This month the second installment was opened for the exhibition Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria New York. The exhibition features the work and dedication that goes into the creation of classic films. Guest Curator Michael Connor says “It offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen artifacts from some of cinema’s most legendary films as well as behind- the-scenes research notes, sketches, video interviews, and materials used in the development process by some of the world’s greatest filmmakers.”

These featured stories include that of Todd Haynes and his detailed color charts for his film Far From Heaven that put into perspective the dedication and attention to detail that goes into these beautifully crafted films. The installment also includes sketches, clips, research notes, and artifacts from films such as “W.E.,” “The Last Emperor,” “Amelie,” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

            The exhibit will remain at the Museum of the Moving Image until August 19, 2012. I have to say that I have been extremely impressed with the unique and fun exhibitions featured at the Museum of the Moving Image lately and it is definitely something to keep your eye on for future adventures…
Ellen Studer

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