How MoMA Changed the Field of Film Preservation

December 29, 2015, 09:15 AM

Eighty years ago, the Museum of Modern Art launched a new field. The New York institution’s film department, founded in 1935, was among the first of its kind to collect and preserve moving images. Over the decades, the collection became increasingly valuable: MoMA became one of the city’s major homes for repertory screenings, inspiring many generations of moviegoers, while developing its efforts to save thousands of films from oblivion.

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