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Sag Harbor Cinema Festival of Preservation

November 18, 2022 @ 3:30 pm November 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm


Filmmaker Martin Scorcese will present the second annual “Festival of Preservation,” devoted to the preservation of film and its culture, at the Sag Harbor Cinema Nov. 18 through 21.

“This special program speaks to the heart of the Sag Harbor Cinema’s mission to engage our audience with the past, the present, and the future of film, to connect to different strands of cinema and to celebrate the legacy and the power of the art form,” says Sag Harbor Cinema Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.

Among the highlights will be the restoration of “The Runner.” Amir Naderi’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece was just re-released by Rialto. The great master of Iranian cinema — who was the subject of retrospectives at MoMA and Centre Pompidou — will be in Sag Harbor for the screening and Q&A. 

The Sag Harbor Cinema will also show two 35mm print screenings of “La Perla/The Pearl.” This collaboration between Mexican director Emilio Fernandez and author John Steinbeck will be presented both in Spanish and English, courtesy of Mexico City’s Filmoteca UNAM and The Library of Congress.

The festival also features a screening of the 4K restoration of George Stevens adaptation of Edna Ferber’s novel “Giant.” The film, starring  James Dean, was restored by a collaboration between The Film Foundation — Martin Scorcese is the founder and board chair — and a Warner Bros. archival team.

From Universal’s archives, in partnership with The Film Foundation, comes Jacques Tourneur’s “Canyon Passage,” another take on the western genre. Also restored in 4K, the film is a favorite of Scorsese and of Steven Spielberg, who is on the foundation’s board.

Preservation specialists from MoMA will bring “Rosita,” a costume romance set in a mythical Spain starring silent film star Mary Pickford and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Director Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy, “Squirrels to the Nuts” will have a rare screening, introduced by the man who found the director’s cut on eBay. 

Bruce Goldstein — Film Forum’s director of repertory programming and founder of Rialto Pictures, will also present a live program, “Vaudeville 101: A Night at the Palace,” which features 35mm screenings of two Vitaphone shorts: “Lambchops” (1929) and “The Beau Brummels” (1928).

Renowned essayist and filmmaker Alexandre Philippe will share his critical perspective to the restored “The Wizard of Oz,” highlighting the impact of MGM’s lysergic classic musical on the work of David Lynch. Phillippe’s documentary “Lynch/Oz” premiered at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and will be released in early 2023.

SHC will show “The Wizard of Oz” as a kids and families matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will screen a 4K restoration of David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” by the Criterion Collection. 

Filmmaker Bill Morrison’s “The Great Flood,” an exploration of the 1927 Mississippi River flood, one of the worst disasters in American history, will also be presented.

The annual Sag Harbor Cinema Preservation Panel will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by a brunch open to all attendees.

The annual Sag Harbor Cinema Festival of Preservation is made possible with the support of Warner Bros. — Discovery, and with additional support from the Suffolk County Film Commission. 

An all-access pass to the festival is $175 for the general public and $75 for Sag Harbor Cinema members.

$75 – $500
90 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963 United States
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