30 Years of The Film Foundation

30 Years of The Film Foundation

31 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. Beginning with these thirty films, the 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), ...

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1932 • United States
    Starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall

    When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis...

  • The Fatal Glass of Beer

    Episode 4

    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 ...

  • It Happened One Night

    Episode 5

    Directed by Frank Capra • 1934 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

    Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra, about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark...

  • L’Atalante

    Episode 6

    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...

  • The Long Voyage Home

    Episode 7

    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 8

    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 9

    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...

  • The River

    Episode 10

    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...

  • Moulin Rouge

    Episode 11

    Directed by John Huston • 1952 • United States
    Starring José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon

    The bohemian decadence of fin de siècle Paris blazes to life in glorious Technicolor in John Huston’s evocative (albeit largely fictionalized) look at the life and world of celebrated painter Henri d...

  • The Bigamist

    Episode 12

    Directed by Ida Lupino • 1953 • United States
    Starring Edmond O’Brien, Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino

    Director Ida Lupino stars alongside Edmond O’Brien and Joan Fontaine in this amazingly complex portrait of a weak-willed but sympathetic salesman who spins an elaborate double life with two wives:...

  • Ugetsu

    Episode 13

    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 14

    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...

  • The Big Country

    Episode 15

    Directed by William Wyler • 1958 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker

    This bold, epic western from director William Wyler stars Gregory Peck as a ship’s captain who ventures west to marry his fiancée (Carroll Baker), only to discover that his new town is a hotbed of...

  • Shadows

    Episode 16

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1959 • United States
    Starring Lelia Goldoni, Anthony Ray, Hugh Hurd

    John Cassavetes’s directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia (Lelia Goldoni), a light- skinned black woman, and Tony (Anthony Ray), a white man. The relationship is p...

  • Primary

    Episode 17

    Directed by Robert Drew • 1960 • United States

    Robert Drew’s groundbreaking 1960 film PRIMARY is one of the most important and influential documentaries in the history of the medium. A pioneering work in the documentary movement that came to be known as cinéma vérité, PRIMARY follows the young c...

  • The Cloud-Capped Star

    Episode 18

    Directed by Ritwik Ghatak • 1960 • India
    Starring Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

    Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, THE CLOUD-CAPPED STAR tells the story of a family who have been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on their eldes...

  • The Connection

    Episode 19

    Directed by Shirley Clarke • 1961 • United States
    Starring Warren Finnerty, Jerome Raphel, Garry Goodrow

    Shirley Clarke made a splash—and ignited a landmark censorship case—with her controversial feature debut, an innovative adaptation of Jack Gelber’s off-Broadway play in which the line between...

  • Salvatore Giuliano

    Episode 20

    Directed by Francesco Rosi • 1962 • Italy

    July 5, 1950--Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano's bullet-riddled corpse is found facedown in a courtyard in Castelvetrano, a handgun and rifle by his side. Local and international press descend upon the scene, hoping to crack open the true story behind ...

  • The Masque of the Red Death

    Episode 21

    Directed by Roger Corman • 1964 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher

    The seventh of Roger Corman’s eight celebrated Edgar Allan Poe adaptations is perhaps the most eerily effective and visually remarkable of the bunch, thanks in part to the striking cin...

  • Uncle Yanco

    Episode 22

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1968 • France

    In her effervescent first California film, Agnès Varda delves into her own family history. The short documentary UNCLE YANCO features Varda tracking down a Greek emigrant relative she’s never met, discovering an artist and kindred soul leading a bohemian l...

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Episode 23

    Directed by Sergio Leone • 1968 • Italy, United States
    Starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale

    Sergio Leone breathed new life into the western with this masterful epic, which stands as one of the genre’s most timeless artistic achievements. Henry Fonda, cast against his good-guy...

  • The Night of Counting the Years

    Episode 24

    Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam • 1969 • Egypt
    Starring Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Nadia Lutfi

    One of the most important Egyptian films ever made—and the only narrative feature directed by Shadi Abdel Salam—is a stately, hypnotic experience that has the otherworldly aura of a trance. Based on the ...