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The Nitrate Picture Show

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Intolerance (D. W. Griffith, US 1916) showing ancient times procession/parade

Intolerance (D. W. Griffith, US 1916), announced as the opening night film at the eighth Nitrate Picture Show, upcoming in 2024. 

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Woman in a steel cone hat, film still from "Intolerance"

Intolerance (D. W. Griffith, US 1916), announced as the opening night film at the eighth Nitrate Picture Show, upcoming in 2024. 

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Babylonian dancers film still from "Intolerance"

Intolerance (D. W. Griffith, US 1916), announced as the opening night film at the eighth Nitrate Picture Show, upcoming in 2024. 

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Aleksandr Nevskii (1938)

Aleksandr Nevskii (Sergei Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev, USSR 1938), shown at the third Nitrate Picture Show in 2017

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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Anchors Aweigh (George Sidney, US 1945), shown at the third Nitrate Picture Show in 2017

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The Band Concert (1935)

The Band Concert (Wilfred Jackson, US 1935), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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Black Narcissus (1947)

Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, UK 1947), shown at the first and seventh Nitrate Picture Shows in 2015 and 2023

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Der blaue Engel (1930)

Der blaue Engel (Josef von Sternberg, Germany 1930), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, US 1942) shown at the first Nitrate Picture Show in 2015

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Die Freudlose Gasse (1925)

Die Freudlose Gasse (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Germany 1925), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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Duel in the Sun (1946)

Duel in the Sun (King Vidor, US 1946), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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Gone with the Wind (1936-39)

Gone with the Wind screen tests (George Cukor, Robert B. Sinclair, US 1936-39), shown at the sixth and seventh Nitrate Picture Shows in 2022 and 2023

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Hen Hop (1942)

Hen Hop (Norman McLaren, Canada 1942), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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L’âge d’or (1930)

L’âge d’or (Luis Buñuel, France 1930), shown at the fifth Nitrate Picture Show in 2019

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Le jour se lève (1939)

Le jour se lève (Marcel Carné, France 1939), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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Liebelei (1933)

Liebelei (Max Ophüls, Germany 1933), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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Meshi (1951)

Meshi (Mikio Naruse, Japan 1951), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947), shown at the fifth Nitrate Picture Show in 2019

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Pinocchio (1940)

Pinocchio (Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, US 1940), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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Rainbow Dance (1946)

Rainbow Dance (Len Lye, UK 1946), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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Ramona (1928)

Ramona (Edwin Carewe, US 1928), shown at the second Nitrate Picture Show in 2016

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Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1940), shown at the fifth Nitrate Picture Show in 2019

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The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, UK 1948), shown at the fourth Nitrate Picture Show in 2018

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Rope (1948)

Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1948), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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Schlussakkord (1936)

Schlussakkord (Detlef Sierck [Douglas Sirk], Germany 1936), shown at the sixth Nitrate Picture Show in 2022

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A Star Is Born (1937)

A Star Is Born (William A. Wellman, US 1937), shown at the first Nitrate Picture Show in 2015

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The Third Man (1949)

The Third Man (Carol Reed, UK 1949), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, US 1939), shown at the seventh Nitrate Picture Show in 2023

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We are back! Join us for the 8th Nitrate Picture Show May 30–June 2, 2024.

The 2024 festival will kick off with a screening of a tinted nitrate print of D.W. Griffith’s silent masterpiece Intolerance (1916) on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Intolerance is one of cinema’s first and greatest epics, spanning the course of 2,500 years, examining human failings and prejudices through dramatic set pieces depicting ancient Babylon, the story of Jesus Christ, 16th-century France, and “modern” America at the turn of the 20th century. Its innovative editing and narrative techniques influenced generations of filmmakers, starting with Erich von Stroheim and Sergei Eisenstein. Not surprisingly, it became one of the first motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry.

This print has taken an epic journey as well. Originally created for the Museum of Modern Art in the 1930s (from the camera negative and, most likely, under Griffith’s personal supervision), it then traveled to Germany and survived World War II as well as the Cold War period, transferring to three different archives in East Germany and the unified state. The print, which is still in great condition despite its ninety years, comes to the George Eastman Museum from a loan by the Library of Congress.

A live musical performance will be provided by pianist Philip C. Carli, one of the world’s leading silent film accompanists. The full program of film titles to be shown this year will be announced the morning of Thursday, May 30.

