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The Monday Intertitle: Dreamcatcher

Posted in FILM, Science with tags , , on October 28, 2013 by dcairns

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Picked up for 1 Euro at a movie and photography market in Lyon — a lovely little booklet produced by a company offering intertitles for home movies. The pamphlet is from 1948 but the designs look like they’ve probably been around since at least the thirties — which means they look LOVELY. A reminder that silent cinema didn’t end with the twenties, since home movies stayed silent for decades to come.

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The illustrated cards are particularly nifty.

These would add professional flair to anybody’s holiday footage. The choice of titles offered in the booklet also suggests the kind of movie the average cine-wielding Frenchman was thought likely to produce. I confess to bafflement, however, over what sort of shot would have followed THIS card ~

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“An infant’s dream.”

It seems the question “What do babies dream about?” was not always a mystery. In France in 1948, most middle-class families with 9.5mm equipment could answer it with confidence, and furthermore were able to extract imagery from their infants’ crania, rather the way Bernard Quatermass does with Martian memories in QUATERMASS AND THE PIT. If any of these in-child movies still exist, I would be fascinated to view one.