Program 2: Science Fiction
Musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1912. France. Directed by Jean Durand. A Gaumont production. With Ernest Bourbon, Gaston Modot. In an effort to hasten a promised inheritance, Onésime invents a time machine that speeds up activity on earth, hyper-animates men and machines, telescopes the human life-cycle, and threatens the course of the universe. 7 min.
La police de l’an 2000
1910. France. Director unknown. A Gaumont production. With Eugene Breon, Clement Mige, Marcel Perez (as Marcel Fabre From a futuristic airship, the French police stop crime, arrest criminals, and catch dogs without touching the ground. 7 min.
Ein neuer erwerbszweig (aka Een niewe werkkring)
1912. Germany. Director unknown. A Messters Projection GmbH production. In this Georges Méliès-esque fantasy, a love doctor successfully produces men on order for needy women, until his system for delivering them—through the mail, as puppets in canisters—goes awry. 8 min.
Auch faulheit kann von nutze sein (aka Een modern broedmachine)
1912. Germany. Director unknown. A Deutsche Mutoscope und Bioscope GmbH production. In a twist on the “Baby Incubator” phenomenon of the age, a fall into a slop pit gives a heavyweight farmer the power to incubate chicken eggs on his belly, much to the delight and advantage of his neighbors. 6 min.
Bobby als aviatiker
1911. Germany. Director unknown. A Messters Projection GmbH production. High on the new fad for flying, a reckless enthusiast constructs an airplane from home furnishings and sails out the window, sending country folk into spasms, and splintering himself into a pile of body parts. 4 min.
Amour et Science
1911. France. Directed by Gaston Leprieur. An Éclair production. With Yvette Andreyor, Gabriel Signoret, Renee Sylvaire. A work-obsessed inventor uses a video-telephone to spy on his girlfriend, who in turn uses film to teach him a lesson. 15 min.
Program approx. 47 min.
In the Film exhibition Cruel and Unusual Comedy, Part 3: Selections from the Eye Film Institute, The Netherlands
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