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September 23, 2015  |  Film
Films from Here: Arab Cinema, Out of Frame
Out on the Street. 2015. Egypt. Directed by Philip Rizk, Jasmina Metwaly

Out on the Street. 2015. Egypt. Directed by Philip Rizk, Jasmina Metwaly

In recent weeks, filmmakers featured in the series Films from Here: Recent Views from the Arab World have been sending me their thoughts on their films (which we will be sharing on MoMA’s social media channels). Read more

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September 22, 2015  |  Film
Modern Matinees: Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise
Trouble in Paradise. 1932. USA. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Acquired from Paramount Pictures. Preserved with funding from the Richard Griffith Memorial Fund

Trouble in Paradise. 1932. USA. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Acquired from Paramount Pictures. Preserved with funding from the Richard Griffith Memorial Fund

There is an old-fashioned expression about “honor among thieves.” What does this mean exactly? Perhaps this group swears an oath that no one criminal will interfere in the nefarious actions of another? If the question leaves you flummoxed, be sure to see the 1932 film Trouble in Paradise for an enjoyable resolution. Read more

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September 1, 2015  |  Film
Modern Matinees: Focus on Grandma’s Boy

Poster for Grandma's Boy. 1922. USA. Directed by Fred Newmeyer. Produced by Hal Roach. Public domain image reproduced via Wikimedia Commons

Poster for Grandma’s Boy. 1922. USA. Directed by Fred Newmeyer. Produced by Hal Roach. Public domain image reproduced via Wikimedia Commons

We kick off the new film series Modern Matinees with the 1922 Harold Lloyd (American, 1893–1971) silent feature Grandma’s Boy. As an unexpected confluence of film programming and film history, Grandma’s Boy was first released on September 3, 1922—93 years ago this week—so it seems like an opportunity to take a deeper look into the film and its bespectacled star, Harold Lloyd. Read more

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August 19, 2015  |  Film
The Less You See, the More You Believe: Martin Scorsese’s Eerie Inspirations at MoMA
From left: one-sheet poster for I Walked With a Zombie. 1943. USA. Directed by Jacques Tourneur; Unknown designer. One-sheet poster for The Leopard Man. 1943. USA. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Images courtesy Sikelia Productions

From left: one-sheet poster for I Walked With a Zombie. 1943. USA. Directed by Jacques Tourneur; Unknown designer. One-sheet poster for The Leopard Man. 1943. USA. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Images courtesy Sikelia Productions

In conjunction with Scorsese Collects, an exhibition of selections from the Scorsese Poster Collection, MoMA’s Department of Film has organized Scorsese Screens, featuring films represented in the poster exhibition along with some of the Scorsese titles they influenced. Read more

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July 9, 2015  |  Film
MoMA’s Department of Film at 80: An Unprecedented Vision

Iris Barry and John Abbott, 1935. Photo by Lewis Jacobs

Iris Barry and John Abbott, 1935. Photo by Lewis Jacobs

How does one map out the scope, purpose, and practice of something that had never existed before? That might be the question Iris Barry and John E. Abbott asked themselves as they were drafting “An Outline of a Project for Founding the Film Library of The Museum of Modern Art” (1935). Read more

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June 5, 2015  |  Film
MoMA’s Department of Film at 80: Commencement
July 1935 signing of the document establishing the MoMA Film Library. From left: John Abbott, Iris Barry, John Hay Whitney (seated), A. Conger Goodyear, Nelson A. Rockefeller

July 1935 signing of the document establishing the MoMA Film Library. From left: John Abbott, Iris Barry, John Hay Whitney (seated), A. Conger Goodyear, Nelson A. Rockefeller

Long before The Museum of Modern Art Department of Film was so named, it was called the Film Library. The entity to be known as the Film Library was officially announced on June 27, 1935, and on July 2 The Museum of Modern Art Film Library Corporation was formalized with documents signed by trustees A. Conger Goodyear, John Hay Whitney, and Nelson A. Rockefeller. Read more

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April 17, 2015  |  Film
Shezad Dawood’s Piercing Brightness
Production still from Piercing Brightness. 2013. Directed by Shezad Dawood. Courtesy of UBIK Productions Ltd. The image features Halo, an artwork by John Kennedy, commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts

Production still from Piercing Brightness. 2013. Directed by Shezad Dawood. Courtesy of UBIK Productions Ltd. The image features Halo, an artwork by John Kennedy, commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts

A sense of place pervades the work of British artist Shezad Dawood, but we’re not talking about your picture-postcard nostalgia. Dawood’s first feature film, Piercing Brightness, is at the surface a stylized science-fiction tale, but it could equally be read as a public artwork of sorts. Read more

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April 16, 2015  |  Film
Hamilton MacFadden, Who?

The discovery of new artists and the rediscovery of established ones are key components of curatorial work. An exhilarating part of curatorial work is the ability to be something of a cultural archeologist and bring to the fore an artist whose work has been consigned to the past due to changing critical taste, shifts in technology, and the demands of motion picture economics. As a longtime Fox Films contract director, Hamilton MacFadden (American, 1901–1977) is indeed worthy of thoughtful rediscovery. Read more

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March 19, 2015  |  Film
New Directors/New Films 2015: New Poetics, New Films
San Siro. 2014. Italy. Directed by Yuri Ancarani

San Siro. 2014. Italy. Directed by Yuri Ancarani

At its core, New Directors/New Films celebrates the unexpected and cutting-edge in movie making, and the 16 short films in this year’s festival offer plenty of excitement about the future of the medium.

A notable amount of these short films experiment with modes of storytelling, at times eschewing dialogue-driven narratives altogether. Read more

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March 5, 2015  |  Film
William K. Howard’s Don’t Bet on Women

I’ve recently discovered a sassy feature that has been in the MoMA collection for more than 40 years. Don’t Bet on Women, a drawing-room comedy produced by the Fox Film Corp. in 1931, encompasses all of the risqué behaviors, modes of dress, suggestive situations, and freewheeling alcohol consumption that the Motion Picture Production Code hoped to curtail. Read more