The Nitrate Picture Show

The Nitrate Picture Show A Festival of Film Conservation to showcase vintage 35mm nitrate prints at the historic @DrydenTheatre @EastmanMuseum, June 3-6, 2021. The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is the home for this one-of-a-kind festival of film conservation.
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Just like Buster Keaton, we can't wait for this storm to pass. We're looking forward to brighter days ahead!  #AprilShow...
04/22/2021

Just like Buster Keaton, we can't wait for this storm to pass. We're looking forward to brighter days ahead! #AprilShowers

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Buster Keaton)

Just like Buster Keaton, we can't wait for this storm to pass. We're looking forward to brighter days ahead! #AprilShowers

STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Buster Keaton)

Celebrating the birthday of Lionel Hampton, who featured alongside fellow musicians Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and Gen...
04/20/2021

Celebrating the birthday of Lionel Hampton, who featured alongside fellow musicians Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and Gene Krupa in HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1937) #TuesdayTrivia #JazzAppreciationMonth

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Celebrating the birthday of Lionel Hampton, who featured alongside fellow musicians Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and Gene Krupa in HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1937) #TuesdayTrivia #JazzAppreciationMonth

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

The musical short BLACK AND TAN (1929) featured the first film performance of Duke Ellington. In this behind the scenes ...
04/15/2021

The musical short BLACK AND TAN (1929) featured the first film performance of Duke Ellington. In this behind the scenes shot you can see him shaking hands with director Dudley Murphy #JazzAppreciationMonth

BLACK AND TAN (1929) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

The musical short BLACK AND TAN (1929) featured the first film performance of Duke Ellington. In this behind the scenes shot you can see him shaking hands with director Dudley Murphy #JazzAppreciationMonth

BLACK AND TAN (1929) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

Like a bolt of lightening, the tinted 1917 Metro logo flashes onto the screen. Metro Pictures was officially merged with...
04/13/2021

Like a bolt of lightening, the tinted 1917 Metro logo flashes onto the screen. Metro Pictures was officially merged with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924 to become MGM #TuesdayTrivia #AprilShowers

frame scan, George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

Like a bolt of lightening, the tinted 1917 Metro logo flashes onto the screen. Metro Pictures was officially merged with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924 to become MGM #TuesdayTrivia #AprilShowers

frame scan, George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

In GOING PLACES (1938) Louis Armstrong introduced the song "Jeepers Creepers," which was nominated for an Oscar for best...
04/08/2021

In GOING PLACES (1938) Louis Armstrong introduced the song "Jeepers Creepers," which was nominated for an Oscar for best original song. #JazzAppreciationMonth #trivia #nitratenerd

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

In GOING PLACES (1938) Louis Armstrong introduced the song "Jeepers Creepers," which was nominated for an Oscar for best original song. #JazzAppreciationMonth #trivia #nitratenerd

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

#OTD in 1889 George Eastman first began selling flexible roll film. Eastman’s flexible transparent film was the photogra...
04/06/2021
Two rare rolls of early Kodak film acquired by the George Eastman Museum | George Eastman Museum

#OTD in 1889 George Eastman first began selling flexible roll film. Eastman’s flexible transparent film was the photographic material used by most people experimenting with early motion pictures. https://bit.ly/3r9itMn

George Eastman Museum, Technology Collections

Rochester, N.Y., July 11, 2016—The George Eastman Museum recently purchased the only known box of Kodak Film for use in the Kodak camera (sometimes called American Film), introduced by the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company in 1888, and one of only three known boxes of Kodak Transparent Film, intr...

Every bunny at the Nitrate Picture Show would like to wish you a very Happy Easter! George Eastman Museum, Moving Image ...
04/04/2021

Every bunny at the Nitrate Picture Show would like to wish you a very Happy Easter!

