From Silents to Talking Pictures: The Competition to Bring Sound to Movies

Although music was a natural accompaniment to silent films, few early movie studios thought talking pictures had a chance. Discover how two rags-to-riches moguls—William Fox of Fox Film Corporation working with Auburn physicist Ted Case, and Sam Warner of Warner Brothers Studio collaborating with Western Electric—brought the world a new way to experience motion pictures, one that profoundly transformed popular culture.

Presenter: Jim Loperfido, film historian who has worked in the industry for over forty years. 

Event is free but registration recommended.

This event is co-sponsored by the Case Research Lab and Cayuga Museum as part of the Finger Lakes Film Trail.

The Finger Lakes Film Trail, launched in spring 2018, is an inter-county collaboration of three important film sites in central New York: the George Eastman House and Dryden Theatre in Rochester, Wharton Studio Museum in Ithaca, and the Case Research Laboratory and Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn.


Apr 27 2022


7:00 pm

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Carriage House Theater
Carriage House Theater
203 Genesee Street

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