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To Save and Project: The 20th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

January 11, 2024 – February 04, 2024

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces To Save and Project: The 20th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, which will screen from January 11 to February 4, 2024. This year’s edition of MoMA’s annual festival includes more than 80 newly preserved features and shorts from 18 countries, many having world or North American premieres and presented in original versions not seen since their initial theatrical releases. The festival opens with the North American premiere of the Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926), introduced by filmmaker Alexander Payne. MoMA and The Film Foundation’s complex restoration faithfully reconstruct the film’s original palette of rich browns and greens, capturing the look of Technicolor’s Process Two such as it hasn’t been seen in nearly 100 years.

The 2024 program features the world premiere of John Ford’s Arrowsmith (1931) in its original theatrical release version, as well as Andy Warhol’s never-before-seen Bitch (1965) in a special program with a newly struck 35mm print of Mike Nichols’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Other festival highlights include the North American premieres of Wim Wenders’s Lightning over Water (1980); Chantal Akerman’s All Night Long (1982) and tel des acacias (1982); Alain Tanner’s Messidor (1979); Agnès Varda’s The Creatures (1966), starring Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli; Agnieszka Holland’s Fever (1981); Idrissa Ouédraogo’s Yam Daabo (1987); Menelek Shabazz’s Burning an Illusion (1982); Kōzaburō Yoshimura’s Undercurrent (1956); Wong Tin-lam’s The Wild, Wild Rose (1960), a cosmopolitan Hong Kong retelling of Bizet’s Carmen starring Grace Chang; Aribam Syam Sharma’s The Chosen One (1990), which offers a rare glimpse of moviemaking in the Indian state of Manipur; and Richard Eichberg’s Weimar melodrama Pavement Butterfly (1929), presented in a tribute to the actress Anna May Wong.

To Save and Project is organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, MoMA, with Francisco Valente, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, MoMA, and Cindi Rowell, independent curator.

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 Triad Foundation, Inc., 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 by Karen and Gary Winnick.

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The Black Pirate. 1926. USA. Directed by Albert Parker. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Stills Archive

Tragödie einer Uraufführung (aka Wenn die Filmkleberin gebummelt hat [When a Filmcutter Blunders]). 1926. Germany. Directed by O. F. Mauer. Courtesy DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt

The Pilgrim. 1923. USA. Directed by Charles Chaplin. Courtesy Janus Films

Lightning Over Water. 1980. West Germany. Directed by Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders. Courtesy Wim Wenders Siftung

Arabian Lights. 1983. USA. Directed by Edit deAk, James Nares. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

The Messiah of Evil. 1974. USA. Directed by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz. Courtesy American Genre Film Archive.

Spirit to Spirit: Nikki Giovanni. 1986. USA. Directed by Mirra Bank. Courtesy the filmmaker

Man, Woman and Sin. 1927. USA. Directed by Monta Bell. Courtesy George Eastman Museum

Sherlock Jr. 1924. USA. Directed by Buster Keaton. Courtesy Lobster Films

Concerto pour un exil. 1968. Ivory Coast/France. Directed by Desiré Ecaré. Courtesy Tamasa Distribution

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966. USA. Directed by Mike Nichols. Courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest

Fannie’s Film. 1981. USA. Directed by Fronza Woods. Courtesy Women Make Movies

Killing Time. 1979. USA. Directed by Fronza Woods. Courtesy Women Make Movies

Vanishing Point. 1971. USA. Directed by Richard C. Sarafian. Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox/Photofest

Gorączka (Fever). 1981. Poland. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Courtesy Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych

Di yi lei xing wei xian (Dangerous Encounters: 1st Kind). 1980. Hong Kong. Directed by Tsui Hark. Courtesy Spectrum Films

Il ferroviere (The Railroad Man). 1956. Italy. Directed by Pietro Germi. Courtesy Cineteca di Bologna

Yam Daabo (The Choice). 1987. Burkina Faso. Directed by Idrissa Ouédraogo. Courtesy The Film Foundation

Yoru no kawa (Undercurrent). 1956. Japan. Directed by Kōzaburō Yoshimura. Courtesy @ Kadokawa Corporation 1956

Toute une nuit (All Night Long). 1982. Belgium. Directed by Chantal Akerman. Courtesy Collections CINEMATEK – © Fondation Chantal Akerman

Toute une nuit (All Night Long). 1982. Belgium. Directed by Chantal Akerman. Courtesy Collections CINEMATEK – © Fondation Chantal Akerman

Smog. 1962. Italy. Directed by Francesco Rossi. Courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive

American Look. 1958. USA. Produced by Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet.

Großstadtschmetterling: Ballade einer Liebe (Pavement Butterfly). 1929. Germany/UK. Directed by Richard Eichberg. Courtesy DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt

Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker). 1972. Yugoslavia. Directed by Bahrudin Bato Čengić. Courtesy Slovenian Cinematheque

Flash Gordon. 1936. USA. Directed by Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor. Courtesy Universal Pictures/Photofest

The Dragon Painter. 1919. USA. Directed by William Worthington. Courtesy Milestone Films and Kino Lorber

K. 1953. UK. Directed by Lorenza Mazzetti.

Burning an Illusion. 1981. UK. Directed by Menelik Shabazz. Courtesy BFI National Archive

Golf. 1957. USA. Directed by Raphael Montañez Ortiz.

Bitch. 1965. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. Courtesy © The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute

The Pilgrim. 1923. USA. Directed by Charles Chaplin. Courtesy Janus Films

Bushman. 1971. USA. Directed by David Shickele. Courtesy Milestone Films and Kino Lorber

1 Berlin-Harlem. 1974. West Germany. Directed by Lothar Lambert, Wolfram Zobus.

Courtesy Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin)

Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman. 1974. USA. Directed by Judy Collins, Jill Godmilow. Courtesy Academy Film
Archive

Arrowsmith. 1931. USA. Directed by John Ford. Courtesy the Library of Congress

Brumes d’automne (Autumn Mists). 1929. France. Directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff. Courtesy Lobster Films

R.U. Experienced? 1984. Directed by Gerald V. Casale and Graeme Whifler. Courtesy DEVO, Inc.

Aleph. 2005. Argentina. Directed by Narcisa Hirsch.

Hôtel des Acacias. 1982. Belgium/France/Netherlands/Canada. Directed by the students of Institut National
Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (Yves Hanchar, Pierre Charles Rochette, François Vanderveken, Isabelle Willems)
under the supervision of Chantal Akerman and Michèle Blondeel. Courtesy Collections CINEMATEK – © Fondation
Chantal Akerman

Ishanou (The Chosen One). 1990. India. Directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. Courtesy Film Heritage Foundation

Yerkir Nairi (Land of Nairi). 1930. USSR. Directed by Hamo Bek-Nazaryan. Courtesy National Cinema Center of
Armenia

Les Créatures (The Creatures). 1966. France. Directed by Agnès Varda. Courtesy Ciné-Tamaris

Ménilmontant. 1926. France. Directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff. Courtesy Lobster Films

Messidor. 1979. Switzerland/France. Directed by Alain Tanner. Courtesy Cinémathèque suisse

La Noche Bengali. 1980. Argentina. Directed by Narcisa Hirsch and Werner Nekes.

Rien que les heures. 1926. France. Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Courtesy Les Films du Jeudi

The Go-Between. 1971. UK. Directed by Joseph Losey. 114 min. Courtesy StudioCanal

Dom na vulkane (The House on the Volcano). 1929. USSR. Directed by Hamo Bek-Nazaryan. Courtesy National
Cinema Center of Armenia