Moving Image event following a preview screening for the Museum's new family member group Red Carpet Kids. The discussion includes questions from some of the young children in the audience. The event took place just days after Docter returned from France, where UP became the first animated movie to open the Cannes Film Festival.

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Gael Garcia Bernal + Diego Luna

Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Mexican hit comedy Rudo y Cursi reunites Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, the stars of Alfonso Cuaron's 2001 road movie and sex comedy Y tu mama tambien. Rudo y Cursi is about stepbrothers who escape life on a banana farm and find fame, fortune, and rivalry as soccer stars. The film is the directorial debut of Carlos Cuaron, who wrote Y tu mama tambien. Bernal's and Luna's friendship and chemistry is on display in this lively discussion, which took place just days before the U.S. theatrical release. Note: some audio from the beginning of the program is missing.

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Jim Jarmusch

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

To celebrate the release of his remarkable movie The Limits of Control, the Museum of the Moving Image presented an evening with Jim Jarmusch. The director talked about his entire body of work, starting with his NYU student feature-length film Permanent Vacation. His 1984 breakthrough film Stranger than Paradise, an eccentrically deadpan road movie was also a surprise commercial success that inspired the growth of the American independent film movement. With films such as Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Coffee and Cigarettes, Jarmusch has maintained his distinctly idiosyncratic vision. This raw audio includes the film clips in their entirety.

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James Toback

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

As a director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker, James Toback (Fingers, Bugsy, Black and White, The Big Bang) has consistently explored the extremes of human behavior. For his intimate and innovative documentary Tyson, he found a perfect subject in Mike Tyson, the heavyweight boxing champion who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and went through a rollercoaster career filled with fame and controversy. Toback's empathy with his subject results in a remarkably candid and revealing portrait of a man filled with surprising contradictions. Toback discussed the film at a special preview screening for the Museum of the Moving Image. Please note that some of the audience questions are inaudible.

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Greg Mottola, Ted Hope + Anne Carey

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

With his critically acclaimed low-budget independent film The Daytrippers, and his raunchy blockbuster hit Superbad, Greg Mottola established himself as a gifted director of comedies. On the occasion of the release of Adventureland, a personal film that invests the teen comedy genre with emotional depth and insight, Museum of the Moving Image presented a daylong retrospective. Writer/director Mottola and producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey discussed the film following a preview screening.

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Jerry Lewis + Peter Bogdanovich

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

Jerry Lewis has been one of the most popular and inventive figures in American show business since the late 1940s. As a performer, director, writer, and producer, he has created an enormously entertaining body of work in film, television, and live performance that is deeply personal while offering a fascinating view of American culture. In this Museum of the Moving Image special event, Lewis discussed his career in a conversation with the film director, actor, and author Peter Bogdanovich. The two have been friends for more than forty-five years. In 2009, Lewis received an Academy Award for his humanitarian work.

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Dennis Hopper

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST

Dennis Hopper is one of the most iconoclastic and accomplished actors and directors in American cinema. He has appeared in nearly 300 films and TV shows, with credits including Rebel Without a Cause, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, and Blue Velvet. 2008 was a particularly good year for Hopper; he received great reviews for his performance in Elegy, starred in the TV series Crash, and was the subject of an exhibition at the Cinematheque Francaise. In this evening of conversation and clips, introduced by artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel and moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz, Hopper talked about his remarkable career.

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Robert Downey, Sr.

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic independent film Putney Swope, an outrageous satire about race, commercialism, and corporate life, the Museum of the Moving Image teamed up with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present a special screening with director Robert Downey, Sr. The discussion was moderated by independent producer and Museum trustee Warrington Hudlin. In the film, the head of an ad agency drops dead during a meeting of executives. Through a tangled voting process, the agency's token black man, Putney Swope, wins the election to head the company.

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Saturday Night Live and Presidential Politics Panel

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Saturday Night Live has provided an irreverent yet influential perspective on American presidential politics since its debut season in 1975. Two days after kicking off its fall 2008 season with a sketch portraying Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, SNL was the subject of a panel discussion with series creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels (pictured left, selected by Time Magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people; cast members and Weekend Update co-anchors Amy Poehler (center) and Seth Meyers (right); and veteran SNL writer James Downey. The program celebrated the launch of the 2008 edition of the Museum's website The Living Room Candidate, an archive of American presidential campaign commercials.

