Co-presented by the Art Deco Society of Washington
Preceded by an illustrated lecture by Christian Roden with the Decorative Arts Trust on the Art Deco splendor of early twentieth century ocean liners.
Followed by a post-screening reception with food, cash bar and live musical entertainment with Alex Hassan at the piano.
In TRANSATLANTIC, an ocean crossing becomes the premise for an early experiment in multiple story lines, anticipating MGM's 1932 drama GRAND HOTEL. At the center of events is Edmund Lowe, a professional thief who allows the greatest haul of his career to slip through his fingers because of an old, unspecified obligation toward his intended victim's wife (Myrna Loy). Drawing on the talents of cinematographer James Wong Howe and Oscar®-winning art director Gordon Wiles, director William K. Howard takes advantage of a closed shipboard setting to create an amazing array of deep focus effects, climaxing in a chase through the ship's cavernous engine room. This major pre-Code rediscovery has been newly restored, yielding a full sense of the film for the first time in 80 years. (Note adapted from Il Cinema Ritrovato.) DIR/PROD William K. Howard; SCR Guy Bolton, Lynn Starling. U.S., 1931, b&w, 78 min. NOT RATED
No passes accepted.
Digitally restored by MoMA with funding provided by The Film Foundation, The George Lucas Family Foundation and The Celeste Bartos Preservation Fund.