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28 Dec

Durham Cinematheque Presents: The 120th Anniversary of Cinema

Mon, Dec 28, 2015
Installation Open 1-5pm // Vive les Lumieres! 2 & 4 pm // Vive la France! 5:30 pm // Vive le Cinema! 8:30 pm

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of cinema at The Durham Hotel on Monday December 28th with afternoon and evening programs honoring the first Lumiere cinematograph program which took place on December 28, 1895 in Paris. Films from that very first program will be screened. There will also be a special tribute to France, home of the Lumiere family, and a program of “modern” experimental films from the 1920’s to the present. All events will take place on the mezzanine level. Admission is free and the public is invited.


Afternoon Screenings
2 & 4 pm:  Vive les Lumieres!

Short early films – “actualities” as well as trick films – by Lumiere and their contemporaries.  All of these films are more than 100 years old. These programs are suitable for all ages.


Evening Programs:

5:30 pm: Vive la France!
Whiteside will give a spoken tribute to the Lumieres. As the Lumiere family was very patriotic a selection of short French films will be screened, including the lovely “Food for Paris Markets,” a locavore documentary from 1948. In Reims they make champagne for the world, in Durham we celebrate with it.


8:30 pm: Vive le cinema!
A tribute to the cinematograph followed by a selection of experimental films from across the history of motion pictures. Lumiere films of William McKinley’s inauguration (March 4, 1897) will be featured, along with “Rain” by Joris Ivens (1928); “The Wonder Ring” by Stan Brakhage (1959); “Who Do You Think You Are?” by Mary Filippo (1987); “Riffs on Potemkin” by Tom Whiteside (2011); and “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game” by Roger Beebe  (2015).


The mezzanine will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 with opportunities for “hands on” inspection of antique film cameras and projectors.  The hotel Coffee Shop is open all day for café beverages, snacks, and afternoon cocktails. Food and drink will be available for sale on the mezzanine level between evening programs; the dining room will be open 5:30-10pm and the roof will be open 5pm-midnight.