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Ben Shahn's Cinematic World


March 5 (Sunday) 4 pm (Free Admission)

Program 1

The exhibition "Ben Shahn’s New York: The Photography of Modern Times," at the the Arthur M. Sackler Museum through April 30, 2000, is the occasion for the presentation of two film programs that evoke the film culture of the 1930s and the particular passions of Ben Shahn, a lifelong cinéphile who called film the "master medium," believing that it appealed to all the senses. This first program focuses on what film archivist Jan-Christopher Horak has called the "Lovers of Cinema," the first generation of American avant-gardists who entered film as independents and worked to further the cause of film art. The program will be introduced by Jenna Webster, curatorial assistant, Department of Photographs, Fogg Art Museum.

Manhatta

Directed by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler
US 1921, 35mm, b/w, 7 min.

Panther Woman of the Needle Trades

Directed by Ralph Steiner
US 1931, 16mm, b/w, 11 min.

Pie in the Sky

Directed by Ralph Steiner and the Members of the Group Theater
US 1934, 16mm, b/w, 25 min.

Skyscrapers

Directed by Robert Florey
US 1929, 35mm, b/w, 10 min.

A Bronx Morning

Directed by Jay Leyda
US 1931, 35mm, b/w, 12 min.

Mr. Motorboat's Last Strand

Directed by Theodore Huff and John A. Flory
US 1933, 16mm, b/w, 18 min.

 

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March 12 (Sunday) 4 pm (Free Admission)

Program 2

This screening recreates a typical film program of the 1930s, including a period newsreel, a coming attraction trailer, and a vintage black-and-white studio cartoon, followed by one of the masterpieces of American cinema of the period, King Vidor’s Our Daily Bread (1934). Working with a cast that included relative unknowns and eschewing the techniques and gloss of commercial production, Vidor created one of the few films to portray the impact of the Great Depression on working-class Americans. The program will be introduced by Jenna Webster, curatorial assistant, Department of Photographs, Fogg Art Museum.

Our Daily Bread

Directed by King Vidor
US 1934, 35mm, b/w, 74 min.

 

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