Monday, October 01, 2007

"Modernism in Motion" begins Oct. 3

The Donnell Library Center in Manhattan kicks off a new month-long series, "Modernism in Motion," this Wednesday at 2:30pm. Screenings for the first afternoon are Hans Richter's Ghosts Before Breakfast (1927), Fernand Leger's Ballet Mecanique (1924), Rene Clair's Entr'acte (1924), and Luis Bunuel's L' Age D'Or (1930), all shown in 16mm. Subsequent Wednsdays will feature Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (1930), Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise (1932), and Mervyn Le Roy's Gold Diggers of 1933, the last shown with a Betty Boop short, 1932's Boop-Oop-A-Doop. The Donnell is right across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, so you can really make a day out of the subject.

Betty is a favorite of my friend and former colleague John Calhoun, who works at the library and is making his programming debut with this well-chosen series. Next month: A cinematic celebration of Oklahoma, on the Sooner State's centennial.

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