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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We hope that Errol Flynn and S.Z. Sakall left a treat in your stocking! Merry Christmas from all of us at the Nitrate Pi...
12/25/2020

We hope that Errol Flynn and S.Z. Sakall left a treat in your stocking! Merry Christmas from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show #SantaWho #HappyChristmas

NEVER SAY GOODBYE (1946) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

With so many Santa imposters, its hard to find the real one! Can you identify who's in the red suit? #SantaWho #Trivia #...
12/24/2020

With so many Santa imposters, its hard to find the real one! Can you identify who's in the red suit? #SantaWho #Trivia #HappyHolidays

Like Barbara Stanwyck, we'd love to spend the holidays with Fred MacMurray's family! No wonder they made three more film...
12/22/2020

Like Barbara Stanwyck, we'd love to spend the holidays with Fred MacMurray's family! No wonder they made three more films together #happyholidays #TriviaTuesday

REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Barbara Stanwyck, Beulah Bondi, Fred MacMurray, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway)

It's not a #nitratefilmparty without a punchbowl! Chester Morris is joining the holiday celebrations by bringing everyon...
12/17/2020

It's not a #nitratefilmparty without a punchbowl! Chester Morris is joining the holiday celebrations by bringing everyone a little #cheers #happyholidays

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

On this day in 1939 GONE WITH THE WIND premiered in Atlanta, GA. Two versions of the souvenir program were printed: one ...
12/15/2020

On this day in 1939 GONE WITH THE WIND premiered in Atlanta, GA. Two versions of the souvenir program were printed: one which included Hattie McDaniel and one without for the southern US market. You can also see some screen tests for the film on our digitized films online https://www.eastman.org/digitized-films-online #TuesdayTrivia

Souvenir Program for GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

In Memoriam: Edward E. Stratmann (1953-2020)Ed Stratmann, a major figure in the world of film preservation, and a long-t...
12/14/2020

In Memoriam: Edward E. Stratmann (1953-2020)

Ed Stratmann, a major figure in the world of film preservation, and a long-time staff member of the George Eastman Museum, has passed away. He leaves behind his large and loving family, and the many friends he made during his 42 years working in the Moving Image Department at the museum. A long-time resident of Rochester, Ed graduated from Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined the George Eastman Museum in 1974 and retired in 2016.

For many, Ed’s kind, even jovial nature, was a reassuring presence at Eastman. You could always “ask Ed” and he would get back to you whatever the question. He was a one man preservation unit who worked with a succession of curators beginning with Chris Horak, to protect and preserve the ever-growing film collection. He worked with donors, researchers, and distributors helping to expand the collection and to provide access to the films under his care. He was patient, generous, and knowledgeable, and learned his skills on the job. Ed loved films. And he shared that love with everyone he came in contact with.

Ed curated exhibitions, introduced films in the Dryden Theatre, and represented the museum worldwide at festivals and conferences. He was a founding member of AMIA and served as Secretary to the Board from 2002-2004. He presented on numerous panels, and enjoyed meeting other archivists and exchanging ideas and opinions at the annual AMIA conference. He was the recipient of Pordenone Film Festival Preservation Award in October, 1998, and in December of that year AMIA conferred upon him The Dan and Kathy Leab Award. He was a long time member of FIAF’s North American Sub-committee on Preservation and was an active member of SMPTE from 1992 until his death.

He knew a great deal about film – the movies, the flicks – how they were made and how to reconstruct and repair them. Ed was largely self-taught and his skills were formidable. Ed’s main legacy resides in the dozens of films he preserved and restored for the museum, and if one stands out with great pride, it would be The Lost World (Harry O. Hoyt, US 1925). Ed spent 10 years reconstructing this remarkable silent film and the result of his diligent work has been seen and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.

His legacy also lives on through everyone he touched, especially the graduates of The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. It was Ed who took the first class (1996-1997) of six students and provided the structure and one-to-one training of hands-on film handling and preservation. They stuck to him like glue and followed him in and out of the vaults, to screenings, and to work benches to learn what he knew. And he gave his attention and expertise generously. The next year he had twelve film preservationists in training, and he still managed to keep up with his heavy preservation work load and teach us at the same time.

Ed was exceedingly kind; he was always available to answer questions and to be there to help. His retirement in 2016 took us all by surprise – it was inconceivable that Ed wouldn’t be here every day, working in his office or, more often than not, at a workbench or a Steenbeck. He left formally, as Curator Emeritus of the Moving Image Department, but he stayed to come back and teach each new class in the Selznick School and to be a grounding presence at the annual Nitrate Picture Show. He demonstrated handling nitrate film, chatted with patrons, and connected with friends and Selznick graduates. It would not be too strong a statement to say that Ed was an institution within an institution. Everyone on the staff at the Eastman Museum knew Ed and loved him.

