The Great Victorian Moving Picture Show, Part 2: Selections from the Biograph Collection at The Museum of Modern Art


Jan 12, 2019 – 4:00 PM

11 West 53 Street
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Presented by historian Paul Spehr and James Layton, Manager of The Museum of Modern Art's Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
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Archivist and historian Paul Spehr presents an illustrated lecture on early film pioneer W. K. L. Dickson, with an emphasis on the remarkable cinematic advancements he made with the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company at the turn of the 20th century, both in the United States and Europe. Spehr’s lecture will be accompanied by a selection of 68mm shorts from The Museum of Modern Art’s Biograph collection, including a breathtaking ride on a suspended monorail and a trip down the banks of the Elbe in Germany that appears almost stereoscopic in its clarity. Piano accompaniment by John Sweeney. Program approx. 90 min.

This film accompanies To Save and Project: The 16th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.


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