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January 6, 2012 > Georges Melies in Niles

Georges Melies in Niles

For those who enjoyed the recent Martin Scorsese film "Hugo" and found themselves wanting to experience more of the films of Georges Melies, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is where you need to be. In January and February the Film Museum will be screening Melies shorts alongside their feature film presentations.

On Saturday, January 7 the inaugural "The Doctor's Secret" (1910, Star Films) tells the story of a patient blown to pieces by his doctors and then re-assembled. "The Palace of Arabian Nights" (1905, Star Films) on Saturday, January 21 shows the antics of cartwheeling skeletons, Folies Bergere dancing girls, and a dragon as a young man conquers all to claim his princess love.

The program on Saturday, January 28 delivers four Melies shorts in a row: "The Untamable Whiskers" (1904, Star Films), "The Marvelous Wreath" (1907, Star Films), "The Knight of Black Art" (1908, Star Films), and "The Eclipse" (1907, Star Films).

In February the Film Museum will be screening nine more shorts including "The Infernal Caldron" (1903), "Jupiter's Thunderbolts" (1903), "The Mermaid" (1904), "The Inn Where No Man Rests" (1903), and "The Bewitched Trunk" (1904).

Come and see the clever art and fanciful images created by Georges Melies and experience a great collection of silent films just like in the good ole' days!

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is located at 37417 Niles Boulevard in the historic Fremont town of Niles. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with a suggested donation of $5 for all ages. For more information call (510) 494-1411 or visit www.nilesfilmmuseum.org.

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