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Voyages and Discoveries

“The real voyage of discovery comes not from seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

The underlying idea for this series is to present a selection of films that reflect the same theme as our exhibition Voyages and Discoveries. Many of the choices expand on what cinema can do, both narratively and stylistically, prompting the audience to look at their own world in new ways once they leave the theater. We hope that many of these films will be new to you, and that you will allow them to wash over you and transport you to a new place and time. We wanted to explore the idea of this voyage of discovery from many different angles, whether it is a boy learning about life in Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) or reflecting on one’s own past life in After Life (1998). We wanted to find films that galvanized other movie-makers and made them see cinema anew—for which Kwaidan (1964) is an example. We wanted to explore the idea of being forced suddenly to look at the world differently, hence the inclusion of Your Name. (2016). This short list, which is so very diverse but definitely not random, contains some wonderful treasures that we would like to share with you. We hope that this selection will take you on many voyages of discovery, and that anyone seeing even one of these films will find that they are looking at the world with new eyes.  

Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low
 

Events in this Series

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Down to the Sea in Ships

Dryden Theatre

Voyages and Discoveries | Member Movie. The basic story is simple enough: the captain of a whaling ship takes his grandson, Jed, on board to teach the youth about value in life—valor, courage, endurance—in other words, to help the young man grow up.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Your Name.

Dryden Theatre

Voyages and Discoveries. “Treasure the experience; dreams fade when you wake up.” A dazzling body-swap romance filled with pathos, longing, and separation, this recent anime is visually stunning, at once very simple and extremely complex, with charming characterizations and beautiful imagery.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

After Life

Dryden Theatre

Voyages and Discoveries. In an extraordinary, lyrical, gentle, and touching film about reassessing one’s own life, the protagonists, all recently deceased, arrive at a slightly crumbling institution, where they are each instructed to assess their lives and choose one important moment—a memory they can take with them forever.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Performance

Dryden Theatre

Voyages and Discoveries. Though this is Nicolas Roeg’s first directorial effort, it includes many trademarks that he would use later, including jump cuts and very clever juxtapositions of scenes and locations.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Kwaidan

Dryden Theatre

Voyages and Discoveries. Kobayashi's anthology of four supernatural Japanese folk tales creates quiet unease through mood.

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