As we visit the very buildings where the first movies were created, we see that ideas and passion have always driven film – even more than money and marketing. We learn the stories of the first movie stars, the first use of close-ups and of special effects and then we travel to Hollywood to see how it grew into its own myth. The story is full of surprises, including the fact that the best (and best paid) writers in these early years were women. With the building of the great movie cathedrals, we enter the fascinating story of the movies in the roaring 20s, learning how Hollywood became a glittering industry and how visionaries like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton emerged. At the same time, the gloss was countered by the likes of Robert Flaherty, Eric Von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who believed films could be more mature. Together, Parts One and Two examine the battle over the soul of cinema – and some of the greatest movies ever made. (120 min.)
Admission to all showings in the Story of Film series is free to DIA members. Please show your membership card to the ticket taker to gain admittance.
The DFT’s Crystal Gallery Café will be closed during
September and the first two weeks of October due to glass and metalwork restoration
of the café’s three monumental windows. Please excuse our dust while we
complete this exciting project, the finished work will help to preserve the historic
ironwork window frames of Samuel Yellin, and give visitors a beautiful view of
the night sky and midtown museum campus along John R. During construction, beverages
and light snacks will be continue to served on the ground floor in the central
Loggia space near the theater entrance.
September 29 at 3:00 PM