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Forgotten Silver back to product details

Worth remembering
written by ColonelKong April 23, 2003 - 11:43 AM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This pseudo-documentary by Peter Jackson and associate Costa Botes about fictional New Zealand cinema pioneer Colin Mackenzie is well worth a look for anyone who has an interest in silent film or who likes Peter Jackson's other films. Forgotten Silver features some pretty convincing ersatz silent movie footage (which actually fooled some people when it first aired on New Zealand television), which includes clips from such pioneering efforts as the first sound film (which was also the first kung fu movie!), the first color film, and Mackenzie's troubled biblical epic Salome (which was at one point financed by the Soviet government!). Even though Peter Jackson had much better luck getting Lord of the Rings off the ground (which will hopefully continue with his version of King Kong), it's hard not to see some similarities with Mackenzie struggling to bring his dream project to fruition.

Although very short (less than an hour long, the deleted scenes and making-of doc add about 30 minutes, the short film "signing off" was nowhere to be found), I found Forgotten Silver to be an enjoyable and occasionally very funny ersatz history lesson.


(Average 7.31)
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