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Hugo Fregonese: Man on the Run

September 01, 2022 – September 17, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

Perhaps history’s most restless filmmaker, Hugo Fregonese directed his first films in his native Argentina in the 1940s and then embarked on a globe-trotting career that took him to Hollywood, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, and eventually back to South America, continually exploring themes of claustrophobia, entrapment, and imprisonment. This program, originally organized with Bologna’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival of archival film, includes a new restoration of Fregonese’s boldly stylized Western Apache Drums (1951), a vintage Technicolor print of Fregonese’s first European film, Decameron Nights (1953), and a new 35mm print of Fregonese’s masterpiece Black Tuesday (1954), a strikingly harsh and violent gangster film featuring Edward G. Robinson in his last thoroughly villainous role and spectacular noir cinematography by Stanley Cortez (Night of the Hunter).

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, and Ehsan Khoshbakht, Director, Il Cinema Ritrovato.

 

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston. 

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Black Tuesday. 1954. USA. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Apache Drums. 1957. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Apenas un Delincuente (Hardly a Criminal).  1949. Argentina. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

Blowing Wild. 1953. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection

Decameron Nights. 1953. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Man in the Attic. 1953. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

My Six Convicts. 1952. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

One Way Street. 1950. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Saddle Tramp. 1950. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Seven Thunders. 1957. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

The Raid. 1954. US. Directed by Hugo Fregonese. Courtesy of Photofest.