I don’t know if you have found this list but it not, the films that will be returned from Gosfilmofond, should be listed here; Roger Skarsten posted the list from the FIAF database being held by Gosfilmofond. There are no claims for the completeness of the list; the FIAF database disclaimer: "Inclusion of a title in this database does not guarantee its availability nor completeness.”
Back in 2007, the
The posted of the Gosfilmofond list didn’t include “Syncopation” it is one of the rare pre-1930 American films that survived only in the Moscow archive was the first RKO film and one of the few missing early talkies discovered there, "Syncopation," directed in a New York studio by Bert Glennon, best known as a cameraman for DeMille, Ford and others. This was one of his few directorial efforts. The notable cast, many making their talkie debuts, include Dorothy Lee (just before her legendary teaming with Wheeler and Woolsey), Verree Teasdale, Ian Hunter, Barbara Bennett (sister of Constance and Joan), Bobby Watson, famous singer Morton Downey, and the leading band, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. You can see and hear clips from "Syncopation" on YouTube by Googling "Do Do Something Dorothy Lee" and "Jericho Morton Downey."
William M. Drew
Eric Grayson wrote: “I'd really love to see Drifting (1923). It's the film that got Tod Browning fired from Universal, practically ended Priscilla Dean's career, and was an early film for Anna May Wong and Edna Tichenor. (I think I'm the only Tod Browning fan left...)”
I see that Keaton's Three Ages is on the list. I've always understood that the only 35mm copy of the film was the one found by James Mason in the shed at Keaton's (Mason's) mansion. It is quite damaged in spots. I wonder what the quality of this print is like. John Bengtson comment February 16, 2011
A note from Hugh Neely (February 14, 2011)
It will, indeed, be interesting to see what actually shows up.
I have done some searching in foreign archives; I visited Gosfilmofond, near
The material on Tess amounted to approximately 3 reels. The original film is 10 reels; it was very interesting, as it was 35 mm and very sharp. The only version of this film that survives in the
There is a report on imdb that the Russian print of The House of Hate is complete and "in great condition." I believe that they do have material on all the chapters of this serial. However what I saw varied greatly in quality, from reel to reel.
The two reels of the Clara Kimball Young production of Camille (1915) were the first and the last reel. The last reel had been misidentified (by an Italian researcher, I was told) as being a reel of Theda Bara's Camille (1917). It was clearly NOT Theda Bara, it was Clara Kimball Young.
I have great hope for the accessibility of these films. I hope that the Library of Congress will make them readily available. it will likely take a great deal of work to make some of them viewable.
A note from Paul Gierucki (
The recently published list of films from the Gosfilmfond collection includes a print of the long lost Arbuckle feature CRAZY TO MARRY. There are no details regarding completeness of the print -- but this is very exciting news!
Amazing how much material is still turning up some 90 years later.
I spoke too quickly; there are actually THREE Arbuckle features on the list:
CRAZY TO MARRY
LIFE OF THE PARTY
This is truly cause for celebration!