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Barbara Kent)

#OTD in 1930 DER BLAEU ENGEL premiered in Germany with Marlene Dietrich staring as a cabaret singer. The film was shot s...
04/01/2021

#OTD in 1930 DER BLAEU ENGEL premiered in Germany with Marlene Dietrich staring as a cabaret singer. The film was shot simultaneously in German and English. #tbt #JazzAppreciationMonth #trivia

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

George Eastman Museum
03/31/2021

George Eastman Museum

Francis Doublier (1878–1948) was a Lumière cameraman, projectionist, and avid film collector whose collection now resides at the museum. Join us on Friday, April 9 at 1 p.m. for a look into this unique collection of film with Clara Auclair, University of Rochester predoctoral fellow at the Eastman Museum. Learn more at eastman.org/webinars.
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Still from Pioneer Days of the Motion Pictures (Francis Doublier, US ca. 1935), digital reproduction of a 35mm cellulose nitrate print, George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company.

The image of this nitrate negative was inverted to better see the image of women selling spices in this early Éclair tra...
03/30/2021

The image of this nitrate negative was inverted to better see the image of women selling spices in this early Éclair travelogue of India. #UofRFellowFinds #TuesdayTrivia

inverted nitrate negative film frames from LA VIE AUX INDES: PETITS MÉTIERS (1912) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

We hope your spring is as warm as this little lamb, safe in the care of Rin Tin Tin. #inlikealionoutlikealambTHE NIGHT C...
03/25/2021

We hope your spring is as warm as this little lamb, safe in the care of Rin Tin Tin. #inlikealionoutlikealamb

THE NIGHT CRY (1926) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Rin Tin Tin)

On the edge of this film you see a single circular hole next to each frame. These Lumière perforations were used by the ...
03/22/2021

On the edge of this film you see a single circular hole next to each frame. These Lumière perforations were used by the company before the wide adoption of 4 perfs per frame. #UofRFellowFinds

film frames from UN PRETE POUR UN RENDU (1896) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

Don't be sheepish this spring! Take a note from W.C. fields and recite the mantra "I'm a lion!" #inlikealionoutlikealamb...
03/18/2021

Don't be sheepish this spring! Take a note from W.C. fields and recite the mantra "I'm a lion!" #inlikealionoutlikealamb

RUNNING WILD (1927) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Rin Tin Tin)

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with three of our favorites: Pat O'Brien, James Cagney, and Frank Mc...
03/17/2021

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with three of our favorites: Pat O'Brien, James Cagney, and Frank McHugh!

THE IRISH IN US (1935) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Pat O'Brien, James Cagney, Frank McHugh)

An original cinématographe camera is presented in this film, along with clips from early Lumière brothers films #UofRFel...
03/16/2021

An original cinématographe camera is presented in this film, along with clips from early Lumière brothers films #UofRFellowFinds #TuesdayTrivia

film frames from a demonstration of the Lumiere camera (ca. 1925) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

For the health and safety of attendees, staff and volunteers, we have made the decision to postpone the 6th Nitrate Pict...
03/15/2021
The Nitrate Picture Show | George Eastman Museum

For the health and safety of attendees, staff and volunteers, we have made the decision to postpone the 6th Nitrate Picture Show to June 2–5, 2022. For info visit eastman.org/NPS

We have been overwhelmed by your support and look forward to sharing nitrate with you soon.

For the health and safety of all of our attendees, staff, and volunteers, we have decided to postpone the 6th Nitrate Picture Show until June 2–5, 2022.

A friendly reminder from Douglas Fairbanks to change your clocks- its Daylight Saving's Time!HEADIN' SOUTH (1918) George...
03/14/2021

A friendly reminder from Douglas Fairbanks to change your clocks- its Daylight Saving's Time!

HEADIN' SOUTH (1918) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Douglas Fairbanks, Allen Dwan, Arthur Rosson)

Marching on with the mighty roar of Jackie, the second "Leo," recorded by MGM technicians. The MGM logo with Jackie was ...
03/11/2021

Marching on with the mighty roar of Jackie, the second "Leo," recorded by MGM technicians. The MGM logo with Jackie was used on black and white films from 1928-1956. #inlikealionoutlikealamb

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

In this unidentified Pathé film, various kinds of pre-cinema toys are demonstrated, including a phenakistoscope. Francis...
03/09/2021

