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A Century Ago: The Films of 1909 – The Stars are Born


Monday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A Century Ago: The Films of 1909 – The Stars are Born

Presented on a 1909 hand-cranked Power’s Model 6 Cameragraph motion picture machine restored and cranked by Joe Rinaudo.

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

The Academy celebrates the year 1909 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1909.” The program will spotlight the public’s earliest recognition and preference for screen actors, which would force film distributors to identify them, quickly evolving into the “star system” of motion picture advertising (click here to see an evening of 1909 Mary Pickford films presented the following night).

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1909” will include D.W. Griffith’s landmark social film “A Corner in Wheat” which illustrates his continued development of parallel cutting, Vitagraph’s trick film “Princess Nicotine” containing state-of-the-art visual effects of the time, Essanay’s “A Case of Seltzer” featuring comic actor Ben Turpin, Pathé’s comedic “Love’s Surprise” starring Max Linder, Essanay’s ”The Ranchman’s Rival” starring “Broncho Billy” Anderson, and the newly formed IMP Company’s “Hiawatha” among others. Most prints will be in 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

General Admission – $5
Academy members and students with a valid ID – $3

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