United States of America: The Museum of Modern Art, 1973. New, revised edition. 56pp. Quarto [27.5cm] Saddle stitched silver and yellow colored wraps. Item #53837
The Museum of Modern Art's Circulating Film Library was established in 1935. It's purpose was to provide institutions with significant examples of film classics, documentaries, and experimental work. It focused on films that exemplified or illustrated the history, development, and technique of the motion picture. Each item in the catalogue is listed next to what was considered a reasonable rental fee. The films were to be directly projected and could not be televised or otherwise transmitted.
The library continues today, having expanded into the Circulating Film and Video Library. Currently it is home to over 1,200 titles, and it has expanded to provide rentals to film festivals as well as institutions.
The catalogue was designed by Jon Lopez. It was originally published in 1969. This is a new, revised, and expanded edition. Notable additions to the inventory include tinted prints of Intolerance and The Great Train Robbery. There are full-page black and white film still illustrations throughout.