Silent Magic: Trick Films and Special Effects, 1895-1912

May 20, 2014

(Various directors and countries, 1895-1912, 16mm, approx. 90 min)

At the dawn of the previous century, a new breed of sorcerer emerged: blending the ancient arts of stagecraft and prestidigitation with experimental movie trickery, these modern magicians transported audiences to entirely new realms of wonder. 
Tonight we travel back in time with a program of special effects epics and “trick films” more than 100 years old, and rediscover a sampling of pioneering films by Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, Segundo de Chomón, and others. 

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