Friday, May 9, 2014

Blog #3 - Museum of Moving Image

In the Amphitheater Gallery of the Museum of the Moving Image, an exhibition called "Lights, Camera, Astoria" was featured. The exhibition presented textual and photographic accounts of the history of the museum from its origin as a film studio. Before the Museum of the Moving Image was established it was the location where classic silent, black and white movies were filmed.

Close to the exhibition was a large screen that projected some of the studio's films from 1925 - 2013. The 32 minute running time of the projection gave examples of films that were produced for different studio owners.

From 1920-1932 Paramount produced films such as "Sally of the Sawdust" and "Animal Crackers." Eastern Service Studios, Inc. (1933-1941) created "The Emperor Jones" and "Poppin' the Cork." The Astoria studio became the home of the Army Pictorial Center (1942-1970) in which specials were made to promote life in the Army, "Seeds of Destiny."Revival production in 1971-1979 created "Hair" and "The Warriors". In more contemporary times, the studio has been used to shoot episodes of "The Cosby Show" and "Nurse Jackie."

Here are some links featuring the variety of film and TV productions created within the walls of the Astoria studio.

Animal Crackers clip -

The Emperor Jones -

Seeds of Destiny -

Hair clip -

Nurse Jackie pilot -

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