On May 9, the stretching red arms of the Canadian maple leaf will descend upon New York City and the Museum of Modern Art when they begin a retrospective on Canadian filmmaker and pioneer of direct cinema, Allan King. I admit, quite sheepishly, that I'm not familiar with the movies that have made him a veteran. Instead, I'm familiar with the terribly addictive Canadian teen television show, Madison, and Sarah Polley's Road to Avonlea. But it's his films that have brought him Genie and Gemini awards, the Prix d'art et d'essai at Cannes and a number of lifetime honors.

According to Laurence Kardish, MoMA curator: "The pioneering accomplishments of this Canadian filmmaker, whom [French director] Jean Renoir called 'a great artist,' deserve to be better known in the U.S." The retrospective will start with Warrendale, on the ninth. The 1967 documentary details two months of treatment for emotionally disturbed children. After this screening, the rest of the month will bring 22 more of King's films, and the director is expected to be there for the first 3 days. Beyond the older movies, the retrospective will also screen EMPz 4 Life, his latest documentary. If you want to become familiar with some of the films, there is a great website here, where you can check out some clips to get a feel of his work.
categories Movies, Cinematical