This program is based in part upon Retour de Flamme, a screening series from Lobster Films, Paris, produced by Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange, Sylvie Geordiadès, Anne Simon, and upon films from The Blackhawk Films Collection, selected and organized by David Shepard.
New Beginnings: Seven films, including the early cinematic experiment of Lumière, Georges Mendel and others, featuring Cyrano de Bergerac from 1900.
Magical Movies: Five early fantasy and trick films, including astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911.
Seeing The World: Ten films, including a transatlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible and a film promoting Josephine Baker's wild revue at the Foliès-Bergere.
Laughing Like We Used To: Seven comedies, including four restored from turn of the century Italy and France and a frenetic Mack Sennett gag fest with tin lizzies galore.
Drawings and Models: Six works of animation: Fantasmagorie from 1908, three cartons from the Fleischer Studios.
Grace Notes: Rare musical performances by Reinhardt, Ellington, and Armstrong.
Persuade Me: Eleven films designed to influence, including three WW-II era musical shorts and a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet, selected for the National Film Registry.
Tell Me A Story: Narratives from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith, Lois Weber, and Thomas Ince, all mastered from beautiful 35mm film elements.
Actors: Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, Charles Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Tony Sarg
Directors: Segundo de Chomon, Emil Cohl, D.W. Griffith, Thomas Ince, Mack Sennett
Format: Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: R (Restricted)
Run Time: 420 minutes