Tonight’s programme dedicated to David Shepard, who died in January. He worked tirelessly to discover and preserve lost films through his work for the American Film Institute, and then through his own company, Film Preservation Associates. For more information about this remarkable film preservationist, read Pamela Hutchinson’s Sight & Sound obituary.
Kevin Brownlow will introduce some of the films that David helped preserve. The main feature -"Regeneration (1915)- was directed by Raoul Walsh for Fox Film Corporation, and stars Rockliffe Fellowes and Anna Q. Nilsson. The story of a young Irish-American (Fellowes) forced into a life of crime, but ultimately redeemed when he falls for Marie (Nilsson), the film was shot on location on New York’s Lower East Side, and features real prostitutes, gangsters and homeless people as extras. It also features a fire on an excursion ferry, which recalls the General Slocum disaster of 1904, when over 1000 people died – the second worst disaster on US waterways.
In the first half we will be screening "THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS IN THE GREAT WAR" which was project very close to David's heart.
The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War (1975) is a compilation documentary narrated by Lowell Thomas, illustrating changing attitudes toward the war and its participants, as well as toward the movies themselves. Every shot is an image preserved from those days - actual and faked news films, government propaganda films, fiction films that range from the sensational excesses of 'Hun brutality' to the sentiment of D.W. Griffith, as well as magazine covers, posters, lantern slides and still photographs. The filmmakers were doctoral candidates in American studies, and apart from being quite entertaining, the film has been praised by historians for its balance and accuracy. Winner, Gold Medal, 1975 Chicago Film Festival.
KENNINGTON BIOSCOPE PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO DAVID SHEPARD
Wed 24 May 2017 @ 19:30 · Events