Re: Thais (1917?) silent film

Luke McKernan BUFVC (luke@bufvc.ac.uk)
Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:37:56 -0700 (PDT)

THAIS certainly does exist. There's a copy in the British Film Institute.

Luke

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Luke McKernan
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British Universities Film & Video Council
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London W1T 3QJ
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E-mail: luke@bufvc.ac.uk

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jessica Rosner" <jrosner@kino.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 5:21 PM
Subject: Re: Thais (1917?) silent film

> 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
> jrosner@kino.com
>
> > From: John Holland <jholland@chipublib.org>
> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> > Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:09:38 -0700 (PDT)
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > 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
> >
> >
>
>