Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekend update #22

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) A follow-up to Friday's post about lost silent films just recently presented to the Library of Congress by the Russia state. The films, created for the American viewing public, were distributed in other countries - including Russia - during the silent era. Shown in Russian movie houses, the films had been given Russian-language intertitles. Now, 10 of these films were repatriated to the United States. Read the complete LOC press release on this important donation here.

2) Don't forget, the Silent Film Festival's co-presentation of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) at the Paramount Theater in Oakland takes place on  Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. More info here.

2) As it seems to be making the rounds of the internet of late, we thought to also post this  equally interesting and amusing clipping from the Chicago-based Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. (This early film studio - in existence from 1907 to 1925 - also had a branch in nearby Niles, CA.). The piece is an  undated rejection slip sent out to individuals who had submitted a treatment or scenario to the studio. The form is interesting because of what they did not want and amusing and even a little baffling because one couldn't be sure of what they did want.

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