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Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris

Sat, 12 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Andrew Sarris and Molly Haskell are two of the most influential American film critics. Sarris's book The American Cinema introduced the auteur theory to American readers, establishing the idea that a director's personality is the key artistic influence on a film. With her book From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, Haskell introduced a new perspective to the hermetic world of film criticism, writing lucidly about art and sexual politics. Sarris and Haskell, who are also husband and wife, spoke to a group of aspiring critics at the Moving Image Institute in Film Criticism.

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Charles Burnett

Sun, 08 Jan 1995 00:00:00 EST

The pioneering African-American director Charles Burnett was a film student at UCLA when he made Killer of Sheep (1977), a powerful independent film that combines blues-inspired lyricism and neo-realism in its drama of an inner-city slaughterhouse worker and his family. Killer of Sheep, now regarded as one of the best films of its era, was part of a small group of films that became known as "The L.A. Rebellion." During a retrospective of his films at the Museum of the Moving Image, he answered questions from the audience about To Sleep with Anger, his drama starring Danny Glover as a mysterious visitor from the South who stirs up a Los Angeles family.

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Making 'The Wire' Panel

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The HBO series The Wire, a panoramic view of Baltimore through its drug world, schools, government, seaport, and newspaper, has been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest television dramas ever produced. To mark the DVD release of the final season, Museum of the Moving Image presented a panel, Making "The Wire", with David Simon, the series creator and co-producer; novelist and screenwriter Richard Price, who wrote several episodes; and four of the show's stars: Seth Gilliam (who played Ellis Carver), Clark Johnson (city editor Gus Haynes), Clarke Peters (Lester Freemon), and Wendell Pierce ("Bunk"), moderated by David Schwartz, Chief Curator.

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Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Natasha Richardson + Friends

Wed, 21 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Actor/director Stanley Tucci is one of the most accomplished creative figures in New York film, television, and theater. His films as director include Big Night (1996) and The Impostors (1998), and his memorable performances include Road to Perdition (2002), Winchell (1998), and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). In this informal conversation, Tucci discusses his art and craft with some friends: the chef and restaurateur Mario Batali; actress Hope Davis, who has worked with Tucci on five films; actress Natasha Richardson; and actor Steve Buscemi, who has formed a new company with Tucci, Olive Productions. The conversation was moderated by author Gay Talese.

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Michel Gondry

Fri, 09 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Michel Gondry is one of the most creative contemporary directors, known for his astonishingly inventive style that combines complex technological innovation with an almost childlike playfulness, and an ability to move fluidly between dream and reality. Gondry has directed feature films (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep), documentaries (Dave Chappelle's Block Party), music videos for Bjork, Radiohead, The White Stripes, and Daft Punk, and numerous award-winning commercials. He is also an installation artist who has been featured at Deitch Projects. In this conversation with Chief Curator David Schwartz, Gondry discusses his remarkable career.

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Laurent Cantet + Karen Young

Thu, 20 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Laurent Cantet, the French filmmaker who directed the Cannes Film Festival's 2008 Palme d'Or winner The Class, discussed his film Heading South (2005) at the Museum of the Moving Image, along with Karen Young, one of the lead actresses. Set in Haiti, the film follows a group of female tourists who travel to the country seeking adventure and some form of romance. They participate in the country's sex trade and, beneath the surface beauty of its lush beach front setting, the film deftly and powerfully unravels a complex web of race, sex, class, power, prostitution, and politics.

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Werner Herzog + Jonathan Demme

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme are two of the most accomplished and adventurous filmmakers in contemporary cinema. Emerging on the international scene in the 1970s, they have each made—and continue to make—a wide range of fiction and documentary features: Demme's films include Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Neil Young: Heart of Gold, while Herzog's include Aguirre: The Wrath of God, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, and Encounters at the End of the World. This lively conversation between the Demme and Herzog was presented to celebrate the launch of the Museum's new website Moving Image Source, a Museum website devoted to the history of film and media.

