A look at the problems of film preservation efforts in the 1930s and 1940s. Focuses on MOMA's efforts which commenced on August 8, 1935. It illustrates the problems with celluloid stock. It...
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This short opens with Judy Garland singing, and dancing to, the title song. A short history of movie music is presented, from silent films accompanied by a single piano, to the elaborate ... See full summary »
Although not officially an entry in the Traveltalks series, the same production crew was used for this two-reeler, and the opening credits have the same appearance. The film visits many of ... See full summary »
James H. Smith
James A. FitzPatrick,
Mrs. Frank A. Vanderlip,
Mrs. Nicholas M. Schenck
One of the most well attended, exciting and energy driven Hollywood premiers within recent memory is for the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). The story for this production began a ... See full summary »
This 'making of' documentary's subject is the movie Cannery Row (1982), the title which was immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, it being the source material. It tells... See full summary »
A look at the problems of film preservation efforts in the 1930s and 1940s. Focuses on MOMA's efforts which commenced on August 8, 1935. It illustrates the problems with celluloid stock. It emphasizes early newsreel clips of world leaders. We are shown early footage of King George V, The Kaiser, Queen Victoria, Theodore Roosevelt and others. Written by
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In more recent years, film preservation has become super-important. And, fortunately, due to the proliferation of many new preservation groups, tons of old and historically important films are being pieced together and are appearing on DVD. However, "The Film That Was Lost" is a short film that reminds us that film preservation has actually been a concern for some time.
"The Film That Was Lost" focuses specifically on the earliest films that have to do with our history. In other words, the entertainment angle is NOT discussed in the film but the preservation of important historical figures and events. You'll see a variety of old clips of the likes of Czar Nicholas II, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison, William Jennings Bryan and Queen Victoria--all of which are quite rare and fascinating. Naturally, the importance of preserving these clips is discussed as well as the work that is being done by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in keeping these images for posterity.
By the way, even if you don't care for modern art, a trip to MoMA is well worth your time if you are New York City. A while back, I was able to see an old Laurel & Hardy Short ("Two Tars") and the full-length John Gilbert film "The Cossacks"--all accompanied by an organ in the lovely basement theater at MoMA. And, the two films looked about as nice as if they were brand new--thanks to the preservation work of these folks.
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