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Part of the series MoMA Contenders 2023


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Presented in 70mm.  Followed by Q&A with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema

Brought to cinematic life by perhaps the only filmmaker who could turn the saga of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project into a summer megahit, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer managed to take Hollywood and audiences by surprise upon its release in July. An intense and hollowed out Cillian Murphy is Oppenheimer, the sun at the center of the film, while stars like Robert Downey Jr. (excellent as Lewis Strauss) and Emily Blunt (equally strong as Kitty Oppenheimer) attempt to enter his orbit as he punishes himself in pursuit of invention and then struggles to deal with the aftermath of his success. Photographed by longtime Nolan collaborator Hoyte van Hoytema, Nolan pushed the boundaries of practical filmmaking by creating nuclear explosions with very little digital assistance, and the result is a one-of-a-kind epic rendered on a human scale. Post-screening conversation moderated by Jenelle Riley.

Oppenheimer. 2023. Great Britain/USA. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. With Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey, Jr. 70mm. 180 min. Courtesy Universal


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Oppenheimer | Official Trailer
This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Special Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Hammer Museum's presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

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