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MARIO RUSPOLI: PRINCE OF THE WHALES & OTHER RARITIES

December 6 to December 9

Mario Ruspoli was a photographer, writer, gastronomist, zoologist, jazz nut, student of prehistory, painting enthusiast, amateur entomologist, and an all-around adventurer, and all of these passions fed into the filmmaking activity of this prodigiously gifted documentarian. Born in Rome but resident of Paris for much of his adult life, the breadth of Ruspoli’s curiosity and free-ranging intelligence was as great as that of his good friend Chris Marker, who wrote the commentary for Three Cheers for the Whale (1972), and the innovations which he introduced to nonfiction filmmaking are still due for proper recognition and appraisal. And now, as Metrograph proudly presents sterling new restorations of his major works and the first ever English translation of Florence Dauman’s Mario Ruspoli: Prince of the Whales and Other Rarities (2011), that rediscovery can begin.

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