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Treasures III : Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934

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In the years before World War I, virtually no issue was too controversial to bring to the screen. The first American movies were deeply engaged with society, coming from an era when movies and ente...

In the years before World War I, virtually no issue was too controversial to bring to the screen. The first American movies were deeply engaged with society, coming from an era when movies and entertainment were intimately interwoven with public debate. As such, they were shown in commercial movie theaters but also in clubs, churches, schools, and everywhere screens could be hung outdoors--from the sides of city tenements to country barns. This archive sends these treasures back into the world, where they found their inspiration. "The City Reformed" deals with the urban problems: poverty, criminality, health, safety, child welfare, and corruption. Gender, family, and the crusade for equal voting rights dominate in program 2, "New Women." Labor struggles and oppression are central to program 3, "Toil and Tyranny." The final program, "Americans in the Making," brings together films confronting immigration, race relations, and wartime home-front sacrifice.

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Creator
producer, National Film Preservation Foundation
Format
Videos, Slides, Films
Publication
  • [San Francisco, CA] : National Film Preservation Foundation ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, c2007
Physical Details
  • 4 videodiscs (ca. 738 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (xv, 173 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
ISBNs
0974709948, 9780974709949
OCLC
ocn173973727
Credits
  • Commentators include Richard Abel, Margaret Archuleta, Blaine M. Bartell, Jennifer M. Bean, Lendol Calder, Donald Crafton, Margaret Finnegan, Jere Gulden, Tom Gunning, Randy Haberkamp, Jennifer Horne, Patrick Loughney, Russell Merritt, Chon A. Noriega, Rick Prelinger, Cecilia deMille Presley, Steven J. Ross, Shelley Stamp, Gregory A. Waller, Kristen Whissel
  • Film curator, Scott Simmon ; music curator, Martin Marks ; contributing archives, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, National Archives and Records Administration, UCLA Film & Television Archive ; composers, Aardett Sextet, Allen Feinstein, Stephen Horne, Martin Marks, Michael Miller, Brian Robison, Elena Ruehr, Charles Shadle, G. Scott Vercoe

  • Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature with each film]; About the film [text feature]; Book includes essay about each film by Scott Simmon, essay about the music for each film by Martin Marks.
  • DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; Dolby digital sound.
  • Silent with music and English intertitles.

  • Program 1. The city reformed : The black hand / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1906) (11 min.) -- How they rob men in Chicago / (1900) (25 sec.) -- The voice of the violin / (1909) (16 min.) -- The usurer's grip / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1912) (15 min.) -- From the submerged / Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. (1912) (11 min.) -- Hope : a Red Cross seal story / (1912) (14 min.) -- The cost of carelessness / Universal Film Manufacturing Company (1913) (13 min.) -- Lights and shadows in a city of a million / Ford Motion Picture Laboratories (1920) (7 min.) -- 6,000,000 American children--are not in school / Associated Screen News Ltd. (1922) (2 min.) -- The soul of youth / Realart Pictures Corp. (1920) (80 min.) -- A call for help from Sing Sing! / Hearst Metrotone News, Inc. (1934) (3 min.)
  • Program 2. New women : Kansas saloon smashers / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1901) (1 min.) -- Why Mr. Nation wants a divorce / (1901) (2 min.) -- Trial marriages / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1907) (12 min.) -- Manhattan Trade School for Girls (1911) (16 min.) -- The strong arm squad of the future / Mutual Film Corporation (1912) (1 min.) -- A lively affair (1912) (7 min.) -- A suffragette in spite of himself / (1912) (8 min.) -- On to Washington / Universal Film Manufacturing Company (1913) (80 sec.) -- The hazards of Helen : Episode 13 "The escape on the fast freight" / Kalem Co. (1915) (13 min.) -- Where are my children? / (1916) (65 min.) -- The courage of the commonplace / Vitagraph Company of America (1913) (13 min.) -- Poor Mrs. Jones! / U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (1926) (46 min.) -- Offers herself as bride for $10,000 / Hearst Metrotone News, Inc. (1931) (2 min.)
  • Program 3. Toil and tyranny : Uncle Sam and the Bolsheviki-I.W.W. rat / Ford Motion Picture Laboratories (1919) (40 sec.) -- The crime of carelessness / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1912) (14 min.) -- Who pays? Episode 12, "Toil and tyranny" / Pathé Frères (1915) (35 min.) -- Surviving reel of Labor's reward / Rothacker Film Manufacturing Co. (1925) (13 min.) -- Listen to some words of wisdom / Hearst Metrotone News, Inc. (1930) (2 min.) -- The godless girl / Pathé (1928) (128 min.)
  • Program 4. Americans in the making : Emigrants landing at Ellis Island / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1903) (2 min.) -- An American in the making / United States Steel Corporation (1913) (15 min.) -- Ramona / Biograph Company (1910) (16 min.) -- Redskin / Paramount Pictures (1929) (82 min.) -- The United Snakes of America / Ford Motion Picture Laboratories (1917) (80 sec.) -- Uncle Sam donates for Liberty Loans / (1919) (75 sec.) -- 100% American (1918) (14 min.) -- Bud's recruit / General Film Company (1918) (26 min.) -- The reawakening / (1919) (10 min.) -- Eight Prohibition newsreels / Hearst Metrotone News, Inc. (c1923-1933) (13 min.)