NGA Film Series Spotlights Central Europe

Posted June 6, 2007 at 4:43pm

Given the close relationship between photography and cinema in Interwar Central Europe — a massive exhibit in 1929 Germany was titled “Film und Foto” or “Fifo” — the National Gallery of Art will launch a summer film series to run in conjunction with the exhibit “Foto: Modernity in Central Europe.”

Curated by Sonja Simonyi, the 25-year-old daughter of Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Andras Simonyi, “Modernity and Tradition: Film in Interwar Central Europe” represents a diverse menu of cinematic offerings ranging from the humorous dada of Hans Richter’s “Ghosts Before Breakfast” with its uncooperative neckties and flying bowler hats to the sexy titillation of Marlene Dietrich in “Der Blaue Engel” (The Blue Angel).

The series, which kicks off at 2 p.m. on June 24 with a collection of avant-garde shorts, will run until September in the gallery’s East Building auditorium. For a complete listing of films, go to www.nga.gov/programs/film modernity.shtm.

— Bree Hocking