In Cahoots: Maurice Sendak and Spike Jonze

Sunday, October 11, 2009, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

Includes the following films:

  • Where the Wild Things Are [clip]

    2009. USA. Directed by Spike Jonze. 5 min.

  • Maurice at the World’s Fair

    2009. USA. Directed by Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs. With Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener, Bob Stephenson. 4 min.

  • Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

    2009. USA. Directed by Lance Bangs, Spike Jonze. Produced by Perry Moore, Hunter Hill, Allison Sarofim, and Vincent Landay. 40 min.

Spike Jonze had been friends with Maurice Sendak for more than five years before he and Dave Eggers began working on their adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, recognizing in Sendak a passionate, daring, truthful, and wildly imaginative artist and a fellow imp of the perverse. In these short films, made while Wild Things was in production, a sometimes melancholy but always wickedly funny Sendak reflects on his Depression-era childhood in the Brooklyn shtetl, a joyous day at the World’s Fair, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, his books In The Night Kitchen and Higgledy Piggledy Pop!, his two beloved Hermans (Melville, and his German shepherd namesake), and a long-buried secret.

In the Film exhibition Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years

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