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The Museum of Modern Art is embarking on a major restoration of ROSITA, the 1923 film starring Mary Pickford that was Ernst Lubitsch's first Hollywood movie. We are working from the only known nitrate material -- a dupe positive obtained from Gosfilmofond in the 1970s. So far, we have been unable to trace the original English intertitles, though we have quite a selection of other languages -- the Russian titles on the film, plus censorship scripts from Sweden and Germany, as well as an early continuity script from the Academy library and a copy of the score from the Library of Congress, which contains partial titles as cues. If there's anyone with access to the original English text, please let me know at [email protected]" target="_blank as soon as possible. Our partners on this venture are the Film Foundation, the Mayer Foundation, and the Mary Pickford Foundation. The results will not be immaculate (the material is extremely well worn) but they will represent a huge improvement over what has previously been available on this key title. Any help from the community would be much appreciated.