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Flicker Alley proudly presents SAVED FROM THE FLAMES, a unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema. Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic groups over three DVDs, presents amazing treasures from the vaults of Lobster Films in Paris and from the Blackhawk Films Collection, rescued during half a century of gathering movies from the nitrate era.
MAGICAL MOVIES: Five early fantasy and trick films, including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Méliès, hand-colored films from Segundo de Chomon and Gaston Velle, and astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911.
WORLD: Among the ten films in this section: A transatlantic
crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible, a stencil-colored trek through the
Congo in 1925, Parisian street kids in Montmartre during the first
War, a 1916 visit to Los Angeles, 1927 sound film of Charles Lindbergh
embarking on his New York-Paris flight, an early 1930s portrait of New
York’s Coney Island, and a film promoting Josephine Baker’s revue at
DRAWINGS AND MODELS: Six works of animation: Gaumont’s Fantasmagorie (1908), three cartoons from the Fleischer Studios – Cartoon Factory (1924), Ain’t She Sweet (1932), and Play Safe (1936) – Ub Iwerks' Balloonland (1935) featuring a new color restoration made from the original negatives, and a filmed performance by puppetry pioneer Tony Sarg.
GRACE NOTES: Rare musical performances: Django Reinhardt with Stéphane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra, Louis Armstrong, and the Utica Jubilee Singers.
TELL ME A STORY: Narratives from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith (For His Son), Lois Weber (Suspense), and Thomas Ince (The Heart of an Indian), all mastered from beautiful 35 mm film elements.
THE FLAMES Booklet: An illustrated history and comments on
film in the collection, written by David Shepard and Serge
Table Of Contents For All Three DVDs
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