A whole new generation of innovative filmmakers, such as D.W. Griffith, Emile Cohl and Max Linder, began pushing the envelope of the still-fledgling medium of motion pictures a century ago.
On Monday, several of those films from the silent era that captured the imagination of audiences will be featured in "A Century Ago: The Films of 1908" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater. The thriller "Rescued From an Eagle's Nest," featuring Griffith, as well as "After Many Years," which he directed, are among the films that will be screened. There's also the trick film from Vitagraph, "The Thieving Hand"; the Pathe comedy "Troubles of a Grass Widower," starring the French comic mastermind Linder; and an early Italian production, "Le Farfalle."
Most of the films, which have been drawn from numerous collections, including the Academy Film Archive, Library of Congress and the UCLA Film and Television Archive, will be screened in 35-millimeter.
Michael Mortilla provides the live accompaniment. www.oscars.org.
Jets vs. Sharks
The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is offering up an "absolutely stunning" new 70-millimeter print Friday and Saturday of the 1961 Oscar-winning musical "West Side Story," directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris and Rita Moreno. Chakiris, who won the supporting actor Oscar, is scheduled to appear at Friday evening's screening. www.egyptiantheatre.com.