Join us at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as we celebrate the art and allure of the spy film. Inspired by the duplicitous world of secret agents, government intrigue, and wartime treachery, many great filmmakers have created unforgettable characters and movie masterpieces. The spies in the Modern's series are most often anti-heroes, flawed, angst-ridden, and world weary. A few are even ordinary citizens plummeted into the world of espionage by misfortune, patriotic duty, or even comedic mistaken identity.
Screenings will be held in the Modern's auditorium. Tickets are $9, $7 for Modern members, and $6 for Modern Reel People members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.themodern.org or by calling 817.738.9215. Tickets will also be for sale at the Modern two hours prior to showtime.
Special guest Dr. Joan McGettigan has been instrumental in helping select the films for this series and will introduce and offer insights at each of the screenings.Dr. McGettigan is an associate professor in TCU's Bob Schieffer College of Communication, teaching courses in film history and critical film studies.
September 1, 6 pm
Opening Reception (cash bar)
September 1, 7 pm
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, 1940
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Joel McCrea as an American reporter trying to expose enemy spies in the days leading up to World War II, Foreign Correspondent features a winning combination of international intrigue, comic relief, and some of the legendary director's most memorable set pieces. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture; however, the 1941 Oscar for Best Picture went to another Hitchcock classic, Rebecca.
120 minutes, PG
Q&A to follow
September 2, 6 pm
13 RUE MADELEINE, 1946
James Cagney stars as a World War II O.S.S. training officer, bent upon discovering a German traitor within his ranks while at the same time completing highly dangerous espionage assignments.Authentic O.S.S. film footage makes 13 Rue Madeleine
historically significant as well as entertaining. The title refers to the Le Havre
address of Gestapo
95 minutes, unrated
September 2, 8 pm
THE IPCRESS FILE
Tasked with investigating the kidnappings and brainwashed reappearances of top scientists, the insubordinate British spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) navigates his way through criminals, secret agents, and his superiors. Based on Len Deighton's novel, The Ipcress File
won a BAFTA
award for best British film. In 1999 it was included at number 59 on the BFI
list of the 100 best British films
of the 20th century.
108 minutes, unrated
September 3, 1:30 pm
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, 1965
Based on John Le Carré's novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold stars Richard Burton as a dispirited British secret agent pulled out of field operations and ordered to act as an undercover agent behind the Iron Curtain. Burton was nominated for the Academy Award forBest Actor, and the film won the BAFTA for Best British film.
112 minutes, unrated
Saturday, September 3, 3:30 pm
Reel People coffee and discussion with Dr. Joan McGettigan
September 3, 4:30 pm
THE LIVES OF OTHERS, 2006
In 1983 East Berlin, a dedicated Stasi officer doubts that a famous playwright is loyal to the Communist Party and receives approval to spy on the man and his actress-lover. However, he becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple and must grapple with conflicting loyalties. The Lives of Others won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
138 minutes, R, German with English subtitles
September 4, noon
THE TALL BLOND MAN WITH ONE BLACK SHOE, 1972
In this charming French farce, a hapless violinist becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy.
90 minutes, PG, French with English subtitles
September 4, 2 pm
OUR MAN IN HAVANA, 1959
With a script adapted from the 1958 Graham Greene novel and shot on location in pre-revolutionary Cuba, Our Man in Havana stars Alec Guinness as a vacuum cleaner salesman recruited by the British Intelligence Service in this elaborate farce from award-winning director Carol Reed (The Third Man).
110 minutes, unrated
September 4, 4 pm
Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Steven Spielberg's Munich recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre - and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who leads it.
164 minutes, R