This week, Comet Over Hollywood is attending the Nitrate Picture Show in Rochester, NY, which is Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7.
Presented by the George Eastman Museum, this is the third year of this festival that focuses on film conservation. All of the films screened are on nitrate film from the George Eastman Museum.
For the past four years, I attended the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival (TCMFF). However, due to a scheduling conflict I was unable to attend this year.
Because of this, I decided to try something new, and I heard good things about the Nitrate Picture Show.
This is my first time at the Nitrate Picture Show so I’m not sure how it all works. The film program is not released until Friday, May 5, when the festival begins.
My boyfriend is also attending the Nitrate Picture Show for his first time as well. In addition to this page, here are other ways to follow us during our adventures:
Twitter: @HollywoodComet or @ImBrandonBrown
Two years ago MOMA in New York City had a very special summer-long event featuring immaculate prints of movies in their original Technicolor, all obtained from the George Eastman House in Rochester. The following year, MOMA had a series showing Universal features from the 30s that Carl Lemmale Jr. was in charge of. Included was The King of Jazz in original and dazzlingly bright 2-strip Technicolor (so I read). This year, to a lesser degree, they have picked up with that same Universal in the 30s theme. Year after year, at the TCM Film Festival, several films that have been restored just for the Festival are exhibited. So, if one does not live in New York, Los Angeles, or simply can’t go to Rochester, tell me how the rest of us will ever get to see these treasures? Do they just sit in vaults or dusty archives? Why aren’t these glories of the American Cinema not more widely disseminated and even shown on TCM? I love TCM but their programming leaves a lot to be desired. The same films, under a thousand different umbrellas, are shown repeatedly, when I believe there is so much more that is available but never broadcast. I marvel at some of the films available on YouTube, some in pretty good condition for that format, that never see the light of day on Turner. I know that Turner has the entire Paramount library from the thirties and forties, but never seem to show it. They all can’t be tied up in legalities.Today, for example, I happened on The Friendly Companions, a 1933 Fox Film British Musical Comedy about always-broke troupers, formerly the Dinky Doos, entertaining in the provinces of Britain. It could not of been more charming or more delightful, with Jessie Matthews, John Gielgud, Finlay Currie (good to see that eminent Scotsman out of his usual biblical drag), and an uncredited Edmund Gwen etc.It was directed by Victor Saville with great style. And the print was pristine. I would appreciate a reply. Anyone who would trek to Rochester must be a game person, and one I should like to meet you one day.
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