A Century Ago: The Films of 1911

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Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford Billy M. Anderson Kathlyn Williams

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


Featured live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

The Academy celebrated the year 1911 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in "A Century Ago: The Films of 1911." The program spotlighted several of the newly anointed star personalities of the screen whose emergence allowed studios and filmmakers to distinguish and brand their one-reel productions, which were shot in a surprising variety of locations.

"A Century Ago: The Films of 1911" included Mary Pickford in Thomas Ince’s IMP film "The Dream," G.M. Anderson in Essanay’s "Broncho Billy’s Christmas Dinner," John Bunny and Flora Finch in Vitagraph’s "Her Crowning Glory," Kathlyn Williams in the Selig Company’s "Lost in the Jungle," Winsor McCay’s first animated film from Vitagraph ("Winsor McCay"), a newly preserved print of the Star Film Company’s "Billy and His Pal," and surprises galore.

Most prints are 35mm and were drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the British Film Institute, the Library of Congress, the Nederlands Filmmuseum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Event Information

November 7, 2011
Linwood Dunn Theater
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