Poster for The Pasha’s Daughter. 1911. USA. Director unknown

The Thanhouser Company operated from 1909 to 1918 in New Rochelle, New York. An independent studio, Thanhouser produced a wide variety of films in the decade before most of the industry migrated permanently to a dense group of larger film factories in California, a move that precipitated the demise of powerhouse companies like Edison and Biograph and gave rise to Hollywood. This program of Thanhouser films from MoMA’s collection pays tribute to the quirky, heterogeneous possibilities of early cinema. This screening is introduced by film historian Ned Thanhouser, along with Q. David Bowers, author of Thanhouser Films: An Encyclopedia and History, 1909–1918.

Organized by Charles Silver, Curator, Department of Film, and film historians Ben Model and Steve Massa.

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA's collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

If you would like to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA, please contact Scala Archives (all geographic locations) at firenze@scalarchives.com.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA's archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.