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Film Preservation Associates

Overview
Works: 281 works in 639 publications in 7 languages and 14,173 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  History  Animated films  Children's films  Film adaptations  Juvenile works  Horror films  Short films  Vampire 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 )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epic story of two families during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Controversial for heroic portrayal of Ku Klux Klan
Nosferatu : a symphony of horror by F. W Murnau( Visual )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unauthorized adaptation of Bran Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is a silent classic that reigns as one of the most frigtening films to ever cast its shadow upon a silver screen
Die Nibelungen by Fritz Lang( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in 3 languages and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In part one, Siegfried wins the hand of Kriemhilde by slaying the dragon and defeating Brunhilde. When Brunhilde learns that magic has been used to conquer her, she has Siegfried murdered. In part two, Kriemhilde seeks revenge for Siegfried's death and marries Attila, king of the Huns, in order to further her purpose
Chelovek s kino-apparatom : zapisʹ na plenke v 6-i rolikakh (Otryvok iz dnevnika kino-operatora) = The man with the movie camera( Visual )

2 editions published in 1998 in Russian and No Linguistic content and held by 406 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
The movies begin : a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1914( Visual )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of the cinema's formative works. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise
The great train robbery : and other primary works by Edwin S Porter( Visual )

12 editions published between 1894 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 351 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
D.W. Griffith : years of discovery, 1909-1913( Visual )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty two of the best early films directed by D.W. Griffith which helped shape cinematic narrative for two generations
Our daily bread : and other films of the Great Depression( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our daily bread: 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 David Shepard. California election: Two fake newsreels used as conservative propaganda to paint the End Poverty in California's supporters as sluggardly, indecisive radicals as opposed to the respectable intelligent idealists of Republican incumbent Frank Merriam's camp. Secretly produced by MGM and Irving Thalberg. The plow that broke the plains. A visualization of the settlement and landscape changes to the Great Plains. The river: A record of the Mississippi River. Power and the land: Designed to convince American farmers of the necessity for rural electrification through farm cooperatives. Shows a dramatization of a family on an Ohio farm revealing the hardships of life on a non-electrical farm contrasted with the benefits brought by electricity. The new frontier: Shows how pioneers create a new community
The cameraman's revenge and other fantastic tales : the amazing puppet animation of Ladislaw Starewicz( Visual )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 258 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
Experimentation and discovery( Visual )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 236 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
La roue = The wheel( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 222 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
Destiny = Der müde Tod by Fritz Lang( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 212 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
The lost world by Harry O Hoyt( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 199 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 187 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
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari = Das cabinet des Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene( Visual )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a somnambulist commits murders under a hynotist's influence. Also featured on this cassette is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine, a vampire tale. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons : a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1913( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The magic of Méliès( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 15 early motion picture films by Georges Méliès for his Star Film company. Also includes a documentary on the life and career of Méliès
 
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