|Maids aboard a Cunard Lines ship docked in Liverpool, England, 1901|
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
OPEN A WINDOW TO 1901
RARE EDWARDIAN FILMS—Almost a decade ago, a treasure trove of long forgotten motion pictures from Edwardian era filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and John Kenyon, were discovered in the basement of an English photography store.
If you’re like me you remember films of the era being herky-jerky and moving so fast that made historic images cartoonish, however, the new found Mitchell and Kenyon films (restored by the British Film Institute and others) are so “modern” in their appearance that viewers feel as they’ve stepped through a magical doorway into 1901. What was learned during the restoration period was that Mitchell and Kenyon were not filming with documentary intent. They learned early on that citizens would pay for a theatre ticket to see themselves. This early "where's Waldo" genre made money for the filmmakers. A century later, they've become documentarians of the first order.
The most clear films from the Mitchell-Kenyon Collection are found on YouTube:
Morecambe, England seafront 1901
Manchester Street Scene 1901
Edwardian age girls 1908
Cunard Lines at Liverpool 1901.
The following is a decade old three-part collection of ABC television’s Nightline show offering a preview of a then soon to be launched documentary about the recently discovered Mitchell and Kenyon Films.
ABC Part One:
ABC Part Two:
ABC Part Three: