Night of the Living Dead. 1968. USA. Directed by George A. Romero. DCP. 95 min.
The inaugural screening of our new Open Door Fridays series is perhaps the most influential horror film of the last 50 years: George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Come and watch this beautiful 4K digital restoration, completed in 2016 by MoMA and The Film Foundation (and overseen by Romero himself). Drawing upon the original camera negative, which was carefully guarded over the years by the members of Image Ten, the Pittsburgh partnership that originally produced it, MoMA and The Film Foundation have returned the film to its full, original glory. From the barrier-breaking casting of an African American leading man (Duane Jones) to its reinvention of the zombie as a metaphorical figure of seemingly infinite richness, this is one American independent movie that has left a profound mark on our culture.