Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Metrograph and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS) Announce Year-Long Residency Beginning in July

Programs for July and August Include
George Stevens' A Place in the Sun and Saul Bass Tribute 
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences begins a year-long residency at Metrograph in July, bringing exciting and entertaining programs to the big screen. This monthly series will showcase film prints from the Academy Film Archive, home to one of the most diverse and extensive motion picture collections in the world. Programs will feature onstage conversations with filmmakers and scholars of motion pictures, tributes, newsreels, rarely seen clips from past Oscar® ceremonies, and home movies from Hollywood legends. 
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift at their most supernally beautiful, Shelly Winters at her most haplessly victimizable, and director Stevens at the height of his impeccable craft—this adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy isn’t a classic for nothing, shot in gorgeous black-and-white photography whose glint betrays sinister tidings. Clift is the poor, earnest striver who sees a passport to the promised land when rich girl Taylor takes an interest in him, but first he must sever his attachment to factory girl Winters--by whatever means necessary. A Place in the Sun garnered nine nominations and won six Oscars® including Best Director for Stevens. Special guests to be announced.
Why Man Creates: The Work of Saul Bass 
Wednesday, August 2 - 7:00pm
Known for his fluid and geometric title designs and posters (and with iconic logos created for the Girl Scouts and Bell Telephone), Saul Bass remains one of the most iconic and influential designers of the twentieth century. To illustrate his wide range of works, as well as the impressive list of filmmakers he has collaborated with, the Academy Film Archive has created a reel of his most famous (and lesser seen) title sequences. Along with two of Bass' short films, Why Man Creates (1958) and The Solar Film (1980), all courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, the program will be accompanied with a screening of Bass' only feature, Phase IV,and Saul Bass: In His Own Words, a tribute produced by the Academy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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