Jean Desmet’s Cinema of Sensation and Sentiment

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Jul 2–Aug 13, 2007


Poster for Bout-de-Zan et le crime au telephone. (1914, France, Gaumont, Directed by Louis Feuillade). Lithograph, 40 × 30″ (101.6 × 76.2 cm). Department of Film Collection

This tribute to Dutch silent-film distributor and exhibitor Jean Desmet (1875–1956), presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sensation and Sentiment: Cinema Posters 1912–14, features studio films offered on the European market between 1912 and 1914 from Biograph, Celio, Cines, Cricks & Martin, éclair, Edison, Eiko, Gaumont, Imp, Kalem, Pasquali, Pilot, and Vay & Hubert. The film exhibition draws from MoMA’s collection and from the Nederlands Film Archive’s famed Desmet Collection. All films are silent, with piano accompaniment by Ben Model and Stuart Oderman. Plot synopses will be available at screenings of films with Dutch intertitles.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator, Research and Collections, Department of Film.


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