He was so dedicated to his work, that when stored nitrate films caught on fire, he spent hours on a forklift ferrying exhibition crates to safety from the barn next to the fire. He had to be dragged off the forklift to get him away from the nitrate fumes.

Ed will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues at the museum. But we will have stories to tell about the legendary Ed Stratmann. He was one of a kind.

Even though its Una Merkel's birthday, she's still busy making sure everything's perfect for the holidays. #happyholiday...
12/10/2020

Even though its Una Merkel's birthday, she's still busy making sure everything's perfect for the holidays. #happyholidays

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

Today's the birthday of French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès! Our colleagues at Film Preservation Service...
12/08/2020

Today's the birthday of French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès! Our colleagues at Film Preservation Services are working on digitization of LE MÉLOMANE (1903) from a paper print. Here's a #sneakpeak at the work in progress #TuesdayTrivia #notexactlynitrate #butitwas

Honoring Italian composer Nino Rota on his birthday, who scored nearly 200 films in Italy and the US including THE HIDDE...
12/03/2020

Honoring Italian composer Nino Rota on his birthday, who scored nearly 200 films in Italy and the US including THE HIDDEN ROOM (1949). #trivia #filmfan

Lobby card for THE HIDDEN ROOM (1949) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Celebrating the birthday of Joel Fluellen, here as Mack Robinson, Olympian & brother of Jackie in THE JACKIE ROBINSON ST...
12/01/2020

Celebrating the birthday of Joel Fluellen, here as Mack Robinson, Olympian & brother of Jackie in THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY (1950) #TriviaTuesday

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Joel Fluellen, Louise Beavers, Ruby Dee)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show! We hope you all enjoy an epic feast and plenty of great f...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show! We hope you all enjoy an epic feast and plenty of great films today.

WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY (1919) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Douglas Fairbanks)

Since 2015, 84 films have been shown as part of our festival of #film conservation. We can’t wait to share more with you...
11/24/2020

Since 2015, 84 films have been shown as part of our festival of #film conservation. We can’t wait to share more with you in the future! #TuesdayTrivia #themoreyouknowvember

SHERLOCK JR. (1924) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

While we aren't yet able to welcome you back into the @DrydenTheater, we’ve been sharing some preserved #films from our ...
11/19/2020
Digitized Films Online | George Eastman Museum

While we aren't yet able to welcome you back into the @DrydenTheater, we’ve been sharing some preserved #films from our collections on our website, including #nitrate! #themoreyouknowvember https://bit.ly/3a0No3N

Enjoy digitized selections from the George Eastman Museum's Moving Image collections online. All the films are preserved at the George Eastman Museum and are available for archival film projection as well as digitally. We will continue to add titles, so visit often.

Before any #nitrate #film is selected for public exhibition it is previewed by festival curators to make sure it will ru...
11/17/2020

Before any #nitrate #film is selected for public exhibition it is previewed by festival curators to make sure it will run through the projectors safely #TuesdayTrivia #themoreyouknowvember

Frame scan from SCREEN LETTER BOX 7 (1919) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

George Eastman Museum
11/14/2020
George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum

How do we protect our highly flammable and extremely delicate collection of nitrate film? It's all about the environmental conditions, and thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, we're improving it even more! Learn more on our blog.

Though the 2020 festival was postponed, our archivists have continued to inspect films for conservation needs and to ver...
11/12/2020

Though the 2020 festival was postponed, our archivists have continued to inspect films for conservation needs and to verify candidates for future exhibitions! This photo shows cracked perforations and #nitrate deterioration, making this #film unprojectable. #themoreyouknowvember

Did you know that our nitrate vault contains more than 24,000 reels of film? Its also home to photographic negatives. #T...
11/10/2020

Did you know that our nitrate vault contains more than 24,000 reels of film? Its also home to photographic negatives. #TuesdayTrivia #themoreyouknowvember

HIGHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS (1938) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Its #themoreyouknowvember and we'd like to share some of what we've been doing! This summer we completed a full #film va...
11/05/2020

Its #themoreyouknowvember and we'd like to share some of what we've been doing! This summer we completed a full #film vault audit, opening each can to check its physical state.

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

Frank Capra used the Lincoln Memorial to symbolize the importance of fighting for your beliefs. It's US #Election2020: f...
11/03/2020

Frank Capra used the Lincoln Memorial to symbolize the importance of fighting for your beliefs. It's US #Election2020: fight for yours. #vote

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, & Papers Collections (James Stewart)

We're ready for a night of spooky tales and kitten cuddles. #HappyHalloween from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show!G...
10/31/2020

We're ready for a night of spooky tales and kitten cuddles. #HappyHalloween from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show!

