Dryden Theatre celebrates 60th anniversary with screening of Nana, the first film shown in 1951

This James Card Memorial Lecture event is Wednesday, Oct. 5

For Release 2011-09-22

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House’s year-long celebration of the Dryden Theatre’s 60th anniversary will culminate with a screening the first film presented in 1951, Jean Renoir’s lavish Nana, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. The evening will celebrate the museum’s first motion picture curator and 26-year film programmer, James Card, for whom the 1926 film Nana was a personal favorite. The event is the annual James Card Memorial Lecture.

Throughout his tenure, Card worked to build the museum’s motion picture collection from his personal film holdings and from the collection of Eastman Kodak Company’s Research Laboratory. Card helped to establish the Dryden, which was built through the generosity of George Eastman’s niece Ellen Dryden and her husband, George, as a mecca for film enthusiasts, cinephiles, researchers, and film historians.

In a museum press release Card described Nana as a “lavishly produced re-creation of the late nineteenth century Paris as it was so notably painted by Renoir’s father, Auguste, and Toulouse-Lautrec.”

Heavily influenced by the detail-driven extravagance of Erich von Stroheim, Renoir’s major silent feature is adapted from the famous novel by Emile Zola. Renoir’s wife Catherine Hessling stars as the ambitious actress Nana, whose natural talents lie in the bedroom rather than on the stage. Live accompaniment for this screening will be provided by Makia Matsumura.

Regular Dryden admission: $8 general and $6 students and seniors. For more information call (585) 271-3361 or visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org.


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