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Wong Kar-wai

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Wong Kar-wai is one of the most influential film directors of his generation. His impressionistic, evocative movies capture the fleeting nature of time and love and the chaotic swirl of contemporary urban life. The Hong Kong director is best known for his dazzling romances, including Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), and In the Mood for Love (2000). He spoke about his career at a Museum of the Moving Image program on the eve of the theatrical release of My Blueberry Nights (2007), his first English-language film. Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee introduced the evening.

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Ramin Bahrani + Alejandro Polanco

Sat, 26 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

The independent feature Chop Shop, a deeply affecting slice of urban neo-realism by Ramin Bahrani, the director of Man Push Cart, is set in the Iron Triangle in the shadows of Shea Stadium. The film follows a 12-year-old orphan who ekes out an existence with his sister. The director and the film's young lead actor Alejandro Polanco discussed their film following a preview screening at the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Ang Lee + James Schamus

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee and his longtime collaborator James Schamus have over the course of fifteen years made films including the current Lust, Caution (2007); Brokeback Mountain (2005); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000); Ride with the Devil (1999); The Ice Storm (1997); Sense and Sensibility (1995); Eat Drink Man Woman (1994); and The Wedding Banquet (1993). This evening at the Times Center included clips from their movies, a conversation, and an introduction by three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen (The Contender (2000), The Crucible (1996), Nixon (1995)) who appeared in Lee's The Ice Storm.

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Kenneth Branagh + Michael Caine

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDT

The prolific and legendary actor Michael Caine starred in both the 2007 film version of Sleuth (opposite Jude Law) and the 1972 version (opposite Laurence Olivier). In the new version, an actors' tour de force directed by Kenneth Branagh and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter, Caine took the role originally played by Olivier. A riveting tale of deception and deadly games, this thriller about an aging crime novelist and a young actor in love with the same woman is essentially about the mysteries of acting and writing. In this discussion, Branagh and Caine discussed their collaboration after a special preview screening.

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Sidney Lumet, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei

Thu, 25 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDT

Sidney Lumet's critically acclaimed 2007 film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, a dark family comedy and crime drama, was the latest triumph in a remarkable career as a film director that began 50 years earlier with 12 Angry Men and includes such classics as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network. This tribute evening included remarks by the three stars of Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, Ethan Hawke, Marissa Tomei, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a lively conversation with Lumet about his many collaborations with great actors and his approach to filmmaking.

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Arthur Penn

Fri, 11 Nov 1994 00:00:00 EST

Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn, was a watershed film that changed the course of American cinema with its playful, reflexive tone, its unflinching depiction of violence, and its sympathetic portrayal of charismatic outlaw heroes. During the Museum of the Moving Image retrospective American Outsiders: The Cinema of Arthur Penn, the director discussed the critical controversy surrounding the film's release, and the remarkable collaboration that included Warren Beatty as producer and star, and screenwriter Robert Benton. Penn also discusses the art and craft of filmmaking with great insight and detail.

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Todd Haynes + Bruce Greenwood

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

Todd Haynes reinvented the biopic with his movie I'm Not There, a kaleidoscopic portrait of Bob Dylan—and the 1960s—with six different actors, including Cate Blanchett and Richard Gere, playing variations of Dylan. This discussion with Haynes and actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays the journalist "Mr. Jones," demonstrates that Haynes was not just interested in exploring the details of Dylan's life, but of the fundamental concept of identity as a form of performance, a theme central to all of his films.

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Daniel Day Lewis + Paul Thomas Anderson

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

Daniel Day-Lewis's magnificent performance as the ambitious and ruthless oil tycoon Daniel Plainview is at the core of Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed movie There Will be Blood. In this discussion, which followed a Museum of the Moving Image preview screening of the film, the actor and director playfully and thoughtfully discussed their intense collaborative process.

