Posts by Anne Morra
March 27, 2014  |  Film
Apple Tree Farm: A Script by Stanley Lupino, with Revisions by Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino with her father, Stanley. c. 1936

Ida Lupino with her father, Stanley. c. 1936

Ida Lupino’s (1918–1995) work as an accomplished actress is acknowledged by many who enjoy classic Hollywood studio films. With well-known movies like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), They Drive by Night (1940), and the memorable High Sierra (1941) as part of her acting résumé Read more

February 6, 2014  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Film
Finding The Robot

Recently I was watching a 35mm print of a new film acquisition called Vincere (2009), directed by Marco Bellocchio. Vincere tells the story of the rise of Benito Mussolini and Ida Dalser, the woman he kept as his secret lover for decades. At one point in the film, Mussolini pays a visit to the Milan headquarters of the Futurists to view a multimedia art exhibition. Read more

October 10, 2013  |  Film
The Unwritten Law: Reel Life/Real Life

On my way to MoMA each morning, I walk past the majestic Italian Renaissance revival building of the University Club of New York. This stronghold on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 54th Street was designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White and completed in 1899. Read more

July 25, 2013  |  Film
Rediscovering Peter Weir’s Fearless

<i>Fearless.</i> 1993. USA. Directed by Peter Weir

Poster for Fearless. 1993. USA. Directed by Peter Weir

I am a big fan of the 1993 Peter Weir film Fearless. The recent crash landing of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at the San Francisco airport sent me back to my DVD to watch the movie again. The news footage of the stunned passengers hurrying along the tarmac Read more

May 16, 2013  |  Film
FIAF Congress 2013: A Visit to Barcelona’s Filmoteca de Cataluyna
Fimoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona

Filmoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona

Chief film curator Rajendra Roy and I attended the 69th congress of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), in Barcelona, Spain, April 21–27. Each year the member and associate film archives convene in a city where the annual congress is hosted by a local FIAF institution Read more

February 21, 2013  |  Film
Discovering No Time for Sergeants (1958)
film Nick Adams and Andy Griffith in No Time for Sergeants. 1958. USA. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Nick Adams and Andy Griffith in No Time for Sergeants. 1958. USA. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

I may be a film curator, but I certainly haven’t seen every film ever made. First, such an aspiration is impossible. When do you do the laundry? Second, discovering a film one has not yet seen is too much fun to give up. Read more

December 20, 2012  |  Behind the Scenes, Film
The Provenance of the Montgomery Clift Film Collection at MoMA
Montgomery Clift film cans. Photo by Art Wehrhahn, Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center manager

Montgomery Clift collection film cans. Photo by Art Wehrhahn, Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center manager

The provenance of a work of art is an important part of the acquisition process. What is a provenance? By definition, the noun provenance—with respect to art and archeological specimens—is a place or source of origin. Read more

Goldfinger: A Convergence at MoMA

Robert Brownjohn. Preparatory study for Goldfinger title sequence. 1964. Silver-gelatin print. Photograph by Herbert Spencer. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Don Goeman. © 2012 Eliza Brownjohn

The 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger is not only an exhilarating classic of the spy genre, but also a recurring influence in art and popular culture. During the month of October, visitors to MoMA can experience the Goldfinger phenomenon in a variety of distinct configurations. Read more

Unaccompanied Minors: From Feeding the Baby to the Hollow City

Last year my colleagues Juliet Kinchin and Aidan O’Connor invited me to think about organizing a discrete film exhibition in conjunction with their gallery exhibition, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. Read more

May 18, 2012  |  Behind the Scenes, Film
Casablanca: A Case Study in the Best Surviving Original Film Material

Poster for Casablanca. 1943. USA. Directed by Michael Curtiz

There is no more beloved American film than Casablanca (1943). In 1989 Casablanca was selected for inclusion on the National Film Registry, a designation reserved for films considered to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Read more