eastman-house.JPGRochester, N.Y. -- December and January bring an exciting roster of events, screenings and exhibitions to the George Eastman House! EXHIBITIONS

The History of Space of Photography

October 26, 2013-January 12, 2014 The History of Space Photography showcases a variety of astronomical photographs that have been created since the development of the photography in the early 19th century, and will feature a number of the most important scientific photographs ever created. Astro-Visions

October 26, 2013-January 12, 2014

Astro-Visions features pre-photography illustrations, twentieth-century film stills, and contemporary photographs to demonstrate how scientists, filmmakers, and artists have expressed their visions of outer space.   

 

CinemaScope

November 2, 2013- January 16, 2014

A celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Twentieth Century-Fox's groundbreaking CinemaScope process, the widescreen technology that radically changed the popular film-viewing experience from the 1950s onward. Explore the history, technology, and promotion of CinemaScope through a range of original artifacts and interactive activities.

 

Lossless

November 15, 2013-February 16, 2014

Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin's installation project explores the transformation and distortion of images-and ultimately the creation of new ones-within the digital realm. The work consists of mpeg4 files derived from 16mm and 35mm films, including Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), John Ford's The Searchers (1956), and Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz (1939).

 

Kodak Camera 125th Anniversary

Ongoing

The Kodak, the first successful roll-film hand camera, was publicly launched in the summer of 1888. Designed with the novice photographer in mind, the Kodak became highly popular in large part due to its ease of use. The museum's new exhibition, Kodak Camera at 125, showcases this new system of photography that George Eastman introduced to the world, with examples of early Kodak cameras and facsimiles of snap- shots and documents from the Eastman House collections. Machines of Memory: Cameras from the Technology Collection Ongoing "All the things the public most wants to see from the technology collection," that's how Technology Curator Todd Gustavson describes the exhibition in the North Gallery. The display includes a variety of photographic highlights from camera obscuras through digital imaging designed to show the evolution of photography as well as its revolutions. HOLIDAY EVENTS Holiday Wreath Display & Auction October 29-December 1, 2013 More than 25 wreaths available for purchase in a silent auction. Organized by the Eastman House Council. Sweet Creations   November 13-December 17, 2013 Gingerbread creations on display throughout the museum are available for purchase in a silent auction. Organized by the Eastman House Council. Sponsored in part by Tops Friendly Markets and Tasteful Connections Catering. Tabletop Tree Display & Auction November 19-December 18, 2013 Pre-lit trees decorated by local businesses on display and available for purchase in a silent auction. Funds raised support fresh flower arrangements in the historic house. Annual Holiday Homecoming Celebration   Thursday, December 12, 5-8 p.m.   Festive displays, live music, refreshments, family activities, and a visit with Santa. Bring your cameras. Details: FREE to members; incl. w/ museum admission, $3 for children 5-12. No reservations needed. No discounts or passes accepted. New Year's Eve Dinner and Double Feature   Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Enjoy a special dinner before the double feature of Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Screening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, includes dinner, beverage, dessert, and admission to both screenings. Reservations: (585) 271-3361 ext. 223. Limited space available. NOVEMBER

November 2       Saturday, 11 a.m.

                            SIGN-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR

Signed 45-minute house tours are led by docent Bob Menchel. No reservations       required. Included with museum admission. (Private signed tours are also available with advance notice; contact Heather Gray at hgray@geh.org.)

 

November 3       Sunday, 3 p.m.

                            LIVE ORGAN MUSIC: Joe Blackburn

                            Performance will be held in the Conservatory. FREE to members; incl. w/                                     admission.

 

November 9       Saturday, 2 p.m., Dryden Theatre

                            Wish You Were Here: Simon Roberts

                     Roberts's work surveys communities, addressing important social,                                        economic, and political issues, and includes Motherland, which documents a                        year's journey across Russia. Book signing to follow. FREE to members;                              $6/$3 students.

 

November 10             Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

                                    Mary Wojciechowski, vocalist; Andy Calabrese, pianist

                                    Performance will be held in the Living Room in the house. FREE to                                               members; incl. w/ admission.

November 13              Wednesday, 7 p.m., Dryden Theatre

                                     Film Critic Jack Garner: Screening Introduction and Book Signing

Jack Garner will introduce the screening of How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco, 1953) and sign copies of his new book From My Seat on the Aisle:Movies and Memories (Rochester, NY: RIT Press, 2013).

 

November 14              Thursday, 12:15 p.m., Curtis Theatre

FOCUS 45 Lecture: Jesse Peers, Legacy Collection Archivist: Dutch Connection: Reconstructing George Eastman's Life One Year at a Time Peers will discuss the display of objects from George Eastman's life in 1914 that is planned for February's Dutch Connection exhibition. Details: No reservations needed. FREE to members; incl. w/ admission, or $6/$3 students, talk only. Bring your lunch or purchase in the Café-call (585) 271-3361 ext. 223 to pre-order.

