Photo: Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art
Film Stills Archive

Film/Video
THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T
DIRECTED BY ROY ROWLAND

THURSDAY,
FEBRUARY 28,
8 PM

FREE
AUDITORIUM





Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T uses a biomorphically inspired set design to map out the wonder of a wildly imaginative script by Dr. Seuss. The film tells the tale of a young boy who rebels against the trappings of his piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker. Presiding over a technicolored world where young boys are forced to practice scales 24/7 on an endless row of piano keys surrounded by an electric fence, Dr. T is one of the most enduring villains of the children's musical genre. 1953, U.S., color, 35mm, 89 minutes.