Ciné-Club presents, Selected Silent Films
March 31, 2020 · 7:30 pm · Rocky-Mathey Theater
The Department of French and Italian; Rockefeller College
Ciné-Club presents, Selected Silent Films – Georges Méliès (1900s) & René Clair (1920s)
(Presented in French with English Subtitles)
Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography,
René Clair was a French filmmaker and writer. He first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy. He went on to make some of the most innovative early sound films in France, before going abroad to work in the UK and USA for more than a decade. Returning to France after World War II, he continued to make films that were characterised by their elegance and wit, often presenting a nostalgic view of French life in earlier years.