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J. Hoberman + A. O. Scott

Sat, 05 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

J. Hoberman is one of the world's most erudite and perceptive film critics, with writings that combine deep historical knowledge with an expansive view of cinema. To celebrate his 30th anniversary as a film critic at The Village Voice, the Museum of the Moving Image presented a program including a conversation with Hoberman moderated by New York Times film critic A. O. Scott. David Schwartz, the Museum's Chief Curator, introduced the evening with a Top-10 List of things to like about Hoberman, and the discussion was followed by a screening of Julia Loktev's independent feature Day Night Day Night, one of Hoberman's favorite films of 2007.

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Danny Glover, Gary Clark Jr. + John Sayles

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

The film Honeydripper is the first collaboration between actor Danny Glover and director John Sayles. A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Glover has starred in such movies as Beloved, The Color Purple, To Sleep With Anger, and Dreamgirls. In Honeydripper, he plays the owner of a 1950s Alabama roadhouse that is threatened by the rise of rock 'n roll. The Museum presented a special evening with Glover, with opening remarks by John Sayles, a conversation with Glover and Sayles (pictured), and two songs performed live by the Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who makes his film debut in Honeydripper.

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Laura Linney, Tamara Jenkins + Philip Bosco

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

The independent film The Savages is a remarkable collaboration between writer/director Tamara Jenkins and a cast including Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a brother and sister forced to care for their father—played by Philip Bosco—as he descends into dementia. With sharp humor, surprising warmth, and brilliant performances and dialogue, The Savages confronts the messy reality of aging and reveals the bonds between a brother and sister who—to say the least—have serious emotional issues. Tamara Jenkins, Laura Linney, and Philip Bosco took part in a lively conversation following a preview screening of the film.

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Noah Baumbach + Jennifer Jason Leigh

Thu, 08 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

Writer-director Noah Baumbach and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh collaborated on Margot at the Wedding. The film, which has the intimate feel of a home movie yet is razor-sharp in its portrayal of family pathology, stars Leigh and Nicole Kidman as estranged sisters who try to patch up their relationship during a family celebration. In this discussion, following a preview screening, Baumbach and Leigh—who are married—talked about their working relationship and about the relationship between art and life. They also discussed how the production process and style of Eric Rohmer's films served as inspiration for Margot at the Wedding.

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David Cronenberg + Steve Knight

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDT

David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises is an intense psychological thriller about a mysterious Russian immigrant tied to a London crime family. With its thematic focus on personal and cultural identity, and its exploration of violence and the male psyche, Eastern Promises makes a fascinating companion piece to Cronenberg's A History of Violence, which also stars Viggo Mortensen. Cronenberg and screenwriter Steve Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) discussed the movie at a Museum screening prior to its successful U.S. release. The director's sardonic world view and the screenwriter's more sentimental humanism—and the duo's mutual respect—are reflected in the film and the conversation.

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Halle Berry

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDT

In the powerful drama Things We Lost in the Fire, Halle Berry gives a raw performance as the mother of two young children who is forced to cope with the sudden death of her husband. Berry, who won an Academy Award for Monster's Ball, has had an adventurous and successful career, moving between commercial blockbusters and ambitious smaller films. In this discussion, following a preview screening of Things We Lost in the Fire, Berry talks about her career and her acting process, particularly the intimate style that Danish director Susanne Bier created for the film.

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Michael Powell

Sun, 13 Aug 1989 00:00:00 EDT

Michael Powell directed such vibrant film classics as The Red Shoes (1948), Black Narcissus (1947), and Tales of Hoffman (1951) in collaboration with his long-time partner Emeric Pressburger. Peeping Tom (1960) was Powell's first solo feature, a startling thriller about a murderer who films his victims. In August 1989, Powell made one of his last public appearances at the Museum of the Moving Image. He presented Peeping Tom in the film series Hollywood Beyond Sunset, and spoke passionately about his life and career

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Albert Maysles

Sat, 20 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

Albert Maysles has been at the forefront of documentary filmmaking for more than 40 years. Collaborating with his brother David until David's death in 1987, Maysles directed and photographed such films as Salesman (1968), Gimme Shelter (1970), and Grey Gardens (1975). This discussion followed a screening of Salesman, an intimate, touching, and comic portrait of Bible salesmen, and one of the first documentary features to be released theatrically. The screening, part of the Museum's New York Film Critics Circle's series "Critics Choice: Great Documentaries," was moderated by New York Times film critic Matt Zoller Seitz.

