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This film is a compilation of scenes from silent films made between 1905 and 1915 that sat in storage in an Amsterdam cinema for many years... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lyda Borelli ... (archive footage)

Henny Porten ... (archive footage)
Anni Timm ... (archive footage) (as Anny Timm)

Directed by
Peter Delpeut 
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Peter Delpeut  idea

Produced by
Floor Kooij .... producer
Suzanne van Voorst .... producer
Film Editing by
Menno Boerema 
Sound Department
Jan van Sandwijk .... sound mixer
Paul Veld .... sound effects
Special Effects by
Frans Wamelink .... optical slow motions
Editorial Department
Dick Troeleman .... color corrector
Other crew
Daphne Meijer .... production secretary
Anke van Loon .... production secretary
Frans Wamelink .... credits
Hoos Blotkamp .... special thanks
Eric De Kuyper .... special thanks
Herman Greven .... special thanks
Frank van der Maden .... special thanks

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50 min
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Most, if not all, of the film material sourced for this project was originally part of the collection of Dutch cinema operator and entrepreneur Jean Desmet (1875-1956). The Desmet collection includes over 900 films from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and other places, as well as related documents and publicity items (posters, stills and so on).See more »
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5 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Moments of brilliance in an other wise dull film, 26 August 2007
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This is another collection of clips from nitrate films spanning from 1905 to about 1912 that were found in a cinema in Denmark. Grouped together in subjects (LOOKING is a series of shots "through" telescopes or binoculars, DRAMATIS PERSONAE is introductory shots of actors, CHILDREN is self explanatory, DYING is the death of Christ in a religious film.) that sort of kind of has the structure of a film. The whole thing ends with GOODBYE which was scenes from a religious film on the Garden of Eden that has been all but obliterated by the decay of the film. With in the film there are some hypnotic travel films, a wonderful series of shots of a railway that runs on tracks over the cars and what maybe the only surviving snippets of a woman named Lydia Borelli who is a stunning beauty and seemingly great actress.

The problem is that the film doesn't add up to much. To be certain the film has some stunning pieces, and at times the marriage of image and music transcend the whole and become something special, but for the most part the sequences are simply a series of disconnected shots grouped together. The effect is sleep inducing and aside for the odd moment or piece of film I was bored to tears. Decasia, another film that uses nitrate film for different effect (all of the footage there is decaying resulting in an almost alien landscape) is much better since its use of decay forces you to work with the film

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