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

#TBT to a 2018 show @DrydenTheatre. The 1st view of Hyde is 1 take with John Barrymore's face contortions, no makeup #Th...
10/29/2020

#TBT to a 2018 show @DrydenTheatre. The 1st view of Hyde is 1 take with John Barrymore's face contortions, no makeup #ThrillerThursday #nitrate #horrorfilm

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Miss the deadline to #vote by mail? You can drop your ballot off at registered locations. Check your county's board of e...
10/27/2020

Miss the deadline to #vote by mail? You can drop your ballot off at registered locations. Check your county's board of elections website #election2020

WHITE FLANNELS (1927) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Louise Dresser)

Remembering James Card, the first film curator of the @EastmanMuseum, on what would have been his 105th Birthday. George...
10/25/2020

Remembering James Card, the first film curator of the @EastmanMuseum, on what would have been his 105th Birthday.

George Eastman Museum, Legacy Collection (James Card)

The Dryden Theatre
10/23/2020
The Dryden Theatre

The Dryden Theatre

The Dryden Theatre is reopening soon! We are working on the details now, so stay tuned for an official announcement with dates, film schedule, and health and safety information.

Until then, get your film fix by checking out our Digitized Films Online!

Of this 1st #horrorfilm adaptation of the stage play, the Telegram said "Our teeth rattled like a skeleton on the roof w...
10/22/2020

Of this 1st #horrorfilm adaptation of the stage play, the Telegram said "Our teeth rattled like a skeleton on the roof with a cold" #ThrillerThursday #nitrate #silentfilm

THE BAT (1926) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

If you #vote by mail, be sure to post your ballot early! Check your state's deadline and allow the @USPS plenty of time ...
10/20/2020

If you #vote by mail, be sure to post your ballot early! Check your state's deadline and allow the @USPS plenty of time #election2020

Frame scan from SCREEN LETTER BOX 7 (1919) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM brings 2-color to #ThrillerThursday! See Technicolor history https://bit.ly/1QPGuBe & @UCLAFTV...
10/15/2020

MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM brings 2-color to #ThrillerThursday! See Technicolor history https://bit.ly/1QPGuBe & @UCLAFTVArchive restoration @WarnerArchive #horrorfilm #nitrate

Press book (1933) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, & Papers Collections

Results of local elections have a direct and immediate affect on day-to-day life. Take time to get to know your candidat...
10/13/2020

Results of local elections have a direct and immediate affect on day-to-day life. Take time to get to know your candidates! #vote #election

THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN (1935) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Jan Duggan, Will Rogers)

We're anticipating something shocking as the electricians get ready to place the instruments upon Otto in the lab #thril...
10/08/2020

We're anticipating something shocking as the electricians get ready to place the instruments upon Otto in the lab #thrillerthursday #nitrate #horrorfilm

DOCTOR X (1932) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (George Rosener)

It's US #election2020! Prepare by using reliable, vetted sources to educate yourself on candidates and ballot measures #...
10/06/2020

It's US #election2020! Prepare by using reliable, vetted sources to educate yourself on candidates and ballot measures #vote

Lobby card for A FRONT PAGE STORY (1922) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Edward Everett Horton)

If Bela Lugosi is getting into makeup, that can only mean one thing: October has arrived! All month join #thrillerthursd...
10/01/2020

If Bela Lugosi is getting into makeup, that can only mean one thing: October has arrived! All month join #thrillerthursday with #nitrate #horrorfilm, if you dare...

DRACULA (1931) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Actress and #catlover Phyllis Haver knew the best way to pamper her furbaby felines, as shown here in 1927 #silentfilm #...
09/24/2020

Actress and #catlover Phyllis Haver knew the best way to pamper her furbaby felines, as shown here in 1927 #silentfilm #cats #catmonth #septempurr

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

Actress Miriam Cooper was an #animallover and in 1914 brought her #kitten Nifty on set at Reliance Film Company #silentf...
09/17/2020

Actress Miriam Cooper was an #animallover and in 1914 brought her #kitten Nifty on set at Reliance Film Company #silentfilm #cats #catmonth #septempurr #TBT

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Miriam Cooper, Nifty)

Independent filmmakers Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand's pro-democracy and workers' rights docudrama NATIVE LAND (1942) includ...
09/07/2020

Independent filmmakers Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand's pro-democracy and workers' rights docudrama NATIVE LAND (1942) includes narration and singing by activist Paul Robeson. The George Eastman Museum is proud to be home to Hurwitz's films and professional papers. Happy Labor Day! https://www.eastman.org/leo-hurwitz-collection

Flyer for NATIVE LAND (1942) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Its national happy cat month and we're excited to share some fantastic felines!After wandering onto a Mack Sennett set o...
09/01/2020

Its national happy cat month and we're excited to share some fantastic felines!

After wandering onto a Mack Sennett set one day, Pepper the cat became an instant star. She was soon on the payroll, featured in fan magazines, and appeared in over 100 films. #silentfilm #TriviaTuesday #catmonth #septempurr

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Louise Fazenda, Pepper)

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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!!!