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SILENT MAGIC: TRICK FILMS AND ANCIENT SPECIAL EFFECTS (1895-1912)

Director Georges Melies, Segundo de Chomon, others
Year 1895-1912
Run Time 90min
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A special program of astounding 100-year-old special effects epics by Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, Segundo de Chomón, and others. Rare 16mm prints shown using a theatrical-grade projector, with musical selections both traditional and unusual (jazz, world music, avant garde).

At the dawn of the previous century -- before "Star Wars", before "Metropolis", before Chaplin -- a new breed of sorcerers emerged with the power to create previously unimaginable visions. Even in today's 3D CGI world, their fantastic films retain the power to thrill and amaze.

Blending the ancient arts of stagecraft and prestidigitation with experimental movie trickery, these modern magicians transported audiences to entirely new realms of wonder. Supernatural beings, distant planets, fairy tales, magic...they proved that cinema truly could show us anything and take us anywhere.

Tonight we travel back in time to rediscover a sampling of these pioneering films, ranging from beloved favorites to rare obscurities made around the world.

Films include:
A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902)
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (1902)
THE MERRY FROLICS OF SATAN (1906)
CONQUEST OF THE POLE (1912)
And More!

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