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"A Celluloid Story" Exhibit Now Open

This exhibit on filmmaking in New Jersey runs until December 12th. If you area in the are make sure to go and see it!

A Celluloid Story: New Jersey’s Filmmaking History

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Save the Vitagraph Smokestack! Sign the Petition!

 

The Vitagraph smokestack in Brooklyn, NY, over 110 years old, will soon be torn down unless we rally to stop it.  Read more »

Sherlock Holmes film starring William Gillette found after over 100 years!

 

William Gillette as Sherlock HolmesWilliam Gillette as Sherlock Holmes

Last month I was in London for a conference and I was able to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street. It's very hard, when you visit this lovely little museum, to remember that Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character. The study is ready for his return, evidence from various cases are strewn about. The upper rooms have wax figures depicting scenes from various stories. It's definitely a must-see for Holmes fans.

And here is another must-see: The Cinémathèque Française has recently found a long-lost Sherlock Holmes film made in 1916 by Essanay Studios, starring the great actor William Gillette.

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Ms. Magazine Blog Series on Early Women Filmmakers

Ms. Magazine has started a blog series on early women filmmakers. First up, of course, is a blog on Alice Guy, by Kitty Lindsay.

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Fantastic Blog series on the Buttes Chaumont area of Paris

 A blogger who identifies themselves only as PW1949 has been posted very erudite and carefully researched blogs on everything to do with the 19th Arrondissement in Paris. This includes the Buttes Chaumont area where the Gaumont Studios were.

If you can read French, I highly recommend visiting this blog. Even if you can't, the pictures and maps are great.

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Lost Visionary now available as ebook at last!

Only took eleven years!

My academic study of Alice Guy's work,  Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema, is now available as an ebook. You can get it from  Bloomsbury (various formats) or on Amazon.

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The Lost Visionary Available now for pre-order on Kindle

At long last, The Lost Visionary will be available on Amazon as a Kindle book. Pub date is August 14, 2014, but you can pre-order the book now here.

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A short bio about Buster Keaton

A great article-length bio about Buster Keaton by Loren Kantor on Spice Today.

Why write about Buster Keaton in a blog dedicated to early cinema and Alice Guy? Because Herbert Blaché, Alice's husband, directed a few films in Hollywood before the transition to sound, and one of them was The Saphead, the first feature film starring Buster Keaton.

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Robert Flaherty’s lost Irish Gaelic film found at Harvard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing that is true of all early cinema, silent cinema, and early talkies: without preservation and conservation, the films eventually disintegrate. That's if we even know where they are to begin with.

But every now and then a treasure thought long lost is found again.

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Happy Birthday, Alice Guy!

Alice Guy was born on July 1, 1873, in a Parisian suburb. It was the first day in what would be an incredible, adventurous, and ground-breaking life. 

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