Archive for MOMA

Pola Hilarity

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on January 11, 2019 by dcairns

I got to view some screeners so I could preview MoMA New York’s festival of film preservation, To Save and Project. Here.

As hinted above, the treasures include Pola Negri in Ernst Lubitsch’s FORBIDDEN PARADISE, long unavailable and incomplete… Major Lube!

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The Fox Knows Many Things

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2018 by dcairns

To commemorate MoMA in New York’s season of films from the William Fox archive, I compiled for MUBI’s The Notebook a bunch of earlier writings on some of the movies screening — turns out I’ve examined quite a bunch of them over the years. Here.

More on these movies soon, in a follow-up post, and when some of them screen in Bologna…

Pictured: Frank Borzage’s SEVENTH HEAVEN.

The Monday Bank Holiday Intertitle: George O’Brien Thinks About a Brick

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on May 7, 2018 by dcairns

I’m going to write something about MoMA’s upcoming season of films presented by William Fox — based on the few of them in circulation. I won’t get to New York but hopefully will see at least some of them in Bologna.

So with a bit of luck you’ll get more on EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1927), written and directed by Allan Dwan.

Here, George O’Brien, whose job is importing bricks to the city by barge, thinks about a brick and its possible destination, accompanied by a 2001-style conceptual-compositional transition.

   

That’s nifty filmmaking, Mr. Dwan!