SAVED FROM THE FLAMES presents a unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema.  Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic groups over three DVDs, presents amazing treasures from the vaults of Lobster Films in Paris and from the Blackhawk Films Collection, rescued during half a century of gathering movies from the nitrate era.

This 3-disc set also features: SAVED FROM THE FLAMES Booklet - An illustrated history and comments on each film in the collection, written by David Shepard and Serge Bromberg.



Format: DVD-NTSC / Region 0
(No Regional Code)


New Beginnings

• Seven films: including the early cinematic experiments of Lumière, Georges Mendel and others; featuring CYRANO DE BERGERAC, from 1900, believed to be the first color and sound film.


Magical Movies

• Five early fantasy and trick films: including a previously-unseen trick film by Georges Méliès; hand-colored films from Segundo de Chomon and Gaston Velle; and astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911.


Seeing The World

• Among the ten films in this section: A transatlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible; a stencil-colored trek through the Belgian Congo in 1925; Parisian street kids in Montmartre during the first World War; a 1916 visit to Los Angeles; 1927 sound film of Charles Lindbergh embarking on his New York-Paris flight; an early 1930s portrait of New York’s Coney Island; and a film promoting Josephine Baker’s revue at the Folies-Bergère. 


Laughing Like We Used To

• Seven comedies: including four restored from turn of the century Italy and France; KID’S AUTO RACE, a recently-discovered nitrate negative of Chaplin’s first appearance in his “tramp” attire, a frenetic Mack Sennett gag fest with tin lizzies galore; and THE PEST, starring an early Stan Laurel (before Oliver Hardy). 


Drawings And Models

• Six works of animation: Gaumont’s FANTASMAGORIE (1908); three cartoons from the Fleischer Studios – CARTOON FACTORY (1924), AIN’T SHE SWEET (1932), and PLAY SAFE (1936); Ub Iwerks' BALLOONLAND (1935), featuring a new color restoration made from the original negatives; and a filmed performance by puppetry pioneer Tony Sarg. 


Grace Notes

• Rare musical performances: Django Reinhardt with Stéphane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France; Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra; Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen; and the Utica Jubilee Singers. 


Persuade Me

• Eleven films designed to influence: including vintage promotional films featuring Laurel & Hardy (dubbed in French); Michel Simon and Jacques Tati; puppet animation by George Pal; three WW-II era musical shorts; two political campaign films; and MASTER HANDS, a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet, selected for the National Film Registry. 


Tell Me A Story

• Narratives from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith (FOR HIS SON), Lois Weber (SUSPENSE), and Thomas Ince (THE HEART OF AN INDIAN), all mastered from beautiful 35mm film elements.


Total Running Time: 06:50:00 (3 Discs)

Language: Silent with English intertitles

Musical Score: Eric le Guen, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Frederick Hodges, Eric Beheim, Louis de Francesco, Sydney Jill Lehman, Donald Sosin, Rodney Sauer & Neil Brand 

Booklet Text: David Shepard & Serge Bromberg

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $400 (plus shipping)

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