To Save and Project, MoMA’s international film preservation festival, celebrates its eighth year with gloriously preserved masterworks and rediscoveries of world cinema. This year’s festival comprises over thirty-five films from thirteen countries, virtually all of them having their New York premieres, with some shown in versions never before seen in the United States. The festival features films by Alberto Cavalcanti, Patrice Chéreau, Thomas Edison, Abel Gance, Teinosuke Kinugasa, Barbara Loden, Manoel de Oliveira, Volker Schlöndorff, Mrinal Sen, Luchino Visconti, and Andy Warhol. Guest presenters include the filmmakers Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Volker Schlöndorff, and Pierre Schoendoerffer, and the artists Rachel Harrison and Glenn Ligon.
The festival's centerpiece is the world premiere performance of Gene Coleman and Akikazu Nakamura's original score for Teinosuke Kinugasa's silent masterpiece Kurutta ippeiji (A Page of Madness) (1926), which will be performed live on Saturday, October 23, by the Ensemble N_JP (Japan/United States), led by award-winning composer and bass clarinetist Coleman and featuring the master shakuhachi player and composer Nakamura. Long believed lost, A Page of Madness is a classic of Japanese silent cinema, cowritten by Yasunari Kawabata, the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Izu Dancer and Snow Country. It is truly unlike any other film ever made, using a breathtaking array of avant-garde, expressionist, and surrealist filmmaking techniques to evoke the madness of patients in a mental hospital—their nightmares and hallucinations, but also an inner life of serenity and beauty.
Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator; Anne Morra, Associate Curator; and Katie Trainor, Film Collections Manager, Department of Film.