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To Save and Project: The 19th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

January 12, 2023 – February 02, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces To Save and Project: The 19th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, the latest edition of the annual festival dedicated to celebrating newly preserved and restored films from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and independent filmmakers from around the world. This year’s program will open and close with the restoration premieres of two major silent films from MoMA’s archive: Paul Leni’s horror comedy The Cat and the Canary (1927) and Ernst Lubitsch’s comedy The Marriage Circle (1924), respectively.

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, and Cindi Rowell, independent curator, with special thanks to Olivia Priedite, Film Program Coordinator, and Steve Macfarlane, Department Assistant, Department of Film.

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, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston. 


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The Marriage Circle. 1924. USA. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest

The Cat and the Canary. 1927. USA. Directed by Paul Leni. Courtesy Universal Pictures/Photofest

The Unknown. 1927. USA. Directed by Tod Browning. Courtesy of George Eastman Museum

The Letter. 1929. USA. Directed by Jean de Limur. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Reform School. 1939. USA. Directed by Leo C. Popkin. Courtesy Million Dollar Productions/Photofest

All That Money Can Buy. 1941. USA. Directed by William Dieterle. Courtesy of Janus Films.

I Married a Witch. 1942. USA. Directed by René Clair. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Kaze no naka no mendori (A Hen in the Wind). 1948. Japan. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Courtesy of Janus Films

This Other Eden. 1959. Ireland. Directed by Muriel Box. Courtesy of the Irish Film Institute.

Él (This Strange Passion). 1953. Mexico. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Courtesy of The Film Foundation

Tricia’s Wedding. 1971. USA. Directed by Milton Miron aka “Sebastian.” Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Choo (The Adulterer). 1972. Thailand. Directed by Piak Poster. Courtesy of the Thai Film Archive (Public Organization)

Thamp̄ (The Circus Tent). 1978. India. Directed by Aravindan Govindan. Courtesy of the Film Heritage Foundation.

Greetings from Washington, D.C. 1981. USA. Directed by Lucy Winer. Courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive