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On Location in Silent Cinema

Saturday, February 2, 2013
6:00 p.m. Études sur Paris
André Sauvage (France, 1928)

Imported Print!
Introduction/Patrick Ellis
Live Music/Judith Rosenberg on piano

Patrick Ellis is a doctoral student in the Department of Film and Media at UC Berkeley. Pianist Judith Rosenberg performs regularly at BAM/PFA and at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

Documentarian, boulevardier, artistic paragon to Jean Cocteau and Man Ray: André Sauvage, oft the cinéaste oublié of French interwar cinema, returns to our screen in this new restoration. Part inventory, part cartography, Études sur Paris is a city-symphonic Baedeker of Paris, as interested in the monumental (Notre Dame) as the derelict (Porte de Bicêtre), in subterranean light effects as the shadows cast by a late August sun.

—Patrick Ellis

• Photographed by Sauvage, Jean Le Miéville, Georges Specht. (83 mins, Silent with French intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, From CNC, restored by CNC-Les Archives françaises du film)

Preceded by:
Les Halles centrales(Boris Kaufman, France , 1927). Boris Kaufman—brother of Dziga Vertov, cinematographer for Jean Vigo and Elia Kazan—offers a day in the life of Paris’s largest market. A psychogeographic investigation into this long-since razed site. (22 mins, Silent, B&W, 35mm, From CNC, restored by CNC-Les Archives françaises du film)

Total running time: 105 mins