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The Survival of American Silent Feature Films, 1912-1929

by David Pierce
Book; Government Document
Washington, D.C. : Council on Library and Information Resources and The Library of Congress, 2013.
CLIR publication
9781932326390 (alk. paper), 1932326391 (alk. paper)
  • Foreword / James H. Billington
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • The silent film era comes to an end
  • Overview of what has been lost
  • Evolving views of silent cinema
  • The cultural loss
  • The cinematic loss
  • Methodology, definitions, and scope of this study
  • Purpose of this study
  • Definition of an American silent feature film
  • Historical period of study
  • Sources of data
  • Findings
  • Most American silent feature films are lost
  • Not all surviving films are complete
  • Films survive in different formats
  • The preferred edition is the 35mm domestic-release version
  • Many films survive only in small-gauge formats
  • Summary of surviving film elements
  • Source of the surviving copies
  • Studios
  • Independent producers
  • Stars and directors
  • Private collectors
  • Films surviving only in foreign archives
  • Foreign distribution
  • American films recovered from foreign archives
  • Identification and repatriation
  • The likelihood of future discoveries
  • Additional considerations
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Appendix: FIAF Archives reporting holdings of American silent feature films.
viii, 63 pages : color illustrations, color graphs ; 28 cm.
  • "Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Film Preservation Board."
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Series Statement
CLIR publication ; no. 158
CLIR publication no. 158
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