Enjoy an early Mac Sennett gag fest, a performance by Duke Ellington, a trans-Atlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible, stop-motion animation from 1911, and three films by the Lumière Brothers. This unique anthology gathers 54 shorts from the years when movies were made on flammable nitrate film. Includes a booklet by film historians and preservationists David Shepard (Blackhawk Films) and Serge Bromberg (Lobster Films, Paris). About 7 hrs, 3 DVDs, color and B&W.
• "New Beginnings": Seven films, including the early cinematic experiments of Lumière, Georges Mendel and others, featuring Cyrano de Bergerac from 1900.
• "Magical Movies": Five early fantasy and trick films, including astonishing stop-motion animation from 1911.
• "Seeing The World": Ten films, including a transatlantic crossing in a Zeppelin dirigible and a film promoting Josephine Baker's wild revue at the Foliès-Bergere.
• "Laughing Like We Used To": Seven comedies, including four restored from turn of the century Italy and France and a frenetic Mack Sennett gag fest with tin lizzies galore.
• "Drawings and Models": Six Works of Animation, including Fantasmagorie from 1908 and three cartoons from the Fleischer Studios.
• "Grace Notes": Rare musical performances by Reinhardt, Ellington, and Armstrong.
• "Persuade Me": Eleven films designed to influence, including three WW-II era musical shorts and a paean to the 1936 Chevrolet, selected for the National Film Registry.
• "Tell Me A Story": Narratives from 1912-1913 by D.W. Griffith, Lois Weber, and Thomas Ince, all mastered from beautiful 35mm film elements.
Saved From the Flames Booklet: An illustrated history and comments on each film in the collection, written by David Shepard and Serge Bromberg.
Run Time: 7 hours
Number of discs: 3
Foreign Language Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, Charles Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Tony Sarg