A Celebration of Early Cinema in Durham

for the 120th anniver­sary of the first Lumière screen­ing

Do you love cinema history?

This post is less ‘pho­to-dri­ven’ and more of an ‘I Love Durham’ post.

We were at the Durham Hotel for the 120th anniver­sary of film event host­ed by Durham Cin­e­math­eque. They had nifty dis­plays and hands-on areas (hand crank a film for­ward and back­wards for fun!), as well as the info on local film hous­es.

Tom White­side  showed an assort­ment of real film prints of a large assort­ment of top­ics going all the way back to 1895 (most were humor­ous). It was such a joy to sit an laugh with a room full of neigh­bors at films that are so rarely seen.

For an idea of what we saw, check out the Lumiere Brother’s films and the Edi­son films on YouTube.

And these high­brows ones prove that our cheesy films today have a loooong lega­cy:

The Untam­able Whiskers (1904) Georges Méliès

Lumière — Snow­ball Fight (1896)

Babies Quar­rel 1896

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend

Box­ing Cats

And Tom Whiteside of Duke reminded me of this great bit of Durham History:

Negro Durham March­es On (sort of a cham­ber of com­merce pro­mo­tion of the suc­cess of Black Wall Street, busi­ness and edu­ca­tion in ear­ly Durham).


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