A Century Ago: The Films of 1908

Hosted by Randy Haberkamp
Piano Accompaniment by Michael Mortilla
$12 (CFI members $9)
Thursday, December 4, 7:00
Journey back 100 years to 1908, a key year in the development of motion pictures, in this fascinating program with live piano accompaniment, organized and presented by Randy Haberkamp, Director of Educational Programs for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

After years as a technological novelty, motion pictures had finally found a home of their own in 1905, with the expansion of storefront nickelodeons. This proliferation continued in 1908, with a new generation of filmmakers, including D.W. Griffith, Émile Cohl and Max Linder, who expanded " theatrical" conventions into more purely cinematic forms. This program offers a survey of international filmmaking from 1908 with trick films, actualities, primitive dramas and gag films. Program highlights include D.W. Griffith's performance in Edison's Rescued from an Eagle's Nest, 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 animated sensation Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, Essanay's A Disastrous Flirtation, Pathé's comedic Troubles of a Grass Widower starring Max Linder, and one of the first Italian productions, the hand-tinted Le Farfalle (Butterflies). Most prints are 35mm film and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Program approximately 2 hours.

Presented only in Los Angeles, New York and San Rafael, this program continues the California Film Institute's ongoing relationship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Dec 4 2008
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901
T 415 454 1222 E rafaeltheater@cafilm.org