Mark Twain On Film, Filmed By Thomas Edison
Smithsonian Magazine has some pretty amazing historical footage, Mark Twain on film in the early 1900s:
Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Mark Twain’s estate
Here it is:
The magazine says that this is the only known footage of Mark Twain in existence. Too bad it’s silent film because there are no known recordings of Twain’s voice. Although it has been reported that Twain did make recordings using Edison’s cylinders at some point, they have apparently been lost to history.
H/T: Pejman Yousefzadeh
Someone clever enough could notice that film roll got partly damaged on one side (where it gets dark at regular intervals) and correct it, making it 30% less annoying.
And then they should add some humorous voice dubs.
Thanks for providing this. it really upped my day to see footage of a man I admire so much. I wish I could have heard his voice.
Edison shoulda’ been around when Jesus was alive…