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Under able leadership the Harvard Film Society is proving itself to be a very valuable institution in the University. The undergraduates who have formed the society are bringing moving picture films to Cambridge that until recently had been stored in musty vaults, where disintegration and decay were rapidly destroying many of the first and finest bits of film history. By bringing these films to Harvard they are presenting an interesting survey of the development of motion pictures in America, and at the same time are contributing to the upkeep of the old favorites of the early nineteen hundreds.
Seated in a luxurious theatre watching a picture that is technically and artistically excellent, we are apt to forget the early "flickers" of the past and the enormous improvement that years of effort have wrought in the development of the motion picture. Such old favorites as "Wash Day Troubles" and "The Fugitive" are not only highly amusing to see today after several decades of progress, but are interesting in themselves for their amateurish depiction of people at the time that they were made.
These pictures have been shown at several other colleges and were very well received by students and faculty alike, both because they were often very funny, and because of their educational value. Through its conscientious effort the Film Society is performing a notable service to the University and deserves success.
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