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Films of The San Francisco Earthquake

Film Review by Dean Duncan May 28, 2015

Time has been passing, in case you haven’t noticed. These Edison films are getting crafty. Film grammar is developing and all. But these particular images revert, as they naturally would. Actuality, especially when it is rooted in difficulty, needn’t ever apologize for a certain roughness. This document reminds us how, as grateful as we are for craft and grammar, film might best put itself in the service of social reality, social difficulty, and the communal and ethical possibilities that emerge therefrom.