Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mark Twain moving

The only existing footage of 19th c. American author Mark Twain has just been digitally restored by TFG Film & Tape. He is shown circumnavigating his house in Redding, Connecticut, U.S., and sitting inside with his daughters Clara and Jean. The film (COMPARE BEFORE AND AFTER HERE) was made by Thomas Edison's company in 1909, just a year before Twain died. We think we know the author so well from portrayals by Hal Holbrook and others that Josh Jones writes in Open Culture, "[The restoration] does wonders for the watchability of this priceless silent artifact, so vividly capturing the writer/contrarian/raconteur’s essence that you’ll find yourself reaching to turn the volume up, expecting to hear that familiar curmudgeonly drawl."

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