 

November 14              Thursday, 6 p.m., Dryden Theatre

Steve Fentress, director, Strasenburgh Planetarium: The Birth of the Face on Mars and Other Tales of Early Space Photography Fentress will bring his "I was there" accounts as part of the NASA-Caltech JetPropulsion Laboratory crew that presented over a hundred televised  press conferences for the Viking landings on Mars. FREE to members; incl. w/ admission (museum will be open until 8 p.m.).

November 16             Saturday, 11 a.m.

                                    SIGN-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR

Signed 45-minute house tours are led by docent Bob Menchel. No reservations required. Included with museum admission. (Private signed tours are also available with advance notice; contact Heather Gray at hgray@geh.org.)

November 17             Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: PERFORMANCE PLUS

                                    Eastman Guitar Quartet (works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy)                                      Adam Larison, Michael Mendoza, Kahlil Sarikey, and Sungmin Shin.                                           With introduction by Jacek Blaszkiewicz, Eastman School of Music PhD                                       student. Performance will be held in the Living Room. FREE to members;                                      incl. w/ admission.

 

November 23             Saturday, 2 p.m., Dryden Theatre

                                    IN PERSON: Jeff Wynn, manager of Image Acquisition Systems,                                       Exelis Past, Present, and Future: Rochester Connections to Space                                       Photography & Imaging

                                    Wynn will provide an overview of Rochester's rich history and association                                     with space photography and imaging. FREE to members; incl. w/                                                   admission.

 

November 24             Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

                                    Clarinet Collection: Gail Seigel

                                    Performance will be held in the Living Room. FREE to members; incl. w/                                      admission.

 

 

DECEMBER

December 1                Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

                                    Organ Music: Joe Blackburn

                                    Performance will be held in the Conservatory. FREE to members; incl. w/                                      admission.

 

December 3                Tuesday, 6 p.m., Dryden Theatre

                                    IN PERSON: Brad Paxton, CEO, Advanced Document Imaging                                         (ADI) Kodak Contributions to Space Photography

Paxton will discuss the Lunar Orbiter, the recently declassified Gambit spy satellites, and a little-known story about the Hubble Space Telescope. Book signing to follow. $6 admission.

 

December 5                Thursday, 6 p.m., Dryden Theatre

WISH YOU WERE HERE: Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman Larson and Shindelman will discuss their work documenting the location of Twitter updates using embedded GPS information. FREE to members; $6/$3 students.

 

December 7                 Saturday, 11 a.m.

                                     SIGN-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR

Signed 45-minute house tours are led by docent Bob Menchel. No reservations required. Included with museum admission. (Private signed tours are also available with advance notice; contact Heather Gray at hgray@geh.org.)

December 8                Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

                                    Silver Tones Flute Choir

                                    Performance will be held in the Living Room. FREE to members; incl. w/                                       admission.

 

December 8                Sunday, 5 p.m., Dryden Theatre

                                    The James Card Memorial Lecture Raiders of the Lost Movie:                                     IN PERSON: A Conversation with Janice E. Allen This tribute will feature screenings of some of the unknown gems in the museum's film holdings gathered by the museum's first film curator, James Card, and John E. Allen, film collector and founder of Allen Laboratories, which later became Cinema Arts Inc.

 

December 11              Wednesday, 11 a.m.

                                    SIGN-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR

Signed 45-minute house tours are led by docent Bob Menchel. No reservations required. Included with museum admission. (Private signed tours are also available with advance notice; contact Heather Gray at hgray@geh.org.) December 12              Thursday, 12:15 p.m., Curtis Theatre FOCUS 45:  Nancy Kauffman, Motion Picture Archivist for Stills, Poster, and Paper Collection: Film Stills: Beyond the Glamour Shot Kauffman will explain the importance of film stills in promoting motion pictures inthe golden age of Hollywood.

December 15              Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: PERFORMANCE PLUS

Eastman Student Oboe Quintet (music of John Bliss) With introduction by Sarah Fuchs- Sampson, Eastman School of Music PhD student

                                    Performance will be held in the Living Room. FREE to members; incl. w/                                       admission.

 

December 21               Saturday, 11 a.m.

                                    SIGN-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR

Signed 45-minute house tours are led by docent Bob Menchel. No reservations required. Included with museum admission. (Private signed tours are also available with advance notice; contact Heather Gray at hgray@geh.org.)

December 22              Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

                                    Holiday Music: Past Our Prime Singers

                                    Performance will be held in the Living Room. FREE to members; incl. w/                                       admission.

December 29              Sunday, 3 p.m.

                                    LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

                                    Organ Music: Steve Kelly

                                    Performance will be held in the Conservatory. FREE to members; incl. w/                                      admission.

