Saw Josef Von Sternberg’s THE SALVATION HUNTERS at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image last night, live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin. It was an incredible experience. (Never thought I’d get a chance to see this film on the big screen!)
This theater is, by far, the best theater in NYC right now showing repertory titles. Nice big screen, incredible sound and acoustics (the program director stood on the stage and introduced the film without a mic, with no problem whatsoever), and stadium seating. I highly recommend the short trip out there from the city to see, what is sure to be, some incredible titles coming up in the months and years ahead.
The museum itself is very modern but beautiful and welcoming. Even the cafe received my picky girlfriend’s seal of approval — a miracle!
Well, I live in Queens, so I sure am excited about this, But first things first, I’m going to go catch Mamma Roma at Film Forum before that’s out, and I’ll also check out the Frantisek Vlacil retrospective at Lincoln Center next week.
What did you think of Salvation Hunters??? God do I wanna see that film!
Class trip!! Class trip!! Any garagers interested in meeeting up at the museum for a screening soon?
I know! This was a must see for me!
Sternberg was already “Sternberg” with this first film. It is astonishing to see how restrained the performances are (which seems to be totally not the norm of the time) and how confident the filmmaking is. I had the impression that there was going to be a rough “oddness” to it that would’ve been what got Chaplin’s attention, well there is that and yet it still has that Sternberg perfection to it. At times it is remarkable. Only Sternberg can film 3 people sharing, and then chewing, gum and make it absolutely fascinating.
This restoration was done just 2 years ago so maybe there will be a dvd coming, who knows.
Sounds amazing. I wish I was out there in New York I would love to see that on the big screen. (Or any screen really).
the little clips of it I’ve seen from video essays on Sternberg look so impressive.
The 70mm projection had some problems during the screening of PLAYTIME, but I presumed it was a warped print…anyone watch the screening of 2001 later that day and note some spots out of focus during the film? Hoping it’s just a 70mm problem that they’ve since gotten fixed. Otherwise, the space rules.
ah, that sucks dude. they should’ve had that shit worked out before the screening, or they should’ve just not shown it. no excuse for that.
I saw 2001 in 70mm at MoMA in 1998… incredible.
It could have been the print, in which case, there’s really nothing they could do. Just curious to get anyone else’s input who saw both screenings first day or even just the latter of 2001. Regardless, f it was a genuine lens error, I’m sure they’ve already fixed it by now.
Part of Avant-Garde Masters
Sunday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.
16mm print restored by The Museum of Modern Art
Free to members or w/ museum admission ($10 adults)
Anyone who visits the MotMI and wants to write a blog post for Garage about the experience of their visit, an exhibit, or a screening they attend there…please contact me.