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Discovered in 1999 on the floor of a Montana projection booth, this is a good crime tale with film making as a subject.
"The Evidence of the Film" was selected in 2001 for inclusion in the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress because of its cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.
Directed by Edwin Thanhouser and Lawrence Marston.
Original music composed and performed by Ray Brubacher thanhouser.org/people/Rayb.htm.
Print source: Library of Congress, 14 minutes, 30 seconds.
Recently discovered and rescued, "The Evidence of the Film" is a particularly clever and unusual early example of a fictional dramatic movie with filmmaking as a subject. The portrayal of a movie crew that just happens to be at work on a street corner is accurate. The director is seen consulting a shooting script, something a Thanhouser director would do but probably not another studio’s director. The film laboratory and editing scenes are of enormous interest as historical document as well as ingeniously integrated in the crime tale.
This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org.
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