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George Eastman Museum reveals film titles screening this weekend at the 5th Nitrate Picture Show

18 feature-length and short films, including Rebecca (1940) and Counsellor-at-Law (1933), will shine in nitrate on the big screen this weekend at the George Eastman Museum

Rochester, N.Y., May 3, 2019—The George Eastman Museum has released the official program for this weekend’s 5th 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 5th Nitrate Picture Show will begin its official film program at 4:30 p.m. today with a series of eight shorts, followed by L’âge d’or (Age of Gold, Luis Buñuel, France 1930) at 8 p.m., and conclude the day with The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (Preston Sturges, US 1949), starring Betty Grable, at 10 p.m.

The festival continues through the weekend with seven more screenings, including Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947) and Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1940) on Saturday, and the popular Blind Date with Nitrate program, in which the title is revealed when the curtain rises 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: $15
  • Ages 17 & under: $5

The full program is as follows:

Friday, May 3

PROGRAM 1, 4:30 p.m.
Nitrate Shorts

  • Battle of Midway (John Ford, US 1942)
  • Swooner Crooner (Frank Tashlin, US 1944)
  • Tulips Shall Grow (George Pal, US 1942)
  • Looking at London (US 1946)
  • Gardens of the Sea (US 1947)
  • Landscape of the Norse (Earl Allvine, US 1947)
  • The Cobweb Hotel (Dave Fleischer, US 1936)
  • The Temperamental Lion (Connie Rasinski, US 1939)

PROGRAM 2, 8 p.m.
L’âge d’or (Age of Gold, Luis Buñuel, France 1930)

PROGRAM 3, 10 p.m.
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (Preston Sturges, US 1949)

Saturday, May 4

PROGRAM 4, 9:30 a.m.
Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947)

PROGRAM 5, 1 p.m.
Ihmiset suviyössä (People in the Summer Night, Valentin Vaala, Finland 1948)
Preceded by: Strandhugg (Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden 1950)

PROGRAM 6, 3:15 p.m.
The Nevadan (Gordon Douglas, US 1950)

PROGRAM 7, 7 p.m.
Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1940)

Sunday, May 5

PROGRAM 8, 10 a.m.
Dead Reckoning (John Cromwell, US 1947)

PROGRAM 9, 1:30 p.m.
Counsellor-at-Law (William Wyler, US 1933)

PROGRAM 10, 3:30 p.m.
Blind Date with Nitrate (Title to be revealed at show time)

The 5th Nitrate Picture Show is supported in part 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.