 

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DRYDEN THEATRE FILM CALENDAR

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

FEATURED FILM SERIES

HITCHCOCK 9

In order to fully understand the career of Alfred Hitchcock, one must understand his early work. The Hitchcock 9 is a presentation of Hitchcock's nine extant silent films. Although Hitchcock would go on to refine his filmmaking style, his touch is very much alive in these early films, whether it's the "wrong man" plot of Downhill, the menacing ambiguities of The Lodger, the voyeuristic impulses of Champagne, or the exploration of guilt in Blackmail. In each of the nine films, Hitchcock experiments with points of view and begins to mirror his audience's reactions on screen. The complex restoration process of the Hitchcock 9 was one of the British Film Institute's largest projects to date. Decades worth of damage and decay were removed, the image sharpened, missing footage discovered, and intertitles and tinting restored. The Dryden Theatre is proud to bring these nine films to Rochester, where audiences can rediscover the master of suspense and admire the beautiful restorations of these important films. All screenings feature live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted. Thursday, November 7, 8 p.m.                    THE PLEASURE GARDEN                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, Germany/UK 1926, 90 min.,                                                                               35mm) Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m.                     THE LODGER                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1926, 90 min., 35mm) Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.                  DOWNHILL                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 105 min., 35mm) Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m.                  EASY VIRTUE                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 70 min., 35mm) Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m.                     THE RING                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 108 min., DCP) Thursday, December 12, 8 p.m.                   CHAMPAGNE                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1928, 105 min., DCP) Thursday, December 19, 8 p.m.                   THE FARMER'S WIFE                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1928, 107 min., DCP) Thursday, December 26, 8 p.m.                   THE MANXMAN                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1929, 100 min., DCP) Saturday, December 28, 8 p.m.                    BLACKMAIL                                                                         (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1929, 85 min., DCP)

 

 

HOLIDAYS AT THE DRYDEN

The holidays at the Dryden have traditionally balanced Christmas classics with more unconventional contemporary discoveries, and this year is no exception. Please join us as we ring in the festive season with some of our new and old favorites. We begin the series with Terry Zwigoff's brash, rude, and raucous ode to the unseemly side of Christmas with Bad Santa, in which Billy Bob Thornton stars as a con man-turned-mall Santa whose vices put Ebenezer Scrooge's to shame. Following that very adult opening is Bob Clark's beloved family comedy A Christmas Story, which details the misadventures of Ralphie Parker, a wide- eyed youngster whose only Christmas wish is to get his hands on a highly coveted BB gun. From the same year is Bill Cosby: Himself, an uproarious live account of one of the now-legendary comedian's stand-up routines. Balancing Cosby's modern family values is Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, a holiday staple that has captivated audiences for over six decades. Ranked on many alternative holiday movie lists, Lethal Weapon is a crowd-pleasing blast, much like Joe Dante's Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which will be shown as a special New Year's Double Feature. Finally, we will celebrate the beginning of 2014 with Amélie, a whimsical French romp starring the wonderful Audrey Tautou, and a fitting way to welcome a new year of programming.

Friday, December 6, 8 p.m.                          BAD SANTA

Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m.                         (Terry Zwigoff, US 2003, 91 min., 35mm)

 

Friday, December 13, 8 p.m.                        A CHRISTMAS STORY

Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.                      (Bob Clark, US 1983, 93 min., 35mm)

 

Friday, December 20, 8 p.m.                        BILL COSBY: HIMSELF

                                                                        (Bill Cosby, US 1983, 105 min., 35mm)

 

Saturday, December 21, 8 p.m.                    IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m.                      (Frank Capra, US 1946, 130 min., 35mm)

 

Tuesday, December 24, 8 p.m.                     LARCENY, INC.

                                                                        (Lloyd Bacon, US 1942, 95 min, 35mm)

 

Friday, December 27, 8 p.m.                        LETHAL WEAPON

Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m.                      (Richard Donner, US 1987, 110 min., 35mm)

 

Tuesday, December 31, 7 p.m.                     New Year's Eve Double Feature!

                                                                        GREMLINS

                                                                        (Joe Dante, US 1984, 106 min., 35mm)

                                                                        GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH

                                                                        (Joe Dante, US 1990, 106 min., 35mm)

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2 p.m.                     AMÉLIE

(Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France/Germany 2001, 123 min., French and Russian w/ subtitles, 35mm)

 

ROGER CORMAN: PRODUCER

The Godfather. Goodfellas. Gremlins. The Silence of the Lambs. The Last Picture Show. Two Lane Blacktop. Titanic. Apollo 13. Beyond their status as some of the most successful and acclaimed motion pictures of the last half-century, these films have one figure in common: Roger Corman. From the height of his directorial career in the 1960s, to his producing of the earliest films by Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hell- man, and Peter Bogdanovich, to his days as the head of New World Pictures, one of Corman's major legacies to film culture has been the astonishing amount of talent he discovered and encouraged. Perhaps the most famous "graduate" of the Roger Corman Film School, Martin Scorsese directed his second feature, Boxcar Bertha, in the wake of Corman's own Bloody Mama-both true-life tales of female-led, Depression-era crime sprees. Far from mere imitation, however, Scorsese gives an exhilarating rush to Barbara Hershey and David Carradine's anti-authoritarian rebellion, with his trademark emphasis on moral ambiguity, violence, and cinephilic references present right from the start. Another film with a strong female lead, Michael Miller's Jackson County Jail pairs a revelatory Yvette Mimieux with Tommy Lee Jones in his first starring role, proving that Corman could sense talent in front of the camera as well as behind it. Sometimes, however, a Corman film put subtlety second and satire first, and there's no more glorious example than Paul Bartel's Death Race 2000, a hilarious, brutal takedown of America's obsession with violence as well as Hollywood's own obsession with dopey futuristic dystopias. Finally, Joe Dante's Piranha manages to combine the spirit of all three films into one wild cartoon of a movie with a screenplay by John Sayles. If Hollywood's million-dollar nautical monster came from the ocean, it's only fitting that New World's came from a river-but it's a lot more fun to roll down a river than float in an ocean. In other words, keep things moving: that's the lesson of Piranha, New World Pictures, and the Roger Corman Film School-and we're all the better for it.

