More Treasures From American Film Archives, 1894-1931

More Treasures From American Film Archives, 1894-1931

Program 3

DVD - 2004
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Program 3 of an anthology of films from American film archives. In addition to rare silent-era features, includes cartoons and animation, documentaries and newsreels, earliest American movies, pioneering sound and color experiments, serial episodes, trailers for lost films, advertisements, avant-garde shorts, ethnographic footage, films of ethnic communities, and os.


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Dec 03, 2014

Interesting. The results are pretty good given the technology available to the film makers. My favorite piece: "Making an electric light bulb", showing how they made early bulbs. There was a lot of human labor involved in those days, starting w/digging of the tungsten ore for making the filament right up to blowing and evacuating the glass. Other good ones are "Annie Oakley", in which you can see the actual Annie Oakley shooting targets with her rifle; and "Hazards of Gretchen", am apparently very popular suspense serial about a lady railroad telegraph operator, who is constantly saving the trains from certain destruction. Not surprisingly, given that the corporations understood the power of mass media, the most technologically sophisticated are the early advertising films. Even if only for the electric light bulb piece, recommended.


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