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REAL FILM COMING TO R.A. FOUNTAIN, GENERAL STORE
R.A. Fountain, General Store and Internet Café, will present "An Incomplete Retrospective of Film in the 20th Century" Saturday evening, January 22.
Tom Whiteside, a film historian and experimental filmmaker from Duke University, will host the 2 1/2 hour program that will include cartoons, documentaries, narrative shorts, and experimental film. Whiteside will provide brief introductions to the films.
Included on the program will be:
- "The Gay Shoe Clerk," by Edwin S. Porter, 1903 -- a very short (only three shots long!) film comedy;
- "The Untamable Whiskers," by Georges Melies, 1904 -- a simple trick film by the French master of the genre;
- "Princess Nicotine," by J. Stuart Blackton, 1909 -- a trick film involving tobacco, a smoker, and a fairy;
- "Return to Reason," by Man Ray, 1923 -- from Paris, the first film by this influential Dadaist;
- "Rain," by Joris Ivens, 1929 -- a lyrical film of a rainfall in Amsterdam, the best meteorological example of a "city symphony";
- "The River," by Pare Lorentz, 1938 -- poetic documentary about the Mississippi River and the power of nature;
- "Last Winter," by Tom Whiteside, 1988 -- an experimental landscape film made in North Carolina. Natural images in unnatural colors.
Alex Albright, proprietor of R.A. Fountain, promises an interesting and entertaining evening, so long as patrons are not expecting "Hollywood-style" entertainment.
"Whiteside is one of the best experts on independent film in the country," Albright said. "He has a vast collection of film and film knowledge, and I hope we can bring more shows like this to our venue."
The program is rated "G" for general audiences and will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $3. No video will be included on the program.