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George Eastman Museum reveals film titles screening this weekend at the 4th Nitrate Picture Show


15 feature-length and short films, including Holiday (1938) and The Red Shoes (1948), will shine in nitrate on the big screen this weekend at the George Eastman Museum

Rochester, N.Y., May 4, 2018—The George Eastman Museum has released the official program for this weekend’s 4th Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s first festival of film conservation. Following a day of workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and talks in the Dryden, the 4th Nitrate Picture Show will begin its official program at 4:30 p.m. today with a series of six short nitrate films, followed by  Sommarlek  (Summer Interlude, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1951) at 7:30 p.m., and conclude the day with Holiday (George Cukor, US 1938), starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, at 10 p.m.


The festival continues through the weekend with seven more screenings, including The Razor’s Edge (Edmund Goulding, US 1946) and The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK 1948) on Saturday and the popular Blind Date with Nitrate program, in which the title is revealed at showtime, to end the festival on Sunday afternoon. Festival passes are available at the Dryden Theatre box office or at eastman.org/nps and include admission to all 10 nitrate screenings over the course of the weekend, lectures, museum admission Friday–Sunday, and access to tour the projection booth on Monday morning. Passes range from $125 to $250.


Beginning at 9 a.m. today, single-screening tickets will be available first come, first served at the Dryden Theatre box office.

  • General admission: $20
  • Student/Eastman Museum Member: $18
  • Ages 17 & under: $5


The full program is as follows:

Friday, May 4

PROGRAM 1: 4:30 p.m.

Nitrate Shorts

  • A Movietone Specialty: Symphony Of A City (US version) (Människor i stad, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden 1947)
  • Father Hubbard’s Movietone Adventures: Lost Lake (20th Century Fox, US 1944)
  • Lowell Thomas’ Movietone Adventures: Along the Rainbow Trail (20th Century Fox, US 1946)
  • Our Navy (George A. Dorsey, US 1918)
  • Let’s Go to the Movies (Tholen Gladden, US 1949)
  • Trade Tattoo (Len Lye, UK 1937)


PROGRAM 2: 7:30 p.m.

Sommarlek (Summer Interlude, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1951)


PROGRAM 3: 10 p.m.

Holiday (George Cukor, US 1938)


Saturday, May 5

PROGRAM 4: 9:30 a.m.

The Razor’s Edge (Edmund Goulding, US 1946)


PROGRAM 5: 1:30 p.m.

Mlhy Na Blatech (Mist on the Moors, František Čáp, Czechoslovakia 1943)


PROGRAM 6: 4 p.m.

Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann, US 1950)


PROGRAM 7: 7 p.m.

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK 1948)


Sunday, May 6

PROGRAM 8: 10 a.m.

Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak, US 1948)


PROGRAM 9: 1:30 p.m.

Vesyolye Rebyata (Moscow Laughs, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Soviet Union 1934)


PROGRAM 10: 3:30 p.m.

Blind Date with Nitrate (Title to be revealed at show time)


The 4th Nitrate Picture Show is supported in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and by Imagine Monroe (powered by COMIDA). Additional support provided by Scott O. Harbert.


About the George Eastman Museum Nitrate Collection
The George Eastman Museum holds one of the largest collections of nitrate prints in the United States, preserved at the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility located 12 miles southwest of Rochester. The museum’s collection of more than 6,000 nitrate titles covers the history of cinema made during the nitrate era, from Edison and the Lumière brothers to the final studio productions filmed on the illustrious celluloid. The Eastman Museum is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the world’s leading group in the field of film conservation and preservation.


About the George Eastman Museum

Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to film preservation and to photographic preservation and collections management. For more information, visit eastman.org.