'Films of 1907' Presentation in NYC & DC

The Haunted Hotel by J. Stuart Blackton

The Dancing Pig, The Haunted Hotel (above and bottom, right), Ben-Hur, and The Teddy Bears will be among more than a dozen early short films screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” presentation of “A Century Ago: The Films of 1907,” on Monday, April 7, at the Academy Theater in New York City. The program will be repeated on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the National Archives' William G. McGowan Theater in Washington, D.C.

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1907,” which had a Los Angeles engagement late last year, will present, as per the Academy's press release, “a partial survey of turn-of-the-20th-century international filmmaking with trick films, actualities, primitive dramas and gag films, all produced during this year of creative expansion.”

The Dancing Pig

“Highlights include the pixilation sensation The Haunted Hotel, by J. Stuart Blackton of Vitagraph; the first film version of Ben-Hur, from the Kalem Company [not to be confused with the mammoth 1925 MGM version starring Ramon Novarro], which led to a precedent-setting copyright infringement case; a hand-tinted version of Les Kiriki, Acrobates Japonais, from the Pathe Studios in France; and such crowd pleasers as The Teddy Bears from Edison and The Dancing Pig [above] from Pathe.”

Both presentations – in NYC and D.C. – will feature live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

Most prints are in 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

The Haunted Hotel by J. Stuart BlacktonTickets for “A Century Ago: The Films of 1907” in NYC 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 in person on the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.

Tickets for the “A Century Ago: The Films of 1907” in D.C. are free. Reservations are not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The National Archives Building is located at 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; the entrance for special events is on Constitution Ave. (Metro: Archives/Navy memorial [yellow, green lines]). For more information visit www.archives.gov.

Photos: Courtesy of the Library of Congress (Haunted Hotel), Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive (Dancing Pig)

Arthur C. Clarke and the making of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

In his The Guardian blog, Andrew Pulver discusses "Making 2001: A Space Odyssey":

"'He's a recluse, a nut who lives in a tree in India or someplace.' So said Stanley Kubrick, according to his biographer Vincent LoBrutto, when the suggestion was made to him that Arthur C Clarke should be his collaborator on a science-fiction film. Kubrick got over his reservations, fortunately, after they met for lunch in April 1964, and the pair set out to 'make a movie about man's relation to the rest of the universe — something that had never been attempted, much less achieved, in the history of motion pictures.'

Arthur C. Clarke, the author of the story that inspired Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, died yesterday at his home in Sri Lanka. He was 90.

Now, 2001: A Space Odyssey an example of "mass culture"? Perhaps, "mass high culture"??

And here are a couple of good Arthur C. Clarke quotes, via quotationspage.com:

  • "A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible — indeed, inevitable — the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody." First on the Moon, 1970 [Note the date.]
  • The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
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  1. belltowers

    Those look awesome! Love the dancing pig…