Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts French Film Month

Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts French Film Month

The theatre at the OKC Museum of Art will be the host of the museum’s French Film month this July. The event is in celebration of Bastille Day, and will be accompanied by a Parisian art exhibit inside the museum. Photo by David Terry, the Vista. 

Oklahoma City Museum of Art is hosting  French Film Month starting July 1 in celebration of Bastille Day and also the “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre of Pompidou, Paris” exhibit that is hosted until September 18.

There will be 11 films shown throughout the month of July, some of the films being shown are “Les Cowboys,” “My King,” “The Measure of a Man,” and “Diary of a Chambermaid.”

Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Michael Anderson said, “There really is something for everyone, it’s an opportunity to see exciting films. . . These films are all exclusive to our theater.”

Anderson is in charge of the French Film Month.

Bastille Day is a National Holiday in France that takes place on July 14 each year. On July 14, 1789, French Revolutionaries stormed Bastille, this action signaling the beginning of the French Revolution, and Bastille Day commemorates that.

The “Matisse in His Time” exhibit is presenting nearly 50 works of art by Henri Matisse which includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from the late nineteenth century back to World War II. The exhibit doesn’t just present works from Matisse; there are also 50 additional major works by celebrated artists of the twentieth century, featuring works from Picasso, Georges Braque, Renoir and others.

This is the first time these works of art have been presented outside of Europe, and the OKC Museum will be the exclusive North American venue. This was made possible by a partnership that was formed between The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and The Centre of Pompidou in Paris several years back.

“They are not minor works. We are incredibly proud and humbled to have these at our museum,” Anderson said.

Anderson mentioned that since the opening of the exhibit in June, there have been large crowds, and advance tickets have even been sold to people all the way from Hawaii and South America.

To celebrate the fact that two of Renoir’s paintings are in the Matisse exhibit, the French Film Month film list includes five films by his son, Jean Renoir. One of Jean Renoir’s films in particular called “The Rules of the Game” will be shown.

According to the museum’s website, “The Rules of the Game was voted the fourth greatest film of all time in 2012’s Sight and Sound poll and is widely regarded as the supreme masterpiece of the French cinema.”

“To me it’s one of my favorite art forms. It’s one of the principal art forms of the 21st century, it’s a very international art form,” Anderson said.

Tickets can be bought individually for specific films, or there is the option to buy film passes. The film passes allow for access to all of the films being shown that month, as well as access to the “Matisse in His Time” exhibit. The French film passes are $40 for members and $60 for non-members.


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