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Accidentally Preserved: notes on the films Paperback – November 27, 2013
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So it only logically follows that you will want a copy of ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED: NOTES ON THE FILMS—a 54-page companion guide written by Model and silent comedy historian Steve Massa that chronicles the content on the two DVDs; presenting a fascinating account of many of the players in these shorts in one section and a “how-these-films-came-to-light” history in the other. The splendid feature to this book is that is tucks right inside the DVD case, so if you need to access the information it’s at the ready. (Some of us have a tendency to misplace things, you know.) If you’ve been searching high and low for the perfect gift for the classic movie cinephile in your family…your quest is complete!
Steve's notes are entertainingly written little min-film-history lessons that put the films and their creators in perspective and enlighten on some once big names now nearly forgotten. In addition, they highlight some folk who were not known by the average movie goer of time past, and explain the role they played in bringing these mini-entertainments to life.
If you ever wondered how people collected movies before there was VHS and Betamax, Ben's notes on the trials and tribulations of collecting on actual film (not sparing the reader the horror of "vinegar syndrome") will add to your appreciation of this effort in getting otherwise lost films out to folks who may not have known they wanted to see them until they did!
If you don't already have AP1, check out the description and reviews elsewhere on Amazon. If you order the DVD and book together, you'll find the book fits nicely under the clips on the inside cover of the DVD, Bravo, Ben and Steve.