Just as well someone is concerned with the old silent films
70% of 11,000 silent movies made in America between 1912 and 1930 have been lost
* Not a trace remains of three quarters of the films that were made
* Movies lost include Cleopatra from 1917 and The Great Gatsby from 1926
* Study carried out by Library of Congress in Washington
Hollywood’s golden age of silent film has largely gone forever.
The vast majority of feature-length silent movies made in the U.S. over the past 100 years have been lost due to decay and neglect, according to a new study that will horrify cinema lovers.
In the first comprehensive survey of silent films, the Library of Congress in Washington discovered that not a trace remains of three quarters of the films that were made.
On Thu, 5/12/13, Sam Brylawski <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Wonderful new web resources
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Thursday, 5 December, 2013, 1:27
I don't recall reading an
announcement of this here. If I'm mistaken I hope
you'll agree that it's well worth a new mention.
The great Media History Project that scans media serials for
Archive, and provides a handy front end for them, has added
runs of Talking
Machine World; the 1896 Phonoscope; and the Edison
Phonograph Monthly to
its already rich holdings.
Congrats and thanks to David Pierce (author of the important
just-published survey of extant silent films) and his team,
and the staff
of the LC Recorded Sound Reference Center.
Have fun. My apologies to your families.