In this unidentified Pathé film, various kinds of pre-cinema toys are demonstrated, including a phenakistoscope. Francis Doublier used excerpts of this title in his montage film CINEMATIC BEGINNINGS (1939). #UofRFellowFinds #TuesdayTrivia

film frames from an unidentified Pathé film about the Lumière brothers (ca. 1925) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

Is your month starting out more like Gloria Swanson or Slats the Lion? Slats, the first MGM logo "Leo," appeared on all ...
03/04/2021

Is your month starting out more like Gloria Swanson or Slats the Lion? Slats, the first MGM logo "Leo," appeared on all films from 1916-1928. #inlikealionoutlikealamb

MALE AND FEMALE (1919) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Introducing the George Eastman Museum's Moving Image Department University of Rochester fellow Clara Auclair, PhD Candid...
03/02/2021

Introducing the George Eastman Museum's Moving Image Department University of Rochester fellow Clara Auclair, PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester and Universite Paris Diderot who is studying early nitrate films including the collection of Francis Doublier, former projectionist and camera operator for the Lumière brothers who spent most of his life working in film laboratories in New Jersey! We're excited to share her #UofRFellowFinds #TuesdayTrivia

film frames from PIONEER DAYS OF THE MOTION PICTURES (Doublier, ca. 1935) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department (Francis Doublier)

Employing your musical talents perfects your skills and releases endorphins in your brain #PandemicPastimesWOMAN HUNGRY ...
02/25/2021

Employing your musical talents perfects your skills and releases endorphins in your brain #PandemicPastimes

WOMAN HUNGRY (1931) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Lila Lee)

Before becoming 2 of the greatest tap dancers in history, the Nicholas Brothers performed in Harlem jazz clubs, making t...
02/23/2021

Before becoming 2 of the greatest tap dancers in history, the Nicholas Brothers performed in Harlem jazz clubs, making their film debut in 1932 #TuesdayTrivia #blackhistorymonth

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Its ok to get a little dicey, just watch out for snake-eyes! The Wilde twins are ready to roll ahead #PandemicPastimes G...
02/18/2021

Its ok to get a little dicey, just watch out for snake-eyes! The Wilde twins are ready to roll ahead #PandemicPastimes

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Lyn and Lee Wilde)

Theresa Harris was an actress, singer, and dancer, appearing in more than 100 films, on radio, and tv #TuesdayTrivia #bl...
02/16/2021

Theresa Harris was an actress, singer, and dancer, appearing in more than 100 films, on radio, and tv #TuesdayTrivia #blackhistorymonth

BABY FACE (1933) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Barbara Stanwyck, Theresa Harris)

We love nitrate film fans! Happy Valentines day from all of us at the Nitrate Picture ShowMANDALAY (1934) George Eastman...
02/14/2021

We love nitrate film fans! Happy Valentines day from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show

MANDALAY (1934) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Kay Francis)

Card games are always a good option in your social bubble, even if you don't have a poker face. #PandemicPastimes #UofRF...
02/11/2021

Card games are always a good option in your social bubble, even if you don't have a poker face. #PandemicPastimes #UofRFellowFinds #NitrateFilmFan

inverted nitrate negative film frames from PARTIE DE CARTES (1895) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

International star Nina Mae McKinney was known not only for her talent but also her striking beauty. She acted on stage,...
02/09/2021

International star Nina Mae McKinney was known not only for her talent but also her striking beauty. She acted on stage, films, and on television. #TuesdayTrivia #blackhistorymonth

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Just like Susan Kane, we're keeping busy. Besides watching nitrate films, what's your favorite way to pass the time? #Pa...
02/04/2021

Just like Susan Kane, we're keeping busy. Besides watching nitrate films, what's your favorite way to pass the time? #PandemicPastimes #NitrateFilmFan

CITIZEN KANE (1941) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Dorothy Comingore)

Clarence Muse was the first black actor to star in a major studio feature film and appeared in over 150 movies. He was a...
02/02/2021

Clarence Muse was the first black actor to star in a major studio feature film and appeared in over 150 movies. He was also a screenwriter, director, and composer #TuesdayTrivia #blackhistorymonth

