Friday, July 9, 2010

The Crossroads of New York - archive footage surfaces!

David Kiehn, author of the excellent Broncho Billy and the Essanay Film Company, has identified an archival holding of the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin on the Lost Films website as being from the Sennett feature THE CROSSROADS OF NEW YORK. He is absolutely correct, and I added some additional identifications to the site.

THE CROSSROADS OF NEW YORK was previously believed lost, so this 215m of red-orange tinted 35mm footage is quite a find. With the surfacing of a new Chaplin title (A THIEF CATCHER), the cache of films from New Zealand and other discoveries, 2010 is turning out to be quite a year for "new" silent films!