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Screen: Special Showings

Durham Cinematheque

When: Mon., Dec. 28 2015

DURHAM CINEMATHEQUE

THE DURHAM HOTEL, DURHAM MONDAY, DEC. 28

Paris, Dec. 28, 1895—it's a dateline true cinephiles will recognize immediately. It's when the Lumière brothers' cinematograph, more or less the first practical motion-picture technology, was introduced to an awed public at Salon Indien du Grand Café, with 10 short 35mm films hand-cranked through the device, a wooden box that is basically an all-in-one camera, film printer and projector. Durham Cinematheque, the project of filmmaker and archivist Tom Whiteside, has a long record of presenting early cinema oddities and technology in the Triangle, and appropriately, Whiteside pulls out all the stops to celebrate the 120th birthday of cinema. On the mezzanine level of The Durham Hotel, he shows four different programs that include early French films by the Lumière brothers (some from that 1895 screening), Georges Méliès and Ferdinand Zecca. There's also a tribute to France and experimental films made since the 1920s by the likes of Stan Brakhage, plus a touchable display of antique cameras and projectors. The idea of "going to the movies" begins here, and no one in the area is better equipped to celebrate it than Whiteside. Find Durham Cinematheque on Facebook for further details. 2, 4, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., free, 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, 919-768-8831 (reservations), www.thedurham.com. —Brian Howe

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