All films in this program are silent, with musical accompaniment.
The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots. 1895. USA . Produced by The Edison Co. Cinematography by William Heiss. 16mm. 0:20 min.
Stop-motion filming is a feature of this early film, one of the first to be projected on screen after being made for kinetoscope use.
The Irwin-Rice Kiss. 1896. USA. Produced by The Edison Co. 16mm. 0:28 min.
A sensational and much imitated film in its day, May Irwin and John C. Rice recreated a scene from the play The Widow Jones in which they appeared.
Great Actresses of the Past. 1911–16. Digital transfer from 35mm. 76 min.
Silent, with musical accompaniment. Rented as a program, these films constitute an invaluable record of theatrical acting styles of their time by the world’s greatest stars.
Included films are: Madame Sans-Gêne [excerpt]. 1911. France. Directed by André Calmettes. Produced by Film D’Art. With Gabrielle Réjane. 13 min.; La Dame aux Camélias [excerpt]. 1912. France. Directed by André Calmettes. Produced by Film D’Art. With Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen. 16 min.; Vanity Fair [excerpt]. 1915. USA. Directed by Eugene Nowland. Produced by the Edison Company. With Minnie Maddern Fiske. 16 min.; Cenere [excerpt]. 1916. USA. Directed by Febo Mari, Arturo Ambrosio. Produced by Ambrosio-Caesar-Film. With Eleanora Duse, Febo Mari. English titles. 24 min.
Enoch Arden [extant reels: conclusion]. 1915. USA. Directed by William Christy Cabanne. 16mm. 30 min.
Supervised by D. W. Griffith. With Lillian Gish. Although Griffith did not direct his third version of the story based on the Tennyson poem, his influence is felt in every shot.