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Modern Matinees: In Celebration of Adrienne Mancia

November 01, 2023 – December 22, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

When Adrienne Mancia (1927–2022) joined MoMA’s Department of Film in the mid-1960s, it began a 34-year career that witnessed the end of the Hollywood studio system, the growth of independent and experimental filmmaking, the rise of repertory-style programming, and the development of an international film festival circuit. The exhibitions she organized as a curator reflected her engagement with this history, her unbound enthusiasm for the genres that gave it form, and her support for the artists who shaped it. This series features 27 films and filmmakers that Mancia championed, including work from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, and the United States. As a close colleague once noted, “If only a little of Adrienne’s unmatched passion for cinema rubbed off on you, it was enough to fuel your career.”


Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, with Francisco Valente, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film.


Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from the Triad Foundation, Inc., The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and by Karen and Gary Winnick.


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Adrienne Mancia on the occasion of winning the 41st San Francisco International Film Festival Mel Novikoff Award, 1998

Adventures of *. 1956. United States. Directed by John Hubley. Courtesy of Hubley Studio.

Audition. 1980. United States. Directed by Candy Kugel. Courtesy of Buzzco.

David Holzman’s Diary. 1967. United States. Directed by Jim McBride. 74 min. Courtesy of Kino Lorber.

Dementia 13: Director’s Cut. 1963. United States. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / American Zoetrope.

Francisca. 1981. Portugal. Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

In Paris Parks. 1955. United States. Directed by Shirley Clarke. Courtesy of Kino Lorber and Milestone Film & Video.

Mamma Roma. 1962. Italy. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Courtesy of Janus Films.

Meshes of the Afternoon. 1943. United States. Directed by Maya Deren, Alexander Hamid. Courtesy of the Maya Deren estate and NACG/FMC.

Jalsaghar (The Music Room). 1961. India. Directed by Satyajit Ray. Courtesy of Janus Films.

Aeg maha (Time Out). 1985. USSR. Directed by Priit Pärn. Courtesy of Estonian Film Institute.

Suna No Onna (Woman in the Dunes). 1963. Japan. Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Courtesy of Janus Films.

Falsche Bewegung (Wrong Move). 1975. West Germany. Directed by Wim Wenders. Courtesy of Janus Films.