Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekend update #6

Here are some brief bits of news - offered on a regular basis - from and about the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the world of silent film:

1) All next week on this blog look for announcements regarding some of the many happenings taking place at this summer's San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Its expanding to four days! And that means more movies, more special guests, and more opportunities to experience what it was like to go to the movies back in the days of silent film. Announcement week will offer a sneak peak at some of the many films, musicians, special guests, authors and book signings taking place at the annual July event.

2) As a follow up to yesterday's post featuring a 1925 newspaper from Reykjavik, Iceland, we wanted to let you know about an excellent guide to the ever increasing number of historic newspapers which can be found on-line. Many of them are searchable in one form or another! This "most excellent" list can be found on Wikipedia under "List of online newspaper archives." There, one can link to newspaper archives from not only across the United States but also Australia and Austria, Canada, Latvia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and elsewhere. There is also an archive of Hebrew newspapers from the 19th - 20th centuries, and an archive of Jewish (Hebrew, French and English) newspapers from the 19th - 20th centuries. Interested in exploring the world of silent film (as reported in the popular press) in such far flung lands as Estonia, Ireland, or even Michigan - here is the place to start.

3) Today marks the 104th anniversary of the earthquake which struck San Francisco in 1906. To mark the occasion, we've embedded a short film depicting the pre-earthquake city; A Trip Down Market Street (1906, Miles Brothers) was made just prior to the tragic event, a fact only recently uncovered by local film historian David Kiehn. The film was originally thought to be from 1905. However, Kiehn discovered it was filmed only four days before the great quake. 

The Niles Film Museum historian was led to his discovery after having come across announcements of the film’s debut in old motion picture trade publications. Kiehn also noticed other internal evidence within the film itself – such as evidence of a recent heavy rainfall, and shadows on the street indicating time of year. These observations linked-up with the historical record. As did the license plates seen on some of the cars. Kiehn was even able to track down the registration details on some of these vehicles!

1 comment:

  1. Since I was unable to attend the SFS screening of The Gold Rush, I'd love to hear about the program and Stephen's talk in particular.