MOMA ushers in theater with pix

To Save and Project to unspool Oct. 11-Nov. 7

The Museum of Modern Art has established a film series to introduce its Gramercy Theater venue.

To Save and Project: the MOMA Intl. Festival of Film Preservation will unspool Oct. 11-Nov. 7 at the newly converted location. Helmer Curtis Hanson will be on hand to introduce the opening-night pic, Nicholas Ray’s “In a Lonely Place.”

Grover Crisp, film preservation chief at Sony Pictures Entertainment, also will be in attendance.

Roster includes 67 titles, which range from documentaries to home movies and come from archives around the world.

Other pics skedded

MOMA contributed pics “Fail Safe” (1964) by Sidney Lumet, John Ford’s “Bucking Broadway” (1917) and the Thomas Ince-produced “Rumplestiltskin” (1915). Other skedded films include a newly restored “Abhijan” (1962) by Satyajit Ray and the New York premiere of Jacques Tati’s “Play Time” (1967).

MOMA’s film and media exhibitions have been temporarily relocated to the Gramercy location until 2005 while the museum’s midtown headquarters undergo a major renovation.

Other upcoming events this year include a tribute to French thesp Delphine Seyrig; a celebration of Richard Rodgers; and Documentary Fortnight, which showcases recent docus from around the world.

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