Wednesday, December 4, 8 p.m.                              JACKSON COUNTY JAIL

                                                                                    (Michael Miller, US 1976, 84 mins, 35mm)

 

Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m.                                  PIRANHA

                                                                                    (Joe Dante, US 1978, 94 min, 35mm)

 

Wednesday, December 11, 8 p.m.                            DEATH RACE 2000

                                                                                    (Paul Bartel, US 1975, 80 min., 35mm)

 

Wednesday, December 18, 8 p.m.                            BOXCAR BERTHA

                                                                                    (Martin Scorsese, US 1972, 88 min, 35mm)

CATS AND DOGS

In August 2012, a crowd of ten thousand people surrounded the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Was it a flash mob? The opening day of a revelatory exhibit? A one-time-only performance piece by a famous artist? No, no, and no-the masses had gathered to enjoy a different kind of art: The Internet Cat Video Film Festival. And it was very, very funny. Whether a clever attempt at bridging high culture with social media, a way for pet lovers to get together, or just an opportunity to laugh at cats waging war on vacuum cleaners, the ICVFF is a phenomenon, and we're very excited to bring both the inaugural program and its 2013 sequel to the Dryden with the help of our friends at Lollypop Farm (who will be bringing some special friends of their own to our screenings). And, because we also love our canine pals, too, we give them equal play with screenings of two classic dog flicks.

Friday, November 8, 8 p.m.                         BEST IN SHOW

Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m.                      (Christopher Guest, US 2000, 90 min., 35mm)

 

Friday, November 15, 8 p.m.                       WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m.                THE WERE-RABBIT                                                           (Steve Box and Nick Park, UK/US 2005, 85 min., 35mm)

 

Friday, November 22, 8 p.m.                       THE 2012 INTERNET CAT VIDEO FILM Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m.                      FESTIVAL

 

Friday, November 29, 8 p.m.                       THE 2013 INTERNET CAT VIDEO FILM Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m.                        FESTIVAL

CINESCOPE AT 60

Join us as we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the birth of widescreen cinema. As a direct reaction to the growth of the small-screen TV in the home, Twentieth Century-Fox's CinemaScope process expanded the scale of cinema, increasing the size and width of the screen exponentially and adding new crisper multi-channel sound. From Hollywood epics to intimate dramas, CinemaScope was used across all genres and types of films. Equally adept for western vistas, low-key comedies, and energetic dance choreography, the 'Scope frame soon found its place within the industry and is still in use today. This selection of four early works shot in Cinema- Scope are prime examples of the innovation and adaptation the process inspired. Programmed in conjunction with Bigger Than Life: CinemaScope at 60, on view in the museum's Annex Gallery from November 2, 2013, through January 12, 2014.

Wednesday, November 13, 8 p.m.               HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE With introduction by Jack Garner                   (Jean Negulesco, US 1953, 95 min., 35mm)

 

Wednesday, November 20, 8 p.m.               WARLOCK

                                                                        (Edward Dmytryk, US 1959, 122 min., 35mm)

 

Wednesday, November 27, 8 p.m.               SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS                                                                         (Stanley Donen, US 1954, 102 min., 35mm)

 

Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m.                   20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA                                                                          (Richard Fleischer, US 1954, 127 min., 35mm)

