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« Reply #210 on: August 14, 2021, 01:34:04 pm »

Indeed they are! I would recommend Silent Magic by Ivan Butler (Columbus Books, 1987) for an enthusiast's view (he saw them first-hand when they were mesmerising nitrate prints)...


...most of which have probably spontaneously combusted by now. Good job they managed to preserve and copy the majority of them before that happened.

Alas, many key titles by major directors are lost or survive incomplete: seen as ephemera in their day, curatorship was in its infancy. No doubt I'm a Celebrity will be preserved into the after-life and beyond, worra pile o' crap.

Likewise, so much art and music has been lost due to carelessness, the horrors of war and wanton destruction.

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"A piece is worth your attention, and is itself for you praiseworthy, if it makes you feel you have not wasted your time over it." (Sydney Grew, 1922)

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