All films take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm.
In honor of the Davis’s newly installed permanent collections galleries, uncover the secret life of museums through this selection of recent cinematic masterpieces. These contemporary films pull back the curtain on unique, behindthescenes views of museum activities and characters, both real and imagined.
Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift.
October 12 The Great Museum (Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, 2014)
Featuring unprecedented access to an influential and multifaceted institution, The Great Museum reveals the innerworkings of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum. As the camera roams through spacious rooms hosting some of the world's most valuable art, director Johannes Holzhausen brings light to a dynamic, reflective and fast-moving institution that is both adapting to the marketing and funding realities of the 21st-century while remaining faithful to its core mission. (Source: Kino Lorber)
November 2 Russian Ark (Dir. Alexandr Sokurov, 2002)
Russian Ark is a unique journey through time and Russian history. Filmed entirely in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Sokurov's breathtaking film recreates 300 years of history and culture and is the first entirely unedited, single-take, full-length feature film. (Source: BFI)
November 16 National Gallery (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. (Source: Zipporah Films)
November 30 Museum Hours (Dir. Jem Cohen, 2014)
Museum Hours is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna's grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. Museum Hours is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives. (Source: Cinema Guild)