A Century Ago: The Films of 1909 – The Stars are Born

Presented on a 1909 hand-cranked Power’s Model 6 Cameragraph motion picture machine restored and cranked by Joe Rinaudo.

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

The Academy celebrated the year 1909 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1909.” The program spotlighted the public’s earliest recognition and preference for screen actors, which would force film distributors to identify them, quickly evolving into the “star system” of motion picture advertising (click here to see an evening of 1909 Mary Pickford films presented the following night).

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1909” included D.W. Griffith’s landmark social film “A Corner in Wheat” which illustrates his continued development of parallel cutting, Vitagraph’s trick film “Princess Nicotine” containing state-of-the-art visual effects of the time, Essanay’s “A Case of Seltzer” featuring comic actor Ben Turpin, Pathé’s comedic “Love’s Surprise” starring Max Linder, Essanay’s ”The Ranchman’s Rival” starring “Broncho Billy” Anderson, and the newly formed IMP Company’s “Hiawatha” among others. Most prints were in 35mm and were drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Event Information

Monday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
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