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Forgotten Silver (1995)

The film deals with the career of a supposedly forgotten pioneer of international cinema, Colin McKenzie, who was allegedly born in rural New Zealand in 1888.
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Himself - Film Historian
Johnny Morris ...
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Himself - Miramax Films
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Forgotten Silver is a mockumentary which details the prodigious life of "lost" filmmaker Colin McKenzie and his incredible advances that were lost to history...until now. This supergenius filmmaker, posthumously inducted into the pantheon of cinema greats, made incredible advances in filmmaking technology, supposedly making a talkie in 1908 and using color film in 1911, but madness and poverty and the usual industry tolls drove him into obscurity. Written by karina <KtheCrtitic@aol.com>

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$650,000 (estimated)
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The narration asserts that Brooke McKenzie's footage of Galipoli is the only surviving footage of the battle (the joke being that no actual footage exists). However, real footage of Allied troops and trench combat does survive and has appeared in documentaries such as The First World War (2003). See more »

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The film implies that Colin invented the close-up around 1912, but the earliest close-ups date from around 1903, nine years earlier. See more »

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Special Thanks to Hannah McKenzie See more »

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Spoofs Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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Funny mockumentary about early cinema
5 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Early film history geeks will get the most out of this mockumentary. Forgotten Silver (1995) follows the misadventures of fictional film genius Colin McKenzie, who managed to pioneer sound film, color film, aviation, "Candid Camera" style shenanigans, and the feature film, only to never get his due.

The presence of real archivists and historians complete the illusion that what we are watching is legit. The footage of the films are less convincing, much too mannered even by the heightened standards of the 1910s and 1920s. Much of the biography is hilarious too, underlined by a wry sense of silly humor, almost Forrest Gump like in the intersections of fiction and fact, like the changes the Soviet Union censors wanted to make to McKenzie's biblical epic or how he invented the close-up because of his infatuation with an actress.

Still, my fellow film history nerds will get a big chuckle out of this!


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