Fifth Annual Cinegael Buffalo Film Festival: Heyward Ehrlich on "The Movies in Ireland to Ireland in the Movies: The First Decade, 1896–1906"
Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:15 pm
Four months after the formal introduction of movies in Paris in December 1896, films began to arrive in Ireland; by 1900, six different film producers had already worked in Dublin. Since most early films do not survive, the recently unearthed cache of more than eight hundred short films made by Mitchell & Kenyon around 1900 is a gold mine. The third largest archive of early films, exceeded only by Edison and Lumière, it includes twenty-seven films made in Ireland around 1902, all now restored and published on DVD. Heyward Ehrlich is Professor Emeritus of the Department of English, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.