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D. A. Pennebaker

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

Documentary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker is one of the pioneers of cinéma vérité filmmaking, best-known for films about politics and show business including Dont Look Back (1967), Monterey Pop (1968), and The War Room (1993, co-directed with Chris Hegedus). His rarely screened 1970 film Original Cast Album—Company (1970) follows the marathon recording session of Steven Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway show and captures the creative process of both Sondheim and the remarkable performer Elaine Stritch. Newsday critic Jan Stuart selected this film to present during the Museum's 2007 series with the New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice: Great Documentaries.

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Matthew Modine

Sat, 17 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Actor Matthew Modine gives one of his best performances in Stanley Kubrick's landmark Vietnam drama, Full Metal Jacket (1987). In the film, Modine plays Joker, a wisecracking military journalist trying to maintain his cynical veneer and his sanity amid the mayhem and carnage of warfare. In his book, Full Metal Jacket Diary (2005), he pairs his personal journal with his candid photographs from the set, offering a intimate portrait of the life-changing film production. This lively conversation with Modine at the Museum of the Moving Image, which accompanied a book signing and a screening of Full Metal Jacket as part of a Stanley Kubrick film retrospective, offers rare insight into Kubrick's techniques in directing his actors.

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Michael Moore

Thu, 28 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDT

Michael Moore is the most famous, controversial, and commercially successful documentary filmmaker working today. The notoriety surrounding his films has obscured the fact that he is a gifted director who uses a wide range of cinematic techniques to engage, entertain, and provoke his audience. Sicko, his widely acclaimed, no-holds barred attack on the American healthcare system, uses the issue of healthcare to explore larger questions about what kind of country America is. In this discussion presented by the Museum of the Moving Image in collaboration with Variety, Moore spoke passionately about the many questions raised by his film.

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Sarah Polley

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDT

Away from Her was an impressive directorial debut for the Canadian actress Sarah Polley, best known for her performances in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter, David Cronenberg's ExistenZ, Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, and Hal Hartley's No Such Thing. While filming No Such Thing in Iceland, Polley forged a friendship with British actress Julie Christie, and convinced her to star in Away from Her, an adaptation of a short story by Alice Munro. In this conversation, Polley discusses how she interpreted Munro's tale about an aging couple's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease as a universal love story.

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Considering Horror Panel

Sun, 17 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDT

This discussion brought together critics and scholars to talk about the films shown in the Museum's groundbreaking series It's Only a Movie: Horror Films from the 1970s and Today. The series was organized by assistant curator Livia Bloom, who moderated this lively discussion with: Adam Lowenstein, author of Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film and cinema studies professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Nathan Lee, film critic for The Village Voice; Maitland McDonagh, author of Filmmaking on the Fringe: The Good, the Bad, and the Deviant Directors and film critic for TV Guide; and Joshua Rothkopf, film critic for Time Out New York.

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Donald Richie

Sat, 21 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Donald Richie has been the preeminent American scholar and historian of Japanese film since the 1950s. His books—including The Japanese Film, The Films of Akira Kurosawa, and Ozu: His Life and Films—are widely credited with introducing American audiences to the riches of Japanese cinema. Richie, who has lived in Japan for the last fifty years, is also an accomplished filmmaker. In a rare New York appearance, he discussed his career with Assistant Curator Livia Bloom, following a program of his own experimental short films: Life, Atami Blues, Dead Youth, and Five Filosophical Fables.

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Terry Gilliam

Mon, 02 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Terry Gilliam came to the Museum of the Moving Image in October 2006, ten years after his legendary visit on the day of the Blizzard of 1996, when hundreds of his fans braved a blinding snowstorm to see the director present Brazil. In 2006, Gilliam discussed his latest cinematic provocation, Tideland, a truly independent work that is one of his most shocking and surprisingly tender films. The film, which Gilliam describes as part Alice in Wonderland and part Psycho, takes us inside the mind of a young girl who develops a fantasy life to escape her harsh surroundings.

