A recurring subject in modernist art, the idea of a hidden God has acquired a particular resonance in the language of cinema. Movies with spiritual themes have been made throughout the film-producing world since the emergence of the medium in the 1890s, but it is with the advent of the sound period in the late 1920s that the theme of a hidden spirituality, or, alternatively, of spirituality’s absence, appeared. Since then, many movies have simultaneously insinuated and disguised the mystery that believers call God. This exhibition presents 30 feature films that explore this theme, by filmmakers such as Robert Bresson, Roberto Rossellini, Luis Buñuel, Ingmar Bergman, Clint Eastwood, and Harold Ramis. Accompanying the series is the publication The Hidden God: Film and Faith, comprising 50 essays by scholars, critics, and curators, now available through the Museum.
Organized by Mary Lea Bandy, Chief Curator, Department of Film and Media, and Antonio Monda, Film Professor, New York University.