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Rare screenings of "Casablanca" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much" to kick off the Nitrate Picture Show at Eastman House tonight

Festival passes and single-screening tickets available; more than 200 visitors from around the world expected to be in attendance

Rochester, N.Y., May 1, 2015—George Eastman House has released the official program for the inaugural Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s first festival of film conservation. A vintage, 35mm print of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, US 1942) will kick off the festival at 8 p.m. tonight in the Dryden Theatre, followed by The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1934) at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are still available, and seating is limited.

How do I buy a ticket?

Festival passes are available at the Dryden Theatre box office. Passes are $150 ($125 for students and museum members) and include admission to all nine nitrate screenings over the course of the weekend, three author talks on Friday, a roundtable discussion on Saturday, museum admission Friday–Sunday, and access to tour the projection booth on Monday morning.

Single-screening tickets will be available only at the Dryden Box Office the day of the screening. Single-screening tickets are $20 ($18 for students and museum members) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. today for any screening tonight; at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, for any Saturday screening; and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, for any Sunday screening.

The full program is as follows:


5 p.m. (Safety Prints)
This Film Is Dangerous (Ronald Haines, UK 1948)
Running time: 19 minutes

Captain Celluloid vs. the Film Pirates (Louis McMahon, US 1969)
Running time: 56 minutes

8 p.m.
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, US 1942)
Running time: 101 minutes

10:30 p.m.
Et mesterstykke av Tiedemann (A Masterpiece by Tiedemann, Desider Gross, Norway 1937)
Running time: 3 minutes

Blue Master: en harmoni (Blue Master: A Harmony, Desider Gross, Norway 1938)
Running time: 3 minutes

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1934)
Running time: 75 minutes


9:30 a.m.
Samson and Delilah (Cecil B. DeMille, US 1949)
Running time: 131 minutes

1 p.m.
Les Maudits (The Damned, René Clément, France 1947)
Running time: 105 minutes

3:15 p.m.
Nothing Sacred (William A. Wellman, US 1937)
Running time: 77 minutes
William Wellman Jr. in person!

8 p.m.
Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle, US 1948)
Running time: 86 minutes

10 p.m.
Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK 1948)
Running time: 100 minutes


10 a.m.
Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, US 1945)
Running time: 110 minutes

2 p.m.
Blind Date with Nitrate (Title to remain secret until the curtain rises)
Running time: 95 minutes

The Nitrate Picture Show is a festival 65 years in the making. Since the founding of the museum, George Eastman House has been collecting titles on nitrate, the flammable film stock used from the beginning of motion pictures through the middle of the twentieth century. The Dryden Theatre opened in 1951 to project these nitrate films, and the Henry A. Strong film vaults were constructed in 1952 to conserve the film under proper conditions. The technical knowledge of how to handle, repair, and project nitrate has been handed down through the years, culminating in the founding of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. It is through these combined efforts that Eastman House remains one of the few venues in the United States legally certified to project nitrate film.

The museum now holds one of the country’s largest collections of nitrate prints, preserved at the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility located southwest of Rochester. Its collection of over 28,000 titles covers the entire history of cinema, from Edison and the Lumière brothers to contemporary works by Peter Greenaway and Tacita Dean. Many of the prints in the collection are in good enough condition to be publicly screened due to the museum’s longtime commitment to film conservation. George Eastman House is also a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the world’s leading group in the field of film conservation and preservation.

For more information about the Nitrate Picture Show, visit eastmanhouse.org/nitratepictureshow.

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House is located on the estate of George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. Eastman House comprises world-class collections of photographs, motion pictures, photographic and cinematic technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent nonprofit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the earliest film archives. The archive houses 28,000 film titles and 4 million film-related publicity stills, posters, scores, scripts, and pre-cinema artifacts. Eastman House also holds the world’s largest collection of camera technology. Eastman House’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation is regarded as the premier venue of professional training in film preservation, restoration, and archiving. Eastman House is also the archive in which many filmmakers have chosen to preserve their films, including Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Ken Burns, and Kathryn Bigelow. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org.