Professor Philip Mosley to Present Films At National Gallery of Art


Philip Mosley, a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton and a noted historian, will introduce two films being presented at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC on February 2.

Mosley, who has presented programs at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) on three separate occasions in 1994, 1995 and 2001, was invited to present the upcoming programs by Peggy Parson, NGA's curator of film programs.

The first film he will introduce, is "Henri Storck's Legacy: Belgian Films", which honors Storck's vision as filmmaker and advocate for a genre of film that has played a significant role in Belgian production over the years.

Mosley possesses an in-depth knowledge of Belgian cinema, having published a book on the subject in 2000, titled "Split Screen: Belgian Cinema and Cultural Identity."

The second film presented by Mosley will be "England's Finest Hour: Films by Humphrey Jennings".  It honors Humphrey Jennings, a British filmmaker who began his career as a documentarist, created lyrical movies about the working classes in wartime London, joined the surrealist movement and died tragically while scouting for locations.

The films will be shown at the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively.

Mosley, a published editor and writer who wrote the introduction for, and served as editor of the book "Anthracite! An Anthology of Coal Region Drama" and most recently translated "The Intelligence of Flowers" a republication of a celebrated essay by 19th century nature writer Maurice Maeterlinck, has been a faculty member at Worthington Scranton for the past 20 years.

His research interests include comparative literature, film studies, cultural studies and literary translation.

NGA was created in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress, accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. 

It is presently offering an ongoing program of classic cinema, documentary, avant-garde, and area premieres that occur each weekend in the East Building Auditorium, 4th Street at Constitution Avenue NW.