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Forest Whitaker, Kevin Macdonald + James McAvoy

Sun, 17 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Forest Whitaker's electrifying performance as Ugandan leader Idi Amin Dada in The Last King of Scotland was described by Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern as "one of the great performances of modern movie history." Fresh from the film's success at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, Whitaker, co-star James McAvoy, and director Kevin Macdonald met with a rousing ovation at a special preview at the Museum of the Moving Image—the first public screening of the film. The director and the two lead actors discussed the film's unusual blend of fact and fiction and the story behind their remarkable collaboration.

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Chuck Jones

Sun, 18 Dec 1994 00:00:00 EST

Working at Warner Bros. from 1938 through 1962, legendary animator Chuck Jones perfected the wisecracking Bugs Bunny, the short-tempered Daffy Duck, and the amorous Pepé Le Pew. The purest expression of his artistry is his Road Runner series, in which Wile E. Coyote endlessly pursues the elusive Road Runner. With its streamlined visual style, brilliantly geometric gags, and constant comic invention, the series is a masterpiece of American screen comedy. During the retrospective Chuck Amuck, Jones spoke at length about his life and art. In the tradition of his hero, Mark Twain, Jones was a witty, wry, thoroughly engaging speaker.

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Robert Altman

Sat, 29 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Robert Altman's films play with the viewer's conceptions of American film and of America itself. Altman has created a unique cinematic style, with a trademark mixture of documentary camerawork, semi-improvised performances, multi-layered dialogue, and overlapping narratives. His films reinvent Hollywood genres while revealing the layers of spectacle that make up American culture and society. A month after winning an Honorary Academy Award, Altman opened a 22-film retrospective of his career by speaking at the Museum following a screening of Kansas City, a panoramic and jazz-like melodrama about politics, race, crime, and the movies, which is set in Altman's home town.

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Tommy Lee Jones

Mon, 12 Dec 2005 00:00:00 EST

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada was movie star Tommy Lee Jones's debut as a theatrical film director. Set in his native Texas, this provocative blend of road movie and western, partly inspired by Sam Peckinpah, is a unique and compelling drama that Jones described as "a study of the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social implications of having an international border running through the middle of a culture." The movie had its New York premiere on a cold December night at a special screening co-hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image and Jones's Harvard roommate, former Vice President Al Gore.

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Fernando Mereilles + Rachel Weisz

Tue, 29 Nov 2005 00:00:00 EST

The Constant Gardener, a political thriller and romantic melodrama about a British diplomat investigating his wife's murder in Kenya, was one of the biggest arthouse hits of 2005. As in his breakthrough film City of God, Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles combines a vibrant visual style, a fluid narrative structure, and acting that has the spontaneous feeling of cinéma vérité. Rachel Weisz won an Academy Award for her radiant, impassioned performance as Tessa, a young activist who speaks out against pharmaceutical companies. Meirelles and Weisz discuss the film's production and the place of socially relevant films in today's cultural climate.

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Bennett Miller

Sat, 07 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

Capote is an astonishing fiction-film debut for Bennett Miller, who spoke at Moving Image the day the film was chosen as Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics. Miller discusses his collaboration with his longtime friends Dan Futterman (who wrote the screenplay) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (who won an Oscar for his moving portrayal of Truman Capote). He also talks about his fascination with the inevitability of Capote's decline following the success of In Cold Blood. As one listens to Miller, it becomes clear that the film reflects his personality—quiet, wry, precise, and deeply observant.

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Sidney Lumet

Wed, 05 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Serpico may be the quintessential Sidney Lumet film. A gritty blend of urban realism, character study, and concise storytelling, Serpico is also a great New York City film that makes expressive use of its numerous locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Al Pacino gives a riveting performance as the idealistic yet eccentric New York City cop who exposed corruption in the police department. Lumet's engaging, unpretentious style is on full display in this wide-ranging discussion, which took place following a special screening of a new print of Serpico, just a few months after Lumet received an Honorary Academy Award.

