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Title Treasures from American film archives [(DVD) videorecording] : 50 preserved films / produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation ; curator, Scott Simmon ; music curator, Martin Marks.

Edition Encore edition.
Publication Info. United States : Image Entertainment, 2005.
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult DVD Nonfiction  791.4309 TRE    AVAILABLE
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Description 4 videodiscs (642 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD, Dolby Digital Stereo.
Language Most of the films are silent (with piano accompaniment) or in English; one film is in Yiddish with English subtitles, and another has music with Spanish lyrics.
Note Copyright notice on container: National Film Preservation Foundation ; 2000, 2005.
Original films 1893-1985.
This set was made possible through the support of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation and Sterling Vineyards.
Each DVD container also holds an illustrated booklet with film notes and credits for the program on that disc.
Sources used: container; accompanying booklets; National Film Preservation Foundation web site.
For specific features see interactive menu.
Performer Narrator: Laurence Fishburne.
Summary An anthology of films from American film archives. In addition to rare silent-era features, includes landmark independent and avant-garde works, documentaries and newsreels, earliest American movies, pioneering special effects, one-reel adventures and comedies, cartoons and experimental animation, home movies, travel films from the 1910s, working training films from the 1920s, political ads from the 1930's, and other film types invented during the first four decades of the motion picture. Also contains newly recorded musical scores, essays about the archives narrated by Laurence Fishburne, and interactive screens about the films and music.
Contents Program 1. The original movie -- Early films from the Edison Company (Blacksmithing scene; The gay shoe clerk; Three American beauties) -- Princess Nicotine; or the Smoke Fairy -- The Confederate ironclad -- Hell's hinges -- The fall of the House of Usher -- Groucho Marx's home movies [excerpt] -- Running around San Francisco for an education -- Tevye [excerpt] -- Cologne: from the diary of Ray and Esther -- Private Snafu: "Spies" -- OffOn.
Program 2. Paper print copyright deposits (Star Theatre; Move on; Dog factory) -- The Lonedale operator -- Her crowning glory -- The toll of the sea -- Accuracy first [excerpt] -- West Virginia documentaries (West Virginia, the state beautiful; One-room schoolhouses) -- Early amateur sound film [excerpt] -- Composition 1 (Themis) -- The Battle of San Pietro -- Negro Leagues baseball -- Battery film.
Program 3. The thieving hand -- White Fawn's devotion -- The Chechahcos -- Japanese American communities [excerpt] -- Rare aviation films [excerpts] (The Keystone "Patrician" ; The Zeppelin "Hindenburg") -- We work again -- La valse [excerpt] -- The wall -- George Dumpson's place.
Program 4. Peepshow kinetoscopes from 1894 (Luise Martinetti, contortionist; Caicedo, king of the slack wire) -- Interior New York subway -- The land beyond the sunset -- I'm insured -- Snow White -- Beautiful Japan [excerpt] -- Rural life in Maine [excerpt] -- The news parade of 1934 -- Rose Hobart -- The autobiography of a Jeep -- Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial concert [excerpt].
Subject Motion pictures -- United States -- Videodiscs.
Genre Silent films.
Film excerpts.
Short films.
Feature films.
Added Author Simmon, Scott, research.
Marks, Martin Miller, music.
Fishburne, Laurence, III, 1961- narration.
National Film Preservation Foundation (U.S.)
Image Entertainment (Firm)
National Film Preservation Foundation Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
Added Title 50 preserved films
Fifty preserved films
ISBN 0974709921
Standard No. 014381091823
Music No. NATD0918DVD National Film Preservation Foundation
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