At the Art House Convergence, a conference of independent movie presenters, distributors, and art house proprietors from all over the globe, presented in the days leading up to the Sundance Film Festival in partnership with the Sundance Institute, conversion to digital is THE #1 topic of discussion: how, how much, whom, what happens if you don't, etc.
Emory Cinematheque has taken note!
On Wednesdays the Winter/Spring, following a terrific series of films noir in the fall, Emory Cinematheque Series presents a timely tribute to the art of cinematography, all shown on 35mm celluloid prints.
Fans of Golden Globe winner, and Oscar favorite The Artist should be sure to check out the series starter King Vidor's silent classic The Crowd on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM, with a live performance by celebrated pianist and silent film accompanist Donald Sosin. Cited as an influence on both director Michel Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin, Vidor's The Crowd is a terrific primer for those uninitiated to the absolute transformative magic of silent cinema.
While The Artist is a nice homage, and an impressive genre study, The Crowd is a cinematic masterpiece by a director working at the hight of his powers.
Prepare to be awed.
Seriously, kids. Take heed.
As digital equipment replaces 35mm projection systems everywhere but a few venues, opportunities to see FILMS on FILM will become more and more limited.
Here's the complete release:
Emory Presents Masterpieces of Cinematography in Free Screenings
ATLANTA (Jan. 9, 2011)-The Emory Cinematheque Series presents “Painting with Light: 13 Masterpieces of the Art of Cinematography (1928-2002)” for its free, 35 millimeter film screenings this spring. The late silent-era film The Crowd (1928) launches the series, with a live performance by celebrated pianist and silent film accompanist Donald Sosin on Jan. 25.
From the silent era to contemporary films, the series explores the lavish effects and subtle details of color scheme, lighting, film stock, angles and framing. Path-breaking highlights include:
— A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) with an introduction by Salman Rushdie, Emory University's Distinguished Writer in Residence
—The crisp black and white cinematography in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
—The melodramatic Technicolor of Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
—Later films such as Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980), Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998) and Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2002)
Series curator and Emory associate professor Karla Oeler says, “The art of cinematography—which stages the exact ways in which the camera frames, filters and records each image in a film—is a crucial and often neglected one. Often the full physical effect of a film is simply lost in our modern smaller formats—and along with this, the remarkable precision, power and elegance of images created only by talented cinematographers working with the best directors.”
The series' 35mm projection gives the Atlanta community the opportunity to see films in their original, intended format. From Jan. 25 to April 25, the free screenings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Emory campus in White Hall 205. Visit hhttp://filmstudies.emory.edu/home/events/index.html for event details.
Emory Cinematheque, a collaboration between Emory College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of the few film series bringing 35 mm repertory programming to the Southeast. In addition, the film department hosts special screenings and lectures by international filmmakers, scholars, and critics. http://filmstudies.emory.edu/home/
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