As part of the "CALA Fall 2017 Film Series—Lights, Camera, Deco!," the NYU Center for Applied Liberal Arts and Deutsches Haus at NYU present the 1932 American pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama film “Grand Hotel," directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel Menschen im Hotel by Vicki Baum. To date, it is the only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without being nominated in any other category. Noah Isenberg will introduce the film.
About the Film Series: The Art Deco style arguably originated at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels in Paris in 1925, where it left a mark on many designers including Cedric Gibbons, art director for the film Grand Hotel. The Art Deco style would appear in over 1500 films—from Metropolis to The Artist—across the following decades. Art Deco was a truly international style, influencing architecture, fashion, and the design of all objects from perfume bottles to cars. Art Deco moved away from the floral, ornamental patterns of the past to the streamlined, modern shapes of the future. At the same time it embraced and exoticized design motifs from Asia, South America, Egypt, and Africa. Art Deco’s clean and geometric lines complemented the black and white movies of the era and created enduring iconic cinematic images. Please join NYU SPS’s Center for Applied Liberal Arts in collaboration with the Art Deco Society of New York this Fall in celebrating Art Deco’s impact on cinema around the world. This film series is being offered in conjunction with CALA’s fall course programming in film studies, the arts, and design.
With RSVP, this event is free of charge. If you would like to attend, please register here.
Space at Deutsches Haus is limited; please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. Thank you!