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Introduction to Rarely Seen Gems - April 3 at 8 pm ET

Turner Classic Movies will take viewers on an eye-opening cinematic journey with a night of rarely seen gems on Sunday, April 3. The evening will open with Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films, a two-hour program of segments from films that have otherwise been lost to history, as well as interviews with people involved in making and preserving these films. Then, a special 10th anniversary presentation of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941 will mesmerize viewers with a 2 ½-hour collection of 16 experimental, mind-bending works from the early days of cinema. Both collections feature work by well-known filmmakers and performers, including director John Ford and a teen-age Charlton Heston.

"This night of rare movie treasures is the latest demonstration of TCM's commitment to film preservation and to showcase the efforts of the world's leading film archives," said TCM host Robert Osborne. "With as many as 80% of all pre-1930 films lost or damaged beyond repair, Fragments stands as a testament to cinematic treasures that have been claimed by the ravages of time. And celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Unseen Cinema provides a look at some of early film's most imaginative visions, most of which have never been presented in a major public forum."

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