Forgotten Treasure (1943)

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This short film highlights the film preservation efforts of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, particularly in archiving documentary footage of historical events for future generations.


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Director:

Sammy Lee

Writer:

Doane R. Hoag (original story)

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7 June 2009 | Doylenf
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| Film preservation treasures...
Here's a short in the John Nesbitt "Passing Parade" series that hardly does justice to its subject matter--film preservation so that in 1999 people can still view historic newsreel footage of important events captured on nitrate film, and how the Mueum of Modern Art decided to salvage much of the historic footage.

It begins with a glimpse of President McKinley only a short time before being shot and footage of Teddy Roosevelt who followed him as the next president; some actual footage of the 1906 San Francisco quake which helped MGM duplicate the historic quake for its film, SAN FRANCISCO; the death of Edward VII in 1910 wherein there was a meeting of various kings from different countries, including the Duke of Austria who would be shot four years later leading to WWI; the Wright Brothers testing their airplane in footage believed to have been shot in 1908; air power becoming essential during WWII, with a scene of the destruction at Pearl Harbor.

All presented in routine fashion. Nothing special, except that it makes the point that students of history can learn a lot if film preservation keeps history alive.

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