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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 - Saving Brinton 02

From this evening's Edinburgh International Film Festival outing, Mike Zahs (with the impressive beard), the subject of the documentary film Saving Brinton. Wonderful film abut Mike and his historical collection, which has saved a huge amount of very early cinema and magic lantern works and associated items (projectors, playbills, documents, music boxes), including very early films by the great Georges Melies that were thought lost, now being saved and archived and transferred to preserve them.

 

The film is as much about Mike's local community in rural Iowa as it is saving the films, a legacy of the Brintons, a husband and wife team who took their shows on the road and also looked after the local small town cinema there, which, remarkably is still running today (Guinness certified it as the oldest continually operating movie house in the world). After the film and a Q&A with Mike and the film-makers we were treated to ten minutes of Mike talking us through some of the short turn of the century films he had saved (as commented in the film, these were the movies made when the big stars of the silent era like Chaplin would still have been young children), including a hand-coloured short and a Melies thought lost for more than a century. Utterly magical.

 

Apologies for the low quality, shooting in a dark cinema auditorium and not using flash, so even in low light mode the results are fairly poor.

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Taken on June 22, 2018