A look at the preservation methods used by the National Film Archive.
National Film Archive, Aston Clinton, London.
Shots from very early news reel (Pathe's own) of the 1896 Derby. Inter-title - "The Queen God Bless Her". More very old shots of a royal parade.
C/U of a reel of 35 mm film on a winding bench. C/U of a clipping being taken from the film. The clipping is dropped into a test tube to be analysed for signs of deterioration. An alizarin-red indicator is tucked into the tubes - if it bleaches the film is badly deteriorating. M/S of a white coated archivist taking cans of film from shelves in a vault. C/U of an old projector in action. Shots from the 1913 version of Hamlet starring Sir Johnstone Forbes Robertson. C/U of an archivist holding a piece of film up to the light. M/S of the archivist at a winding bench, he is measuring a piece of ageing, shrunken film. Some shots of a hand-coloured Pathe fashion item from 1912.
Various C/U of film so badly damaged the image is removed like a transfer by floating it in a bath of gelatine and then placed between glass plates. M/S of an archivist (possibly the great Harold Brown!) at work. Very old shots from the funeral of King Edward VII (1901 - Pathe's own). Extreme C/Us of different gauges of film. C/U of an eccentric contraption made from meccano - a prototype for a frame by frame printer. The contraption is seen in action in a dark room. Ancient shots from a garden party held by Queen Victoria (1897, Pathe's Own).
Really excellent story about film archiving and preservation (if you like that kind of thing). Please note that some of the footage used may belong to the National Film Archive. Some interesting bits and pieces in the paper work - including a letter from Ernest Lindgren and pamphlet produced by the N.F.A.
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