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Carte Blanche: Guillermo del Toro

March 16, 2023 – March 26, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

A celebrated auteur in his own right, Guillermo del Toro’s passion for the work of the film medium’s masters is seemingly boundless, unconstrained by period, genre, nationality, reputation, or obscurity. Missionary in his zeal and eclectic in his tastes, he has put together a carte blanche selection horror (Haxan), fantasy (The Arcane Sorcerer), screwball comedy (Easy Living), noir (Born to Kill), thrillers (The Wrong Man), drama (Uncle Silas), and animation (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Red Turtle). Made between 1922 and 2016, and representing Sweden, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Britain, and America, Del Toro’s selections—by such luminaries as Pupi Avati, Luis Buñuel, Benjamin Christensen, Michael Dudok de Wit, Charles Frank, Mitchell Leisen, Ted Parmelee, Orson Welles, and Robert Wise—represent a unique opportunity to experience many of the films that shaped him as a filmmaker as they were meant to be seen—on the big screen.

Presented in conjunction with Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Olivia Priedite, Film Program Coordinator, 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, and Karen and Gary Winnick.


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Born to Kill. 1947. USA. Directed by Robert Wise. Courtesy RKO Radio Pictures/Photofest

Easy Living.  1937. USA. Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Courtesy Paramount Pictures/Photofest

Häxan. 1922. Denmark. Directed by Benjamin Christensen. Courtesy Photofest

Nazarín. 1959. Mexico. Directed by ‎Luis Buñuel. Courtesy Photofest

The Red Turtle. 2016. France/Belgium/Japan. Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

The Trial. 1962. France/Italy/West Germany. Directed by Orson Welles. Courtesy Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal

The Wrong Man. 1956. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest