Emory Explores Thrilling Special Effects in Free Screenings

<em>Hugo</em> launches the series on Aug. 29.

August 1, 2012

ATLANTA (Aug. 1, 2012)¿The Emory Cinematheque Series presents ¿Movie Magic: Special and Visual Effects from 1896 to Now¿ for its free, 35 mm film screenings this fall. Beginning Aug. 29 with Martin Scorsese¿s "Hugo," the screenings are held each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Emory¿s White Hall 208. 

¿This series celebrates the magicians, artisans, and technicians of cinema that make dreams a reality, breathe life into monsters, and create astonishing visions of the future,¿ says Cinematheque curator and Emory faculty fellow Tanine Allison.

The films feature many groundbreaking effects and include:

Aug. 29: Hugo (2011)
Martin Scorsese¿s tribute to the work of early cine-magician Georges Méliès features Academy Award-winning digital settings¿including a recreation of early 20th-century Paris¿and breathtaking visual effects.

Sept. 5: A Trip to the Moon (1902), with Sherlock Jr. (1924) and selected shorts; live accompaniment by Donald and Joanna Seaton
Experience the magic of early cinema in this recreation of a nickelodeon. In Georges Méliès¿ "A Trip to the Moon" and other shorts, see people disappear, turn into ghosts, transform, and take impossible voyages¿to the moon, the depths of the sea, even to Hades. Buster Keaton¿s Sherlock Jr. includes amazing physical stunts alongside Keaton¿s signature deadpan comedy.

The evening will feature live accompaniment by celebrated pianist Donald Sosin and his wife and singer Joanna Seaton throughout the program.

Sept. 12: Metropolis (1927) (The complete restoration in High Definition Blu-ray)
One of the most influential movies of all time¿Franz Lang¿s visions of a future city and a metallic woman directly inspired such later films as "Dr. Strangelove," "Star Wars," and "Blade Runner." This screening will be of the complete restoration in High Definition Blu-ray.

Sept. 19: King Kong (1933) (Print courtesy of the Constellation Center Collection at the Academy Film Archive.)
The original giant ape film spotlights not only Willis O¿Brien¿s amazing stop-motion animation, but also revolutionary matte shots to combine prehistoric creatures and human actors in the same shot. Print courtesy of the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive. 

Sept. 26: The Invisible Man (1933)
This classic Universal horror film uses a brilliant combination of practical and optical effects to create the illusion of an invisible man manipulating objects¿and people¿all around him.

Oct. 3:  The Tingler (1959) with Bruce Goldstein of New York City¿s Film Forum
Bruce Goldstein of New York¿s Film Forum introduces ¿the 'Citizen Kane' of gimmick movies.¿ The cult classic starring Vincent Price introduced Percepto!, which vibrates some theater seats in coordination with the creepy effects on screen.

Oct. 10: Destination Moon (1950)
One of the first American science-fiction movies, this George Pal production employs cutting-edge special and visual effects to create a detailed and realistic imagining of what the first trip to the moon would be like.

Oct. 17: Beauty and the Beast (1946)
French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau makes special effects magical, bringing the classic fairy tale to life with gorgeous optical effects and sumptuous costumes.

Oct. 24: Godzilla (1954) (pending)
The original monster movie, "Godzilla" started a worldwide pop culture phenomenon out of a rubber suit and a tale of radioactive mutation.

Oct 31: Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
A masterpiece of stop-motion animation, Ray Harryhausen¿s sublime and surreal effects bring Greek myth to life in a way digital cinema never could.

Nov. 7:  2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick¿s magnum opus created a new standard for awe-inspiring depictions of space travel and pioneered many important effects, including front-screen projection and Douglas Trumbull's slit-scan process for the amazing Stargate sequence.

Nov. 14: An Evening with World-Renowned French Filmmaker Claire Denis
Claire Denis, director of "Chocolat," "Beau Travail," "35 Cups of Rum," will introduce and discuss her latest feature film White Material (2009).

Nov. 28: Brazil (1985)
From the wacky mind of Terry Gilliam comes this dystopian satire which influenced the cinematic imagination of the future for years to come.

Dec. 5: The Host (2006)
The highest-grossing Korean movie of all time, Bong Joon-Ho¿s blockbuster uses masterful digital effects to imagine a river monster on the loose.  

The series¿ 35 mm projection gives the Atlanta community the opportunity to see films in their original, intended format, with commentary from Emory faculty. From Aug. 29 to Dec. 5, the free screenings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Emory campus in White Hall 208. Visit filmstudies.emory.edu 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.