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A Century Ago: The Films of 1908


Wednesday, December 1st at 7:30pm at the Linwood Dunn Theatre



The Academy celebrates the year 1908 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1908” at the Linwood Dunn Theater.

In 1908, three years after local storefront nickelodeons began a period of dramatic expansion, a new generation of filmmakers that included D.W. Griffith, Émile Cohl and Max Linder were pushing “theatrical” conventions into more purely cinematic forms. By the end of that year, however, film companies and other key industry participants had founded the Motion Picture Patents Company, a business trust that sought to monopolize motion picture production.

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1908” will offer a sampler of the year’s entertainments and artistic achievements, such as Edison’s RESCUED FROM AN EAGLE’S NEST, featuring a performance by D.W. Griffith; Biograph’s AFTER MANY YEARS, in which director Griffith experiments with parallel cutting and camera movement; Vitagraph’s trick film THE THIEVING HAND; Gaumont’s sensational FANTASMAGORIE, animated by Émile Cohl; Essanay’s A DISASTROUS FLIRTATION; Pathé’s comedic TROUBLES OF A GRASS WIDOWER, starring Max Linder; and one of the earliest Italian productions LE FARFALLE (BUTTERFLIES), presented from a hand-tinted print. Most films will be screened from 35mm prints drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, among others. Michael Mortilla will provide live musical accompaniment for the films.

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Tickets for each screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online, by mail (HTML or PDF format) or at the Academy during regular business hours. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600.



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