"Lost" American Films Coming Home from Amsterdam
The NFPF and EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam are partnering to preserve and make available dozens of early American films that have been unseen anywhere in decades. Among the one-of-a-kind prints slated for preservation are Fifty Million Years Ago (1925), an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; Flaming Canyons (1929), a tour of national parks in the Southwest; short comedies featuring Mickey Rooney, Oliver Hardy, and Chester Conklin; Happy Hooligan and Koko the Clown cartoons; the only known work from the Esperanto Film Manufacturing Company of Detroit; The Reckless Age (1924), a flapper feature starring Reginald Denny; and the crime melodrama For the Defense (1922), with ZaSu Pitts. The first 26 films are already in the laboratory queue; more will follow in the months ahead. Click here to read more about the project and to watch a slideshow of images from the films being returned.