La Maison Francaise: French National Film Archives
Sunday, August 7 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, August 7 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: Le Manoir de la Peur preceded by La Main

East Building Concourse, Auditorium

Andrew Simpson, piano

Fear strikes Provençal villagers when a crime wave ensues just after a mysterious stranger and his valet move into a nearby country home in Manoir de la Peur (The Manor House of Fear). Jean Lormeau decides to crack the mystery, with of course a break for l'amour. (Alfred Machin and Henry Wulschleger for Films Alfred Machin, 1927, 35 mm, 72 minutes)

Gendarmes in La Main (The Hand) are baffled when gun-collecting Sir John Rowell's body is found in his isolated home, but whatever is that one-armed hobo up to? (Édouard-Émile Violet for Les Films Lucifer, 1920, 35 mm, 19 minutes)

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