Films by Jerome Hill

Films may be viewed in their entirety by clicking on the film titles below.

The Museum of Modern Art houses the Jerome Hill Film Collection and provided the descriptions for the films.

The Museum of Modern Art Circulating Film and Video Library has film prints of Jerome Hill's works available for rental and purchase. Information on the films is available at

Albert Schweitzer

1957. USA. Produced and directed by Jerome Hill. Music by Alec Wilder. Cinematography by Erica Anderson. Music by Alec Wilder. Narrated by Burgess Meredith and Fredric March. Oscar-winning documentary traces the life and work of the French philosopher, physician, and missionary. 82 min.


1950.  An autobiographical sketch.

Death In The Forenoon

1966.  USA.  Footage of a bullfight, shot by Hill in 1934, hand-painted by the artist three decades later.  2 min.

Film Portrait

1972. USA. The artist’s masterwork, a diary film in which he presents his life and milieu through old home movies and newly-staged scenes, many hand-colored and animated for emotional and psychological effect. 81 min.

Grandma Moses

1950.  Directed by Jerome Hill.  A portrait of the octogenarian folk artist. 

Magic Umbrella

1965.  USA.  Hill home movies from 1927, with hand-coloring and sound added.  4 min.

Merry Christmas

1967/69.  USA.  Christmas in New York City, as Mary and Joseph arrive by donkey at the Algonquin Hotel and are turned away.  3 min.

The Artist's Friend

c1968.  USA.  The filmmaker appears as an artist attempting to set up his easel, with frustrating results.  5 min.

The Canaries

1969.  USA.  Live-action footage of canaries, overlaid with hand-painted effects.  4 min.

The Sand Castle

1961.  USA.   The Sand Castle is a fanciful film directed and written by Jerome Hill, starring Barry Cardwell, Laurie Cardwell, George Dunham, Alec Wilder, Maybelle Nash and Erica Speyer.  64 min.

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