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‘Magnificent Obsessions’ Returns to Museum of the Moving Image

Zoe Saldana, Rebecca Minkoff, Patricia Clarkson and Abbie Cornish were all on hand for the exhibit's opening reception.

OBSESSED SET: Persol directed a fleet of buses (and a few Town Cars) to Queens, N.Y., on Wednesday night for the opening night of the second installment in its “Magnificent Obsessions” series at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Zoe Saldana, Rebecca Minkoff, Patricia Clarkson and Abbie Cornish were all on hand, as were costume designer Arianne Phillips and director Todd Haynes, who were the evening’s honorees. Selections from Phillips’ wardrobe work for last year’s “W.E.” are featured in the exhibit as are the color charts Haynes created for his 2003 feature “Far From Heaven,” which, according to the program notes, calibrated the “emotional tone and aesthetic in each scene.” Haynes’ work impressed partygoer Dianna Agron, who admitted to being something of a Queens newbie.

After a brief cocktail party, guests assembled for a staged conversation between John Turturro and Italian film scholar Antonio Monda. The pair showed portions from some of the actor’s favorite films — including “Brute Force,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Amarcord”— and Turturro explained their impact on his own work. The audience wasn’t treated to the particular scene Turturro was hoping for from “Going Places.” “You didn’t show the sex scene,” Turturro laughed. “That’s the only reason I chose it.…I was 18 when I saw it. It blew my mind…”

This story first appeared in the June 15, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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