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August 16th, 2007 (07:28 pm)

Some more things of note:

1. The National Film Preservation Foundation, the folks responsible for the excellent Treasures of American Film Archives and More Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 Films, 1894-1931, is coming out with Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900–1934.

Poster for Who Pays? (1915)

From their website:

Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900–1934

DVD Project Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Film Preservation Board

The movies began during a period of social reform and quickly emerged as a way to reach millions, regardless of their class, education, or language. During the "Progressive Era" before World War I, virtually no socially significant issue was too controversial to bring to the big screen—abortion, anarchism, prohibition, unions, the vote for women, TB, worker safety, organized crime, race relations, loan sharking, juvenile justice, homelessness, police corruption, job discrimination, immigration, and more. Controversy fueled public debate and stoked the box office. Here was entertainment with the power to persuade.

More info available at The National Film Preservation Foundation's website.

Even more good news: Treasures IV: The American Avant-Garde Film, 1945-1985 will be available in fall 2008.


2. I meant to post this a couple of days ago: Roger Ebert has a film crossword from regular reader Joe Krozel posted on his site; the clues are based on things found in his annual Movie Yearbooks.

Check out the crossword; answers will be provided in a couple of weeks.


3. Today is Mae West's 110 b-day.

Happy birthday, Mae - maybe we will come up and see you sometime.


4. And last, a question for all you folks in LJ-land:

I recently saw an early Chinese talkie named Shizi Jietou (Crosswords), a pretty entertaining little movie from 1937.

I've heard that a sequel, Xin Shizi Jietou (New Crossroads or X-roads), was done in 2001, discussing some of the same issues of the first movie and showing that plus ça change, plus la même chose - but I can't find it in any of the usual places. Anybody know where a copy of this might be hiding?