Strange Cinema

Join us for Strange Cinema, a three-part film series inspired by the exhibition Ruud van Empel: Strange Beauty. The series is based on the creative process and cinematic influences of Ruud van Empel. 

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Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm
(Erik van Empel, 2011, 50min.)
Free for MOPA Members, $6 Students/Seniors, $8 General
In this documentary, filmmaker Erik van Empel chronicles his brother Ruud’s creative process over two years. Old 8mm footage shows his early days in the family and provides a backdrop for the way his artistic career took off.
Thursday, November 29, 7:00pm
(Jacques Tati, 1967, 155min.)
Free for MOPA Members, $6 Students/Seniors, $8 General
In Playtime, Tati's character, Monsieur Hulot, and a group of American tourists attempt to navigate a futuristic Paris. Shot in 70 mm, Playtime is notable for its massive intricate set and Tati's trademark use of subtle, yet complex visual comedy and imaginative sound effects.
Thursday, December 6, 7:00pm
(David Lynch, 1986, 120min.)
Free for MOPA Members, $6 Students/Seniors, $8 General
Widely regarded as one of David Lynch’s finest works, Blue Velvet is a modern-day film noir injected with surrealism. The film centers on eccentric college student who, returning from visiting his ill father in the hospital, comes across a human ear in a field in his hometown of Lumberton.