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The Nitrate Picture Show A Festival of Film Conservation to showcase vintage 35mm nitrate prints at the historic @DrydenTheatre @EastmanMuseum, June 3-6, 2021.
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The Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is the home for this one-of-a-kind festival of film conservation.

06/01/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Dead Reckoning (1947)

Just last year, The Nitrate Picture Show screened a print of DEAD RECKONING (John Cromwell, 1947), an overlooked Humphrey Bogart noir. Now it is streaming on The Criterion Channel as part of its Columbia Noir series. As we consider what might have been this week, we are celebrating the absent festival with a webinar about PORTRAIT OF JENNIE, which would have screened this Thursday. Visit https://www.eastman.org/event/talks/online-portrait-jennie-rarest-cinematic-experience-all-time to sign up, and watch Jared Case, Anthony L'Abbate, and Spencer Christiano talk about this rare film...

(John Cromwell, US 1947, 102 min.) “There are a lot of things about the script of Dead Reckoning that an attentive spectator might find disconcerting, but th...

05/25/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: The Red Shoes (1948)

Two years ago at The Dryden Theatre we projected a "Frankenstein" print of THE RED SHOES. It was something we had considered doing since the beginning of the festival, but damage kept us from screening it, until we figured it out. And, we had some very famous assistance! Check out Jared's introduction to find out more, then stream the film on The Criterion Channel!

(Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, UK 1948, 134 min., 35mm) One of the most popular screenings at the 4th Nitrate Picture Show was this Powell and Pressbur...

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) was founded in 1938 as an organization of non-commercial archives d...
05/19/2020
International Federation of Film Archives

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) was founded in 1938 as an organization of non-commercial archives dedicated to the preservation of and access to the world’s film heritage. The four founding members were the Cinémathèque française, Germany’s Reichsfilmarchiv, the British Film Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art Film Library. #TuesdayTrivia #nitratenerd https://www.fiafnet.org/pages/History/Origins-of-FIAF.html

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) brings together institutions dedicated to rescuing of films both as art and as historical documents

05/18/2020
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The nitrate print of ALEXANDER NEVSKY we borrowed from the Austrian Filmmuseum is likely one of the youngest we showed at The Nitrate Picture Show. This classic Eisenstein film features a 30-minute long battle inspired by D.W. Griffith's WAY DOWN EAST, and which has been "borrowed from" by filmmakers for the last 8 decades..., now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

The first Academy Awards Ceremony was held his week in 1929. The winning film for Outstanding Picture was WINGS (1927) #...
05/14/2020

The first Academy Awards Ceremony was held his week in 1929. The winning film for Outstanding Picture was WINGS (1927) #NitrateTBT

WINGS (1927) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Charles Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen)

Thank you to all of the nurses around the world for everything they do, not just now but everyday. This International Nu...
05/12/2020

Thank you to all of the nurses around the world for everything they do, not just now but everyday. This International Nurse's Day we celebrate you!

REGISTERED NURSE (1934) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Bebe Daniels)

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show! STELLA DALLAS (1937) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image ...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at the Nitrate Picture Show!

STELLA DALLAS (1937) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley)

On this National Nurse's Day we'd like to thank all the nurses who work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. Thank yo...
05/06/2020

On this National Nurse's Day we'd like to thank all the nurses who work tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. Thank you!

NIGHT NURSE (1931) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Barbara Stanwyck)

The Handschiegl color process was invented by Max Handschiegl and Alvin Wyckoff in 1906 for Cecil B. Demille’s JOAN THE ...
05/05/2020

The Handschiegl color process was invented by Max Handschiegl and Alvin Wyckoff in 1906 for Cecil B. Demille’s JOAN THE WOMAN (1917). The George Eastman Museum preserved this film with Handschiegl sequences from nitrate in 2019. #TuesdayTrivia #nitratenerd https://bit.ly/2VGIqFb

JOAN THE WOMAN (1916) Frame from preservation, George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department (Geraldine Farrar)

05/04/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

Monday streaming recommendations highlight The Nitrate Picture Show, and this one comes from the first festival in 2015. The second half of an unintended Peter Lorre double-feature, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934) was a print that came from the George Eastman Museum collection and brought the Master of Suspense to the festival for the first time (he's been back more than once...) You can view this pick on The Criterion Channel. https://youtu.be/obN43loD2qI

(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1934, 75 min., 35mm) The assassination of a British agent, a kidnapping, and international conspiracy are just some of the highlights i...

