Sunday, February 21, 2010

For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon

Its sad but true, the majority of silent films are lost. And not just lesser films by little known producers, films one might not notice not being on the archive shelf. If you can think of a major star or notable director, chances are one or more of their films have disappeared.

That's especially true for Louise Brooks. The actress had a brief career, and appeared in only 13 silent films between 1925 and 1928. Half of her films from 1926, and ALL of her films from 1927, are GONE. One of her films, A Social Celebrity, was lost in a fire as recently as the 1950's.

This somber reminder of our disappearing heritage only brings to mind the need for film preservation.

Today is the final day of the "For the Love of Film: Film Preservation Blogathon." It's a effort by film bloggers from all around the world to call attention to the need for continuing film preservation - as well as to raise funds to benefit the National Film Preservation Foundation. For more information, visit Ferdy on Films and Self-Styled Siren, the hosts of the blogathon. There is also a page on Facebook with even more details. If you would like to make a donation, follow this link.

One blogger,"Thoughts of Stream," posted a blog (as part of the blogathon) reflecting on the 1929 Louise Brooks film, Pandora's Box. It makes for interesting reading. Check it out here.

1 comment:

  1. All of Clara Bow's flms from 1928 are lost, including "Red Hair" her only color film :(((


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