Philly Film Screenings — 05 April 2011 » Written by
Secret Cinema presents CINEMA/SCIENCE

SAT April 16, 2011, 2:00 PM
International House

Jay Schwartz and his Secret Cinema return to the International House with a program featuring “some of the oldest surviving educational films about science and nature”.

From the press release:
CINEMA/SCIENCE will feature an assortment of fascinating “popular science” shorts. The films range in date from the 1910s through the 1950s, and were distributed by pioneering companies such as Kodascope Libraries, Eastman Teaching Films, and Pathe. These ultra-rare reels, many of which haven’t been seen in eight or nine decades, are still potent in their powers to entertain, amuse, and yes, educate modern-day viewers about a variety of subjects.

And, to keep things interesting, this program will include little or no duplication of titles from previous programs of silent classroom films shown recently at Moore, Delaware County Institute of Science or the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Many of the films have never been shown by Secret Cinema — or anyone else, since the 1920s!

The actual 16mm prints to be projected, many of which are believed to be exclusive to the Secret Cinema archive, are mostly original prints (rather than restored or duplicated prints) dating to the time of the production. They are mostly in excellent condition.

For program details visit the event’s official site.


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