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More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931: 50 Films

Academic journal article Notes

More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931: 50 Films

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BRIEFLY NOTED More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931: 50 Films. Produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation; curator, Scott Simmon; music curator, Martin Marks. [United States]: Image Entertainment, 2004. DVD. ISBN: 0-97470-991-3. $79.95.

More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931 is a three-DVD set (nine-andone-half hours), accompanied by a 200page book, celebrating the first four decades of American film. It presents fifty films and six previews preserved by the nation's foremost silent film archives: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. With examples of feature-length narratives, serials, cartoons, newsreels, folk life footage, avant-garde works, actuality footage, industrial films, technical experiments in sound and color, and previews, the set showcases the range of film production during this key period and introduces to home audiences and students many works never before available on video.

Silent film was never truly silent and all the films without original sound tracks are presented here with new musical accompaniments created under the direction of music curator Martin Marks. …

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