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Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World + Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

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Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World
USA 1963. Dir: Shirley Clarke. 51 min. 35mm

RESTORED 35mm PRINT!Shirley Clarke’s 1963 portrait of the iconic American poet won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Frost’s “road less travelled” was very near its end; Clarke’s graceful, intimate film, shot just months before the poet’s death, captures Frost at public engagements and in private moments. Restorations of The Connection and Ornette: Made in America, two other films by Clarke, a key American independent cinema pioneer, were presented at The Cinematheque in 2012. Preservation funded by the Packard Humanities Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
USA 1975. Dir: Thom Andersen. 59 min. 35mm

RESTORED 35mm PRINT!Thom Andersen, who later made the superb Los Angeles Plays Itself, directs a revelatory documentary study of the pioneering 19th-century photographer and proto-filmmaker. “At once a biography of Muybridge, a re-animation of his historic sequential photographs, and an inspired examination of their philosophical implications ... Andersen’s first feature announced the arrival of one of America’s most significant documentary auteurs” (UCLA). “One of the best essay films ever made on a cinematic subject” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader). Preservation funded by the Packard Humanities Institute.