 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER FILMS

WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT Friday, November 15, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m .(Steve Box and Nick Park, UK/US 2005, 85 min., 35mm) It's "veggie-mania" in the world of Wallace &Gromit! As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, a mysterious creature wreaks havoc on the sacred plants. In hopes of capturing the beast, Lady Tottington enlists the help of Wallace & Gromit's "Anti-Pesto" pest control team. As the competition looms closer, however, she soon lets her suitor Victor Quartermaine on the trail... spelling disaster for our heroes! Five years in the making, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit stars the voices of Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, and Helena Bonham Carter in what Nick Park refers to as the world's first "vegetarian horror film." AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM Saturday, November 16, 8 p.m.  (Jacob Hatley, US 2010, 83 min., DCP) In 2007, the late Levon Helm, former drummer for The Band, released a comeback album titled Dirt Farmer. More than a musical comeback, the album was a triumph over a cancer that had prevented Helm from singing for twenty-five years. Filmmaker Jacob Hartley was there to document the four-time Grammy winner's creation of this highly anticipated album. Two years in the making, Ain't in It for My Health is an intimate look at the creative process of one of the most soulful and revered American musicians. Rochester Premiere! Eastman House Restoration THE LIGHT IN THE DARK Tuesday, November 19, 8 p.m. (Clarence Brown, US 1922, 78 min., 35mm) Starring Hope Hampton and Lon Chaney, this film had been available only in a very heavily edited 33-minute abridgement-until now. The Eastman House restoration has restored the film to its original release length. A wealthy young woman is critically injured and is brought back to health by drinking from a goblet with healing powers that is reputed to be the Holy Grail. This rarely seen full-length version is not available on home video. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. WARLOCK Wednesday, November 20, 8 p.m. (Edward Dmytryk, US 1959, 122 min., 35mm) Reformed outlaw Johnny Gannon (Richard Widmark) and revered gunslinger Clay Blaisedell (Henry Fonda) team up to rid the titular mining town of a gang of wayward cowboys. Forgoing the law, Warlock's Citizens' Committee opts to place their fate in the hands of two men who have existed largely outside of it. Anthony Quinn and Dorothy Malone co-star, with the former turning out a standout performance as Blaisedell's club-footed right-hand man. Dmytryk's tense, psychological western tackles the themes of law, morality, and warring personalities during the demise of the Old West. EASY VIRTUE Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m. (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 70 min., 35mm) An innocent society woman faces the courts as her good name is dragged through the mud and she's disgraced by divorce. Hitchcock's innovative-and witty-visual techniques are on full display, including a scene played out entirely through the facial expressions of eavesdropping telephone operators. A Park Circus Films Release. Restoration by BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Restoration funding provided by the American Friends of the BFI, the John S. Cohen Foundation, Deluxe 142, the Idlewild Trust, and numerous film societies across the U.K. that donated to the Hitchcock 9 campaign. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted. THE 2012 INTERNET CAT VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL Friday, November 22, 8 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m. The Woodstock of funny cat videos, the inaugural Internet Cat Video Film Festival brought over 10,000 people to a parking lot in Minnesota at the height of summer. While we're not expecting to turn away 9,500 people, we do hope that you'll join us and pack the house for a program that only gets better when the crowd gets larger. Feel your pulse quiver to the cat vs. metronome showdown! Watch in awe as chubby tabbies go for a swim! And giggle with delight as a kitten rides around on a vacuum cleaner! Now, really-can you afford to miss this? L'AVVENTURA Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m.-New Restoration (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy 1960, 143 min., Italian w/ subtitles, 35mm) Largely considered Antonioni's breakthrough masterpiece, L'Avventura marked the director's transition into his trademark deliberate pacing and careful composition. Based on a story written by Antonioni, the film chronicles the search for a woman whose disappearance leads to an illicit romance between her lover and her best friend. Indicative of a common thread throughout Antonioni's work, the film offers a challenging indictment of Italy's indolent upper class. By forgoing narrative to focus on character development and atmosphere, L'Avventura helped to redefine film grammar for a new generation. Presented in a beautifully restored 35mm print from Janus Films. THE SCARLET LETTER Tuesday, November 26, 8 p.m. (Victor Sjöström, US 1926, 98 min., 35mm) Radiant Lillian Gish and soulful Lars Hanson appear as seamstress Hester Prynne and the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale in this lavish and astonishingly un-Hollywood (despite being made by MGM) version of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, still considered the best screen version of the story and one of the greatest of all silent films. Swedish director Victor Sjöström powerfully evokes both the moral and emotional turmoil experienced by the lovers in seventeenth-century New England, and this recent collaborative restoration between the George Eastman House and the UCLA Film & Television Archive has brought back the visual richness that impressed the film's original audiences. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Wednesday, November 27, 8 p.m. (Stanley Donen, US 1954, 102 min., 35mm) In this inventive musical, director Stanley Donen transposes the Roman legend of "the Sabine women" to the Oregon hinterland. Jane Powell stars as the hardy new bride of Howard Peel's Adam Pontipee, the caretaker of his six unruly brothers. Upon returning to Adam's cabin, she takes it upon herself to teach his boorish brothers some manners and some dance moves. With these newly acquired skills, the brothers begin courting women and competing with rival suitors. Shot in CinemaScope and the new Ansco Color process, Seven Brides entertains with an exuberant, Oscar-winning score, clever innuendos, and axe-swinging fist-fighting dances. THE 2013 INTERNET CAT VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL Friday, November 29, 8 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. We're always proud to host a Rochester premiere, whether it's the latest from a master director, a breakthrough film by a new talent, or a revelatory documentary. Add to that list tonight's screening of the 2013 edition of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, which is such an exclusive that we haven't even seen it yet at the time of writing. Based on precedent, we can determine at least two things: it will contain lots of cats, and it will be very, very funny. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m. (Richard Fleischer, US 1954, 127 min., 35mm) Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre star in what may be Walt Disney's most beloved live-action adventure film. Jules Verne's classic fantasy is brought memorably to life with Captain Nemo and his famous submarine, the Nautilus. After numerous reports of sea monsters attacking ships on the Pacific Ocean, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax and his assistant Conseil are hired to solve the mystery, completely unaware of the incredible journey awaiting them. Exquisitely designed and featuring a multitude of effects-including a battle with a giant squid-director Fleischer's underwater adventure is stunningly realized in Technicolor and CinemaScope.