About the Nitrate Picture Show

The Nitrate Picture Show, the festival of film conservation, returns for its eigth year. The festival features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives and the Eastman Museum’s own collection and lectures from leading archivists, inviting you to experience the art and science of film preservation, from print conservation to archival projection. Film fans who have attended our festival before will tell you that it's the rare experience of watching original nitrate prints projected in the cinema while surrounded by other enthusiasts that really makes the Nitrate Picture Show unique. 

Since the very first edition, which took place in 2015, the titles of the films have only been announced on the first day of the festival, and the last screening has traditionally been a Blind Date with Nitrate, where the title is revealed when the curtain raises and the light from the projector hits the screen. Hence, we cannot say anything about the program selected for 2024. Instead, we can name but a few titles we screened in the past. Such as tinted silent prints of Die freudlose Gasse [The Joyless Street] (1925, Georg Wilhelm Pabst) and Ramona (1928, Edwin Carewe); original release prints of Der blaue Engel [The Blue Angel] (1930, Josef von Sternberg), L’age d’or [The Golden Age] (1930, Luis Bunuel), Liebelei (1933, Max Ophüls), Le jour se lève [Daybreak] (1939, Marcel Carné), Walt Disney’s Pinocchio (1940), Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz), Leave Her to Heaven (1945, John M. Stahl), Nightmare Alley (1947, Edmund Goulding), Ladri di biciclette [Bicycle Thieves] (1948, Vittorio de Sica), The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed), and Bakushu [Early Spring] (1951, Yasujiro Ozu); William Wyler’s personal print of Counsellor at Law (1933) and David O. Selznick’s prints of A Star is Born (1937) and Rebecca (1940); a stunning 1945 British release print of The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming); one of the few surviving nitrate prints of Alexander Nevsky (1938, Sergei Eisenstein). Among other filmmakers whose works were screened at the first seven festivals are René Clair, George Cukor, Robert J. Flaherty, John Ford, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernst Lubitsch, Mikio Naruse, Douglas Sirk, Preston Sturges, Teuvo Tulio, King Vidor, to name just a few. We were lucky to find multiple projectable titles by Alfred Hitchcock and the legendary duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. In the Nitrate Shorts section, we presented Walt Disney’s first color films, screen tests for Gone with the Wind (1939), as well as experimental works by Oscar Fischinger, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, and Mary Ellen Bute. We set a high standard, as you can see, and now we just have to live up to it.

BUY 2024 PASSES

2024 FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - [Will be released on Thursday, May 30, 2024]

Ticket Information
Festival Passes

The Festival Pass, as well as the Student/Member level passes, grant the holder access to all screenings and lectures held during the course of the festival. All pass holders are provided complimentary admission to the George Eastman Museum during the days of the festival. In addition, these pass holders have the opportunity to reserve spots for passholder-exclusive presentations, demonstrations, and tours. All Festival Pass holders also receive gift bags with limited edition Nitrate Picture Show ephemera and the festival program catalog.

The Patron Pass, our premium supporter-level pass, receives all of the perks of the previous tier, as well as an additional premium Patron thank you gift in their complimentary tote bag. Patrons also receive acknowledgment by name at the following year's Nitrate Picture Show in the program catalog and on displayed signage.

  • Patron Pass—$275
  • Festival Pass—$200
  • Student/Member Passes—$150

All Dryden Theatre seating is general admission.

Please Note: NPS badges must be worn at all times in order to gain entry to all screenings and events. 

Single-Screening Tickets
Tickets for individual screenings, if available, may be purchased at the Dryden Theatre box office during the festival. All Dryden Theatre seating is general admission.

Complimentary baggage check will be available the morning of Sunday, June 2. For more information, please contact a NPS staff member. 
 

Hotel recommendations:

The Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa, 500 East Ave, Rochester, NY, 14607
How to Book: Call 585-461-5010, wait for the prompt, then press "0" to reach the main desk. Mention you're attending the Nitrate Picture Show. Directly contacting the hotel is essential to secure this discount, and subject to availability. 

Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604
How to Book: Call 585-546-1234, Subject to availability. 

Both hotels are pleased to offer discounted rates to attendees of the Nitrate Picture Show, subject to availability.

 

NEW First Day of the Festival Schedule!

