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Tempus Fugit: Time Flies - Secret Cinema spans the space-time continuum with new (old) series!

Latest Secret Cinema program explores the mysteries of time, with a FREE evening at the American Philosophical Society Museum

Tempus Fugit: Time Flies – Secret Cinema spans the space-time continuum with new (old) series!

Jim Henson in "Time Piece."
Jim Henson in "Time Piece."


Secret Cinema, the on-going and always inventive archival film series curated by Philadelphia movie maven Jay Schwartz, offers “It’s  About Time: Short Films from the Secret Cinema Archive,” a FREE evening of rare and quirky gems dealing with time and how we perceive it, use it, struggle to defy it, and ultimately succumb to it. The Wednesday, Dec. 5, program at the American Philosophical Society Museum, Philosophical Hall, 104 South Fifth Street, will be hosted by Dan Buskirk, film critic and WPRB jazz DJ. “It’s About Time’s” program includes vintage educational, experimental, industrial and dramatic films, among them:
TIME PIECE (1966) – Starring and directed by Muppet master Jim Henson, who brings his hyper-animated imaginings to the screen in this nutty day-in-a-life short.
TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME (1965) - Pan-Am sponsored educational film about how humankind measures its (ours) days.
AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE (1963) - Ambrose Bierce's short story about a Civil War prisoner's last moments before his execution is adapted by Robert Enrico -- an Oscar-winning short, and the only external production ever to be shown on TV's The Twilight Zone.
SECRETS OF THE PLANT WORLD (1956) – Botanical orgy! Technicolor time-lapse montages of flowers and plants in the act of growing, blossoming, dying. .
THE TIME MACHINE trailer (1960) - Original theatrical "coming attractions"
preview for this sci-fi time travel classic starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux.
DRIVE-IN COUNTDOWN CLOCK (1960s) - Colorfully animated snack foods fill the minutes between the clicking of this giant projected clock, which kept drive-in theater audiences appraised of the time remaining until the main feature's start.
Doors open at 6p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., and it’s FREE! For more info, click on, or , or call the American Philosophical Society Museum at: 215-440-3442


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