Friday, March 15, 2019
East Building, SECU Auditorium
Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Nathan Shirley.
(1923) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Mary Pickford, George Walsh, Holbrook Blinn. (90 min.) Restored by the Museum of Modern Art with support from the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, RT Features, the Film Foundation, and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. Special thanks to the Mary Pickford Foundation and Filmmuseum München.
A fiery street singer in Seville catches the eye of both a handsome nobleman and a lecherous king. Mary Pickford, America’s Sweetheart, invited Ernst Lubitsch to showcase her in the style of the rambunctious historical epics he directed in Europe. Rosita was a smash hit, but Pickford later vilified it, letting it decompose; this new MoMA print restores it to a proper place in cinema history.
“Seen in its glorious restoration, it’s difficult to fathom her objections . . . Rosita is a gorgeous valentine, if not to the star then to the industry she personified (New York Times).
Introduced by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes.