Ninotchka, MGM/Photofest, © MGM, Photographer: Milton Brown
- 5:15 pm – 7:20 pm
- Ernst Lubitsch
A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna "Ninotchka" Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon’s charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment.
Introduction by critic David Kipen at 5:15 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with the series, When L.A. Grew Up: Galka Scheyer’s Hollywood on the Eve of World War.
- Free with admission
Renowned big-game hunter Captain Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is hunting in the Bavarian forest when he stumbles upon Adolf Hitler’s vacation residence. Tempted by the idea of assassinating the dictator, he’s apprehended and beaten before escaping and stowing away on a steamship back to England. Onboard, Thorndike has his identity stolen by the smooth-talking con man Mr. Jones (John Carradine). Both men soon discover that Gestapo agents are swarming London, looking for the would-be assassin. MORE INFO
Pianist Greg Reitan and his trio (Jack Daro, bass; Dean Koba, drums) present an evening of original compositions and music by Billy Strayhorn, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. The concert explores shared themes and provides insight into the work of artists promoted and collected by Galka Scheyer, including Lyonel Feininger, Imogen Cunningham, Paul Klee, Alexei Jawlensky and others. MORE INFO
Family & Youth:
Klee found great delight in children's art and play; he would even create many hand puppets for his son Felix and perform shows in a puppet theater of his design. Thinking of Idol for House Cats as a starting point, construct a cloth hand puppet and perform it in a Klee-inspired puppet theater. MORE INFO
Tours & Talks:
Three of the Blue Four artists were accomplished musicians who made no secret of the influence of music upon their work. Discover their theories on the parallels between music and painting, and explore the impact of these ideas on their work, on display in the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California. MORE INFO
In early 20th-century San Francisco, the introduction and assimilation of European modernist art sparked widespread excitement and controversy. When Galka Scheyer arrived in 1925, she was immediately embraced by San Francisco’s fledgling avant-garde. Through her energetic lecture circuit and her position as European representative of the Oakland Art Gallery, she also introduced German Expressionism, Dadaism and Constructivism, virtually unknown in California. Landauer explores the pioneering efforts of Galka Scheyer to educate the city’s wary public and largely conservative art community about the Blue Four. MORE INFO