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Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009)

Public Programs | Film

A man with a large camera stands over Maurice Sendak at his desk displaying his illustrations.

View this deeply moving tribute to Maurice Sendak which offers a rare, intimate, and unexpected look at his exceptional life as an author and illustrator. Featuring a post-screening discussion with Academy Award–winning filmmaker/co-director Spike Jonze; co-director Lance Bangs; and Lynn Caponera, Executive Director, The Maurice Sendak Foundation. 

Date and Time

Sunday, July 28, 1:00 pm

Doors at 12:00 pm

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About the Program

From Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze (director, Where the Wild Things Are) comes a loving look at one of the most cherished and controversial figures in children's literature. In this deeply moving tribute to Maurice Sendak, we meet the seminal talent whose lifelong obsession with death inspired his influential works. Through his own words, personal photos, and illustrations, Sendak offers a rare, intimate, and unexpected look at his exceptional life as an author and illustrator.

Featuring a post-screening discussion with Academy Award–winning filmmaker/co-director Spike Jonze; co-director Lance Bangs; and Lynn Caponera, Executive Director, The Maurice Sendak Foundation. 

Directed by Lance Bangs and Spize Jonze (2009, 39 min., TV-14)

Arrive early/Stay late to view the exhibitions! Tell Them Anything You Want is the perfect complement to the exhibition Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendakwhich highlights the fantasy worlds and creativity of Maurice Sendak's sixty-year career. And don't miss Frank Stella: Had Gadya, The American Library, Common Ground, and Visions and Values while you're here.

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Maurice Sendak: by Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs

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