Why B-Movies never won Oscars | HOW TO SEE B-Movies with Dave Kehr

The term “B” movie has come to mean low-budget films, but originally it meant something very specific in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Although the films were never designed to break the box office or win Oscars, there are many enjoyable and stylistically sophisticated filmmaking techniques to reclaim from this era. Ahead of the Academy Awards this Sunday, MoMA Film Curator Dave Kehr explores the films of the Republic Pictures Library, recently restored by Martin Scorsese and Paramount.

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Films shown:
The Plunderers. 1948. USA. Directed by Joseph Kane
Train to Alcatraz. 1948. USA. Directed by Philip Ford
Valley of the Zombies. 1946. USA. Directed by Philip Ford
Hell Fire. 1949. USA. Directed by R. G. Springsteen
The Inside Story. 1948. USA. Directed by Allan Dwan
Storm Over Lisbon. 1944. USA. Directed by George Sherman
City That Never Sleeps. 1953. USA. Directed by John H. Auer
I’ve Always Loved You. 1946. USA. Directed by Frank Borzage
Accused of Murder. 1956. USA. Directed by Joseph Kane
Trigger, Jr. 1950. USA. Directed by William Witney
Driftwood. 1947. USA. Directed by Allan Dwan
S.O.S. Tidal Wave. 1939. USA. Directed by John H. Auer
The Flame. 1947. USA. Directed by John H. Auer
Night of the Living Dead. 1968. USA. Directed by George A. Romero
Casablanca. 1943. USA. Directed by Michael Curtiz

“Martin Scorsese Presents Republic Rediscovered: New Restorations from Paramount Pictures” is organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film.

The comments and opinions expressed in this video are those of the speaker alone, and do not represent the views of The Museum of Modern Art, its personnel, or any artist. 

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