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Film Preservation Associates

Overview
Works: 209 works in 525 publications in 6 languages and 14,361 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  History  Horror films  Short films  Film adaptations  Vampire films  Expressionist films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical films 
Roles: prn, fds, Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Film Preservation Associates
The birth of a nation by D. W Griffith( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This epic story of the Civil War as seen through the lives of two families is a controversial classic of film history
Nosferatu a symphony of horror by F. W Murnau( Visual )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1838. En la ciudad de Wisborg viven felices el joven Hutter y su mujer Ellen, hasta que el oscuro agente inmobiliario Knock decide enviar a Hutter a Transilvania para cerrar un negocio con el conde Orlok. Se trata de la venta de finca en Wisborg que linda con la casa de Hutter. Durante el largo camino, Hutter pernocta de una posada, donde ojea un viejo tratado sobre vampiros que encuentra en su habitación. Una vez en el castillo, es recibido por el siniestro conde, que se excita cuando el joven se corta un dedo. Al día siguiente, Hutter amanece con dos pequeñas marcas en el cuello, que interpreta como picaduras de mosquito. Una vez firmado el contrato, descubre que el conde es, en realidad, un vampiro. Al verle partir hacia su nuevo hogar, Hutter teme por Ellen. El joven muy debilitado por las mordeduras del vampiro, es internado en un hospital. Al mismo tiempo Ellen contrae una misteriosa enfermedad y también Knock, bajo influjo del conde enloquece. El velero Empusa parte del puerto de Barna. En él viaja el conde, acompañado de varios ataúdes llenos de tierra y ratas. Durante la travesía se declara la peste a bordo y uno tras otro van pereciendo todos los miembros de la tripulación, siendo el conde el único que arriba al puerto de Wisborg. Amparado por la oscuridad de la noche, desembarca y se dirige a su nueva mansión. Poco después, llega Hutter ya restablecido. La peste hace estragos en la ciudad. Ellen lee que sólo el sacrificio de una mujer sin pecado, que haga olvidar al vampiro el primer canto del gallo, puede librarles de su azote. La joven no ve otra salida: abre la ventana de su cuarto y propicia la llegada del vampiro, que cae fulminado con los primeros rayos del sol
The magic of Méliès by Georges Méliès( Visual )

14 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decades before the term "special effects" was coined, audiences of the newborn cinema were witnessing spectacular screen illusions, courtesy of the medium's first master magician: Georges Méliès. Such films as THE ECLIPSE (1907) and LONG DISTANCE WIRELESS PHOTOGRAPHY (1908) not only demonstrate Méliès's astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery but provide mesmerizing insight into the social context of his work, which blended Victorian approaches to astronomy, superstition and feminine beauty with the unnatural wonders of 20th-century technology and heavy doses of slapstick. The centerpiece of the collection is THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904), presented with the authentic frame-by-frame hand-coloring and narration penned by Méliès himself. GEORGES MÉLIÈS: CINEMA MAGICIAN is a documentary on the filmmaker's life, integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous clips. It charts Méliès' rise from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris's mystical Théatre Robert-Houdin, where he learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural, exquisitely represented in THE MYSTERIOUS RETORT (1906) and THE BLACK IMP (1905)."--Publisher
Landmarks of early film by David Shepard( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compilació dels primers enregistraments d'imatges en moviment
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari a film in six acts by Conrad Veidt( Visual )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the film The cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence. Also featured is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement
Die Nibelungen by Fritz Lang( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Set with Fritz Lang: This is behind-the-scenes footage of director Fritz Lang on the set of the 1924 film Die Nibelungen from the 1925 documentary Der Film im Film
Chelovek s kino-apparatom zapisʹ na plenke v 6-i rolikakh (Otryvok iz dnevnika kino-operatora) = The man with the movie camera( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in Russian and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An experimental film which uses numerous cinematic techniques (split screens, multiple superimpositions, variable speeds, stop-action animation, etc.) to present a dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union and to study the relationship between cinema and reality. Filmed in Moscow, Kiev, Odessa and elsewhere in the Soviet Union
The great train robbery and other primary works by Edwin S Porter( Visual )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of films from cinema's formative period. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise. An animated rendering of Eadweard Muybridge's primitive motion studies (1877-85) begins the program, immediately defining the compound appeal of cinema as both a scientific marvel and sensational popular entertainment. This is followed by the works of Louis and Auguste Lumière."--Publisher
