King tapped for MOMA retrospective

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TORONTO -- Canadian filmmaker Allan King, who pioneered the use of direct interviews in 1950s TV documentaries, will be honored with a retrospective of his films at the Museum of Modern Art in May, it was announced Tuesday.

MOMA will present 22 fiction and nonfiction works by King to celebrate his 50 years in film, said Laurence Kardish, senior film curator at the New York-based museum.

"King, has perfected a style, at once straightforward and nuanced, that allows his subjects, buffeted and strengthened by life's natural stresses and challenges, to retain their dignity while revealing their pain, confusion, and joys," Kardish said in a statement.

Notable King films to screen at MOMA include "Warrendale" (1966), a cinema-verite film shot in a home for emotionally disturbed children, and "A Married Couple" (1969), what the filmmaker calls an "actuality drama" portraying a couple negotiating their marriage as it collapses around them.

The retrospective is scheduled to run May 9-30.
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