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Interactive Access to the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection

Explore the history of cinema in the Walker’s new Mediatheque. The Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is now at your fingertips. The Mediatheque offers an engaging cinema experience for classes, film aficionados, or curious visitors to browse and enjoy a large selection of films. Choose a film or create a playlist accessible via touchscreen controls and projected on the big screen.

Early works include George Méliès’s fantastical A Trip to the Moon (1902) and Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy Cops (1922). Become immersed in Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), which ignited an era of independent experimental cinema. Or enjoy William Klein’s fashion satire Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966), showcasing the elite yet ridiculous haute couture fashion movement of 1960s Paris. Take in Hollis Frampton’s tension-infused Critical Mass (1972) or Harry Smith’s extravagant abstract animated films, including Heaven and Earth Magic (1957–1962).

Major support to preserve, digitize, and present the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.

How It Works (PDF)

Mediatheque Film Selections (PDF)

Audience watching Harry Smith’s Film No. 11 (Mirror Animations)

Photo: ©Walker Art Center

William Klein, Who Are You Polly Maggoo?, 1966

Photo: courtesy the artist

Hollis Frampton, Lemon, 1969 (film still)

© The estate of Hollis Frampton
Photo courtesy of Anthology Film Archives

Yakov Protazanov, Aelita, Queen of Mars, 1924

Photo: courtesy Image Entertainment