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ciné-concert Georges Méliès featuring Marie-Hélène Lehérissey and Lawrence Lehérissey

Thursday, November 1, 2012
12:00 AM
Penny Stamps Auditorium in the Walgreen Drama Center, located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

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!


It is made possible by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, with the participation of the Alliance française.