Please Note: Passes must be purchased before presentations can be reserved

9 a.m.—TBD p.m. Festival registration 

10 a.m. Press Conference and announcement of titles-: Open to the public  

11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. -Preservation Presentation in Multipurpose Hall (maximum 70 people)-  NPS Passholders only! Reservation required

11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. -Crashing into the 60s: Film Posters from the Collection, A Guided Tour of the Exhibition (maximum 25; main galleries) NPS Passholders only! Reservation required

11:30 a.m.—12:15 p.m. -Concert in the historic mansion (grand piano) Free to museum visitors 

1:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m. -Projectionists on Projecting Screening 1 in Multipurpose Hall (maximum 70 people; prerecorded video) NPS Passholders only! Reservation required

2:15 p.m.—2:45 p.m. -Projectionists on Projecting Screening 2 in Multipurpose Hall ( maximum 70 people; prerecorded video) NPS Passholders only! Reservation required

3 p.m.—3:30 p.m. -Projectionists on Projecting Screening 3 in Multipurpose Hall (maximum 70 people; prerecorded video) NPS Passholders only! Reservation required

3:45 p.m.—4:15 p.m. -Projectionists on Projecting Screening 4 in Multipurpose Hall (maximum 70 people; prerecorded video) NPS Passholders only! Reservation required

2:30 p.m.—3:15 p.m. -Crashing into the 60s: Film Posters from the Collection, A Guided Tour of the Exhibition (maximum 25; main galleries) NPS Passholders only! (CAPACITY REACHED - RESERVATIONS CLOSED)

3:30 p.m.—4:15 p.m. -Concert in the historic mansion (Aeolian pipe organ) Free to museum visitors

6:30 p.m. Program OneIntolerance (D. W. Griffith, US 1916) - 182 min. There will be a 15 minute intermission during this screening. 

Preservation Presentation

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Preservation Presentation
Thursday, May 30, 2024
[Multipurpose Hall]

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

Not all nitrate film elements can be projected, and even projectable ones have to be duplicated for long-term preservation. The Moving Image Department's Preservation Team—Anthony L'Abbate, Gordon Nelson, Chris Crouse, Graham Brown, and Josh Yocum—will present an overview of their work using both digital and photochemical techniques to preserve, restore, and reconstruct films from the museum's collection. Highlights include notable projects that utilized all of the digital tools at Film Preservation Services, the museum's digital laboratory, and an overview of the preservation process from selection to the creation of final access prints and DCPs.

For passholders only. Reservation required. Maximum 70 people.

Reservations are only valid for five minutes after start time.

Crashing into the 60s: Film Posters from the Collection, A Guided Tour of the Exhibition

In the Heat of the Night

Crashing into the 60s: Film Posters from the Collection, A Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Thursday, May 30, 2024
[Main Galleries]

Click on one of the time slots below to reserve your spot!

11:30 a.m.12:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m. (CAPACITY REACHED - RESERVATIONS CLOSED)

Learn how Crashing into the 60s: Film Posters from the Collection was developed from concept to full exhibition from its co-curator, Archivist Nancy Kauffman, for the Stills, Posters and Paper Collection. Kauffman will provide insight into the selection and acquisition of the film posters, their reflection of changing styles in filmmaking during one of the most fascinating decades of history, and the work of particular designers who turned these advertising tools into works of art.

For passholders only. Reservation required. Maximum 25 per tour.

Reservations are only valid for five minutes after start time.

Projectionists on Projecting

Projectionist

Projectionists on Projecting
Thursday, May 30, 2024
[Multipurpose Hall]

Click on one of the time slots below to reserve your spot!

1:30 p.m.2 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
3 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:15 p.m.

Patrons of the Nitrate Picture Show understand the crucial role that projectionists play in the success of the festival. Without them, this unique cinematic experience would simply not be possible. Hear from projectionists as they discuss their work in organizing and running a nitrate film festival. During the weekend of the festival, the entire team is immersed in preparations for the screenings; however, the museum is pleased to offer this video, which provides insight into their work, personal observations on preparing vintage nitrate prints for projection, and an explanation of why it takes a team of three to project one of the screening programs. The video includes interviews with the projection team, a filmed tour of the Dryden Theatre projection booth, and additional footage of the film inspection and repair process, as well as the nitrate vaults at the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center.

For passholders only. Reservation required. Maximum 70 people per presentation.

Reservations are only valid for five minutes after start time.

Concerts in the Historic Mansion 

Free to museum visitors. We are delighted that Andreas Benz is returning for a third year to provide free concerts on the Eastman grand piano and its dual Aeolian organs. This year, Benz has devised two programs that feature music from films made in the nitrate era that might be entries on our "wish list" of nitrate films-—if they could be found and if they could be projected. Enjoy these concerts in the mansion's living room and Conservatory, and let the music evoke the memory of those classic images. 

Andreas Benz