A treasure trove of masterworks and gems of world cinema, many having their New York premieres
To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film PreservationMoMA The Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY) Map it $12
While it may immortalize, film doesn't always retain its youthful glow. This annual festival, produced by MoMA, showcases the efforts of studios, archives, and distributors to preserve and restore vitality to classic and rarely seen works. Comprised of 75 features and shorts, most of which have never been seen in New York before, this year's guest-filled program kicks off with a Carte Blanche selection by filmmaker Alexander Payne. Among his selects you'll find Richard Flesicher's 10 Rillington Place (1971) starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt, John Brahm's Hangover Square (1945), and Jacques Baratier's Goha (1958). Other highlights include a weeklong run of Mikko Niskanen's Finnish television miniseries Eight Deadly Shots (1972); an evening with writer E.L. Doctorow; and an appearance by Chantal Akerman in conjunction with her films, La chambre (1972), Hotel Monterey (1972) and News from Home (1977). Bruce Dern, who just picked up a Best Actor prize at Cannes for Nebraska, will also be getting in on the act; he stops in to introduce Michael Ritchie's Smile (1975).