Silent Film Beauty

75 American silent films from the early 1920s were recovered in New Zealand this week. Virtually unseen and untouched until now, some are obviously damaged. But from the few stills I've seen, the damage looks gorgeous!

Reminds me of an artist I worked with years ago when I was curating a themed exhibition about "beauty in destruction" at my alternative art space. His name escapes me at the moment, but his work consisted of slide film that he had found amongst the ruins of a burned down home in Detroit. He developed the damaged slides himself, enlarged them and displayed them as is. The colors and burn patterns integrated with the film's natural deterioration were remarkably eerie. I need to find photos of that exhibit and post them - it was a good one!

Photos via NPR via the National Film Preservation Foundation