Ciné-Concert Georges Méliès


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  • Speaker: Featuring Méliès' Great-Grandchildren Marie-Hélène Lehérissey and Lawrence Lehérissey
  • Host Department: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
  • Date: 11/01/2012
  • Time: 7:00 PM

  • Location: Penny Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, UM North Campus

  • George Melies

    George Melies

  • Description:

    Georges Méliès revolutionized the cinema with his creativity and ingeniousness. The “magician of Montreuil” was one of the most amazing figures in film history; he was among of the first to use the movie camera to tell a story with staging and sets and invented all sorts of special effects. He made 520 short films from 1896 to 1913, including “transformation views,” advertising films, color extravaganzas, and science fiction. Today, his descendants present a performance in the true family tradition. The ciné-concert presents an exclusive program of films by Georges Méliès, accompanied, as in the 1900s, by a pianist and a narrator: Lawrence Lehérissey, Méliès’ great-great-grandson, and Marie-Hélène Lehérissey, Méliès's great-granddaughter (and the third generation of narrator-presenters in the family). The ciné-concert Georges Méliès is designed as an homage to this brilliant magician through a narrated performance accompanied by piano; for if the early cinema was silent, it was never quiet!