Each year at The Museum of Modern Art, the Cinémathèque Gaumont presents newly restored prints from its archives. This year’s program features two short films by Léonce Perret (1880–1935), once of the most prolific and innovative directors of Gaumont’s silent period. Perret’s marital comedies are a wonderful record of Belle Époque manners, and his mise-en-scène shows a sophisticated appreciation of the effects of light on architecture and landscape. These prints were restored in 2002 from original nitrate negatives by Gaumont and the Cinémathèque Française, in collaboration with the Centre National de la Cinématographie and the Ministry of Culture.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator.