A Century Ago: The Films of 1909 – The Stars are Born (Bay Area)

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in association with the California Film Institute 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” at the San Rafael Film Center. 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.

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1909” highlights include 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, Biograph’s “They Would Elope” featuring Mary Pickford in one of her earliest film roles, 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

Sunday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
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