A two-year construction project has prevented Astorias Museum of the Moving Image from screening classic films on the screen at its 35th Avenue locale, so the museum is taking its latest series to Flushing Meadows Corona Park this fall.
The museum will screen six of films longest-enduring classics at the Queens Theatre in the Park at Flushing Meadows between Oct. 1 and Nov. 19. Moving Image Masterpieces is the museums latest in a series of screenings at locales in Manhattan and Queens as the institution undergoes a $65 million expansion project expected to be completed next year.
Films in the series include Citizen Kane, Metropolis, The Rules of the Game, Tokyo Story, 8 1/2 and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
While work proceeds on our expansion-renovation project, the Museum of the Moving Image is a motion picture institution temporarily without a movie theater, said Rochelle Slovin, the museums founder and director. But we will not let that deter us from providing audiences with outstanding film series.
All screenings will take place Thursday evenings at the Queens Theatres 464-seat auditorium at the former New York State Pavilion site in the park. The series is the first of its kind at the theater.
Our theater has been eager to host a film series for a number of years, but it did not want to proceed without curatorial expertise, said Jeffrey Rosenstock, executive director of Queens Theatre in the Park.
Tickets for the screenings are $10 per film or $8 apiece if customers purchase tickets for more than one show. The museum will also offer a $30 series pass for all six films.
I think its great-looking projection and the whole concept is that its our selection of the great masterpieces that people should see, said David Schwartz, the museums curator. We hope to do a wider range of programs at Queens Theatre in the Park. They want to have film as part of their program.
The first screening in the series will be Orson Welles Citizen Kane (1941), which is often ranked as the greatest film of all time in critics polls, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The film follows the life of an ambitious but lonely newspaper tycoon via flashback as a reporter attempts to make sense of the final word he uttered: Rosebud.
The series will continue Oct. 8 with a 7:30 p.m. screening of Fritz Langs 1927 silent classic Metropolis, which will be accompanied by live music performed by Ben Model. The film presents a vision of a dystopian future in which the exploited working class lives underground and serves the wealthy ruling class. The stunning vision of the future incorporates mad scientists, a cyber-heroine and lavish sets.
On Oct. 29, the museum will screen Jean Renoirs masterpiece The Rules of the Game, (1939) which is often ranked as the second-greatest film of all time, at 7:30 p.m. The movie, which was made as the storm clouds of World War II hovered over Europe, is set during a weekend hunting party that is, at turns, humorous, romantic and tragic in its depiction of a fading aristocracy.
Yasujiro Ozus heartbreaking 1953 film Tokyo Story will screen Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The film, which inspired Hirokazu Koreedas recent picture Still Walking, explores the clash between modernity and tradition by following an aging couple on a trip from their rural village to visit their ungrateful children in Tokyo.
On Nov. 12, the Moving Image will present Federico Fellinis influential 8 1/2 (1963) at 7:30 p.m. The film features screen legend Marcello Mastroianni as a philandering film director who retreats into his memories and fantasies, while attempting to come up with an idea for his next film. 8 1/2 is often considered Fellinis best and most personal film and it has inspired the Broadway sequel Nine, which has been adapted into a film that will be released this fall.
The final screening in the series is Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey, (1968) which is often considered the greatest science-fiction film of all time, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film traces the history of humanity from the dawn of civilization through the space age in a mind-expanding journey and culminates with a mysterious final sequence that is given to multiple interpretations.
The series is the museums latest to screen at a location outside its 35th Avenue site. This summer, the Moving Image screened a selection of the French New Waves most influential films at the Museum of Arts and Design at Manhattans Columbus Circle.
This fall, the museum will host its annual series of screenings with Variety magazine that introduces the falls big awards contenders. The screenings kick off Sept. 15 at Manhattans Sunshine Cinema with Jane Campions Bright Star.
The museums a $65 million renovation will include a new 264-seat theater, an education center, a 64-seat screening classroom, a courtyard and a new gallery. The project will add three stories to its building at 35th Avenue and 37th Street.
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