Masterpieces of Cinematography in Free Screenings at Emory

<p>Marlene Dietrich in <em>Shanghai Express</em> (1932)</p>

January 9, 2012

ATLANTA (Jan. 9, 2011)¿The Emory Cinematheque Series presents ¿Painting with Light: 13 Masterpieces of the Art of Cinematography (1928-2002)¿ for its free, 35 mm film screenings this spring. The silent film "The Crowd" (1928) launches the series, with a live performance by celebrated pianist and silent film accompanist Donald Sosin on Jan. 25.

From the silent era to contemporary films, the series explores the lavish effects and subtle details of color scheme, lighting, film stock, angles and framing. Path-breaking highlights include:

  • "A Midsummer Night¿s Dream" (1935) with an introduction by Salman Rushdie, University Distinguished Professor at Emory
  • The crisp black and white cinematography in "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957)
  • The melodramatic Technicolor of "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945)
  • Later films such as Martin Scorsese¿s "Raging Bull" (1980), Steven Soderbergh¿s "Out of Sight" (1998) and Rebecca Miller¿s "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" (2002)

Series curator and Emory associate professor Karla Oeler says, ¿The art of cinematography¿which stages the exact ways in which the camera frames, filters and records each image in a film¿is a crucial and often neglected one. Often the full physical effect of a film is simply lost in our smaller formats¿and along with this, the remarkable precision, power and elegance of images created only by talented cinematographers working with the best directors.¿

The series¿ 35 mm projection gives the Atlanta community the opportunity to see films in their original, intended format. From Jan. 25 to April 25, the free screenings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Emory campus in White Hall 205. Visit for event details.


Emory Cinematheque, a collaboration between Emory College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of the few film series bringing 35 mm repertory programming to the Southeast. In addition, the film department hosts special screenings and lectures by international filmmakers, scholars, and critics.