THE BARKER Tuesday, December 3, 8 p.m. (George Fitzmaurice, US 1928, 87 min., 35mm) The earliest sound features were often "parttalkies," with dialogue sequences and recorded musical accompaniment added to films that were originally designed as silents. The Barker (originally billed as "90% Talking!") is probably the very best example of these, as a very young Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays the son of a carnival showman who defies his father's wishes by forgoing college and staying with the carnival, where he is eventually seduced by sideshow dancer Dorothy Mackaill. Later remade as Hoopla (1933), Clara Bow's last film, The Barker shows both the power of silent acting at its best and the new dimension that compelling dialogue could bring to the movies. JACKSON COUNTY JAIL Wednesday, December 4, 8 p.m .(Michael Miller, US 1976, 84 min., 35mm) A burnt-out Hollywood producer (Yvette Mimieux) decides to take a cross-country trek home to New York. While driving through the rural South she becomes the victim of a carjacking, setting off a series of horrific incidents that culminate in her going on the lam with a sympathetic, nihilistic convict (Tommy Lee Jones in his debut role). Although full of car chases, chaotic shootouts, and other exploitation staples, Miller's sophomore feature rises above standard drive-in fare. Under the tutelage of Corman, the young director crafted a criminally underrated and critically revered Southern Gothic thriller. THE RING Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m. (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 108 min., DCP) Boxer Bob Corby hires Jack Sander as his new sparring partner. But tensions rise when Jack's wife, Mabel, becomes smitten with the heavyweight champ. Hitchcock's first and only original screenplay, The Ring shows an audacious young director experimenting with montage, an arresting array of camera angles, and character's states of mind. Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has called it "the most visually sophisticated of Hitchcock's silent pictures." A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142 and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted. BAD SANTA Friday, December 6, 8 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. (Terry Zwigoff, US 2003, 91 min., 35mm) Alcoholic, misanthropic con man Willie T. Stokes works once a year . . . as a department store Santa Claus. Alongside his partner, Marcus (Tony Cox), Stokes plans to knock over a small Phoenix shopping mall managed by straight-laced Bob Chipeska (John Ritter) and his intense security chief Gin Slagel (Bernie Mac)-if he can manage to keep it together amid all of his alcoholism and sex addiction. The ultimate adults-only Christmas movie, Bad Santa is a crass, shameless, no-holds barred farce that still manages to have a heart beneath its gruff exterior. PIRANHA Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m. (Joe Dante, US 1978, 94 min, 35mm) Riding high in the successful wake of Jaws, this quintessentially campy creature feature remains one of the most lasting monster movie franchises in American cinema. Spawning remakes in two and three dimensions as recent as 2010, the original Piranha carries a uniquely gruesome, tongue-in-cheek charm which later versions fall short of. Dante's terrifying river dwellers are rendered in true B-movie fashion, representing the talent and resourcefulness of filmmakers seeking to thrill audiences on a shoestring budget. Come join the frenzy and witness the cinematic beginnings of "the deadliest man-eaters of all!" THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI Tuesday, December 10, 8 p.m.  (Bill Siegel, US 2013, 86 min., DCP) More than a boxing documentary, director Bill Siegel (Hoop Dreams) focuses on one of the toughest fights Cassius Clay ever had to endure outside the ring. Following his refusal to join forces in Vietnam and his conversion to Islam, Clay found himself in court trying to overturn a five-year prison sentence. Race, religion, and political dissent are front and center in this fascinating look at one of the champ's hard-fought battles to rise above adversity.

 

