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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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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The suspended monorail depicted in the film is the Wuppertal Suspension Railway, in Wuppertal, Germany. Built around 1900, it is still in use today and is a major civic attraction.See more »
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Edited from A Tale of the Sea (1910)See more »


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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
haunting images, though somewhat pointless ultimately, 6 September 2007
Author: tbyrne4 from United States

Basically a collection of very early "found" film footage. We get small portions of larger fictional narratives, tourist-like shots of cities, people (mostly children) posing and smiling for the camera.

Obviously, this was early in the development of the photographic image so the footage reflects the wonder and confusion many people seemed to experience at having themselves filmed. People were not as camera trained as we are now, and seem charmingly unsure as what to do.

The big draw here (at least it was for me) is the gorgeous, apparition-like texture the film creates and exists within. Much of the footage is just breath-takingly beautiful. In particular, the wide-open tracking shots of the cities are absolutely stunning. If you have that lust for old silent film and the moods it can evoke, this is right up your alley.

Remarkable as well are the snippets of larger narratives that we get. One involving a man and a woman shipwrecked on an island and what happens to them carries tremendous dramatic weight, though we only get about three scenes (and roughly ten minutes) of actual footage.

Biggest complaint I have is that the film ultimately is nothing more than what it is: a collection of found footage. Thematically, there has been no attempt by the person who put it together to create "something" with the footage. It is what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. But ultimately, it's nothing more than pretty pictures.

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