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Museum votes for political pic series

Sayles' 'Silver City,' Altman's 'Tanner' to unspool

The American Museum of the Moving Image will present “The Best Man: American Political Campaigns on Film” Sept. 5-26.

Series will include preview screenings of John Sayles new political satire, “Silver City,” starring Chris Cooper as the dimwitted governor of Colorado, as well as Robert Altman’s new miniseries “Tanner on Tanner.”

Altman’s mini is a sequel to the 1988 “Tanner.” Stars Cynthia Nixon and Michael Murphy have both returned for the new installments.

Altman filmed at the recent Democratic National Convention and infused the fictional storyline with cameos by current politicians and broadcast-news anchors.

The Sundance Channel will preem the series in October.

On Sept. 26 AMMI chief film curator David Schwartz will showcase a selection of memorable moments from past presidential and vice presidential debates.

Shola Lynch will host a screening of her new doc “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed,” about the presidential campaign of Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.

Other films screening include Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1964 pic “The Best Man,” Haskell Wexler’s 1969 film “Medium Cool” and “Primary,” a docu that took a behind-the-scenes look at the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic primary between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

More recent politically oriented pics “Bob Roberts”; “Bulworth”; and “The War Room,” D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ look inside the Clinton campaign, will also screen.

Brando tribute

Museum will also host a four-film tribute to Marlon Brando as part of its repertory nights program, an ongoing weekend series screening international film classics.

Elia Kazan’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Laszlo Benedek’s “The Wild One,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” will be featured in a program that runs Aug. 21-Sept. 12.

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