Scene Weekend: Looking to MoMA Film

May 21 / 16

Hey there! I found some great things to share with you today. First off MoMA has some films you might want to see….

(cred: MoMA)


Universal Pictures: Restorations and Rediscoveries, 1928–1937
Through June 15

Founded in 1912, Universal Pictures remains among the powerhouses of the American entertainment industry. This series focuses on one segment of the studio’s rich history, Carl Laemmle, Jr., the sophisticated, ambitious, risk-taking head of production, gambled the studio’s finances on a series of challenging projects—and eventually lost. Highlights include the revival premiere of the 1930 musical King of Jazz, shown in its full-length, two-color Technicolor version.


Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
Through June 6

“Straub-Huillet…are cinema’s conscience—an antidote to all the junk movies you’ve ever seen.” –J. Hoberman, The New York Times

MoMA presents the first complete North American retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, who together formed one of the most intense, challenging, and controversial collaborations in the history of cinema.


Modern Matinees: Fifteen by Otto Preminger
Through June 30

In 1944, in spite of his combative relationship with Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck, Preminger turned out the film noir classic Laura, and its success cemented his role in Hollywood for the next 40 years. MoMA has long collected Preminger’s films, with several prints donated by the director himself. Though by no means a complete retrospective, Fifteen by Otto Preminger provides a look into the depth and variety of works created by the director during his peak professional years.


Modern Mondays

Building upon the Museum’s eight-decade tradition of fostering cinematic innovation and experimentation, Modern Mondays invites artists working in the expanded field of film, video, performance, and sound to present their work in an intimate setting. On May 23, Wong Kar Wai, cinema’s reigning aesthetician, joins MoMA film curator La Frances Hui to discuss his films (along with short film clips), his process, and his partnerships with various long-term collaborators, both on and off screen.


A MoMA Double Feature on TCM
Sunday, May 22, 8:00–10:35 p.m. EST

Tune in to Turner Classic Movies on May 22 to see Rajendra Roy, MoMA’s Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, introduce a pair of MoMA restorations. At 8:00 p.m. is a 2014 restoration of the Paramount Pictures WesternTo the Last Man (1933), directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Buster Crabbe and a very young Shirley Temple. At 9:30, Roy introduces a 2011 restoration of John and Faith Hubley’s animated feature Of Stars and Men (1964).


An Auteurist History of Film
By Charles Silver

From 2009 to 2014, MoMA presented a weekly series of film screenings titled An Auteurist History of Film, featuring works from the Museum’s expansive film collection, with a particular focus on the role of the director as artistic author. Film curator Charles Silver wrote a blog post to accompany each screening. Following the end of the series’ five-year run, we collected these texts for publication, bringing together Silver’s insightful and often humorous readings in a single volume.


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