The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe
(1897-1902)

  • May 19, 2023 / 21:00
  • May 31, 2023 / 19:00

Compilation: Frank Roumen
Curatorial Consultant: Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi
Advisory Team: Giovanna Fossati, Anne Gant, Annike Kross, Mark-Paul Meyer, Bryony Dixon
Supervising Restorer: Annike Kross
Netherlands, 2020, 52’, DCP, b&w
English intertitles with Turkish subtitles

This project is funded by the European Commission’s European Tribute to Film Heritage programme, which has enabled the high-quality digitization of 50 selected films from the collections of Eye and the British Film Institute. 

The Mutoscope and Biograph Collection contains the oldest films held at Eye Filmmuseum. It includes over 200 films on the original 68mm stock, shot between 1897 and 1902. This constitutes the largest existing collection of 68mm Mutoscope and Biograph films surviving in the world. 

The musical accompaniment for these very short and unrelated films of varying content and rhythm would present a big challenge to any improvising musician. Hence, a special piano score was commissioned, composed and recorded by Daan van den Hurk. His score holds the compilation together, flowing along its structure while also recognizing the intrinsic value of each individual film.

The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe <br>(1897-1902)

The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe
(1897-1902)

The Forbidden Quest

The Forbidden Quest

Carmen of the North

Carmen of the North

A Profitable Exchange

A Profitable Exchange

Desmet Collection: Ladies first!

Desmet Collection: Ladies first!

Good News from the Skies

Good News from the Skies

Inspired by the exhibition And Now the Good News, which focusing on the relationship between mass media and art, we prepared horoscope readings based on the chapters of the exhibition. Using the popular astrological language inspired by the effects of the movements of celestial bodies on people, these readings with references to the works in the exhibition make fictional future predictions inspired by the horoscope columns that we read in the newspapers with the desire to receive good news about our day. 

Il Cavallo di Leonardo

Il Cavallo di Leonardo

In 1493, exactly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci was finishing the preparations for casting the equestrian monument (4 times life size), which Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan commissioned in memory of his father some 12 years earlier. 

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico was born on July 10, 1888, in Volos, Greece, to an Italian family. His mother, Gemma Cervetto, was from a family of Genoa origin, but most likely she was born in Izmir. His father, Evaristo, was born on June 21, 1841 in the Büyükdere district of Istanbul.