Category Archives: Vitaphone View

Vitaphone View: Finding Early Technicolor Films

  Finding Early Technicolor Films Most film buffs know how unstable nitrate film is, and how over 90% of black and white motion pictures made before 1930 have decomposed and no longer survive.  The survival rate of films made in … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Discoveries Galore “Down Under”

Discoveries Galore “Down Under”  During the 1960’s there were a number of major film vault fires that destroyed the only known prints or negatives of silent and early sound films.  The worst of these was on May 13, 1967 at … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: How Talkies Changed Movie Snacks

How Talkies Changed Movie Snacks It has long been recognized that the transition from silent films to talkies was truly a massive revolution, and occurred over a very short period.  In early 1926 every Hollywood film was silent.  By the … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Early Talkie Restorations and the Theory of Relativity

Early Talkie Restorations and the Theory of Relativity When The Vitaphone Project began in 1991, its primary goal was to seek out, mainly in private collectors’ hands, long-lost 16-inch soundtrack disks for early talkies. When a match with a surviving … Continue reading

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Vitaphone View: Early Talkies Talk Again

Early Talkies Talk Again! The Vitaphone Project was formed in 1991 by several film buffs and 78rpm record collectors with the goal of seeking out the 16 inch diameter shellac soundtrack disks that provided the audio portion of 1926-30 early … Continue reading

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