Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

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Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Unread post by drednm » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:33 am

Fascinating silent film footage of the Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. The film is narrated by Walter Johnson and shows glimpses of Mabel Normand, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Charlie Chaplin. We also get to see Henry Ford, Luther Burbank, Thomas Edison, Woodrow Wilson, a grumpy Theodore Roosevelt, aviator Art Smith, and Stella (whatever the hell she's supposed to be).

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Re: Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:56 am

The most popular attraction was Stella, an undistinguished painting of a nude woman who was said to move as if alive.
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Looks like it was still on display somewhere at least a decade later:

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Re: Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Unread post by missdupont » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:06 am

Several shorts and travelogues were shot there, and film was a part of many of the exhibits, as I wrote in this post a couple of years ago. The Niles Essanay Museum was selling a DVD of some of the films shot there. There was even a mini film studio where people could see the process of recording and then processing the film.
https://ladailymirror.com/2015/06/15/ma ... t-on-film/

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Re: Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Unread post by drednm » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:18 am

missdupont wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:06 am
Several shorts and travelogues were shot there, and film was a part of many of the exhibits, as I wrote in this post a couple of years ago. The Niles Essanay Museum was selling a DVD of some of the films shot there. There was even a mini film studio where people could see the process of recording and then processing the film.
https://ladailymirror.com/2015/06/15/ma ... t-on-film/
Johnson notes that Chaplin came down (?) from Niles to see the exhibition.

Good article. I hadn't seen it before. The Expo was also used as background in Good Morning Babylon, with Griffith discovering the "Italians" and hiring them for Intolerance.
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Re: Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Unread post by Histogram » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:07 pm

The most popular attraction was Stella, an undistinguished painting of a nude woman who was said to move as if alive.
One thing that distinguishes the painting is how the force of gravity seems to apply only selectively to objects.

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