I just spend the evening strolling the streets of Los Angeles and loving every stop; every passing trolley, the hotels, churches, shops and cafés. I will need a second or third or forth or fifth or sixth visits or maybe more. Thank you, thank you Brent C. Dickson and his friend Lennie, a member of the Mabel Normand Yahoo Group...
If this is the type of time-travel that you enjoy, how about a re-visit to Delores Hanney’s “Mabel in Paradise” http://www.mabel-in-paradise.webs.com/
JUNE 9 – Wednesdays – 8PM
Series: The Silent Clowns
SILENT MOVIE THEATRE
(611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510)
This screening is of extremely rare films and an opportunity to see silent films as they were meant to be seen; as the prints from the Library of Congress are not available on DVD.
Hugh Neely and Brent Walker will introduce the program, which is co-presented by The Silent Treatment. After the introduction; the Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle comedies along with Mabel Normand in “Mabel’s Willful Way” will be shown before the screening of Marion Davies in “The Cardboard Lover”.
Zip The Dodger
Mabel's Willful Way
Fatty's Day Off
Fatty's Wine Party
Fatty Arbuckle Shorts 1913-14, 35mm, approx. 30 min. (Library 35mm prints courtesy of the Library of Congress Motion Picture Collection)
The Cardboard Lover
Marion Davis Dir. Robert Z. Leonard, 1928, 35mm, 75 min. (Library 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress Motion Picture Collection)
For tickets and more information contact:
The Cinefamily is an organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films.
Tickets - $12
The Associated Press
A cache of 75 long-lost silent films uncovered in the New Zealand Film Archive vault, including the only known copy of a drama by legendary director John Ford, is being sent back to the United States to be restored.
Among the movies found in storage are a copy of Ford's "Upstream," the earliest surviving movie by comic actor and director Mabel Normand and a period drama starring 1920s screen icon Clara Bow. Only 15 percent of the silent films made by Ford, who won four Oscars, have survived.
New Zealand Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson said the find is important as there are no prints of the films remaining in the U.S.
"These important films will be preserved and made available to both U.S. and New Zealand audiences to enjoy," he told The New Zealand Herald newspaper Tuesday.
Film Archive corporate services manager Steve Russell said the films were discovered when American preservationist Brian Meacham visited last year. Many of them remained in New Zealand because distributors at the time did not think the return shipping costs were worth the expense, he said.
"It's one of the rare cases where the tyranny of distance has worked in our and the films' favor," Russell said.
Finding "Upstream" was "a fabulous discovery, particularly for our American colleagues, but also for ourselves," he told The Associated Press.
Because they were printed on unstable and highly inflammable nitrate film stock, "there are very strict conditions when sending it by air," he added.
Returning the films will cost the U.S. National Film Preservation Foundation more than 750,000 New Zealand dollars ($500,000).
"We're having to ship in U.N.-approved steel barrels, a little bit at a time," said foundation director Annette Melville. "So far, we've got about one-third of the films, and preservation work has already begun on four titles."
"About a quarter of the films are in advanced nitrate decay, and the rest have good image quality, though they are badly shrunken," she added.
The late Ford's 1927 film "Upstream" was being copied onto safety stock in New Zealand to prevent further damage in transit.
What a happy and fantastic find in New Zealand…..
The "Won in a Closet," directed by and starring Mabel Normand; is available to the genral public but a Clara Bow and Pearl White were just setting in an archive….it is just grand…. (thanks Bruce, you are a dear and than there is Joan with more information and Yair also sent a note)) There is also more information at
VARIETY – JUNE 6, 2010
Ford films found in Kiwi vault
Int'l cooperation develops to restore films thought lost forever
By CYNTHIA LITTLETON
A 1927 John Ford feature thought to have been lost is among a cache of 75 early U.S. pics recently uncovered in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation have struck a partnership to preserve the films over the next three years in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film and Television Archive. Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox are also helping with the restoration of titles from their libraries.
The NFPF called the collection "a time capsule of American film production in the 1910s and 1920s" and said that about 70% of the nitrate prints were complete. The pics were found in a remote storage vault held by the New Zealand Film Archive.
The Ford pic is "Upstream," described as a backstage romance between an aspiring actor and a girl from a knife-throwing act. It was released in early 1927 by Fox. According to the NFPF, only about 15% of the helmer's silent films are believed to have survived. Also uncovered in the collection is a trailer for another lost Ford feature, 1929's "Strong Boy" starring Victor McLaglen.
Other titles in the collection include the 1923 Clara Bow feature "Maytime"; "Won in a Closet," directed by and starring Mabel Normand; plus numerous Westerns, shorts, docus and newsreels. There's even an industrial film about the making of Stetson hats. The earliest work dates to 1898.
The New Zealand find is an example of how state archives and private collections outside the U.S. can be a treasure trove of early films thought to be lost to the ravages of nitrate deterioration.
"We hope that our example will encourage other international partners who have safeguarded 'lost' American films for decades to share their long-unseen treasures with the world community," said Jamie Lean, division director of the New Zealand Film Archive.
NFPF is the San Francisco-based charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Since its inception in 1997, the org has helped preserve more than 1,650 pics at libraries, archives and museums across the country.
Here is a partial list of the pics uncovered by the New Zealand Film Archive:
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