MoMA Presents: Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema

MoMA September 18–24, 2008

Todd McCarthy—documentary filmmaker (Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, 1993), author (Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood, 1999), and chief film critic of Variety—turns a biographical spotlight on Pierre Rissient, a figure relatively unknown to the public but deeply respected by filmmakers, critics, and film festival directors the world over. In 1993, when MoMA’s Department of Film gave Rissient carte blanche to create a film exhibition, he was described as a “filmmaker, scout, festival advisor, programmer, and press strategist.” McCarthy’s dramatic and rousing portrait of Rissient illustrates the many and varied accomplishments of one of the world’s most influential film fans.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film.


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