Monday, 18 February 2019

Digitisations, Restorations and Revivals (40) William Fox at MoMA, WAR AND PEACE, Exploitation movies and MAMBA

Associate Editor (Restorations and Revivals) and member of the CINEMA REBORN Organising Committee, Simon Taaffe has come across the following films being screened at institutions around the world. 

Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Street Angel
MoMA in New York has followed last summer’s three-week program of rarely seen Fox films, with another selection of Fox gems from the MoMA vault, including new digital restorations of several important titles, including Frank Borzage’s 1928 masterpiece Street Angel, as well as archival prints not publicly screened in decades. 

Program includes
Zoo in Budapest(Rowland V Lee, 1933)
Three Bad Men (John Ford, 1936)
Quick Millions (Rowland Brown, 1931)
Scotland Yard (William K Howard, 1930)

Among a season at the National Gallery in Washington DC titled Hollywood's Poverty Row Preserved by UCLA,  the program for which is here you will find a remarkable contribution from Australia. The film is titled Mamba(Albert S Rogell, 1930, Tiffany Studios). Its back in circulation because the sole surviving print was located a couple of years ago by inveterate enthusiast, total cinephile and all-round man of cinema Paul Brennan who tracked it down in Adelaide. How do I know this? Because Paul told me the story when I ran into him on a bus heading for Bondi Junction a week or two ago. Paul’s main concern was to find someone here to put it on. No luck so far.

The Film Society of New York’s Lincoln Centre is currently presenting a new digital restoration of Sergei Bondarchuk’s epic War and Peace

Cinema Slide for Sex Madness
With titles like Test Tube Babies, She Shoulda Said No and Sex Madness, it’s hard not to like a season of restorations at New York’s Film Forum. The season is titled FORBIDDEN FRUIT: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture 

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