Tromso - Friday Sept 8
The really big deal for me today, however, was that I got to see the only existing fragment of Fatty and the Broadway Stars (1915). It's a piece of film about 310 ft that turned up here in the Nationalbiblioteket earlier this year and wasn't in any condition for us to include in the MoMA series, but I got to look at what they've preserved so far. The film is tinted amber, with one intertitle (in Danish/Norwegian, but with the original Triangle-Keystone borders) tinted sort of a cyan. The footage is completely out of order, but after screening it a few times, it began to make some sense. I spotted many Keystone regulars in the cast, plus Sennett himself plays a role in the story. This footage has not been shown publicly, and the screening I was at was arranged for me, since I "happened to be in the neighborhood". Will post more details another time.
One of the fun "extras" (if you will) at the festival is that each show is opened with a preserved theatrical commercial, all of which so far have been for cigarettes or tobacco. Tonight's was animated.
Tomorrow morning I will look at a DVD of the Fy & By (Pat &amp; Patachon) film; apparently there are several DVD's of their films available from a German label and these had been ordered by the festival.