La Maison Francaise: French National Film Archives
Sunday, July 10 at 4:30 PM
National Gallery of Art - 4th and Constitution Ave., NW - East Building Concourse, Auditorium

The National Gallery of Art's summer preservation festival is saluting the French National Film Archives with a series of Ciné-Concerts!

This rare film program at the NGA will include a unique silent French farce and boulevard comedy, a mystery film, and early "wonders of science" shorts -- tinted and toned as they were when they were originally released!

Since 1969, the French National Film Archive / CNC (Archives Françaises du Film/Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée) have been collecting and conserving the incomparable cinématic heritage of France. It is estimated that 80 percent of these films produced during the early 1900's have disappeared. Each year, approximately 2,000 new titles are added to the film archive collection facilities in Bois d'Arcy and Saint-Cyr.

WHAT: From Vault to Screen: New Preservations from France

Curator Eric Le Roy and film conservator Caroline Patte

WHEN: Sunday, July 10 at 4:30 PM

WHERE: National Gallery of Art - 4th and Constitution Ave., NW - East Building Concourse, Auditorium



Presented with the generous support of TV5MONDE


Ciné-Concert: Son Premier Film

East Building Concourse, Auditorium

Stephen Horne, piano

Conservator Caroline Patte in person

In Paris to get an inheritance, provincial actor Céleste Noménoé (phonetically, "[his] name is Noah") becomes famous overnight after his surprise film debut, but now he is known only as "Grock." A comedy in the popular tradition of théâtre de boulevard, Son Premier Film (His First Movie) was made for the production company Établissements Jacques Haïk. (Jean Kemm, 1926, 35 mm, silent with live piano, 99 minutes)

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