Re: Thais (1917?) silent film

Jessica Rosner (
Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:23:59 -0700 (PDT)

No it does not exist but it would not be anything personal re Miss Garden's
view of the film. For films made in 1916 close to 98% would no longer exist
NOBODY thought to "preserve" them back than and safety film was not
available until the mid-fifties. If anyone DID find a copy these days
I think it would get priority but alas that will not happen
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: John Holland <> > Reply-To: > Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:09:38 -0700 (PDT) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: Thais (1917?) silent film > > I believe I touched on this once before and stumped all of you, but > someone at Lyric Opera of Chicago has asked me for help in possibly > tracking down a silent film based on the Massenet opera (and Anatole > France novel) "Thais", made in 1916 by Sam Goldwyn and starring the > opera singer Mary Garden (it was one of her best roles). Internet Movie > Database gives 1917 as the release date, and The Motion Picture Guide > doesn't even recognize its existence (they list one made in 1914 with a > different cast). I have checked all of the usual video sources, OCLC, > and various film distribution catalogs, and have found nothing. I am > guessing that this is one of those films that disintigrated years ago, > and given that Garden herself was not happy with the film and indicates > in her autobiography that it was not especially well received, it > probably never occured to anyone to preserve it. If anyone knows of an > archival copy anywhere, all leads would be appreciated. For now I am > working under the assumption that any format would be welcome. > > -- > John Holland > Librarian > Chicago Public Library > Media Express > (312) 747-4100 > >