Morocco at 75

November 18–30, 2005


Morocco. 1930. USA. Directed by Josef von Sternberg

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the release of Josef von Sternberg’s Morocco, Charles Silver, Associate Curator in the Department of Film and Media, presents a 20-minute lecture and a screening of the film, which he considers one of the most important in cinema history. Silver’s lecture, first delivered at a conference on colonial cinema in Rabat, Morocco, in 2001, addresses the uniquely Romantic and transcendent quality of Sternberg’s film, a quality that the curator believes does justice both to the country of Morocco and to the director’s vision. Indeed, Silver argues, Morocco is one of the few early sound films to restore the visual glories of silent cinema.


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