The films in To Save and Project were preserved through the collaborative efforts of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and the world’s leading commercial studios and distributors. Virtually all are having their New York premieres, and some are shown in versions never before seen in the United States. This year’s edition features gorgeously preserved masterworks and rediscoveries, including a weeklong theatrical run of Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls (1966); films by Luis García Berlanga, John Cassavetes, Gordon Douglas, Otto Preminger, and Satyajit Ray; and two wartime gems, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s thriller The Spy in Black (1939) and Roberto Rossellini’s A Pilot Returns (1942). Also presented are the New York premieres of several silent classics, all with live piano accompaniment, including Giovanni Pastrone’s innovative and influential Italian spectacle Cabiria (1914), Jean Renoir’s Whirlpool of Fate (1925), and King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925). To Save and Project features powerful nonfiction films like Lionel Rogosin’s On the Bowery (1957) and Lindsay Anderson and Guy Breton’s Thursday’s Children (1954), as well as a diverse selection of experimental works by filmmakers such as Adam Beckett, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Ray Harryhausen, John and Faith Hubley, and Pat O’Neill. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of Tom Sokolowski and Geralyn Huxley (The Andy Warhol Museum) and Callie Angell (Whitney Museum of American Art) in the presentation of The Chelsea Girls.
Organized by Steven Higgins, Acting Chief Curator, Joshua Siegel, Assistant Curator, Anne Morra, Assistant Curator, and Leigh Goldstein, Executive Assistant, Department of Film.