The origins of cinema and its most famed forefather, Muybridge, are spotlighted in this brilliant, innovative film. Over the course of ten years the filmmakers animated Muybridge’s photographic studies of human and animal gesture and movement. Interpolated with these incredible sequences are biographical sections detailing Muybridge’s personal and professional struggles, narrated by Dean Stockwell. The result is a film that investigates the history of cinema while tracing its development from pre-cinematic technologies. Drawing parallels between Muybridge’s reclusive lifestyle and genius and the explosive, very public birth of cinema, Eadweard Muybridge manages to be both a film about history and a genuine work of art (—Brian Whitener). Directed by Thom Andersen, Fay Anderson and Morgan Fisher. Produced by Thom Andersen.
Welcome by Philip W. Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran. Introduced by filmmaker Thom Andersen. Discussion with the filmmaker follows screening.