Sunday, December 7, 1986, 8:00 pm

Transformations — Magic and the Marvelous in Early Films and Precinema Projections

Presented by Tom Gunning


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

“The marvellous indicates a harmonious parallel world …the marvellous presents us with the impossible happening in a world where impossibility is the rule.” — Paul Hammond, The Marvellous Méliès.

Tom Gunning, a film scholar noted for his illuminating work on the earliest period of film history, will present a special evening of animated illusion, conjuring slides and magic film. The projection of hand-painted and photographic magic lantern slides of the 1800s (chromatropes, pulley slides) and a selection of early films of magical disappearances and metamorphosis promises a night of surprises.