Film Series

November 03 - December 29, 2007
True and False: Jeff Wall on Cinematography

Phyllis Wattis Theater

At the crucial moment in the mid-1970s when Jeff Wall formulated what was to become his project as an artist, he was thinking hard about the art of cinematography and its affinities with both photography and painting. Wall's work - the subject of a retrospective on view through January 27 - can be said to have emerged out of a reflection on these three art forms.

In conjunction with his retrospective, we invited Wall to select some of the films that most influenced him as he honed his art practice. The result is a season of independent classics from the 1960s and 1970s, a sampling of the work of some of the greatest cinematographers in film history, and a special kind of insight into Wall's art.

$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). Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

True and False: Jeff Wall on Cinematography is generously supported by the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

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Past

Buy tickets Late Spring
1949, 108 min.
Direction: Yasujiro Ozu
Cinematography: Yuharu Atsuta

Starring Setsuko Hara and Chishu Ryu - Ozu's favorite actors - Late Spring tells the story of the relationship between a widowed father and his grown-up daughter as she prepares for…

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Buy tickets Late Spring
1949, 108 min.
Direction: Yasujiro Ozu
Cinematography: Yuharu Atsuta

Starring Setsuko Hara and Chishu Ryu - Ozu's favorite actors - Late Spring tells the story of the relationship between a widowed father and his grown-up daughter as she prepares for…

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Buy tickets Marnie
1964, 130 min.
Direction: Alfred Hitchcock
Cinematography: Robert Burks

Marnie stars Tippi Hedren as a disturbed kleptomaniac terrified of the color red and Sean Connery as the businessman who becomes obsessed with her. It has a psycho-sexual intensity…

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Buy tickets Mouchette
1967, 78 min.
Direction: Robert Bresson
Cinematography: Ghislaine Cloquet

Ingmar Bergman said of this film, "Mouchette, I loved it! Mouchette is a saint, and she takes everything upon herself, inside her, everything that happens. It makes such an…

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Buy tickets Mouchette
1967, 78 min.
Direction: Robert Bresson
Cinematography: Ghislaine Cloquet

Ingmar Bergman said of this film, "Mouchette, I loved it! Mouchette is a saint, and she takes everything upon herself, inside her, everything that happens. It makes such an…

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Buy tickets Fat City
1972, 110 min.
Direction: John Huston
Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall

Huston's Fat City is a compelling portrayal of working-class life and of those who lose out in the pursuit of the American Dream. It is the story of two boxers: Jeff Bridges, who is…

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Buy tickets Fat City
1972, 110 min.
Direction: John Huston
Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall

Huston's Fat City is a compelling portrayal of working class life and of those who lose out in the pursuit of the American Dream. It is the story of two boxers: Jeff Bridges, who is…

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Buy tickets The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

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1972, 124 min.
Direction: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus

Ballhaus has served as director of photography for many of Martin Scorsese's films, from 1985's After Hours to last year's Oscar-winner The Departed. In the 1970s, however, he was…

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Buy tickets The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
1972, 124 min.
Direction: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus

Ballhaus has served as director of photography for many of Martin Scorsese's films, from 1985's After Hours to last year's Oscar-winner The Departed. In the 1970s, however, he was…

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Buy tickets Persona
1966, 85 min.
Direction: Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography: Sven Nykvist

The partnership between Bergman and Nykvist is perhaps the most famous one between a director and a cinematographer in the entire history of film. Persona centers on the…

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Buy tickets Persona
1966, 85 min.
Direction: Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography: Sven Nykvist

The partnership between Bergman and Nykvist is perhaps the most famous one between a director and a cinematographer in the entire history of film. Persona centers on the…

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Buy tickets The Mother and the Whore
1973, 210 min.
Direction: Jean Eustache
Cinematography: Pierre Lhomme

Eustache died young but left us one incomparable classic: The Mother and the Whore, an epic study of sexual politics in the aftermath of the failed French revolution of 1968.…

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Buy tickets The Mother and the Whore
1973, 210 min.
Direction: Jean Eustache
Cinematography: Pierre Lhomme

Eustache died young but left us one incomparable classic: The Mother and the Whore, an epic study of sexual politics in the aftermath of the failed French revolution of 1968.…

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