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William Fox Presents: More Restorations and Rediscoveries from the Fox Film Corporation

March 01, 2019 – March 26, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1915 by the self-educated entrepreneur William Fox, the Fox Film Corporation became home to the most dazzling lineup of directorial talent in the studio era. As silent film transitioned into sound, Fox’s roster of directors included Frank Borzage, Allan Dwan, John Ford, Howard Hawks, William K. Howard, Henry King, William Cameron Menzies, F. W. Murnau, Alfred Santell, Raoul Walsh, and many others. Yet this legacy was almost lost when a 1937 vault fire at Fox’s New Jersey storage facility destroyed all of the Fox Film negatives and most of the positive prints. That any of the Fox Film inventory survives today is largely thanks to Eileen Bowser, the former head of MoMA’s Department of Film, who worked with the producer Alex Gordon to rescue the nitrate work prints and reference copies stored at the Fox studio in Los Angeles.

Following last summer’s three-week program of rarely seen Fox films, here is another selection of Fox gems from the MoMA vault, including new digital restorations of several important titles, including Frank Borzage’s 1928 masterpiece Street Angel, as well as archival prints not publicly screened in decades.

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film. Special thanks to Schawn Belston, Caitlin Robertson, and Victoria Stevenson, Twentieth Century Fox.

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Body and Soul. 1931. USA. Directed by Alfred Santell. Courtesy Heritage Auctions (HA.com)

Hangman’s House. 1928. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Kentucky Pride. 1925. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy Fox/Photofest

Lazybones. 1925. USA. Directed by Frank Borzage. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Lightnin’. 1925. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Me and My Gal. 1932. USA. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Outlaws of Red River. 1927. USA. Directed by Lewis Seiler. Courtesy Heritage Auctions (HA.com)

Pilgrimage. 1933. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Quick Millions. 1931. USA. Directed by Rowland Brown. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Riley the Cop. 1928. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Scotland Yard. 1930. USA. Directed by William K. Howard. Courtesy Fox/Photofest

Shamrock Handicap. 1926. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Street Angel. 1928. USA. Directed by Frank Borzage. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Surrender. 1931. USA. Directed by William K. Howard. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Black Watch. 1929. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Man Who Came Back. 1931. USA. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Red Dance. 1928. USA. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Sea Wolf. 1930. USA. Directed by Alfred Santell. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Warrior’s Husband. 1933. USA. Directed by Walter Lang. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Yellow Ticket. 1931. USA. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Transatlantic. 1931. USA. Directed by William K. Howard. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

While New York Sleeps. 1920. USA. Directed by Charles J. Brabin. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Zoo in Budapest. 1933. USA. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive