Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema
The Museum of Modern Art, our Vienna: City of Dreams partner, has recently announced the full screening schedule for Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Austrian Film Museum with a major collaborative exhibition exploring Vienna as a city both real and mythic in the history of cinema.
The exhibition centers on Austrian and German Jewish émigrés looking back on the city they left behind, as well as an international array of contemporary filmmakers and artists whose own visions of Vienna reveal the powerful hold the city continues to exert over our collective unconscious. Spanning the late 19th to the early 21st centuries, from historical and romanticized images of the Austro-Hungarian empire to noir-tinged Cold War narratives, and from a breeding ground of Anti-Semitism and European Fascism to a present-day center of artistic experimentation and socioeconomic stability, the exhibition features masterworks and rediscoveries of fiction and nonfiction, and a rich selection of newsreels and actualités, avant-garde films, and home movies.
Waltzes from Vienna (1934) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Screenplay by Guy Bolton, Alma Reville. With Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Fay Compton.
"Waltzes from Vienna is not only a delightful, effervescent riff on the so-called Wiener Film—the Viennese period musical comedy genre exemplified by Maskerade, Episode, and Liebelei (all presented in this series)—but also a riveting experiment in the rhythmic and dramatic uses of sound, word, and image. Hitchcock shows a Lubitschian touch in relating the comic misunderstandings and rivalries between Johann Strauss the Elder and Johann the Younger, and between a countess and a confectioner’s daughter vying for the affection of young Johann as he toils away on The Blue Danube waltz."