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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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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeffrey Thomas ... Narrator (voice)
Costa Botes Costa Botes ... Himself - Film Maker
Marguerite Hurst Marguerite Hurst ... Herself
Peter Jackson ... Himself
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Historian
Johnny Morris Johnny Morris ... Himself - Film Archivist (as Jonathon Morris)
Sam Neill ... Himself - Actor & Director
John O'Shea John O'Shea ... Himself
Lindsay Shelton Lindsay Shelton ... Himself
Harvey Weinstein ... Himself - Miramax Films
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Storyline

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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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colin McKenzie See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,740, 3 October 1997

Gross USA:

$26,459
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The interview with Sam Neill was taken during the filming of Century of Cinema: Cinema of unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neal (1995). See more »

Goofs

Colin's synchronized sound film is supposed to have been released in 1908. If we are to believe that it was the first film to feature synchronized sound, we would have to discard the lesser known, but still earlier work of Arthur Gilbert and John Morland, and others, who had all produced and exhibited sound films at earlier dates. See more »

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Archive Footage Courtecy of The Colin McKenzie Trust See more »

Connections

References The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

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Very Good Fake Documentary
20 October 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This life of a forgotten New Zealander at the dawn of movies is very knowing and loving. Its weirdly right on target with the way things were done by the maverick film makers of the day. Its also very funny and touching and a really good way to spend 53 minutes. I'm baffled that people actually thought this was real since there are numerous clues, nay, out right examples of why this couldn't be real, how the young film maker made movies years before anyone else is actually quite silly.

If can see this on the DVD since the extras add to the magic of the film. Chief among them is the making of documentary that tells you and shows you how they did what they did. In strange way thats even better than the film itself.

That said this is probably a renter rather than a keeper, but it should be on the must see list especially f you love old movies and movie history.


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