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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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$9 General
$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
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Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy

The Film Center is pleased to present a retrospective of the innovative film and puppetry work of the legendary Jim Henson (1936-1990), creator of the lovable Muppets and a host of other characters that have been childhood icons and grown-up delights for decades. The retrospective presents a treasure trove of Henson’s extraordinarily imaginative work, including TV pilots, shorts, commercials, promotional films, and feature films. For Muppet fans interested in a more in-depth exploration of Henson's world of fantasy, "Muppet History 101" and "Commercials and Experiments" offer a chance to view rare footage unlikely to be seen anywhere else.

This series is produced by The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tour Executive Producer Irena Kovarova. Film and program notes courtesy of the Jim Henson Legacy.



Sat, May 2, 2009
at 2 PM

MUPPET HISTORY 101

Learn your Muppet history! This is material you won’t see anywhere else: early TV appearances, commercials, guest spots on the Dick Cavett Show, and more. This program includes the rarely-seen pilot for The Muppet Show: “The Muppets: Sex and Violence.”

( 90 min )

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dave Goelz will be unable to attend this program.


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Sun, May 3, 2009
at 4 PM

COMMERCIALS AND EXPERIMENTS

This program encompasses a mind-blowing collection of shorts, crazy commercials, and other rarities from the Henson vault. Highlights include: an industrial film for Wilson’s Meat that must be seen to be believed; excerpts from experimental TV programs “The Cube” and “Youth 68”; and “Time Piece,” an 8-minute masterpiece that showcases Henson’s talent for making music out of everyday sounds.

( 90 min )

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dave Goelz will be unable to attend this program.


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Sun, May 3, 2009
at 7 PM

THE DARK CRYSTAL
DIRECTOR: JIM HENSON, FRANK OZ
US/GREAT BRITAIN, 1982

Mixing elements of Tolkien and fairy tales, Henson and Oz create a fantastic world ruled by the hulking dragon-like Skeksis, who must be defeated by an elf-like orphan. Using a mix of puppetry, marionettes, and more, THE DARK CRYSTAL, rooted in universal myth, creates a stunning world on a scale rarely achieved in fantasy films. “A dazzling technological and artistic achievement.”—Variety.

( 93 min )
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Thu, May 7, 2009
at 7 PM

Sat, May 9, 2009
at 2 PM

THE MUPPET MOVIE
DIRECTOR: JAMES FRAWLEY
US, 1979

“In their first foray onto the Silver screen, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet cohorts Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Miss Piggy and the gang sing their way to Hollywood, hoping to make it big. But Charles Durning’s evil Doc Hopper, a frog-leg restaurant magnate, has other plans for Kermit. Tremendously funny—as much for adults as for kids, and maybe more so—with memorable musical numbers like 'Rainbow Connection' and 'Moving Right Along,' plus cameos galore, including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, and Bob Hope.” —American Film Institute.

( 97 min )
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Sun, May 10, 2009
at 4:30 PM

A BETTER WORLD: LIVING IN HARMONY
DIRECTOR: JIM HENSON
US, 1983

An episode of the rarely seen TV series “Fraggle Rock” (1983) contrasts three communities—the musical Fraggles, the industrious Doozers, and the giant Gorgs, who all co-exist in a carefully balanced underground world in proximity to those mysterious creatures who live above ground, the humans. Despite their differences, the groups are interdependent, demonstrating the ideal of world peace and harmony. (60 mins.)

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THE SONG OF THE CLOUD FOREST (1989), with stunning color graphics, focuses on the story of a golden toad who must avoid the “uprights” (humans) trying to capture him. (30 mins.)

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Sun, May 10, 2009
at 7 PM

LABYRINTH
DIRECTOR: JIM HENSON
US, 1986

In this modern-day Alice in Wonderland, Jennifer Connelly plays a young girl who must travel through the Labyrinth to save her baby brother from the Goblin King (a wonderfully cast David Bowie). Full of Henson Creature Shop’s imaginative design, the film’s eye-popping sets evoke a whole world existing just behind the façade of reality.

( 101 min )
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Sat, May 16, 2009
at 2 PM

THE ART OF PUPPETRY AND STORYTELLING
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
US, 1979

Go behind the scenes to witness the magic of the Muppets in this compilation of rare footage featuring a host of Henson creations, and a timeless episode of THE MUPPET SHOW (1979), directed by Philip Casson. A special highlight of the program is Harry Belafonte’s rendition of an African song with puppets derived from traditional masks. Henson’s THE STORYTELLER: THE HEARTLESS GIANT (1989) features an entirely different form of puppetry. In this episode of the TV series based on classic folk tales, young prince Leo learns about friendship and betrayal after being tricked by an evil giant who is literally heartless.

( 120 min )

A panel discussion from the puppetry community of Portland following the film.


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Sun, May 17, 2009
at 4:30 PM

MUPPET FAIRYTALES: THE FROG PRINCE & OTHERS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
US, 1971

What happens when you kiss a frog? There’s no better answer to that question than THE FROG PRINCE (1971), Jim Henson’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale, starring Kermit and his friends. David Grossman’s THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER (1994) provides a contemporary spin on the old story in which elves are actually Elvises. Additional shorts interpret Rapunzel and other tales through the eyes of Muppets.

( 105 min )
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Thu, May 21, 2009
at 7 PM

Sat, May 23, 2009
at 2 PM

THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER
DIRECTOR: JIM HENSON
US, 1981

Intrepid reporters Kermit, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo go to London to interview fashion designer Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), whose jewels have been stolen. When the jewel thieves strike again and Holiday’s secretary Miss Piggy is accused of the crime, it’s Kermit and friends to the rescue. Memorable eccentrics like John Cleese and Peter Falk join in the fun, but the scenes with Miss Piggy on a motorcycle steal the show.

( 95 min )
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Sat, May 23, 2009
at 4:15 PM

DOG CITY & THE STORYTELLER: THE SOLDIER AND DEATH
DIRECTOR: JIM HENSON
US, 1987

DOG CITY features a fully realized puppet universe: an entire 1940s film noir city populated by wise-cracking dogs, all incredibly detailed puppets. THE STORYTELLER is one of the finest episodes produced for the landmark TV series “The Soldier and Death,” recounting the tale of a soldier being given three magic objects which he uses to outwit otherworldly creatures.

( 90 min )
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Sun, May 24, 2009
at 3 PM

EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS & SHORTS
DIRECTOR: JIM HENSON
US, 1977

This heart-warming story follows Ma Otter and her son, who secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents. Their challengers turn out to be the Nightmare, the Riverbottom Gang’s rowdy hard-rock band. The lovable river animals are portrayed realistically in contrast to the typical Muppet style of puppetry. The program also includes a rarely seen selection of highlights from other Christmas specials.

( 75 min )
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