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The Power and the Glory

Saturday, Jun 11 at 3:30 pm

June 11: Redstone Theater

June 18: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. William K. Howard. 1933, 76 mins. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & TV Archive. With Spencer Tracy, Colleen Moore, Ralph Morgan. This early sound gem provided a young Spencer Tracy with a meaty, larger-than-life showcase as Tom Garner, a cigar-chomping, up-by-his-bootstraps industrialist whose supposed villainy is steadfastly contradicted by his right-hand man (Morgan). Widely conjectured as an influence on Citizen Kane, Preston Sturges’s screenplay employs a flashback structure to set the record straight about its protagonist, from an influential early childhood incident to Machiavellian conquests to furtive affairs and heartbreak. Partnering with frequent collaborator William K. Howard, James Wong Howe creates stunning imagery throughout, alternating between understated dramatization and purposefully stylized, shadow-dominant compositions in service of a story defined by hubris and foreboding.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.