The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. 1943. USA. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Image courtesy of Academy Film Archive, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, and the BFI

To Save and Project, MoMA’s international film preservation festival, celebrates its ninth year with gloriously preserved masterworks and rediscoveries of world cinema. This year's festival comprises over 35 films from 14 countries, virtually all of them having their New York premieres, with some shown in versions never before seen in the United States. Guest presenters include Douglas Crimp, Joe Dante, Walter Hill, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Elaine May, Mario Montez, Thelma Schoonmaker, and Martin Scorsese.

Highlights this year include films by Roger Corman, Forugh Farrokhzad, George Kuchar, Claude Lanzmann, Alberto Lattuada, Louis Malle, Agnes Martin, Georges Méliès, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Jean Rouch, Raúl Ruiz, and Seijun Suzuki, as well as an illustrated history of 3-D, tributes to George Kuchar and Saul Bass, and a special concert on October 30 featuring “cruel and unusual” silent film comedies from the Desmet Collection of the Eye Film Institute, The Netherlands. Complementing the annual festival is a Jack Smith retrospective, featuring 11 newly struck prints acquired for MoMA’s collection and introduced on November 13 by Mario Montez, star of Smith’s Flaming Creatures (1962–63) and Normal Love (1963–65).

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

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