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'A Century Ago: The Films of 1906'

Voyage autour d'une etoile (1906) by Gaston Velle

Press release:

Beverly Hills, CA - With such box office hits as Dr. Dippy's Sanitarium and The Village Cut-Up, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the year 1906 and its contributions to film history in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1906” on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) by Edwin S. PorterRevisiting the year that saw motion pictures dramatically expand their presence via storefront nickelodeons, the program will reflect a partial survey of turn-of-the-century international filmmaking with trick films, actualities, primitive dramas and gag films. It will be highlighted by one of the earliest known examples of frame-by-frame animation, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, by J. Stuart Blackton of Vitagraph; the surrealistic film Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, based on a Winsor McCay comic strip, from the Edison Studios; a hand-tinted print of Voyage autour d'une étoile, from the Pathé Studios in France; actuality footage of the San Francisco Earthquake; and newly restored fragments of The Story of the Kelly Gang from Australia.

The program will also feature such popular hits as In the Haunts of Rip Van Winkle, The Impossible Convicts (both Biograph), Motor Pirates, The '?' Motorist and A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.'s Biscuit Works (all from British companies).

Most prints will be shown in 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, the British Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Film and Sound Archive of the Australian Film Commission and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Michael Mortilla will provide live musical accompaniment.

Tickets to “A Century Ago: The Films of 1906” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased in advance, either by mail or in person. The Academy's ticket office is located at its headquarters at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study at 1313 North Vine Street in Hollywood. All seating is unreserved. Free parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Update

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906), by J. Stuart BlacktonThis post, from the press release below, is basically a rehash of “A Century Ago: The Films of 1906” screening in Los Angeles. The difference is that in the one below, Randy Haberkamp, the Academy's director of educational programs and special projects, takes the flickers of 1906 to New York City. So, if you're in area…

Press Release:

New York, NY — The Black Hand, one of the earliest gangster films shot on the streets of New York City, will be among several popular films that will be presented in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1906” on Monday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

Hosted by Randy Haberkamp, the Academy's director of educational programs and special projects, the “Monday Nights with Oscar®” program will conduct a partial survey of turn-of-the-20th-century international filmmaking with trick films, actualities, primitive dramas and gag films.

“A Century Ago” will be highlighted by aerial vistas of the city's new architectural phenomenon in Skyscrapers, from the Biograph Company; the earliest known example of frame-by-frame animation, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, by J. Stuart Blackton of Vitagraph; the surrealistic film Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, based on a Winsor McCay comic strip, from the Edison Studios; a hand-tinted print of Voyage autour d'une étoile, from the Pathé Studios in France; actuality footage of the San Francisco Earthquake; and newly restored fragments of The Story of the Kelly Gang from Australia.

The program will also feature such popular hits as Dr. Dippy's Sanitarium, In the Haunts of Rip Van Winkle, The Impossible Convicts (all Biograph), Motor Pirates The '?' Motorist and A Visit to Peek Frean and Co.'s Biscuit Works (all from British companies).

Michael Mortilla will provide live musical accompaniment.

Most prints will be shown in 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, the British Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Film and Sound Archive of the Australian Film Commission and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Photos of Gaston Velle's Voyage autour d'une étoile

More on Dream of a Rarebit Fiend at Film Year

In the Haunts of Rip Van Winkle and more 1906 films at the Empire State Railway Museum

Screening of 1906 films at the British Film Institute


         
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