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Chicago, IL: LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE (1918), THE HAUNTED HOTEL

PostFri Dec 22, 2017 9:05 pm

http://www.chicagofilmsociety.org/calendar/archives/classic/2018-annual/season-nineteen/

Saturday, March 10 @ Noon / Music Box Theatre / Live Accompaniment from Music Box Organist Dennis Scott
LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE
Directed by Colin Campbell • 1918
One of the final features produced by Chicago’s own Selig Polyscope before the company’s bankruptcy, Little Orphant Annie is a film steeped in deprivation: children fight over dinners rescued from garbage cans by day, and cower under the covers, menaced by grotesque puppet monsters, by night. Into the breach steps Little Orphant Annie (Colleen Moore, in her earliest extant performance), an eternal optimist and skilled storyteller whose fireside parables teach the other ragamuffins that “the Gobble-uns’ll git you Ef you Don’t Watch Out!” Adapted from the 1885 poem by Indiana’s favorite son James Whitcomb Riley that would later inspire the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, the film version is a work of dark whimsy to stand beside other silent fairy tale productions such as The Blue Bird and Peter Pan, albeit with a higher proportion of cardboard and tarpaulin to outright wonder. (Riley himself, two years deceased at the time of the film’s release, appears as a stock footage apparition at the beginning and the end.) Long available only in tattered and incomplete 16mm prints derived from a 1926 reissue that omitted all production credits, Little Orphant Annie has been painstakingly reconstructed by independent archivist Eric Grayson using materials from the Library of Congress and assorted film collectors. (KW)
Introduced by Eric Grayson
58 min • Selig Polyscope Company • 35mm from Eric Grayson
Short: “The Haunted Hotel” (J. Stuart Blackton, 1907) – 16mm – 5 min

The Music Box Theatre – 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Tickets: $7 – $11
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Re: Chicago, IL: LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE (1918), THE HAUNTED HO

PostThu Jan 25, 2018 11:30 am

The film was restored, or almost :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAeXXNOaq84


"The film is framed at 1.37:1 and is presented in 1080p using the AVC codec. Culled from five different sources which included materials on video, 16mm, and 35mm (the sequence used from 35mm is readily identifiable with its crisper, more detailed appearance), the transfer is as good as we’re likely ever going to get with this title. There is the damage, scratches, judder, and variable densities that one would expect from a film that is a century old, and sharpness and softness ping-pong back and forth as they must due to whichever element is being used for a particular shot, but it’s all acceptable knowing how close the movie came to not being saved at all. The movie has been divided into 7 chapters."

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/little-orphant-annie-1918-blu-ray-review/"

If the restoration used video as one of the sources, it's a indication that someone took a film element, made a transfer, but didn't care (or have no money) to make a film preservation copy.
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