A Century Ago: The Films of 1910 – Refining the One-Reeler

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the year 1910 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1910.” The program spotlighted evolving cinematic storytelling methods as filmmakers moved away from earlier “stagebound” film presentations, even as they were forced 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” included 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 surprises galore. Most prints were in 35mm and were 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.

Event Information

When
Monday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028