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2 items from 2014


National Film Preservation Foundation Unearths Lost Silents in Pact with Dutch Museum

30 March 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The National Film Preservation Foundation has found a rich source of silent pics through a pact with the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

The partnership between the San Francisco-based foundation and the Dutch museum calls for the restoration and preservation of dozens of silent pics that haven’t been seen in decades. The worldwide hunt for collections of lost silent pics is part of the ongoing Nfpf and Library of Congress effort to raise awareness of how many early films have been lost to history. By the Library of Congress’ estimate, only about one-third of American silent films survive with complete prints.

See Also: Library of Congress: 75% of Silent Films Lost

Among the first 26 titles slated for preservation are are “Fifty Million Years Ago” (1925), an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; “Flaming Canyons” (1929), a tour of national parks in the Southwest; short comedies featuring Mickey Rooney (pictured), Oliver Hardy, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Have you been watching … Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle?

21 March 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The casting of Chris Morris in the third series has made a brilliant show even better. But do you adore or abhor clever clogs comedian Stewart Lee?

If you have been watching this weekly half hour of droll polemic (now in its third glorious series), you're either a dedicated fan of the standup comedian Stewart Lee or you hate his smug, sing-song delivery and smirking repetition and you just enjoy being angry. There seldom seems to be a middle ground where Lee's concerned.

Like the first two series of Comedy Vehicle, this one takes segments of low-lit standup in front of a club audience and punctuates them with often avant garde VTs exploring an idea that comes from his monologue. In the first series, and to a lesser extent the second, this used to take the form of elaborate sketches featuring usual collaborators such as Kevin Eldon and Simon Munnery. »

- Julia Raeside

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