A Century Ago: The Films of 1908

MONDAY NIGHTS WITH OSCAR PRESENTS “A CENTURY AGO: THE FILMS OF 1908, A NEW GENERATION”

The Academy celebrated the year 1908 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in a special New York presentation of “A CENTURY AGO: The Films of 1908.”

In 1908, three years after local storefront nickelodeons began a period of dramatic expansion, a new generation of filmmakers that included D.W. Griffith, Émile Cohl and Max Linder were pushing “theatrical” conventions into more purely cinematic forms.  By the year’s end, however, film companies and other key industry participants had founded the Motion Picture Patents Company, a business trust that sought to monopolize motion picture production.

Curated by Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s Director of Educational Programs and Special Projects, this special “Monday Nights with Oscar” presentation offered a sampling of 1908’s cinematic entertainments and artistic achievements, including Biograph’s “After Many Years,” in which director D.W. Griffith experiments with parallel cutting and camera movement; Vitagraph’s trick film “The Thieving Hand”; Gaumont’s sensational “Fantasmagorie,” animated by Émile Cohl; “A Disastrous Flirtation”; and one of the earliest Italian productions “Le Farfalle” (“Butterflies”), presented from a hand-tinted print.  Most films were screened from 35mm prints drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, among others.  Michael Mortilla provided live musical accompaniment for the films.

Event Information

When
Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Where
Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, New York, NY
(between Park and Lexington)