Trick Films and Special Effects, 1895-1912
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
8:00 PM only
Advance tickets available
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave. ~ on Capitol Hill
A special program of astounding 100-year-old special effects epics from France, England, Russia, and the US. Films by Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, Segundo de Chomón, and others shown with musical selections both traditional and unusual.
At the dawn of the previous century — before Metropolis, before even Chaplin — a new breed of sorcerers emerged with the power to create previously unimaginable visions. Blending the ancient arts of stagecraft with experimental movie trickery, these modern magicians transported audiences to entirely new realms of wonder. Supernatural beings, distant planets, fairy tales, magic...they proved that cinema truly could show us anything and take us anywhere. Even in today's 3D CGI world, their fantastic films retain the power to thrill and amaze.
Tonight we travel back in time to rediscover a sampling of these pioneering films, ranging from beloved favorites to rare obscurities made around the world.
(This program will include a slightly different selection of films from those shown at the original screening in Austin, last October.)