First Light Silent Film Series : "The Cinema Appears"

June 19, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Columbia Global Centers | Paris

First Light: The International Silent Cinema, 1894-1934

Come celebrate the summer with “First Light,” a richly curated selection of classics of the international silent cinema, many featuring live musical accompaniment by students of Jean-François Zygel's piano improvisation class at the Conservatoire national supérieur de la musique et de la danse de Paris.  Too few are aware that the silent cinema was a period of almost incomparable artistic creativity; the lack of sound, rather than a hindrance, was actually a kind of inspiration for the era’s finest filmmakers, who found ingenious ways to expand the visual expressiveness of their works. Not surprisingly, the great silent filmmakers—from Méliès to Griffith, from Eisenstein to Buster Keaton—continue to influence and inform contemporary artists across the disciplines.


The Cinema Appears: Muybridge, Marey, Edison, Lumière, Méliès

Followed by a conversation with Professor Richard Pena, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival

Monday, June 19, 7:30pm

Reid Hall, Grande Salle,

(4 rue de Chevreuse  75006)


The inaugural event of the series will take a close look at the origins of cinema, from its roots in changing notions of human vision to its links with visual arts and literature. Works by Muybridge, Marey, the Edison Studio, the Lumière Brothers, Georges Méliès will be included.


Free and Open to the Public
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