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On Tuesday morning, Wamg was invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ special press preview of John Ford’s Upstream (1927), one of 75 films recently found in the New Zealand Film Archive and repatriated to the U.S. with the cooperation of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
The 1927 silent film, that was thought lost for decades, had it’s re-premiere Wednesday night, September 1, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Many of the VIP’s on hand included Silent Film Historians and those involved with the restoration, as well as the general public.
Having seen the film on Tuesday, I must say the transfer is absolutely beautiful. I was so impressed by the special care taken with the film’s clarity and how vibrant the tinting is on the multiple color frames throughout. The smoky special effects combined with the subtle transitions made me forget I was »
- Michelle McCue
Talk about a treasure chest of films.
Over the weekend, a massive collection of early U.S. films, clocking in at a robust 75 films, was discovered in a vault in New Zealand. According to Variety, the collection of films will be preserved by the New Zealand Film Archive and National Film Preservation Foundation, along with the help of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, UCLA Film and Television Archive, as well as the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Modern Art to boot.
Among the films, there are films showing such things as how hats are made by Stetson, how someone can set an underwater explosive, and a neo-commercial for a Ford tractor trailer. However, the most interesting piece is not something like that at all.
- Joshua Brunsting
Seventy-five early U.S. films have been uncovered from a vault in New Zealand. According to Variety, the movies were found in a remote storage vault held by the New Zealand Film Archive (Nzfa). The Nzfa and the National Film Preservation Foundation will spend the next three years preserving and restoring the films in collaboration with a variety of other organizations.
This is an incredible find and fantastic news for all film lovers. But most exciting is that among the seventy-five films is the 1927 John Ford feature Upstream which is “a backstage romance between an aspiring actor and a girl from a knife-throwing act.” The film was previously thought to be lost due to nitrate deterioration. With all the ways to reproduce cinema in the modern age, it’s tough to wrap your mind around the concept that a motion picture released by a major studio (in this case, Fox) would disappear over time. »
- Matt Goldberg
3 items from 2010
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