Crazy Cinématographe

Travelling Cinema – Crazy Cinématographe – a prestigious European Project

In 2007, Luxembourg will be European Capital of Culture. As part of a series of events celebrating our shared European culture, the Cinémathèque Luxembourg will be exhibiting a travelling cinema show at five major fairs in Luxembourg and the Greater Region: Luxembourg, Trier (Germany), Saarbrücken (Germany), Thionville (France) and Liège (Belgium)

This early cinema show (publicity title: «Crazy Cinématographe») will be a touring spectacle celebrating the films produced in Europe during the first decade of the twentieth century. The films will be projected in a purpose built tent completed with a cast of performers animating and advertising the shows in the tradition of the pioneering days of the fairground cinématographes. The show will celebrate the work of the European film archives by producing a prestigious and entertaining showcase for those little known wonders only known to archivists, historians and festival goers, but not to the general public.

Call for contributions from European Film Archives

Every archive has wondrous treasures from the early 1900s. In order to help your selection, we ask that each archive proposes a list of titles from their collection adequate to the general spirit of the project, with a special focus on the program sections mentioned below. The proposed titles should date from the period 1895 to 1914 and consist of films between 1 to 5 minutes in duration.

Program sections (provisional titles)

1. Comedy and burlesque: slapstick, performance titles or acts

2. Cabinet of the bizarre: freak shows, exotic bodies, weird animals

3. Magical Mystery Tour: fairyland films (French: «féeries»), fantastic
films, science-fiction, etc.

4. The sexual life of Grandma and Grandpa: erotics soft (striptease, etc.) and erotics hard (pornography).

5. Local films for Local People: views of Luxembourg and the Greater Region, especially from Trier, Saarbrücken, Thionville and Liège.

6. General show: any thrilling material that does not fall into the above subjects or is a particular favourite of the Archive

Anyone requiring further information on the project, please contact Dr Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive or Nicole Dahlen from the Cinémathèque Luxembourg.

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