First Light Silent Film Series : "The Cinema Discovers Form"

June 20, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
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 musique et de 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 Discovers Form: Alice Guy Blaché, The Brighton School, Films d'Art, D.W. Griffiths

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

and Marie Regan, professor of film, American University of Paris

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30 pm

Reid Hall, Grande Salle

(4 rue de Chevreuse  75006)


Cinema moves away from single-shot films towards more complex structures and the beginnings of cinematic storytelling. Works by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Cecil Hepworth, Edwin S. Porter, D.W. Griffith. With recorded musical accompaniment.


Free and Open to the Public
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