What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis, MOMA, New York

This major retrospective surveys the work of Robert Zemeckis, creator of some of the most iconic films of the late 21st century, and opens with screenings of his latest film The Walk, while also screening all three Back To The Future films on 3 October to mark the series’ 30th anniversary.

Not only following the process of features such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future (1985), Forrest Gump (1994), and Cast Away (2000), this exhibition will reach back into Zemeckis’ television work and student films. Consistent throughout Zemeckis’ work is the theme of the isolated individual within modern society, the effect of a fast-changing, turbulent world upon society – dark undercurrents often masked by an ultimately humorous, joy-filled tale.

Zeckemis’ latest piece, 3D feature The Walk, follows Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between the World Trade Centre’s twin towers. The only man to ever walk between the towers, Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley) into undertaking this incredible, death-defying feat, alongside an unlikely group of international recruits. An emotional and sensational experience, the piece communicates the visceral feeling of touching the clouds – the very reason for this remarkable walk – while writing a love letter to the Twin Towers.

What Lies Beneath: The Films of Robert Zemeckis, 29 September – 18 October, The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York.

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1. The Walk. 2015. USA. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Courtesy Sony Pictures.