The Davide Turconi Collection, George Eastman House

George Eastman House

Film does matter. Film makes a difference.” Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, N.Y.

George Eastman House is a non-profit museum located on the site of the private home of George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company, in Rochester, N.Y. It is now a leading center for the research, education, study and enjoyment of the history of the still and moving image.

As Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator from the Moving Image Department, writes:

“The cinematic event makes a difference — a difference in perception, a difference in emotional response, a difference in creating meaning.

We, as film scholars and curators, have always been busy defining the specificity of the medium but have mainly spoken in abstract terms. We could have done more to engage at a deeper level with our audiences and make them ‘feel’ this specificity. Indeed, their overriding concern was accessibility to view ‘content’; eventually, ‘content’ took on different technological forms. But we have not forgotten that the essence is somewhere else.

Each cinematic event is unique, very much the expression of a performing art. Film does matter. Film makes a difference.”

Image: L’Écrin du Rajah, 35mm, silent, directed by Gaston Velle, 1906. Courtesy of George Eastman House, The Davide Turconi Nitrate Frame Collection