Saturday, December 7, 2013


Just as we are losing the last members of the generations entertained by silent films, the Library of Congress reveals that we are losing the films themselves. According to a landmark study commissioned by the Library's National Film Preservation Board to inventory and preserve those that are left, an estimated 70% of the nearly 11,000 films produced in the U.S. have disappeared or been damaged beyond repair. "Few art forms emerged as quickly, came to an end as suddenly, or vanished more completely than the silent film," reads the report. One film that remains is the 1923 feature ("Safety Last," starring Harold Lloyd (STILL ABOVE). Pleased to say that also still with us is my 100-year-old roommate, who is due to have a reunion with her 95-year-old sister in about an hour's time!

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