Anthology Film Archives


November 19 – December 13

In addition to his immense accomplishments as a filmmaker, Martin Scorsese has, throughout his career, deployed his influence, his profound depth of knowledge, and his unparalleled passion and energy in support of film preservation, arguably doing more to advance the cause than any other single figure. Scorsese’s heroic commitment to film preservation manifested in his founding of The Film Foundation in 1990, which works in partnership with studios and archives to restore – and make available – numerous films each year. Since its inception, TFF has helped save more than a thousand films from deterioration, decay, and even disappearance. In 2007, recognizing the dire state of film preservation efforts in other parts of the globe, The Film Foundation initiated the World Cinema Project, whose purpose is to preserve, restore, and distribute neglected films from around the world. In its 16 years of existence, the World Cinema Project has preserved more than fifty films from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, South America, and the Middle East, many of which were on the cusp of oblivion.

To pay tribute to the invaluable achievements of the World Cinema Project – and on the occasion of the release of Scorsese’s most recent feature film, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON – we’ll be presenting a series throughout November and December that encompasses more than a dozen of the films that have been saved through the World Cinema Project, with a special focus on those that have so far had few theatrical screenings in the U.S.

Very special thanks to Martin Scorsese; Margaret Bodde, Jennifer Ahn, Kristen Merola, and Julia Wayne (The Film Foundation); Kent Jones; Marianne Bower and Lisa Frechette (Sikelia); Cecilia Cenciarelli and Carmen Accaputo (Cineteca di Bologna); Brian Belovarac (Janus Films); Viviana Garcia Besne; Scott Feinstein (42West); Edda Manriquez (Academy Film Archive); and Todd Wiener and Steven Hill (UCLA Film & Television Archive).

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