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Francois Ozon

Sun, 05 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Throughout his career, the versatile French director Francois Ozon has made a wide range of films that display varying doses of outlandish comedy, transgressive sexual politics, and Hitchcockian suspense. While his movies are stylish and liberating, they also contain a poignant awareness of loss and unfulfilled desire. Ozon spoke at the Museum after a preview screening of his deceptively simple, profoundly haunting drama 5x2, the story of a failed marriage told in reverse chronological order. Also screened at the Museum on the same day, at the conclusion of a retrospective of Ozon's films, were four of his early short works: Bed Scenes, X2000, Truth or Dare, and Little Death. In the discussion, Ozon is alternately playful and serious. One can see how his relaxed, open approach elicits such truthful, revelatory performances.

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Glenn Close

Thu, 22 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Glenn Close's Academy Award-nominated performance as the vengeful siren Alex Forrest in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction ranks among one of the most memorable villains in screen history, and is the definitive depiction of the fury of a woman scorned. The hit film, directed by Adrian Lyne, captured the popular imagination and changed the cultural landscape with its terrifying take on modern sexual warfare. Glenn Close, a five-time Oscar nominee and three-time Tony Award winner, spoke at the Museum about her harrowing performance as Alex, and about how she overcame her shyness to forge her remarkable career on stage and screen.

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Martin Scorsese

Sat, 09 Nov 2002 00:00:00 EST

Raised in Manhattan's Little Italy, Martin Scorsese is truly a New York City director. He has repeatedly captured the gritty, often brutal vitality of the city in such contemporary American classics as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and GoodFellas. Prior to the release of his most ambitious New York City film to date, the 19th-century epic Gangs of New York, Scorsese spoke at the Museum with New York Times critic Janet Maslin about his career and about the constant struggle between commerce and art in modern Hollywood. The discussion was the opening program in a two-month Scorsese retrospective at the Museum.

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Francis Ford Coppola

Tue, 21 Oct 2003 00:00:00 EDT

Francis Ford Coppola's 1982 film One from the Heart, a romantic fantasy set in Las Vegas, was intended as a light, frothy venture to follow the grueling, tortured production of Apocalypse Now. Instead, the movie was a commercial and critical disaster that received inordinate negative publicity and bankrupted Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. Twenty years after its release, the movie holds up extremely well as a charming and playful reinvention of the old-fashioned musical. Coppola was in a playful mood himself, even bursting into song, when he presented the New York premiere of a restored print at Museum of the Moving Image.

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Brad Bird

Sun, 09 Jan 2005 00:00:00 EST

Brad Bird made his mark as an animation director with the 1999 film The Iron Giant, which has gained recognition over time as a classic of storytelling and visual style. Bird's next film, The Incredibles, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Inventive and rich in its characterizations, it is the story of a family of retired superheroes trying to settle into suburban family life. The Pixar film was an enormous critical and commercial success. Bird spoke at Moving Image as part of the Museum's annual New York Film Critics Circle series.

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Mira Nair

Sun, 29 Aug 2004 00:00:00 EDT

The immigrant's sense of dislocation resonates in the films of Mira Nair, who often focuses on different permutations of the outsider—Bombay street urchins in Salaam Bombay!, Cuban immigrants in The Perez Family, a sixteenth-century Indian servant girl in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love—and their disconnection from the social order around them. Nair's films often focus on complex female characters, and examine the complications that arise from the intermingling of ethnicities, traditions, and classes. In this talk, Nair discusses the examination of sociopolitical exclusion in her past work and in her adaptation of William Thackeray's Vanity Fair.

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Melvin + Mario Van Peebles

Sat, 08 May 2004 00:00:00 EDT

Legendary maverick Melvin Van Peebles is a novelist, composer, and filmmaker who has also worked in television, popular music, and theater. After spending the 1960s in Paris, he returned to the United States and made the groundbreaking 1971 film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. The stunning box-office success of this subversive and sexy film paved the way for filmmakers such as Mario Van Peebles, who directed New Jack City and Panther. Mario paid tribute to his father with his 2003 movie Baadasssss; in this lively discussion, Van Peebles père et fils share a lifetime of experience and a playful father-son rivalry.

