The Opening of Persol Magnificent Obessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film


On Wednesday night, we headed over to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens for the opening of the Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Years of Craftsmanship in Film exhibit, which honors the artists onscreen and behind the scenes who’ve gone hard with their crafts.

The theme of the exhibit is obsessions, honoring people such as actress Hilary Swank, who immersed herself into becoming a boxer for Million Dollar Baby, and actor/director Ed Harris, who perfected artist Jackson Pollock’s persona and style of painting throughout 10 years for Pollock.

The opening, which was hosted by Italian eyewear company Persol, honored director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) for his camerawork, and costume designer Arianne Phillips for her heavily-researched work in Madonna’s film W.E.

On the black carpet, guests such as Glee’s Dianna Agron and Jamie King posed for photos and spoke to the press.

“It’s not anything I ever counted on,” said Phillips at the carpet on her work being celebrated. “The group of people that are being honored in the exhibit are huge giants for me and people I look [towards] to inspire me to pursue this career.”

In front of an audience that included actress Patricia Clarkson, actor John Turturro (Do the Right Thing) spoke to Italian filmmaker Antonio Monda about films he’s always been obsessed with.

Along with behind-the-scenes research notes, video interviews, and sketches used during pre-production, also on display are the intricate storyboards by Alfred Hitchcock that map every camera angle in a scene from North by Northwest. The exhibit features rare props such as the paintings produced by Harris in Pollock and the actual costumes designed by Phillips for W.E.

The exhibit is open from now to August 19.

Words and Photos by Javy Rodriguez