• Foreign Film: Lost and Beautiful

    May 31st, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid id/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Two major distinctions set apart Pietro Marcello’s Lost and Beautiful from other recent foreign films: The director shot the film entirely on expired 16mm stock, and the film began as a documentary then transformed into a feature film when its subject unexpectedly died.

    Marcello originally planned a film about Tommasso Cestrone, a Campanian shepherd known as the “Angel of Carditello” because he played caretaker to the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello. Cestrone suffered a heart attack and died mid-filming, leaving Marcello to reimagine the story as fantasy. He does so by introducing Pulcinella, the traditional commedia dell’arte masked figure, as a character who is summoned from the afterlife to protect Cestrone’s abandoned buffalo calf, Sarchiapone. Together, man and beast, embark on a long journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for something which may no longer exist. The final product brings echoes Au Hasard Balthazar, Robert Bresson’s 1966 masterpiece about the exploitative lives of a shy farm girl and her beloved donkey.

    From Film Comment: “The tale that grows is a slim, wandering one, as Pulcinella leads the animal to a suitable home. Lost and Beautiful, which some critics have connected to the lineages of both Pasolini’s neorealism and Italian painting, finds cinematic force in its fanciful telling—from the arresting iconography of Pulcinella’s black carnival mask and white togs, to the use of a reflective voiceover for the buffalo, to the free interpolation of news footage concerning the castle, to the storybook agrarian landscapes. Kicking off with POV camerawork for the buffalo and the amusing and estranging introduction of Pulcinella in an elaborately art-directed afterlife, the film sets its strange fairy tale into motion with bracing and heedless dedication.”

    Director: Pietro Marcello | Italy | 2015 | 87 minutes

    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid id/Free with VIP Film Pass.


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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Jun 1st, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Pay what it's worth.

    Misti Rae Holton leads a vinyasa yoga class in our breathtaking Schilling Gallery every Thursday.

    Bring your own mat and a towel or small blanket.

    Due to the proximity of art, no water allowed. Limited class size.

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  • English Goldsmiths and the Entrepreneurial Tradition: A Lecture by Ellen Alcorn

    Jun 3rd, 2017
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Included with museum admission/Free Brooks Membership.

    A Decorative Arts Trust Event

    Despite a relatively weak tradition of formal training or court patronage, English silversmiths were endlessly resourceful in forging new markets, finding skilled workers and adapting stylistic models from across Europe and Asia. They were part of a creative culture that embraced independence, diversity and enterprise, issues that resonate profoundly in America today.

    Ellen Alcorn will discuss the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the British decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum, focusing on the outstanding collections of silver and placing them in the context of British design history.

    Alcorn is a curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was previously a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Consulting Curator for the Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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