04/27/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Early Summer (1951)

On Mondays, we look back at The Nitrate Picture Show programming. Three years ago over this upcoming weekend, we projected a wonderful nitrate print of EARLY SUMMER (Bakushu, Yasujiro Ozu, 1951), that we were lucky enough to borrow from the National Film Center in Tokyo. This spirit of collaboration and the celebration of decades of conservation done by archivists around the world is what the festival is all about. If you want to re-live that experience, or watch this film for the first time, you can find it streaming on The Criterion Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL16vpw1vbA

(Bakushu, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1951, 124 min., 35mm, Japanese w/subtitles) Two parents seek a suitable mate for their 28-year-old professional daughter (Setsu...

Collection Manager Deborah Stoiber points out Lawley clips in between perforations on a nitrate negative. These small pi...
04/21/2020

Collection Manager Deborah Stoiber points out Lawley clips in between perforations on a nitrate negative. These small pieces of metal were used as cues for a film printer to change the level of light exposure for a scene. #TuesdayTrivia

04/20/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Blithe Spirit (1945)

The Nitrate Picture Show used a very special print in 2016 for their screening of BLITHE SPIRIT (David Lean, 1945)! Lean's third Noel Coward adaptation was a big hit with the audience, especially those yearning for gorgeous Technicolor. Rex Harrison is top-billed, but Margaret Rutherford steals the show as eccentric medium Madame Arcati. Now streaming on The Criterion Channel. https://bit.ly/2VKU1St

(David Lean, UK 1945, 96 min.) About the film “Noel Coward’s brilliant comedy has been made into a Two Cities film that is just as brilliant, resplendent in ...

A rare sepia-toned print of HOLIDAY (1938) from the UCLA Film and Television Archive was featured in the 2018 Nitrate Pi...
04/16/2020

A rare sepia-toned print of HOLIDAY (1938) from the UCLA Film and Television Archive was featured in the 2018 Nitrate Picture Show. Contrary to common belief, tinting and toning continued to be used by film makers after the advent of sound. #NitrateTBT

HOLIDAY (1938) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Lew Ayres, Katharine Hepburn, Edward Everett Horton, Jean Dixon)

04/13/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

With The Nitrate Picture Show recently postponed, we'll have to content ourselves with re-living some of those great cinematic experiences at home. Here, Jared Case recommends the classic neo-realist feature THE BICYCLE THIEVES (Vittorio de Sica, 1948), that screened at the second festival in 2016. It is now streaming on The Criterion Channel. https://bit.ly/2yOHZQf

(Ladri di biciclette, Vittorio De Sica, Italy 1948, 89 min., Italian w/subtitles) Academy Awards at 90. In this founding film of the neorealist movement, dir...

Every bunny at the Nitrate Picture Show would like to wish you all a healthy, hoppy, happy Easter! MY DREAM IS YOURS (19...
04/12/2020

Every bunny at the Nitrate Picture Show would like to wish you all a healthy, hoppy, happy Easter!

MY DREAM IS YOURS (1949) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Doris Day, Jack Carson)

Today's #NitrateTBT is in honor of actor and rights activist Paul Robeson on his birthday, here in THE EMPEROR JONES (19...
04/09/2020

Today's #NitrateTBT is in honor of actor and rights activist Paul Robeson on his birthday, here in THE EMPEROR JONES (1933)

THE EMPEROR JONES (1933) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Paul Robeson)

We're overwhelmed and thankful for your support! Our work continues on the 6th Nitrate Picture Show, championing film co...
04/08/2020

We're overwhelmed and thankful for your support! Our work continues on the 6th Nitrate Picture Show, championing film conservation around the world. We look forward to seeing you all and sharing some great nitrate in 2021!

George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department, Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the George Eastman Museum and festival organizers have made the difficult decision...
04/08/2020
The Nitrate Picture Show | George Eastman Museum

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the George Eastman Museum and festival organizers have made the difficult decision to postpone the 6th Nitrate Picture Show, originally scheduled for June 4–7, 2020, until June 3–6, 2021. Read more: eastman.org/nps.

We would like to thank all of you who have supported us for the last five years, jumped at the chance to attend the festival for the first time this year, spread the word far and wide, and all of you who have let us know how appreciative you are of all of the work we put in every year.

We’ll continue to investigate nitrate prints and plan the best program for you in 2021. We hope that you will be able to join us next year.

June 4-7, 2020 The Nitrate Picture Show, the world’s first festival of film conservation, returns for its sixth year. The festival features screenings of vintage nitrate prints from international archives—including the Eastman Museum’s own collection—as well as lectures, workshops, and other...

