Oscar! Oscar! Elizabeth Taylor Retrospective.

From Feb through Mar, 2006Elizabeth Taylor will be the subject of honor for The Miami Beach Cinematheque’s February and March “Elizabition” and Retrospective “Oscar! Oscar! The Films of Elizabeth Taylor” which focuses on her Academy Award winning and nominated films. The actress is one of the only living legendary stars of the golden age of Hollywood, who gained international stardom at a young age, and then continued an unprecedented career for decades with classic films that have heavily contributed to American film history. She worked regularly with America’s best directors, and was nominated or won Academy Awards for roles in films included in the retrospective. Opening night for the retrospective and exhibition is Valentine’s Day evening, February 14, with the film Cat On A Hot Tin Roof followed by a reception for the exhibition of rare vintage posters from the collection of MBC member Kendall S. Natvig, in conjunction with the opening of Chocolate Restaurant. The retrospective of films continues all month into early March, and the exhibition will be viewable until March 04. The exhibition of rare vintage posters at MBC of the films of Ms. Taylor is from the lifetime collection of MBC member and literary scholar Kendall S. Natvig, who’s first poster was the original “three-sheet” (aka huge) from the US release of the film Giant in 1956. Since then his collection has grown to become an all-inclusive archive of international posters of all sizes from countries such as Poland, Australia, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and Argentina, and the Taylor collection is just one of the many subjects in his archive. On the art of collecting, Natvig points out that “Film poster art is a growing art market as awareness increases about the multiple values these posters hold as historical artifacts, as studio art done by anonymous crafts people, as history of an actor’s career, or as a means to study the sociological mores of an era.” The Taylor exhibition follows her career through many of these changes and social viewpoints. It is also supplemented by the MBC collection of souvenir programmes, which is also considered one of the premiere collections of its type in the world. For more information, please call: 305.673.4567

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