DEATH RACE 2000 Wednesday, December 11, 8 p.m .(Paul Bartel, US 1975, 80 min., 35mm) One of the most beloved films from Roger Corman's New World Pictures, this cult classic uses the premise of a futuristic road race to skewer everything from America's taste for violent entertainment to the dystopia fad of the 1970s that was rapidly running its own course. It's the year 2000-or, at least, the future-and the masses are kept opiated through nationally televised cross-country races in which outlandish figures like the freakish Frankenstein (David Carradine) and the crazed Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Sylvester Stallone) rack up points by running down children, picnickers, and the elderly. But dissension is brewing in the form of a group of anti-fascist rebels, and the world just might change before the race is over. CHAMPAGNE Thursday, December 12, 8 p.m .(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1928, 105 min., DCP) Feigning bankruptcy, a wealthy champagne magnate tries to teach his impetuous flapper daughter a lesson, forcing her into a working class life. Starring the energetic and effervescent Betty Balfour, Hitchcock's screwball melodramatic-comedy about the foibles of the wealthy contains many exciting experimentations, including a shot filmed through a glass of champagne and cinema's first ever freeze-frame. A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by the Eric Anker-Petersen Charity. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted. 30th Anniversary A CHRISTMAS STORY Friday, December 13, 8 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m. (Bob Clark, US 1983, 93 min., 35mm) Based on the childhood experiences of narrator, writer, and radio personality Jean Shepard, the holiday trials and tribulations of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) and the rest of the Parker clan have entertained audiences for decades. Bound and determined to convince his parents he needs a Red Ryder BB gun, Ralphie continually bucks everyone's allegations that he'll shoot his eye out. Along the way, he encounters bullies, a frozen flagpole mishap, a questionable lamp, and a memorable Christmas dinner. Curator's Choice CAMILLE CLAUDEL, 1915 Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m. (Bruno Dumont, France 2013, 94 min, French w/ subtitles, DCP) In the most riveting performance of her career, Juliette Binoche draws an emotionally charged portrait of French sculptor Camille Claudel, the former lover of Auguste Rodin. Locked in an asylum by her younger brother, Paul, in 1914, at the onset of World War I, Camille is desperate to escape. Her ordeal is described within a three-day timeframe, staged by Bruno Dumont with spare visuals, Bach's choral music, and a cast of non-professional actors. Most of them are genuinely disabled-a controversial choice, for sure, but there's no hint of exploitation here. Fasten your seatbelt for the climactic confrontation scene between Camille and Paul, a memorable display of acting style and raw spiritual honesty. Christian morality has rarely been examined with such precision on the big screen. OUR NIXON Tuesday, December 17, 8 p.m. (Penny Lane, US 2013, 84 min., DCP) Penny Lane's new documentary uses hundreds of reels of 8mm footage shot by Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin-all of whom, of course, were later taken to trial during the Watergate scandal. Complementing this imagery are excerpts from the infamous "White House tapes," as well as contemporary news reports and interviews with the three cameramen. A study of an enigmatic man whose actions changed the course of history and the psyche of America, Our Nixon is both a fascinating time capsule and a fresh, revelatory glimpse at a president and nation wracked with paranoia and uncertainty. BOXCAR BERTHA Wednesday, December 18, 8 p.m .(Martin Scorsese, US 1972, 88 min, 35mm) Barbara Hershey and David Carradine sizzle on screen as a pair of train-hopping outlaws in this second directorial effort from Martin Scorsese. A sensational adaptation of Ben Reitman's Sister of the Road, Scorsese's version follows Bertha, an orphaned farm-girl, and Big Bill Shelly, a radical union leader, as they fight against an evil railroad conglomerate and the oppressive society of the American South. Despite carrying many "low brow" hallmarks of exploitation cinema, Boxcar Bertha boldly and intelligently confronts the prominent class and racial tensions of the 1930s. THE FARMER'S WIFE Thursday, December 19, 8 p.m. (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1928, 107 min., DCP) Widowed landowner Samuel Sweetland, in an attempt to find a new wife, creates a list of the most eligible women in his neighborhood. Enlisting the help of his trusted housekeeper, he sets out to woo them-with catastrophic results. In his handling of this subtly charming comedy of manners, Hitchcock continues his virtuoso camerawork and deft direction of talented actors. A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by Matt Spick, with additional funding provided by Deluxe 142. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted.

 

