Film Series

Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Films of Emile de Antonio

Part of The Films of Emile de Antonio

Date + Time

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Phyllis Wattis Theater


Double feature
Painters Painting, 1972, 116 min.
Mr. Hoover and I, 1989, 90 min.

In Painters Painting, de Antonio and cinematographer Ed Emshwiller chronicle the work of 13 painters in New York through interviews and substantial studio observation. De Antonio's final film, Mr. Hoover and I, is a combination personal essay and documentary exposé of J. Edgar Hoover. Without collage or biting juxtaposition, the filmmaker takes us through his own 10,000-page FBI file, rounding out the picture with a variety of supplemental footage: a conversation with John Cage about art, a college speaking engagement on Joseph McCarthy and the Iran-Contra hearings, and a haircut by his wife Nancy. "Mr. Hoover and I is made of poor means," de Antonio wrote, "but it is ambitious - more ambitious than Batman." The second film begins at 3:00 p.m.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Double features: films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

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