Opening this Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York
Friday, April 15
Total running time: 130 mins.
A Colorful avant-garde underground film program featuring Hollywood’s Starlets Alla Nazimova, Marlene Dietrich, and Maria Montez which features ornamental costumes and lavish décor.
Introduced by David Schwartz and Marketa Uhlirova
Live music by Donald Sosin
Tit for Tat (La Peine du talion)
Dir. Gaston Velle, Pathé Frères, 1906, France
Dir. Segundo de Chomón, Pathé Frères, 1907, France
Dir. Kenneth Anger
With Yvonne Marquis, 1949
Costumes from Kenneth Anger’s collection
The Pearl Fisher (Le pêcheur de perles)
Dir. Ferdinand Zecca, Pathé Frères, 1907, France
Dir. Jack Smith, 1963
With Diana Baccus, Mario Montez, Beverly Grant
Costumes by Jack Smith and actors
Print courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York
More information about this festival can be seen here.
Salomé at the Museum of The Moving Image
“The Mystery of Love is greater than the Mystery of Death.” Declares Salomé, the troubled daughter of a king. This film is elaborately costumed in Natacha Rambova’s design, and features illustrations by the legendary Aubrey Beardsley. In one moment, as Salomé imagines herself with the king’s white peacocks we see this vision complete and manifest, and the result is nothing short of beautiful. This is again epitomized in moments of her dancing beneath a veil, in a gorgeous motion. Rambova used material only from Maison Lewis of Paris, using genuine silver lamé on loincloths worn by the guards. The King’s retinue who are swathed in theatrically ostentatious apparel are nearly a caricature of themselves. His soothsayers wear enormous, surrealistic turbans, others with braided coils of hair pointing upwards, at the divinity that seems to have escaped this unfortunate Royal Family, and ultimately Salomé herself.
The 1923 film which echoes the biblical story of King Herod and the killing of John the Baptist was directed by Charles Bryant and written by Oscar Wilde, and poetic dialogue abounds. This film features a luxurious splendor of visual decoration, set design, and opulent costume. Salomé is showing at in the Museum of the Moving Image with Live music by Donald Sosin, and introduced by Pat Kirham.
The Fashion in Film Festival
runs April 15-24th, and features a wide range of underground and decadently beautiful films from the 1890′s to the present century. The program was curated by Marketa Uhlirova, with Eugenia Paulicelli, Ronald Gregg, Stuart Comer, and Inga Fraser.
— Stevyn Llewellyn
Part of Fashion in Film Festival: Birds of Paradise
Sunday, April 24, 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of The Moving Image.
More information on the Birds of Paradise: Fashion in Film Festival can be seen on their website here
The Museum of the Moving Image presents Birds of Paradise, which is considered an intoxicating exploration of costume as a form of cinematic spectacle throughout the history of American and European cinema. Lectures, seminars, and special Q&A’s will take place during the festival.
Highlights will include Nino Oxila’s Rapsodia Satanica, (1915-1917), The Golden Butterfly ( 1926 ) by Michael Curtiz, Lupe (1966), by Jose Rodriguez-Soltero, as well as archival, rare shorts from Georges Melies, and Segundo de Chomon. Classic films such as Male and Female (1919) by Cecil B. DeMille, as well as Charles Bryant’s Salome (1923) will also be screened. The silent films will feature musical accompaniment by Donal Sossin and Stephen Horne.
“The Fashion in Film Festival, Birds of Paradise, continues to make a significant contribution to out understanding of both fashion and film. The amazing imagery captured here on film will amaze and delight you”
—Jane Rapley, Head of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
“The Fashion in Film Festival has established itself as a lively and wonderfully programmed cinema event that spans a wide range of genres and periods, finding a common link in the medium’s emphasis on visual spectacle, dazzling excess, and general enchantment.Museum of the Moving Image is thrilled to be the New York venue for this original and essential film festival”
—David Schwartz, Chief Curator, MoMI
A full schedule of screenings and events will be announced soon and will be available on the Museum’s website at http://movingimage.us.