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Kittay house Tenants Visit the Museum of the Moving Image
This jewel of a museum is nestled in Astoria, Queens and packed with fascinating exhibits for lovers of cinema, television, and all the technology and history behind the world of motion picture entertainment.
For many Kittay tenants, it was their first time visiting the museum, making the outing even more of an adventure.
There was something for everyone; for costume-lovers, an exhibit of costumes of famous characters; wigs, including Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra and Elsa Lanchester’s elaborate Bride of Frankenstein hair-do’s. It was thrilling to see the make-up and extreme facial prosthetics from The Elephant Man.
The Kittay House contingent was fortunate to have a guide, a movie editor, who was knowledgeable and helpful in every way. She even moved stools from exhibit to exhibit for the group’s comfort.
The hands-on portion of the visit was sheer delight. Tenants learned the mechanics of early film by constructing our own films, frame by frame, seeing our individual movements create a flow of action which we later took home as souvenirs in “flip books.” People were tickled by experimenting with dubbing their voices in famous movie scenes over icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.
The group capped the visit with a viewing of an installment of an old-time serial, “Terry and the Pirates.”
Tenant Rozanne Zweig commented that she “had a wonderful time…I learned so much and had a great time with all the hands-on exhibits.” Movie buff, Murray Gittelman, agreed. He was enthusiastic about the extent of information in the exhibit on the history of every aspect of movie-making.