Re: Thais (1917?) silent film

Luke McKernan BUFVC (luke@bufvc.ac.uk)
Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:57:32 -0700 (PDT)

>From an old catalogue that I have to hand, it is 3,220ft. How complete, or
in what sort of version, I don't know. I do recall that the BFI has no
viewing copy, and I don't know to what degree it will have been preserved
therefore.

Luke

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Luke McKernan
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British Universities Film & Video Council
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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 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: Thais (1917?) silent film

> Well this must be a recent discovery since someone researching Ms.
Garden's
> carreer about six years ago could not find it. Do you know if this is a
> COMPLETE & Preserved copy?
> --
> Jessica Rosner
> Kino International
> 333 W 39th St. 503
> NY NY 10018
> jrosner@kino.com
>
> > From: "Luke McKernan BUFVC" <luke@bufvc.ac.uk>
> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> > Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:35:06 -0700 (PDT)
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > Subject: Re: Thais (1917?) silent film
> >
> > THAIS certainly does exist. There's a copy in the British Film
Institute.
> >
> >
> > Luke
> >
> >
> > ************************************************
> >
> > Luke McKernan
> > Head of Information
> > British Universities Film & Video Council
> > 77 Wells Street
> > London W1T 3QJ
> > Tel: 020 7393 1508
> > Fax: 020 7393 1555
> > 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
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
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