Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Now playing at the National Gallery: CineMuse high-definition cinema

Ottawa, Canada - November 24, 2004

Maintenant à l’affiche au MBAC : cinéma à haute définition CineMuse 
Visitors to the National Gallery of Canada can now enjoy the superb quality of CineMuse high-definition cinema with the launch of state-of-the-art screenings of animated family fare and documentaries on the works of great masters. The CineMuse shows are free with Gallery admission.
As the newest member of the CineMuse Network, which links museums and cultural institutions across North America, the National Gallery is proud to offer the highest-quality digital video available today.

First up are Koi and the Kola Nuts, an animated adaptation of an African folktale narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, and Vincent Van Gogh and Provence, a documentary about the Dutch painter’s sojourn in southern France. Each film will be screened twice daily – once in English and once in French – Thursdays through Sundays until 30 January 2005.

Private screenings can be arranged for groups Wednesdays through Fridays. All CineMuse videos will be screened in the Lecture Hall adjacent to the Foyer.

With its incomparable combination of vivid colour, clarity, brightness and depth, CineMuse high-definition cinema technology offers an extraordinary visual experience. In fact, the resolution is so high that viewers get the impression that they are looking through a window and experiencing in person the events portrayed on screen. Founded in 1996, CineMuse is based at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center in New York City.

The Gallery’s CineMuse program is generously supported by anonymous patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation in honour of Frances and Benjamin Miller. 


Koi and the Kola Nuts
10:30 a.m. (English) and 11:30 a.m. (French)
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this humorous animated African folktale is about Koi, who wants the villagers to honour him as befits the chief’s son. But unless he can accomplish three impossible tasks, he will end up in the cooking pot instead. Music by Herbie Hancock. Rabbit Ears production.  Recommended for ages five and up. (25 minutes)

Vincent Van Gogh and Provence
2:30 p.m. (English) and 3:30 p.m. (French)
Directed by Charles de Lartigue, this study of the artist’s life and works focuses on his period in Arles and southern France. The stunning paintings are offset by a tour of the countryside and the small towns that inspired them, with Van Gogh’s own words as a guide. Alpha Productions. (26 minutes)


The Tiger and the Brahmin
10:30 a.m. (English) and 11:30 a.m. (French)
Narrated by Ben Kingsley, this Indian folktale is about a Brahmin who makes the mistake of letting the tiger out of his cage. Despite his promises to the contrary, the tiger always intended to eat the Brahmin. The wily jackal comes to the Brahmin’s aid and teaches him a lesson not found in his holy books. Music by Ravi Shankar. Rabbit Ears production. Recommended for ages five and up. (25 minutes)

René Magritte: An Attempt of the Impossible 
2:30 p.m. (English) and 3:30 p.m. (French)
Beyond a mere biography of Belgian surrealistic painter René Magritte, this documentary presents Magritte’s works in the same creative way he worked. An Eva 1 Communication, RTBF & Arte coproduction. (52 minutes)

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