New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world. You can find any kind of food you want in town, there is a museum of everything you can name, and you can see any kind of movie or play you care to. Foreign films will give you a window into the culture of the countries that they come from. Foreign directors often have a different view of the world than that of their American counterparts. Continue reading Where to Watch Foreign Movies in New York City→
The only painting in which Edward Hopper depicts a cinema screen, New York Movie (1939) is one of the artist’s most compelling and spatially complex theater pictures. This work depicts three distinct features within the movie house: the screen, the moviegoers watching it, and the usher tasked with watching them. The space itself is an amalgam of hoppers on-site research from four New York theaters: the Globe, Palace, Republic, and Strand. Hopper’s wife, Jo, who posed for both the usher and the audience members, noted Edward’s struggle in bringing this painting together: “it is such a difficult subject…Not to be there as he looks – not even taken from any one theater – bits from all of them.” Examples from the 53 extant sketches show both the design flourishes characteristic to each theater, as well as certain architectural typologies common to all.
Photographed as part of the Exhibit Hopper’s New York on View at the Whitney Museum, New York City, Through March 5th, 2023.
Whether we’re talking about a classic movie theater or a theater where live stage productions take place, the speaking of foreign languages is growing more popular worldwide. This is partially because of cultural globalization, and the use of professional film-dubbing by skilled voice actors. Suppose we add various technology solutions that would allow choosing a preferred language and hearing the audio section of the movie — or a theater production — through headphones. In that case, the choice can add value to the experience and expand the possibility of learning about foreign cinema. Continue reading Why Foreign Language Theaters Are Becoming Popular→