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Artist and director Julian Schnabel will stop by the Hirshhorn to introduce his 2007 film adaptation of the memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor of French Elle who lived out his final years suffering from locked-in syndrome after a massive stroke. Mathieu Amalric’s depiction of Bauby conveys mountains of thought and emotion—no small achievement, considering all his movements were restricted to one eyelid. As Schnabel’s film pulls out from Amalric’s eye to brush in Bauby’s family and lovers, the audience is sucked into the cramped confines of his body. Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography is breathtakingly lush, and the pleasure of these visual wonders magnifies the pity provoked by Bauby’s state. Schnabel will also be at the museum on Friday, May 13 to discuss his work as a painter.
The film screens at 8:30 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue. Free. Advance reservations are filled, but more may be available May 9.