Selections from The Wonders of the Biograph

Introduction by Professor Tom Gunning

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 8:00pm - 8:00pm
Tom Gunning, Professor of Art History and the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, introduces two rare compilations of silent film shorts dating from 1896-1903. Unavailable for a century, these films exemplify the marvelous large-screen cinema that first made New York City's Biograph Company famous in the 1890s. The Biograph helped shape how turn-of-the-century audiences viewed the world around them and celebrated the variety of modern American life, presenting train journeys, landscapes, city streets, vaudeville, and more. [35mm prints with English intertitles, Prints for this screening courtesy of the Nederlands Filmmuseum]
Co-sponsored by The Smart Museum of Art in conjunction with the photography exhibition "One/Many: Western American Survey Photographs by Bell and O'Sullivan."