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Surrender to the Screen

March 4 to March 8

“Cinema was a crusade. For cinephiles, the movies encapsulated everything. Cinema was both the book of art and the book of life . . . it was from a weekly visit to the cinema that you learned (or tried to learn) how to walk, to smoke, to kiss, to fight, to grieve . . . the experience of surrender to, of being transported by, what was on the screen. You wanted to be kidnapped by the movie—and to be kidnapped was to be overwhelmed by the physical presence of the image. The experience of ‘going to the movies’ was part of it. To be kidnapped, you have to be in a movie theater, seated in the dark among anonymous strangers.”
—Susan Sontag

One of the essential joys of going to the movies is ritual: the lights dimming, the first beam of light on the screen, the familiar fanfare or logo (the arrow and target to announce “A Production of the Archers”), sitting in the dark with a roomful of strangers, waiting to be transported. Susan Sontag wrote of “the experience of surrender to, of being transported by, what was on the screen.” As we open Metrograph, we invite you to experience—or re-experience—films that bestow this singular magic, films that kidnap us into the theater and transport us to the world of filmgoing. In these movies, people watch and we watch them.

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