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Opening night as MoPA's inaugural film curator was a black tie, members-only affair. Since the occasion was the christening of a new temple in which to watch movies, why not kick things off with a series of first films by great directors?

As I have said on so many occasions, the projectionist has final cut. It turned out to be an axiom that was hammered home that opening night. Speaking of hammered, I had a projectionist who sweat 100 proof. When it came time to thread up Marty's first gift of celluloid, my man in the booth instead threw up a reel of Clutch Cargo cartoons.

Fortunately Joan and Irwin Jacobs have a sense of humor and the christening of the theatre named in their honor will always be remembered with a chuckle.

I can't recall the handful of films screened that night, but if I had it all to do over again I'd show the following shorts (and hire a teetotaler as my projectionist).

Martin Scorsese's What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963)

Jane Campion's An Exercise in Discipline - Peel (1982)


David Lynch's The Grandmother (1970)


Francois Truffaut's Les Mistons (1957)


Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)


Buster Keaton's The Rough House (1917)

Frank Tashlin's Hook and Ladder Hokum aka A Fireman's Life (1933)

Joseph Losey's Pete-Roleum and His Cousins (1939)

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:37 a.m.

I have seen this short so many times!!! Christine McIntyre is such a beauty! She should have replaced Shemp when he died.....


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