Academy Looks at Cinema a Century Ago

Beverly Hills, CA (October 28, 2010) – Celebrating the year 1910 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” on Monday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented on a 1909 hand-cranked Power’s Model 6 Cameragraph motion picture machine, the films will be screened with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. This is the eighth consecutive year the Academy has presented an event of films from 100 years earlier.

The program will spotlight evolving cinematic storytelling methods as filmmakers moved away from earlier “stagebound” film presentations and strove to cram as much story material as possible into the newly standardized length of one reel, or about 15 minutes.

“A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” will include an early D.W. Griffith Civil War film, “The House with Closed Shutters”; Vitagraph’s “Jack Fat and Jim Slim at Coney Island,” featuring John Bunny; “The Actor’s Children,” the first film of the New Rochelle-based Thanhouser Company; the Selig Company’s production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”; Essanay’s “Aviation at Los Angeles, Calif.”; and many other surprises.

Most prints are 35mm and are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the Library of Congress, George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Advance tickets for “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910” are sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticketholders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Teni Melidonian
tmelidonian@oscars.org