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The Gorgon’s Head, 1925

Mar 13, 2020 16 MINUTES
“Each vase has a story to tell, if only you have the eyes to read it.” In this charming silent film, a drawing student’s daydream at The Metropolitan Museum of Art brings the ancient Greek myth of Perseus to life. Embark on a classic journey filled with strange encounters, from the mysterious old women who share a single eye to the enchanting nymphs of the western sea. And of course, don’t miss the dramatic showdown with Medusa.

As part of The Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020, each month we will release three to four films from the Museum’s extensive moving-image archive, which comprises over 1,500 films, both made and collected by the Museum, from the 1920s onward. This includes rarely seen artist profiles and documentaries, as well as process films about art-making techniques and behind-the-scenes footage of the Museum.

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