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Andre DeToth, House Of Wax (1953, US)

Although best known as one of the few films that successfully exploited the 3D fad of the 1950s, Andre DeToth’s film House of Wax begins as a sensitive portrait of a sculptor struggling to keep his small, dignified wax museum afloat. After experiencing what appears to be a career-ending tragedy, the sculptor has to change tact, stopping at nothing to keep his museum operating.

Part of the Ackland Film Forum Fall 2022 series “Art and Artifice” co-organized by the UNC Film Studies Program and the Ackland Art Museum.


Art and Artifice

In movies we allow our imaginations to touch the realities of our world. The films that impact us most are often those that are not true, but could be. Artists, behind and in front of the camera, give us license to dream and fear. In this series, we explore films that engage and expand the idea of creativity. From sculptors to dressmakers, performers to survivors, these films all ask what it means to create art in the cinema.

The series is presented by the Ackland Art Museum and UNC Film Studies, part of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, in connection with Houseguests: American Art from the Art Bridges Collection Loan Partnership.

7:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Tuesday, August 30: Ang Lee, Life of Pi (2012, US)

Wednesday, September 7: Andre DeToth, House Of Wax (1953, US)

Tuesday, September 13: Blake Edwards, Victor/Victoria (1982, US)

Tuesday, September 20: Charles Allen, Sidewalk Stories (1989, US)

Tuesday, October 4: Peter Strickland, In Fabric (2018, UK)

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