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To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
October 09, 2013–November 12, 2013
Posted on August 26, 2013
To Save and Project, MoMA’s international festival of film preservation, celebrates its 11th year with gloriously preserved masterworks and rediscoveries of world cinema. Virtually all of the films in the festival are having their New York premieres, and some are shown in versions never before seen in the United States.
This year’s edition opens with a Carte Blanche selection by Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Election, and Sideways). Payne’s selection includes two film noir classics, John Brahm’s Hangover Square (1945) and Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley (1947); as well as Richard Fleischer’s 10 Rillington Place (1971), a tense procedural about a postwar British serial killer starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt; and Jacques Baratier’s Goha (1958), a gorgeous French-Tunisian drama starring a young Claudia Cardinale and Omar Sharif. Other guests include the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who introduces Hotel Monterey (1972) and News from Home (1977) as part of a sidebar dedicated to the Royal Film Archive of Belgium; and Filipino sensation Lav Diaz, who premieres his newly preserved 2001 New Jersey crime drama Batang West Side, a haunting counterpart to his latest feature, Norte, the End of History.
The festival also welcomes two celebrated authors: Edmund de Waal (The Hare with Amber Eyes), who introduces Vittorio De Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971) as a prelude to this year’s festival on October 4; and E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The Book of Daniel) who takes part in a screening and conversation on November 6, moderated by Le Conversazioni artistic director Antonio Monda. And on October 11, Bruce Dern, winner of this year’s Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, makes a special appearance to introduce Michael Ritchie’s Smile (1975).
To Save and Project showcases recent MoMA preservations, including a program of animation classics by John and Faith Hubley; Rowland V. Lee’s demented pre-Code puppet romance I Am Suzanne! (1934); and one of the most anticipated films in the festival: Karl Brown’s Stark Love (1927), a proto-Neorealist silent masterpiece shot on location in the Appalachian mountains, which will have its World Premiere on October 10 with an original score performed live by NYU Cinemusica Viva Players, conducted by Gillian B. Anderson. The festival also includes noir gems Cy Endfield’s Try and Get Me! (aka The Sound of Fury) (1950) and Lewis R. Foster’s Crashout (1955), introduced by Eddie Muller, founding president of the Film Noir Foundation; the restoration premiere of Andy Warhol’s film shorts from 1963 and Tiger Morse from 1967, followed by a panel discussion with Warhol collaborators and scholars John Giorno, John Hanhardt, Bill Horrigan, Bruce Jenkins, and Billy Name; a Modern Mondays premiere of Bruce Conner’s Crossroads (1976); and a theatrical run of Mikko Niskanen’s Eight Deadly Shots (1972), together with Peter Von Bagh’s The Story of Mikko Niskanen (2010).
What distinguishes To Save and Project among the world’s film preservation festivals is that nearly all the titles are presented on celluloid, respecting their original format of 35mm or 16mm. This festival, then, is a celebration of the vital work of archives around the world, including MoMA’s Department of Film, as well as Hollywood and international studios, distributors, and independent filmmakers, to save our cinema heritage.
Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film.
The exhibition is supported in part by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.