Bakushū (Early Summer) screening (2017-May-5 @ 7:30 p.m.)

The Dryden will screen Bakushū (Early Summer, Yasujirō Ozu, Japan 1951, 124 min.) as part of the Nitrate Picture Show.

"I was interested in getting much deeper than just the story itself; I wanted to depict the cycles of life, the transience of life. . . . Consequently, I didn't force the action, but tried to leave some spaces unfilled . . . leave viewers with a pleasant aftertaste. For this reason, Early Summer was one of the most demanding work[s] I've done in years. There was criticism about the children being unruly. In my view, children and adults have different 'rules.' When they grow up, they too will change. As for acting, it's best to leave things unexpressed, something to ponder or savor. Those who appreciate this have themselves reached a transcendent state. Hara Setsuko is a fine person. If only there were four or five more such persons." — Yasujirō Ozu

[source: George Eastman Museum calendar, 2017-May-5]

Nitrate Shorts screening

The Dryden will screen Nitrate Shorts with live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli to kick off the Nitrate Picture Show. The films are:

  • Movies are Adventures (Jack Hively, U.S. 1948, 10 min.): "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences produced this short advertising the magic of the movies."
  • Together in the Weather (George Pal, U.S. 1946, 7 min.): "One of the most beloved (and edgiest) "Puppetoons" by the famous Academy Award—winning Hungarian-American master of stop-motion puppet animation."
  • The Kidnapper's Foil (Melton Barker, U.S. 1930, 17 min.): "A unique treasure of our shorts program, this early example of truly independent, amateur small-town filmmaking is the original that inspired Barker to travel the United States for forty years, remaking the same film with local children."
  • En Kluven Värld (A Divided World, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden 1948, 9 min.): "Arguably the greatest by the Swedish master of shorts Arne Sucksdorff, A Divided World is a hauntingly beautiful, poetic depiction of animal hierarchy in a forest somewhere in Sweden on a winter night."
  • På Ski Med Per Og Kari (Skiing with Per and Kari, Norway 1948, 13 min.): "Based on the eponymous book by the Norwegian skier Tomm Murstad, Skiing with Per and Kari shows two children who receive skis for Christmas and then enroll in Tomm Murstad's ski school for children. The film was shown to children all over Norway."
  • Something You Didn't Eat (James Algar, U.S. 1945, 9 min.): "A government-produced, Disney-made animated short on the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet."
  • In a Roman Garden (Donald MacDonald, U.S. 1913, 12 min.): "Produced by the Powers Motion Picture Company in New York, this costume drama of religious subject is the earliest film shown so far at the Nitrate Picture Show."

[source: George Eastman Museum calendar, 2017-May-5]

My Life with Nitrate lecture, Hisashi Okajima

In the Dryden Theatre, Hisashi Okajima will present a lecture titled My Life with Nitrate.

One of the most eminent personalities in the field of film preservation and curatorship, Hisashi Okajima (b. 1956, Aichi, Japan) is a prominent advocate of the cinematic experience in its original medium and formats. A key contributor to the activities of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), he has championed film conservation through groundbreaking initiatives such as the Don't Throw Film Away! project. Thanks to his longtime efforts, the history of Japanese cinema is recognized in both academic and museum worlds. Okajima has been chief curator of the National Film Center (NFC) in Tokyo since 2005, after a 26-year involvement in NFC's undertakings in film restoration, exhibition, and collection development. Okajima contributed to the resurrection and public appreciation of many important Japanese films long considered lost. These titles are now preserved at NFC's film conservation facility in Sagamihara, one of the most advanced venues of its kind and a remarkable example of architectural design applied to the conservation of cinema artifacts. In the early 1990s, Okajima brought attention to a major collection of international silent films from Tomijiro Komiya (1897–1975), now celebrated worldwide for stunning nitrate prints of masterpieces such as Sylvester (Lupu-Pick, 1924), Gardiens de phare (Jean Grémillon, 1929), and L'Atlantide (Jacques Feyder, 1921). In his eloquent and inspired speeches, Okajima often draws imaginative parallels between the materiality of film stock and other aesthetic forms of human expression (his beautiful comparison between film and sushi is now legendary in the archival community). In this presentation, Okajima will draw upon his many years of professional involvement with the art of cinema to describe the unique and often dramatic story of nitrate film in Japan and to explain how many flammable prints miraculously survived the ravages of chemistry and history.

[source: Nitrate Picture Show program, 2017-May-5]

Demonstration: Motion Picture Show on a 1905 Projector

For the first time, the Nitrate Picture Show presents this exceptional event, the exhibition of a 35mm print on a 1905 Lubin projector from the George Eastman Museum's extraordinary collection of motion picture apparatus. Todd Gustavson, curator of the technology collection, will operate the projector.

[source: Nitrate Picture Show program, 2017-May-5]