FILM FEST: Tribute to Cecil B. De Mille

November 17th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

This weekend the Pine Hills Film Colony is presenting “The Man Who Invented Hollywood: A Tribute to Cecil B. De Mille,” a two-day film festival devoted to the legendary American film director. Although Cecil B. DeMille is remembered mainly today for his religious spectacles, his vast body of work embraces a wide variety of genres from society dramas to gangster films.

The festival will be held at two different Albany venues – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Friday (November 20) and the Madison Theater on Saturday (November 21). Here’s the schedule of films:

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FRIDAY (November 20)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Albany

“The Ten Commandments” (1923)
7pm
Live organ and percussion accompaniment. Restored edition from the De Mille Dynasty. Entirely different from the 1956 version, featuring two stores inter-woven… modern and Biblical. Fascinating and opulent.

SATURDAY (November 21)
The Madison Theater, Albany

Madame Satan (1930)
2pm
De Mille’s tale of decadent high society gone to hell. Restored edition by the De Mille Dynasty.

“Chicago” (1928)
4:30pm
DeMille’s best-kept secret – the director credit was attributed to Frank Urson – is based on a true story from which the hit musical and the the 2002 Academy Award winning-film was based. Restored by David Shephard/Film Preservationist Associates.

“The Golden Bed” (1925)
8pm
The world premiere of the film recently discovered and restored by the George Eastman House with new musical score by Apex Studios and Michael Viktor Butler.