04/06/2020
Dryden Theatre Recommends: Black Narcissus (1947)

Monday streaming recommendations look back on @nitrateshow films. We're still in the first year of the festival as @reeljaredcase recommends BLACK NARCISSUS (Powell and Pressburger, 1947), now streaming on @CriterionChannl. https://youtu.be/YlnbTMMhUPc

(Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK 1947, 100 min.) Anglican nuns attempt to establish a school and hospital in the Himalayas. But the building that o...

04/05/2020
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Sunday streaming recommendations recognize George Eastman Award winners, so today @reeljaredcase looks back at REDS (Warren Beatty, 1981), in honor of 2017 recipient, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Now streaming on @primevideo. https://youtu.be/lXaIBqWUjf0

04/01/2020
An important video message from American Cinematheque Chief Projectionist Benjamin Tucker!

Here's a video from our good friend, and former Chief Projectionist, Ben Tucker. He's now at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at their booth. As they say, Things are tough all over, but please consider the theaters, and continue to support film festivals and repertory houses in any way you can, including The Nitrate Picture Show, The Dryden Theatre, and the American Cinematheque.

Watch the video to learn what is currently happening inside the Cinematheque booths when while we're dark.

Advanced stages of nitrocellulose decomposition causes the film to become soft and weld with itself, eventually turning ...
03/31/2020

Advanced stages of nitrocellulose decomposition causes the film to become soft and weld with itself, eventually turning into a foul smelling brown powder. Decomp lowers the ignition temperature of nitrate to 106F. #TuesdayTrivia

Film with stage five nitrate decomposition, George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department

Remembering Sterling Hayden on his birthday, here in THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950), the last major studio feature shot on ni...
03/26/2020

Remembering Sterling Hayden on his birthday, here in THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950), the last major studio feature shot on nitrate film. #NitrateTBT

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Jean Hagen, Sterling Hayden)

03/23/2020
Introducing Dryden Theatre Recommends & A STAR IS BORN (1937)

Hey Dryden fans! Curator of Film Exhibitions Jared Case is here to help you through this less-cinematic time with streaming recommendations pulled from Dryden programming, with Dryden-style introductions. The first entry is about William Wellman's A STAR IS BORN (1937), which was the first film shown at the first The Nitrate Picture Show, and is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Come back for more recommendations any time!

Jared Case, Curator of Film Exhibitions, introduces our new video series and provides a look into the film A STAR IS BORN (1937).

03/17/2020
Irish Silent Films - Trinity College Dublin

Shot entirely in County Kerry, Ireland, THE COLLEEN BAWN (1911) has been preserved by the George Eastman Museum. The film is also available to stream thanks to Trinity College Dublin's Irish Film & TV Research Online! Happy St Patrick's Day from the Nitrate Picture Show! https://bit.ly/2Wk1uKs

Irish Film & TV Online, Trinity College Dublin

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the incomparable Liza Minnelli! #NitrateTBT to a birthday celebration with her parents ...
03/12/2020

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the incomparable Liza Minnelli! #NitrateTBT to a birthday celebration with her parents

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

The rate of nitrate decay isn’t dependent on age, but subject to the chemical composition in manufacture, development pr...
03/03/2020

The rate of nitrate decay isn’t dependent on age, but subject to the chemical composition in manufacture, development process, and storage conditions. #TuesdayTrivia #nitratenerd

Still photo negative with nitrate decomposition, George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department, Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections

Decomp can be spread across an entire reel, a length of film, or sometimes its a single spot. Thanks to our friends at B...
02/28/2020

Decomp can be spread across an entire reel, a length of film, or sometimes its a single spot. Thanks to our friends at Brown Media Archives for sharing these frames! #FanFriday

On this date in 1935 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) swept the 7th Academy Awards, winning for Outstanding Production, Best...
02/27/2020

On this date in 1935 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) swept the 7th Academy Awards, winning for Outstanding Production, Best Director, Best Adaptation, and Best Actor and Actress. #NitrateTBT

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) George Eastman Museum, Moving Image Department Stills, Posters, and Papers Collections (Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert)

#FanFriday: Thank you, Stefan Scholz for sharing this beautiful orange tinted train scene! We always love a good tint.
01/24/2020

#FanFriday: Thank you, Stefan Scholz for sharing this beautiful orange tinted train scene! We always love a good tint.

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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!!!