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Tim Robbins

Mon, 19 May 2003 00:00:00 EDT

The versatile, often outspoken actor Tim Robbins made his debut as a director and writer with the prescient and impressive political satire Bob Roberts, a mock documentary in which he plays a right-wing, folk-singing Senate candidate who embodies the greed and self-interest of the 1980s. With its sharp views of media manipulation, corruption, and the role of money in politics, the film is as timely today as it ever was. Robbins spoke at the Museum about his career, his family's love of music, and American politics just before heading to Cannes for the premiere of Mystic River.

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Tim Burton

Wed, 19 Nov 2003 00:00:00 EST

Tim Burton may be Hollywood's most childlike grown-up—or its most grown-up child. Either way, Burton's fanciful movies express both the bright and dark sides of his boundless imagination. His heroes, including Pee-wee Herman, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood, are sweetly eccentric outsiders who live in their own made-up worlds. Big Fish brings to life the tall tales of an aging Alabama salesman played by Albert Finney. The film blends an intimate family drama with a gently surreal carnival story. Burton spoke at the Museum just before the film's release, and just over a month after the birth of his son.

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Kimberly Peirce

Sun, 09 Jun 2002 00:00:00 EDT

Boys Don't Cry marked the arrival of three major talents: its two stars, Hillary Swank (who won the Oscar for Best Actress) and Chloë Sevigny, and its ferociously gifted director, Kimberly Peirce. Dramatizing the true story of Brandon Teena, a woman who was raped and killed by friends because she lived as a man, Boys Don't Cry is a gripping, tender, and sad love story with a deep feeling for the story's rural Midwestern location. Peirce talks about researching and preparing the film, making an engrossing drama on a tight budget, and being true to Brandon's heartbreak and compelling story.

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George A. Romero

Tue, 11 Jan 2000 00:00:00 EST

As a teenager growing up in the Bronx, George A. Romero was arrested for hurling a flaming dummy off a roof while filming his 8mm epic The Man from the Meteor. Always a resourceful provocateur, Romero virtually invented the independent horror movement with his ultra-low-budget zombie film Night of the Living Dead (1968). Having lived and worked in Pittsburgh since the 1960s, Romero is a true maverick, making funny, scary, thoughtful films outside of the Hollywood system. He spoke on the opening day of a Moving Image retrospective of his films.

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Mike Leigh

Wed, 25 Sep 2002 00:00:00 EDT

British director Mike Leigh's films evolve from a unique and remarkable collaborative process. The actors spend months on rehearsal, story development, dialogue, and discovering the emotional truth underlying the drama. Although often described as documentary-like and naturalistic, Leigh's films are highly crafted, precisely detailed, and deeply stylized. All or Nothing, starring Leigh's frequent collaborators Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville, was a return to the contemporary working-class milieu of Leigh's earlier films following the success of the period costume drama Topsy-Turvy. In this discussion just before the film's New York premiere, Leigh, Spall, and Manville elaborate on their creative process.

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Thelma Schoonmaker

Sun, 24 Nov 2002 00:00:00 EST

Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker's collaboration with Martin Scorsese is one of the most enduring and fruitful in the history of film. The two met at New York University in the 1960s, and Schoonmaker edited Scorsese's first feature, Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967). She won the first of three Academy Awards for editing the masterpiece Raging Bull (1980), and she has cut all of Scorsese's films since, winning Oscars for her work on The Aviator (2005) and The Departed (2006). She spoke at the Museum of the Moving Image just before the release of Gangs of New York (2002).

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David Cronenberg

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 00:00:00 EST

The elusive nature of reality, and the way that perception is shaped by memory and imagination, is among David Cronenberg's key subjects. Working in the supposedly lowbrow genres of horror and science fiction (Videodrome, Scanners), and in the highbrow form of literary or theatrical adaptation (Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, Spider), Cronenberg has created a remarkably varied body of work. A decade after his complete retrospective at the Museum, Cronenberg returned to Moving Image to discuss Spider, his adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel about a schizophrenic whose tenuous hold on reality is threatened by fragmented memories of a family trauma.

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