Silent Film Retrospective at Weiner Library
Presented by Fort Lee Film Commission
Teaneck, NJ (November 21, 2005) – The Fort Lee Film Commission will present a “Silent Film Retrospective” on December 11, 2005, at 1 p.m. in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library Auditorium. The screening will be hosted by Film Commission member and Rutgers professor Richard Koszarski and will feature three Biograph shorts directed by D.W. Griffith.
“This event is a great opportunity to see some of the rare films that were created in the local area,” says Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission. “In addition to the three silent films we will be screening the only known existing print of the first American film version of ‘Robin Hood,’ which was produced by Éclair Studios in Fort Lee in 1912 and restored by the Fort Lee Film Commission,” he explains.
“The Curtain Pole,” an early slapstick comedy that was filmed on Main Street in Fort Lee in 1908 will be shown at the screening, along with “The Lonely Villa,” a 1909 film that displays Griffith’s first sophisticated use of the technique “cross cutting,” or the cut-back, to build tension. “The House With Closed Shutters,” a powerful film about family pride and the Civil War that was filmed in 1910, will also be presented. The films will be accompanied by live organ music provided by Jeff Barker.
Founded in 2000, the Fort Lee Film Commission is a non-profit organization that works to preserve films made in Fort Lee. The organization also promotes filmmakers who support Fort Lee’s role as the birthplace of the American film industry. Each year, the Commission presents two popular series to the general public: “Cliffhanger Film Festival” series, held in spring and fall, and the “Movies and Music Under the Stars” series of outdoor concerts and film screenings that is held each summer in Fort Lee’s Constitution Park.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library Auditorium is located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information on this film series, call 201-692-2100.