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The MoMA Presents “Hugo Fregonese: Man on the Run”
September 1, 2022 - September 17, 2022Free
The Museum of Modern Art will present the film series Hugo Fregonese: Man on the Run at The Museum of Modern Art screening September 1st through September 17th. Fregonese’s work has gained esteemed praise over the years for his bold analysis of key societal constructs, continually exploring critical concepts such as claustrophobia, entrapment, and imprisonment within his films.
Perhaps history’s most restless filmmaker, Hugo Fregonese directed his first films in his native Argentina in the 1940s and then embarked on a globe-trotting career that took him to Hollywood, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, and eventually back to South America.
This program, originally organized with Bologna’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival of archival film, includes a new restoration of Fregonese’s boldly stylized Western Apache Drums (1951), a vintage Technicolor print of Fregonese’s first European film, Decameron Nights (1953), and a new 35mm print of Fregonese’s masterpiece Black Tuesday (1954), a strikingly harsh and violent gangster film featuring Edward G. Robinson in his last thoroughly villainous role and spectacular noir cinematography by Stanley Cortez (Night of the Hunter).