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The Film That Was Lost (1942)

Approved | | Short, History | 31 October 1942 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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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 Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Passing Parade No. 36: The Film That Was Lost  »

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Early Look at Saving Film
30 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Film That Was Lost, The (1942)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Part of John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series, this entry takes a look at early film preservation. The movie takes a look at what MOMA must do in order to make sure so many parts of history are not lost forever. We get several examples of the films they're trying to save, which including many Edison films from the late 1890s and early 1900s. As someone who loves watching those type of films, this movie offered up a nice glimpse of how those films were looked at in 1942. It was rather funny hearing Nesbitt talking with great wonder about how those movies are still available for viewing and it make me smile considering the work done back then makes these movies available to view today. Footage of Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Woodrow Wilson, King George V and Stalin is available here as well.


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