30 Years of The Film Foundation

30 Years of The Film Foundation

44 Episodes

In 1990, Martin Scorsese founded an organization whose stated mission told the world, in no uncertain terms, that movies matter, that the art of cinema and its history is a legacy worth preserving. Three decades later, The Film Foundation is an indispensable pillar of moving-image culture, helping to make possible over 850 restorations so far and raising much-needed awareness of the necessity of film preservation as central to the safeguarding of our cultural heritage. In recognition of thirty years of vital work, the Criterion Channel looks back at a selection of the many brilliant films that, thanks to the efforts of The Film Foundation, have been rescued from the ravages of time for future generations to discover. This series will expand over the next year, with new additions to be announced monthly.

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30 Years of The Film Foundation
  • 30 Years of The Film Foundation: Martin Scorsese and Ari Aster in Conversation

    Episode 1

    In the following conversation, recorded remotely in 2020, filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Ari Aster discuss the mission, evolution, and ongoing work of The Film Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving motion-picture history that Scorsese established in 1990.

  • The Broken Butterfly

    Episode 2

    Directed by Maurice Tourneur • 1919 • United States
    Starring Lew Cody, Mary Alden, Pauline Starke

    Unseen for one hundred years until its recent restoration, this lost-and-found romantic melodrama from silent-cinema master Maurice Tourneur follows the fortunes of Marcene Elliot (Pauline Starke), ...

  • He Who Gets Slapped

    Episode 3

    Directed by Victor Sjöström • 1924 • United States
    Starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert

    Lon Chaney wears one of the most renowned of his thousand faces in this landmark silent—the first film produced entirely by MGM (and the first to feature their iconic mascot Leo the Lion). He star...

  • Blackmail

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1929 • United Kindgom
    Starring Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, John Longden

    Alfred Hitchcock’s—and Britain’s—first talkie finds the director using sound technology as inventively as he used the camera. Anny Ondra (prototype for the many Hitchcock blondes to come) play...

  • Hell’s Heroes

    Episode 5

    Directed by William Wyler • 1929 • United States
    Starring Charles Bickford, Raymond Hatton, Fred Kohler

    When three bank-robbing desperadoes find a dying mother in the desert, they swear to return the woman’s baby to his father—a promise that sets the trio on a quest that only one will survive. A...

  • Hallelujah

    Episode 6

    Directed by King Vidor • 1929 • United States
    Starring Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine

    HALLELUJAH is a cinematic milestone: the first feature from a major studio to star an entirely Black cast, and the first talkie made by titan director King Vidor. Infused with spirituals...

  • A Farewell to Arms

    Episode 7

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1932 • United States
    Starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

    Classic Hollywood’s arch-poet of romantic mysticism, Frank Borzage, transforms Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel into a feverish paean to the transcendent power of love. Gary Cooper is the troubl...

  • The Fatal Glass of Beer

    Episode 8

    Directed by Clyde Bruckman • 1933 • United States
    Starring W. C. Fields, Rosemary Theby, George Chandler

    “And it ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast!” declares W. C. Fields in one of his most hilariously offbeat outings, a surreal satire of rugged pioneer melodramas set in a snowbound Yukon ...

  • L’Atalante

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jean Vigo • 1934 • France

    In Jean Vigo's hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean's boat, the L'Atalan...

  • Of Mice and Men

    Episode 10

    Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1939 • United States
    Starring Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr., Betty Field

    George and Lennie are California migrant workers on the run from the law because of something the simple-minded giant Lennie did. They find work at a local ranch, where they dream of making ...

  • The Long Voyage Home

    Episode 11

    Directed by John Ford • 1940 • United States
    Starring John Wayne, Ward Bond, Ian Hunter

    Shot in stunning chiaroscuro by master cinematographer Gregg Toland, THE LONG VOYAGE HOME is John Ford’s and screenwriter Dudley Nichols’s lyrical adaptation of four one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill, distilled...

  • The Chase

    Episode 12

    Directed by Arthur Ripley • 1946 • United States
    Starring Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran

    The noir genre is known for its labyrinthine plots, but Arthur Ripley’s THE CHASE takes the “wrong man” premise to delirious extremes. Robert Cummings stars as Chuck Scott, a down-on-his-luck...

  • The Red Shoes

    Episode 13

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1948 • United Kingdom
    Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring

    THE RED SHOES, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Tech...

  • Rashomon

    Episode 14

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1950 • Japan
    Starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori

    A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, RASHOMON is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accou...

  • The River

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1951 • France, United Kingdom, India, United States
    Starring Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

    Director Jean Renoir’s entrancing first color feature, shot entirely on location in India, is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the fi...

  • Ugetsu

    Episode 16

    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi • 1953 • Japan
    Starring Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka

    By the time he made UGETSU, Kenji Mizoguchi was already an elder statesman of Japanese cinema, fiercely revered by Akira Kurosawa and other directors of a younger generation. And with this exquisite ...

  • Senso

    Episode 17

    Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1954 • Italy
    Starring Alida Valli, Farley Granger

    This lush, Technicolor tragic romance from Luchino Visconti stars Alida Valli as a nineteenth-century Italian countess who, during the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principle...

  • Islands of Fire

    Episode 18

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1954 • Italy

    This prize-winning short is a poetic portrait of life on the coast of Sicily before, during, and following a volcanic eruption.

  • The Age of Swordfish

    Episode 19

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1954 • Italy

    Vittorio De Seta’s rhythmic editing adds drama to this chronicle of a Sicilian spearfishing expedition.

  • Richard III

    Episode 20

    Directed by Laurence Olivier • 1955 • United Kingdom
    Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom

    In RICHARD III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life. Olivier is diabolically captivat...

  • Easter in Sicily

    Episode 21

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1955 • Italy

    Vittorio De Seta captures the music and pageantry of an Easter celebration in Sicily.

  • Golden Parable

    Episode 22

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1955 • Italy

    Filming amid the flaxen wheat fields of Sicily, Vittorio De Seta documents the everyday rituals of farmers during harvest time.

  • Sea Countrymen

    Episode 23

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1955 • Italy

    The rhythms of the sea set the tempo for this vivid account of a day in the lives of Sicilian fishermen.

  • Solfatara

    Episode 24

    Directed by Vittorio De Seta • 1955 • Italy

    Harshness and beauty exist side by side in this look at the lives of sulfur mine workers and their families in southern Italy.