BILL COSBY: HIMSELF Friday, December 20, 8 p.m. (Bill Cosby, US 1983, 105 min., 35mm) In his distinct conversational style, Bill Cosby brings a Hamilton, Ontario, audience to hysterics as he discusses weekends, drugs, dentists, and of course, the peculiar activities of his family. A precursor to The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby: Himself is close to the real thing, as his insightful brand of stand-up comedy is presented with a candor that can usually be attained only through a live performance. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Saturday, December 21, 8 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2 p.m. (Frank Capra, US 1946, 130 min., 35mm) James Stewart and Donna Reed find their way through rough times in Bedford Falls (modeled after nearby Seneca Falls, NY) by way of a loving, dedicated relationship and a little heavenly intervention. As Stewart's and Capra's first work after their military service, the film takes the post-war malaise often seen in film noir and turns it on its head, constructing a narrative of faith and perseverance. LARCENY, INC. Tuesday, December 24, 8 p.m. (Lloyd Bacon, US 1942, 95 min, 35mm) Edward G. Robinson plays Pressure Maxwell, a released con stuck between going straight and the prospect of an elaborate bank robbery. Under the influence of his daughter (Jane Wyman), Pressure's newfound legitimate business takes off, but old habits (and old friends) die hard and he finds himself forced into going through with the heist. With a stand-out supporting cast including Anthony Quinn, Broderick Crawford, and a very young Jack Gleason, Larceny, Inc. at once parodies and celebrates the great American gangster flick. THE MANXMAN Thursday, December 26, 8 p.m. (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1929, 100 min., DCP) Two boyhood friends realize they are in love with the same woman: the complex femme fatale Kate Cregeen (the sensuous Anny Ondra). Shot on location on the English coast, Hitchcock makes full use of the vertigo inducing seaside cliffs. A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by Daniel and Joanna Friel and Ronald T. Shedlo. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted. LETHAL WEAPON Friday, December 27, 8 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m. (Richard Donner, US 1987, 110 min., 35mm) Upon the investigation of a brutal suicide, reluctant partners Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) uncover a heroin smuggling ring. As the two dig deeper into the case, they leave a large trail of property damage behind them. Arguably the most iconic of buddy cop capers, Lethal Weapon is high-concept filmmaking at its finest, with its fair share of witty banter and non-stop action. BLACKMAIL Saturday, December 28, 8 p.m .(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1929, 85 min., DCP) Anny Ondra plays Alice White, a young woman who kills an attempted rapist. Plagued by her memories of the event, she soon finds herself the victim of a blackmailer. Shot on location in London, the film builds to one of Hitchcock's most suspenseful chase scenes-through and atop the British Museum. A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142, Pia Getty, Col & Karen Needham, and the Dr. Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli . No Take-10s or passes accepted. New Year's Eve Double Feature! GREMLINS and GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH Tuesday, December 31, 7 p.m. (Joe Dante, US 1984, 106 min., 35mm) (Joe Dante, US 1990, 106 min., 35mm) Christmas would never be the same after Joe Dante's horror comedy about a batch of pesky creatures spawned from a seemingly innocent gift. Following a series of mishaps with his cute, fuzzy Mogwai Gizmo, teenager Billy (Zach Galligan) unleashes reptilian monsters that wreak havoc on his small town. Taking a slightly more anarchic turn, The New Batch is brimming with slapstick humor and cartoony violence. Join us for this wild double feature; just remember-don't feed them after midnight! AMÉLIE Wednesday, January 1, 2 p.m. (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France/Germany 2001, 123 min., French and Russian w/ subtitles, 35mm) Endlessly charming Audrey Tautou stars in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's playful tribute to contemporary Parisian life. After living a sheltered childhood, Amélie Poulain takes a job as a waitress in the bustling Montmartre neighborhood and soon realizes that she possesses a gift for making others happy. Jeunet takes great pleasure in observing life's little details, balancing them with Amélie's frenzied imagination. A favorite among cinephiles and general audiences alike, Amélie garnered five Academy Award nominations and countless international awards.

Save the Date

 

An Astronaut's Guide to Photography in Space Thursday, January 9, 6 p.m., Dryden Theatre

NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit, PhD, a three-time space explorer, was the first astronaut in the history of space exploration to successfully enter a commercially built and operated spacecraft docked in the International Space Station (ISS) while in orbit. During his time in space-logging more than 370 days orbiting Earth and over 13 EVA (spacewalking) hours-Pettit amassed an extraordinary portfolio of long-exposure outer space photos he calls "star trails." Included with museum admission; free to Eastman House members.

Dutch Connection

February 14- March 2, 2014

George Eastman ordered thousands of flowering bulbs every year for his house and gardens, and that tradition continues today with this annual exhibition. Eastman's Conservatory and Palm House will be filled with spring color-throughout the show, more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and azaleas will be in full bloom. Tropical orchids will be on display courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society.

 

 

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George Eastman House combines the world's leading museum of photography and film with the house, gardens, and estate George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. Address: 900 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607-2298 Web site:http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001nGC91SEKqxA8deMxlT8JX3n2ABf_84sWAhrHMaPd9qtWngjwWcerV9MOdVPNKcQOfB3bH2GQ80A2HsIJmNULz_kDdvT3u6acGAR_h3_fLdWX6Oj3IqeWKbisYyfD9dc_K5DbYIkFhEShNoTLRZgnenVXFUoxcuGz8t1k7nThpcE20lEmX8T9fw==&c=eI_TtuNoc8Nm0uZW-WeAMiT4Ul1Fa6PgojMOEO5nLPNmyVd5nf541Q==&ch=jDJx51IAatMRixclLw3TfHzeNbnOiXlNJtEA8-C2B0X6ugAJkhuP3w== Phone: (585) 271-3361 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays)

Tours

House Tours: Tues.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

Gallery Tours: Thurs.-Sat. 1 p.m.

Garden Tours: May-Sept., Tues.-Fri., noon; Sat., noon and 3:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m. and June-Aug., Tues.-Sat., noon and 3:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m.

Self-Guided Cell Phone Tours: (585) 563-3496.

Self-Tour Scripts: Available at the Lipson Welcome Center.

 

Accessibility & Interpretation

George Eastman House is accessible. Some areas of the historic house and gardens have limited wheel- chair accessibility. Sign Language Interpretation: Provided with one week's notice. Call (585) 271-3361 ext. 238. Sign language tours available. Closed-Captioning: Displayed on media presentations throughout the historic house. Hearing Amplification Devices: A hearing-induction loop system funded by the Hearing Loss Association of America, Rochester Chapter, is installed in the Dryden, and loop receivers are available in the box office. An Infrared System is also available. Museum Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and older); $5 for students; and free for children 12 and under and museum members (museum and garden tours are included with admission) Dryden Admission: $8 for the general public, $6 for students and museum members. Eastman House Café: Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. during regular museum hours and before film screenings.

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