Hysteria, Hypnosis, and Hallucination: Silent Cinema Shorts with Live Music
Featuring Dreamland Faces
2022-23 Northrop Season
In-person / Livestream / On-demand
Carlson Family Stage at Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
On-demand through Oct 31
This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.
In the early 20th century, filmmakers were frequently compared to hypnotists, enticing hysterical movie audiences with wild collective hallucinations! In these rarely seen films curated by UMN’s Maggie Hennefeld, a woman is hypnotized by a Svengali, a jealous lover practices tele-hypnosis to defeat his rival, an overworked housemaid has sleeping sickness, a female coach drive can’t believe her eyes, an obsessive inventor gives us a sneak preview of Zoom, and cinematography offers a miraculous cure to hysterical amnesia. With live, original music by Dreamland Faces (Karen Majewicz and Andy McCormick, featuring Molly Raben on Northrop’s historic pipe organ) this singular program is a must-see for film buffs, music lovers, and the historically-curious.
Program curated by Maggie Hennefeld.
At the Hypnotist's (Chez le magnétiseur) , Alice Guy-Blaché, Gaumont, France, 1897
*Hypnotizing the Hypnotist , Laurence Trimble, Vitagraph, US, 1911
*Rosalie Has Sleeping Sickness (Rosalie a la maladie du sommeil) , Pathé, France, 1911
*Cunégonde the Coachwoman (Cunégonde femme cochère), Lux, France, 1913
*Love and Science (Amour et science) , M.J. Roche, Éclair, France, 1912
The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador (Le mystère des roches de Kador) , Léonce Perret, France, 1912
*Included in Cinema's First Nasty Women (Kino Lorber, 2022)
RUNTIME: Approximately 75 minutes