Film Series

January 05 - February 28, 2008
The Films of Emile de Antonio

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Though he didn't embark upon a career in film until age 43, Emile de Antonio (1919-1989) quickly distinguished himself as force in independent filmmaking. His provocative explorations of Richard Nixon, the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the revolutionary group the Weathermen rejuvenated the art of "compilation documentary," building critical arguments out of archival or scavenged footage.

A lively raconteur who helped jump-start the careers of New York artists John Cage, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, de Antonio became a master of compilation in an era when cinema vérité and advanced technology were the dominant tools of documentarians. This retrospective chronicles his work from 1963 to his death in 1989, illustrating his tremendous skill and emphasizing the lasting impact of his artistic legacy.

$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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Point of Order, 1963, 97 min.
Charge and Countercharge, 1968, 43 min.

For his debut film, Point of Order, de Antonio pulled material from 188 hours of kinescopes of the 1954 Army-McCarthy Senate hearings. This collage of television footage was one of…

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Point of Order, 1963, 97 min.
Charge and Countercharge, 1968, 43 min.

For his debut film, Point of Order, de Antonio pulled material from 188 hours of kinescopes of the 1954 Army-McCarthy Senate hearings. This collage of television footage was one of…

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Rush to Judgment, 1966, 98 min.
In the Year of the Pig, 1968, 103 min.

A seminal refutation of the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Rush to Judgment offers no definitive conclusions, but it simply and…

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In the Year of the Pig, 1968, 103 min.

Perhaps the most radical film ever nominated for an Academy Award, In the Year of the Pig examines the historical roots of the Vietnam War and argues polemically for its end. The…

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America Is Hard to See, 1970, 90 min.
Millhouse: A White Comedy, 1971, 92 min.

America Is Hard to See offers de Antonio's take on the 1968 Democratic primaries, "seen from the POV of liberals and Eugene McCarthy." The film addresses the assassinations of…

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America Is Hard to See, 1970, 90 min.
Millhouse: A White Comedy, 1971, 92 min.

America Is Hard to See offers de Antonio's take on the 1968 Democratic primaries, "seen from the POV of liberals and Eugene McCarthy." The film addresses the assassinations of…

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Underground, 1976, 87 min.
In the King of Prussia, 1982, 92 min.

Sam Green introduced a new generation to the radical 1960s group the Weathermen with his 2002 film The Weather Underground, but de Antonio first highlighted the group in 1976's

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Underground, 1976, 87 min.
In the King of Prussia, 1982, 92 min.

Sam Green introduced a new generation to the radical 1960s group the Weathermen with his 2002 film The Weather Underground, but de Antonio first highlighted the group in 1976's

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Painters Painting, 1972, 116 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. As one…

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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…

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Mr. Hoover and I, 1989, 90 min.

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…

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