Silent Tuesdays!

Posted by on Sep 18 2012 | Motion Pictures

The White Rose (D. W. Griffith, US 1923, 100 min.)

The Artist’s massive commercial success may have brought silent film into prominence again, but at Eastman House, it has always been one of the cornerstones of our programs. If you desire more of this wonderful art form, come and see the originals this fall as the Dryden Theatre presents an exciting series of silents in collaboration with the University of Rochester, featuring the expressive talents of stars like Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Gilbert and the artistic mastery of directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith, and King Vidor.

There will be battles of the sexes, Japanese volcanoes, requited and unrequited love, religious and irreligious maniacs, the French Revolution and World War I, and plenty of laughter, tears, and astonishment.

We hope you can join us for this collection of films, many of which will screen in new restorations courtesy of Eastman House — and some of which will be screening for the first time since their original release! And of course, because silent films were never truly silent, all screenings (except on Oct. 16) will feature live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
The Wrath of the Gods
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
The White Rose

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.
Mr. Fix-It

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
The Big Parade

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
Trapped by the Mormons

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
Behind the Door

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Film Series – Frank Sinatra

Posted by on Sep 10 2012 | Motion Pictures


More than just a crooner and an idol of the bobby-soxers, Frank Sinatra also fashioned an impressive and successful acting career. After initial forays into the movies in several big budget color musicals (often paired with the inimitable Gene Kelly), Sinatra sought more demanding roles as his music career began to dwindle in the early 1950s. These roles, beginning with his Academy Award®-winning performance in From Here to Eternity, were challenging and oftentimes controversial, helping redefine his career trajectory. As an actor, he strove for spontaneity and energy; he was an instinctive performer who was at his best playing troubled characters.

The selection of films in this series highlights some of Sinatra’s greatest dramatic performances, from a struggling drug addict in Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm to a former Korean War POW with a hidden past in The Manchurian Candidate.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.
The Man with the Golden Arm
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
Some Came Running
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
The Manchurian Candidate

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Film Matters: Ain’t Nothin Like The Real Thing

Posted by on Aug 30 2012 | Exploring the Archive, History, Motion Pictures

The Dryden Theatre is a staple to film culture and motion picture history. The venue contains decades of memories among the walls, floors, and folding seats. The stories within the deep, curious cinema are many. The modest piano sits stage right, finely tuned and ready to go.  The hushed voices, watchful eyes, ears and smiles surround the box office just before a film begins.

So let’s talk 35mm – let’s talk depth of field, luminosity, purity and beauty. The Dryden screens 35mm almost exclusively (well, every once in a while we mix it up).  You won’t find DVD or Blue-ray here- only film–and oftentimes original. The George Eastman House collection is vast, as are our connections to fellow archives and studios, allowing the Dryden’s film series to be strategically crafted with thoughtful themes and chock-full with the best actors, directors and producers throughout history.

The next frontier for the Dryden is making members and the public aware of the magic of the theater. It is reminding patrons of the unique experience of watching a movie on the big screen shot on 35 or screening silent films with musical accompaniment. It is about the conversations before and after, and the community of this place. I’m proud to present to you a look at the Dryden Theatre and its importance locally and internationally. 
Meet Lori and Kolbe…

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Marlene Dietrich

Posted by on Aug 10 2012 | Motion Pictures

Despite appearing in more than a dozen silent films, Marlene Dietrich didn’t achieve her big international breakthrough until 1930 with The Blue Angel, when she first paired with visionary director Josef von Sternberg. Over the course of seven films in six years the partnership produced some of the most highly crafted and visually stylish films to come out of the Hollywood studio system.
Pulled from the world of Berlin theater and cabaret by Sternberg, Dietrich really made her mark in sound films. Following her devastating performance as Lola Lola opposite Emil Jannings in The Blue Angel, Paramount studio execs immediately signed the star to a seven-year contract and brought her over to Hollywood.

Sternberg’s exceptional skill in lighting and photography, against the backdrop of carefully controlled set design and costumes, presented an ideal canvas for Dietrich to play a series of dangerous and enigmatic women. At once radiantly sensual and glamorously mysterious, Dietrich’s alluring image was crafted in light and shadow and soft focus photography. Sternberg positioned Dietrich in a variety of atmospheric locales from a desert legionnaire outpost in Morocco to a Spanish carnival in The Devil Is a Woman. Her deep contralto voice and often risqué performances turned now-classic songs into unforgettable moments. Her rendition of “Falling in Love Again” is hard to shake, and who could forget Dietrich, dressed as a gorilla performing “Hot Voodoo” in Blonde Venus?
— James Layton, Assistant Archivist, Motion Picture Department

Wednesday, August 15, 8 p.m..
(Josef von Sternberg, US 1930, 92 min.)

Wednesday, August 22, 8 p.m..
Blonde Venus
(Josef von Sternberg, US 1932, 93 min.)

Wednesday, August 29, 8 p.m..
The Devil is a Woman
(Josef von Sternberg, US 1935, 75 min.)

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In Person! Actor Dabney Coleman and “Nine to Five”

Posted by on May 24 2012 | Motion Pictures

Coleman plays the bigoted supervisor in 1980’s groundbreaking Nine to Five. Office workers played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton take matters into their own hands, putting their boss under lock and key and transforming the workplace into a haven of equality and efficiency.

Coleman will introduce the film and do a Q&A after the screening! May 25, 2012, @ 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., Dryden Theatre prices apply: $8 general admission and $6 members and students.

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