The sixth edition of To Save and Project, MoMA’s annual film preservation festival featuring preserved films from archives and studios around the world, opens with filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles introducing the Museum’s new restoration of his 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. This landmark of American independent cinema has been preserved with the generous financial support of The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Other October highlights include Marco Ferreri’s Dillinger Is Dead (1969), shown in a newly struck 35mm print from Janus Films. We celebrate our ongoing relationship with New York Women in Film and Television with two films preserved through its Women’s Film Preservation Fund: Leonard Anderson’s 1947 musical That Man of Mine, featuring a young Ruby Dee, who will appear after the screening in a discussion with historian Pearl Bowser; and Jacki Ochs’s The Secret Agent (1983), a documentary about Agent Orange. From the Swedish Film Institute comes Vilgot Sjöman’s controversial look at 1960s counterculture, I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), and from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia we present Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat’s Millions Like Us (1943), a wry, poignant depiction of life on the home front in wartime Britain. In addition, MoMA’s recent restoration of Ernst Lubitsch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925) will be screened, along with Michael Curtiz’s Jimmy the Gent (1934), starring James Cagney and Bette Davis, in a new 35mm print from The Library of Congress. Finally, we offer Frank Borzage’s late silent The River (1929) in a digital reconstruction completed by the Cinémathèque Suisse, the Cinémathèque Française, and the Svenska Filminstitutet.
Festival highlights in November include classics of Turkish and Senegalese cinema—Metin Erksan’s Dry Summer (1964) and Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki (1973), respectively—that were restored by the World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory; American experimental filmmaker Hollis Frampton’s magnum opus Hapax Legomena I–VII (1971–72); stirring views of New York City from 1896 to 1957 and of Great Britain from before and during World War II; a weeklong run of Cy Endfield’s riveting B-movie Hell Drivers (1957); two celebrated giallo films by Dario Argento, the Italian master of horror and suspense; D. W. Griffith’s Hearts of the World (1918), starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish; Anthony Mann’s underappreciated Men in War (1957); Fritz Lang’s Western Union (1941); and a wonderful program of rarely seen films by one of cinema’s inventors, W. K-L. Dickson.
Organized by Steven Higgins, Curator; Joshua Siegel, Assistant Curator; and Anne Morra, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.