Tuesday, July 13, 2010

George Méliès

George Méliès (1861-1938) is one of the most important of the early European filmmakers. He was a pioneer, and is widely credited as the innovator of special effects which still enchant audiences. Chances are, if you ever took a film class, you saw Melies' delightful A Trip to the Moon (1902). It's one of the film's which will be shown this weekend.

Méliès films will be featured at the upcoming San Francisco Silent Film Festival, which is set to take place July 15th - 18th at the Castro Theater. Renowned film preservationists David Shepard and Serge Bromberg will curate a selection of short films by the French fantasist, which are set to play throughout the event. This mini "festival within a festival" is a great opportunity to see Méliès' magical motion pictures on the big screen.

Here's the line-up of Méliès shorts which will be shown at the 2010 event Festival.

FRIDAY

A Crazy Composer (1905)
to play with A Spray of Plum Blossoms

Panorama from Top of a Moving Train (1898)
to play with Rotaie

SATURDAY

The Inventor Crazybrains and his Wonderful Airship (1907)
to play with The Flying Ace 

An Impossible Balancing Feat (1898)
to play with The Strong Man

The Spider and the Butterfly (1909)
to play with Diary of a Lost Girl

The Infernal Cauldron (1903)
to play with Häxan

SUNDAY

The Prolific Magical Egg (1902)
to play with The Shakedown

A Trip to the Moon (1902)to play with Man With a Movie Camera

The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and the Moon (1907)
to play with The Woman Disputed

The Kingdom of Fairies (1903)
to play with L’Heureuse mort 

Shepard and Bromberg, along with Eric Lange, are the archivists behind the recently released Flicker Alley DVD, George Méliès Encore. This new disc is a companion to Flicker Alley’s monumental thirteen-hour, five-DVD set, Georges Méliès, First Wizard of the Cinema. We expect that each of these titles will be for sale at the book and DVD tables on the mezzanine. Additionally, Shepard and Jeffrey Masino of Flicker Alley will be in attendance at this year's festival.

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