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Moons and Celestial Bodies

July 20 – 21

Since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers have imagined what it might be like to travel to the moon and beyond. Following Georges Méliès’s whimsical A Trip to the Moon in 1902, the fusion of scientific exploration and humankind’s artistic imagination gave rise to evermore ingenious conceptions of space travel. This series, presented in conjunction with the exhibition By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs, includes a screening of Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff, a digital restoration of Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, and an eclectic international program of vintage and contemporary short films showcasing the moon as inspiration and focus — coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the first human steps on the moon.

image from A Trip to the Moon (George Méliès, 1902, silent, 18 minutes)
courtesy Flicker Alley/Photofest

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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