The movies begin a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1914 by David Shepard( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenta 133 filmes de realizadores estadounidenses y europeos producidos entre 1894 y 1914
The hunchback of Notre Dame by Wallace Worsley( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during the reign of Louis XI. Clopin bought Esmeralda from the gypsies when she was young. Dancing in the square at the festival, Esmeralda is spotted by Jehan, the evil brother of the good archdeacon. When he sets Quasimodo out to kidnap Esmeralda, Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, rescues her and captures Quasimodo. The courts sentence Quasimodo to a flogging, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Quasimodo falls in love with her. After Clopin forces Esmeralda to leave Phoebus at the ball, she sends a note to Phoebus to meet her at Notre Dame. In the garden, Phoebus is stabbed in the back by Jehan. Esmeralda is accused of stabbing Phoebus, convicted by the courts and sentenced to hang. When Esmeralda again rejects Jehan, he tells her that Phoebus is dead, even though it is not true. Clopin, Phoebus and Quasimodo all try different ways to save Esmeralda
Intolerance a drama of comparisons by D. W Griffith( Visual )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprised of four separate, interwoven stories, unified by the common theme of man's inhumanity to man. The Babylonian story deals with the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C. The Judean story features the life of Christ. The French story centers on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. The modern story is set in an American mill town and the slum area of an American city
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By 1907 the cinema's initial growing pains had subsided and fairly distinct generic categories of production were established. This volume of The Movies Begin examines some of these integral works that begin to reflect the modern day cinema -- punctuated with authentic hand-tinted lantern slides used during early theatrical exhibition. Visual comedy, with notable elements of slapstick, is represented in Pathé Frères' The Policeman's Little Run (1907), Bangville Police (1913, marking the first appearance of the legendary Keystone Kops) and Max Linder's Troubles Of A Grass Widower (1908). Best remembered today as a major influence on Charlie Chaplin, Linder was one of the first and most popular stars of the cinema. The comic potential of such a basic device as an undercranked camera is exhibited in Pathés Onésime, Horloger (Onésime, Clock-maker, 1912). Alice Guy-Blaché's Making An American Citizen (1912) is an excellent example of the films of social conscience, always an undercurrent beneath the apparently smooth surfaces of commercial productions. Released the very same week was D. W. Griffith's A Girl And Her Trust, a superb film of wide emotional range and great technical virtuosity made near the end of his tenure at the Biograph Company. Nero, Or The Fall Of Rome (1909) strains at conventional film limitations in dimension and duration, looking forward to the revolutionary Italian epics (Cabiria, The Last Days Of Pompeii) that followed a few years later. Equally prophetic are the dazzling animations showcased in the Vitograph Company's Windsor McCay And His Animated Pictures (1911)."--Publisher
D.W. Griffith : years of discovery, 1909-1913( Visual )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty two of the best early films directed by D.W. Griffith which helped shape cinematic narrative for two generations
Experimentation and discovery( Visual )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than any other decade, the first ten years of the moving picture saw the greatest amount of experimentation and development. Ranging from the ingeniously creative to the audacious, the films represented in this volume offer a sampling of the primitive masterworks that allowed the technical novelty of the cinema to so quickly flourish into an artistically expressive medium. In the films of Cecil Hepworth, one witnesses a primal use of titles (How It Feels To Be Run Over, 1900) and some other rather gruesome visual comedy (Explosion Of A Motor Car, 1900). A Visit To Peek Frean And Co.'s Biscuit Works (1906) by G. H. Cricks features the extensive use of indoor arc lighting; at the same time being a key transitional film between the early actualities and a more involved form of non-fiction filmmaking that would ultimately blossom into the documentary. From France's Pathé Frères come films that are alternately titillating (Par Le Trou De Serrue/Peeping Tom, 1901), awe-inspiring (Aladin, Or The Wonderful Lamp, 1906), colorful (Magic Bricks, 1908) and dramatic (Revolution In Russia, 1905, which depicts the same event as Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin). Particularly striking is History Of A Crime (1901), in which a criminal's memories are visually rendered through a unique bit of production design. This volume concludes with several works from the Edison Manufacturing Co., including the first known advertising film (Dewar's - It's Scotch, 1898) and Edwin S. Porter's The Dream Of A Rarebit Fiend (1906, a stunning visual fantasy adapted from the comics of Windsor McCay, whose animation can be glimpsed in vol. 5 of this series."--Publisher
