Monday, May 29, 2006

Silent Films Making A Comeback On Cell Phones

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s proof everything old is new again: A Los Angeles-based film company is attempting to sell 100-year-old silent movie clips to modern-day cell phone users.

The Biograph Company – the oldest movie company in the U.S. – is in the process of restoring old mutoscope films from the early 1900s so that cell phone users in the 21st century can enjoy them.

For those not in the know, mutoscopes are two-three minute films that were exhibited in peep-hole machines at nickelodeons during the turn of the century.

Biograph CEO Tommy Bond II claims mutoscopes are making a comeback thanks to the increasing popularity of video phones and he predicts his 100-year-old film clips will be “bigger than video games” once they hit stores six months from now.

More than 100 old films have been restored so far and Bond thinks the black-and-white films should will appeal mostly two teenagers into “strange old movies” because many pre- Charlie Chaplin films are not only dark, but “very bizarre and way out there.”

The old films are surprisingly modern: One even shows an old timer being shot in the head.

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