(1937) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

FLY LOW JACK, AND THE GAME (1927) is a short fiction film shot on Kodak 16mm film with a Ciné-Kodak camera in the Roches...
01/29/2021
Fly Low Jack, and the Game | George Eastman Museum

FLY LOW JACK, AND THE GAME (1927) is a short fiction film shot on Kodak 16mm film with a Ciné-Kodak camera in the Rochester area, directed Marion Gleason. Watch this film and more on our Digitized Films Online! #notnitrate #butstillawesome

https://bit.ly/2M62L59

00:00 Introduction by Michael C. Krickmire, Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Music Studies at SUNY Brockport 03:44 Fly Low Jack and the Game

As the vaccine is administered in the months ahead, we will continue to be grateful for the hard work and dedication of ...
01/25/2021

As the vaccine is administered in the months ahead, we will continue to be grateful for the hard work and dedication of #doctors to the science and practice of medicine #thankyou #MedicalMonday

YOUNG DR. KILDARE (1938) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Lionel Barrymore, Lew Ayres)

01/22/2021
George Pratt Cinema Oral Histories (1958) | George Eastman Museum

In 1958 George Pratt, assistant curator of film at the George Eastman Museum, recorded interviews with many celebrated Hollywood stars and filmmakers. A selection are now available for you to listen to on our website https://bit.ly/3mwabKZ #NitrateFilmFan

In 1958, George Pratt (1914–1988), a film historian and assistant curator of film at the George Eastman Museum, began interviewing many of the celebrated Hollywood stars and directors whom he met at the museum’s Festival of Film Artists ceremonies (later called the George Eastman Award). These c...

Since 1801 presidential inaugurations have been held at the Capital Building. Today the tradition continued with the 46t...
01/20/2021

Since 1801 presidential inaugurations have been held at the Capital Building. Today the tradition continued with the 46th US president.

GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE (1933) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Walter Huston)

Craving nitrate? 1/28-2/1 New York Women in Film and Television has online screenings and a Q&A of women directed silent...
01/17/2021

Craving nitrate? 1/28-2/1 New York Women in Film and Television has online screenings and a Q&A of women directed silent films preserved with assistance of the Women's Film Preservation Fund including UNMASKED (1917), conserved by the George Eastman Museum. Enjoy the preservations and support future ones! https://bit.ly/3qe4zHE #WFPF

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Today is your GREAT DAY!!! My best wishes to you and your unique in the World Festival :)
Hey silent film fans, check out this behind-the-scenes clip from The Scroll of Morlok, an upcoming silent horror short which uses modern tech to pay homage to German Expressionism! If you like what you see, consider supporting our campaign to finish the film. Any amount helps-- thanks! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-scroll-of-morlok/x/19201356#/
THE ORIGINS OF CINEMA The international cinematograpy of the first two decades More than 1000 early silent film on this website
Nitratefilm in a private Homecinema.
Back in the mid 80s, I was working for CBS/Fox Home video in Livonia Michigan. At that time, we owned the rights to the United Artist Catalogue for Home Video. This package also included pre-1949 Warner films. One of the problem titles was the film Sea Hawk with 20 minutes missing. The story we had been told was that the original negative had been cut up for trailers. Personally, I thought the original might have been forgotten locked up in some film vault like Bonded in New Jersey. After much searching, we were able to find a full length nitrate print at the Film Institute in England. After much pleading, we were able to have the print shipped for our use in the video release. The rights are now back to Warner Brothers. As far as I know, they are using our restored transfer along with the original nitrate print. They show it on TCM along with the tinted Panama section.
Want to announce the Kickstarter for THE MARCEL PEREZ COLLECTION Vol. 2, the new collection of eight Marcel Perez shorts selected by Ben Model and yours truly. These are archival rarities from the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film. Two of the shorts are "digital restorations" - being assembled from two different prints using the original continuities from the copyright collections of LOC. Also there's an extra - a two-minute fragment of FRIDAY THE 13TH ('23), Perez's final starring comedy before he lost a leg.Volume 1 won a DVD Award at Bolgna's Il Cinema Ritrovato in 2015. Eight great comedies!!!