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Biograph/Edison: Restorations and Rediscoveries from the Collection

March 04, 2020 – March 25, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

Since the 1940s, the Museum of Modern Art has been home to two important collections of early film material: a group of several hundred nitrate prints and negatives from the Edison Film Manufacturing Company, and some 900 nitrate negatives from the Biograph Company, including hundreds of pioneering works by D. W. Griffith.

This series highlights restorations and rediscoveries from the Edison and Biograph collections from the last 10 years, bridging photochemical and digital restoration technologies. Many of these films are being seen on a big screen for the first time since they were made, over a hundred years ago. All offer insights into the development of film as an art form, as well as windows that open directly into the America of the early 20th century.

 

 

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art. 

 

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A Natural Born Gambler. 1916. USA. Directed by Bert Williams. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Anita Loos Portrait. Circa 1920s. Courtesy Everett Collection

Fish. 1916. USA. Directed by Bert Williams. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Charles Brabin Portrait.

One Touch of Nature. 1914. USA. Directed by Ashley Miller. Courtesy Everett Collection

Motography. 1914. USA. Courtesy Media History Digital Library

The Ploughshare. 1915. USA. Directed by John H. Collins. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Portrait of John H. Collins and Viola Dana.

Mack Sennett Portait. Courtesy Everett Collection

Last of the Hargroves. 1914. USA. Directed by John H. Collins. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

What Happened to Mary. 1912. The Ladies World.