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January 09, 2020 – January 22, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and the MoMA Stores in New York City have closed temporarily. 

Now in its 17th year, MoMA’s annual celebration of film preservation features newly restored films from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and individual filmmakers from around the world. Running from January 9 to 22, 2020, this year’s program begins with the restoration premiere of two major silent films from MoMA’s archive: D. W. Griffith’s powerful drama Isn’t Life Wonderful (1924), filmed on location in postwar Germany, and Raoul Walsh’s Loves of Carmen (1927), a rowdy adaptation of Prosper Mérimée’s novella Carmen that established Dolores del Rio as Hollywood’s first woman star of Mexican descent.

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.



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Ekstase (Ecstasy). 1933. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Gustav Machatý. Courtesy National Film Archive of the Czech Republic

Isn’t Life Wonderful. 1924. USA. Directed by D. W. Griffith. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Masque of the Red Death. 1964. USA/Britain. Directed by Roger Corman. Courtesy the Academy Film Archive

Mystery of the Wax Museum. 1933. USA. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Courtesy UCLA

Plae Kao (The Scar). 1977. Thailand. Directed by Cherd Songsri. Courtesy Film Archive (Public Organization), Thailand

Roma. 1972. Italy/France. Directed by Federico Fellini. Courtesy Photofest

The Signal Tower. 1924. USA. Directed by Clarence Brown. Courtesy San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Photoplay Productions

La belle de nuit. 1934. France. Directed by Louis Valray. Courtesy Lobster Films

Duck Soup. 1927. USA. Directed by Fred Guiol. Courtesy Lobster Films

Escale (Thirteen Days of Love). 1935. France. Directed by Louis Valray. Courtesy Lobster Films

La femme au couteau (The Woman with the Knife). 1969. Ivory Coast. Directed by Timité Bassori. Courtesy The Film Foundation

The Cheaters. 1930. Australia. Directed by Paulette McDonagh. Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Those Who Love. 1926. Australia. Directed by the Paulette McDonagh. Courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Dancing James Berry. 1954. USA. Directed by Leo Hurwitz. Courtesy George Eastman Museum

Loves of Carmen. 1927. USA. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Courtesy Photofest

The Amusement Park. 1973. USA. Directed by George A. Romero. Courtesy IndieCollect