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Museum Without Walls

The singularity of cinema lies in its unprecedented capacity to transform the energies of the other arts into an integrated audiovisual experience. This synthesis makes cinema particularly engaging, immersive, and resonant, although, precisely because the constituent elements are organically fused together, it can easily be taken for granted. Film Secession creates new ways of exploring the ideas and artistic currents that have shaped different filmmakers, periods, and art forms. Subscribers will discover nonlinear pathways through the histories of the arts, be able to watch rare films provided by the world's preeminent studios, production companies, and archives, and have special access to events held worldwide.

The Vienna Secession is a key inspiration. Created at the very moment of cinema’s emergence (1897-1905), its motto was, “To every age its art, to every art its freedom.” By fostering deeper understanding of our cinematic heritage and revitalizing our shared creative legacies, Film Secession will similarly provide opportunities to reimagine the future.

About the Founder

Richard I. Suchenski has been a professor and curator for more than fifteen years and has extensive experience conducting public dialogues, addressing broad audiences, and bringing various aspects of film culture under the same umbrella. He has a joint Ph.D. in History of Art and Film Studies from Yale University, and is the author of Projections of Memory: Romanticism, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of Film (Oxford University Press, 2016) and the editor of Hou Hsiao-hsien (Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press, 2014), which was released in conjunction with an international retrospective that traveled to prominent venues in twenty-five cities worldwide.