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INSIDE/OUT: A MoMA/MoMA PS1 BLOG

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April 12, 2011  |  I Went to MoMA and
“I went to MoMA and…”: The Kids Are All Right

The "I went to MoMA and..." project in action in the MoMA lobby

Flights of fancy, lively drawings, dreams of piloting the Bell helicopter, disdain for a museum with no dinosaurs… many of our absolute favorite “MoMA stories” were left by kids, from toddlers to teenagers. So for our second post about the “I went to MoMA and…” project, it wasn’t hard to pick a theme. Read more

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April 12, 2011  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator. 1940. USA. Directed, produced, and written by Charles Chaplin

The Great Dictator. 1940. USA. Directed, produced, and written by Charles Chaplin


These notes accompany the screenings of Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator on April 13, 14, and 15 in Theater 3.

The Great Dictator presents unique problems for the historian trying to reconcile Bosley Crowther’s judgment in 1940 that Charles Chaplin’s movie was “perhaps the most significant film ever produced” with the film’s occasionally flawed execution of Chaplin’s grand and noble conception. Because Chaplin (1889–1977) was a universally recognized and beloved personality—whose famous moustache had been stolen by an equally well-known, but far less beloved, comedian-cum-tyrant—his film about Hitler became an event of worldwide consequence. Read more