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The Unfinished Film

Free with Museum admission

What can be learned from unfinished films, from works that arrive to us as fragments? Considered collectively—from the infamous excesses of Erich von Stroheim's Queen Kelly to the grand ambitions of Hollis Frampton's Magellan—perhaps they constitute a secret canon, one made up of the most raw and, in turn, revealing sides of an artist's practice. Such works might be held in any number of intermediary states: left intentionally unfinished, abandoned out of frustration, cut short by death, curtailed by political circumstance. To watch these films is to unveil the particularities of their origins, to see the vicissitudes of their process and production laid bare.

Presented in connection with the exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, this series features films selected by Thomas Beard, a founder and co-director of Light Industry.

Download the program notes for this series (PDF).

Please note: This program is free with Museum admission, but seating is limited; first come, first served. Get your ticket from any Museum staff in The Met Breuer lobby on the day of each screening.


Thursday, April 7, 6:30 pm
Introduction by Thomas Beard
Puce Moment, Kenneth Anger, 1949
Queen Kelly, Erich von Stroheim, 1928

Thursday, April 21, 6:30 pm
Introduction by Thomas Beard
It's All True, Richard Wilson, Bill Krohn, and Myron Meisel, with Orson Welles, 1993

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 pm
Introduction by Jonas Mekas
Witch's Cradle, Maya Deren, 1943
Haiti Footage, Maya Deren, 1947–54

Saturday, April 30, 11 am–1 pm; 3 pm–5 pm
Introduction by Thomas Beard
Eisenstein's Mexican Film: Episodes for Study, Sergei Eisenstein, 1930–1932 (shot); 1955 (footage compiled and annotated by Jay Leyda)
Part One (120 minutes): 11 am–1 pm
Part Two (108 minutes): 3 pm–5 pm

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Normal Love, Jack Smith, 1963–64

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 pm
Introduction by Ken Eisenstein
Selections from Magellan, Hollis Frampton, 1972–80

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 pm
Introduction by Hilton Als
Peggy and Fred in Hell, Leslie Thornton, 1984–2016

Thursday, June 2, 6:30 pm
Introduction by Ed Halter
Versions, Oliver Laric, 2009
Redistribution, Seth Price, 2007

Saturday, June 4, 2 pm
Presentation by Mariam Ghani on What we left unfinished—a long-term research, film, and dialogue project centered around five unfinished Afghan feature films shot, but never edited, between 1978 and 1992.

All Upcoming

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