Our daily bread and other films of the Great Depression by King Vidor( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our daily bread (King Vidor 1934) is a depression-era drama in which a young couple leads a group of unemployed people in making a communal farm succeed. Includes a prologue to the movie by King Vidor. -- The fake newsreels "California Election News #1 and #2 (1934), were secretly produced by MGM as "dirty tricks" in the film industry's political war against Upton Sinclair. -- The River (Pare Lorentz 1937) dramatizes the stripping of the Mississipi River basin and the effort to restore this region. -- The Plow that broke the plains (Pare Lorentz 1936) focuses on the ecological and human tragedy of the Dust Bowl. -- Power and the Land (Rural Electrification Administration), elevates the photogenic Parkinson family to iconic figures of Americana. -- The New Frontier is a government documentary
The cameraman's revenge and other fantastic tales the amazing puppet animation of Ladislaw Starewicz( Visual )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and French and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six animated works produced by Starewicz in Moscow and Paris between the years 1912 and 1958. As the world's first great puppet and stop-motion model animator, Starewicz was best known for his insect stories. Starewicz's grasshoppers, dogs, frogs, dolls, and other creatures portray heroics and follies with an exuberance of humor and invention
Destiny Der müde Tod by Fritz Lang( Visual )

3 editions published in 2000 in 3 languages and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Gothic fantasy inspired by a childhood dream of director Fritz Lang. In a middle-European village a century or more ago Death takes a young man just before he is to be married. His lover seeks out the Death figure in a room filled with thousands of burning candles, each representing a human life. Filled with pity for her, he promises to return her fiancé if she can save even one of three lives about to flicker out. In exotic Persia, Renaissance Venice and a fantastic imaginary China she tries her best but ultimately fails. Death finally agrees to exchange the boy for any person who gives their life for his
La roue The wheel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I know that Creation is a Great Wheel which cannot move without crushing someone!" - Victor Hugo. With this quotation begins the story of widowed railroad engineer Sisif. He finds an infant girl in a train wreck, and realizing that her parents are dead, rescues her and decides to raise her as his daughter, Norma. His wife died in childbirth, and Norma will make a good companion for his son, Elie. Knowing nothing of Norma's true origins, Elie and Norma grow up having an unusually close relationship, stopped from developing any further by their belief they are siblings. Haunted by his actions and resultant guilt, Sisif is driven to drink, making him all the more susceptible to the scheming of his wealthy boss, De Hersan, who wants to marry Norma. Though Norma refuses Hersan at first, Sisif's dismissal from the railway forces her to accept, which destroys both men. Elie realizing that he could have had the love of his life all along--once the truth comes out--is especially tragic. This seminal film introduced many innovations in set design and construction, location shooting, cinematic graphic effects, and particularly rhythmic editing. Gance's technique was years ahead of its time and influenced filmmakers all over the world, as his technical mastery is always in the service of the story
The lost world by Arthur Conan Doyle( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Challenger, a man of vision persuades his skeptical colleagues to return with him to a remote South American plateau where he has discovered living dinosaurs. Resisting danger and death, Challenger's party returns to London in triumph with a captive Brontosaurus. But the beast excapes, turning the city into a shambles, before crashing through the London Bridge and swimming out toward the ocean
Harry Langdon the forgotten clown by Frank Capra( Visual )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of his film career, Harry Langdon was considered one of the four best comics of the silent film era. His screen character was that of a wide-eyed, childlike man with a feeble smile, an owlish blink, and an innocent's understanding of the world and the people in it. This video collects the three silent feature films widely acknowledged as his best. Strong man: After a tour of duty in WWI, a witless young Belgian comes to America and seeks out his dedicated pen pal, but his quest for Mary Brown leads him from mishap to comic disaster. Tramp, tramp, tramp: When a destitute shoemaker's son enters a cross-country foot race with hopes of winning the $25,000 prize, spectacular comedy and destruction follow. Long pants: A sheepish young man springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten with a hard-boiled drug-smuggling femme fatale. When she is jailed, he comes to her aid, ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes
 
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