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Steve Klare
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Precious Images (Reflections USA)(1986, 1x200', Derann Film Services)

This short was compiled to celebrate 100 years of American Cinema. It is a mind boggling collection of about 450 clips roughly a second in length with music tracks tying it all into groups of comedies, romances, musicals, westerns, action and war films. My intro to the family was "I'm about to show everyone their favorite film. You'll only see it if you don't blink!"

For fans of digest reels, this may be the ultimate! It seems to have basically digested everything!

There are a couple of things that are interesting about this film. One of them is that in Super-8 it is not sold under its original title. Derann dubbed it "Reflections USA" to go along with their other film "Reflections", which is a similar compilation of British films.

Another interesting thing is the viewing experience here. There is a lot of audience involvement since people keep recognizing clips and shouting out the titles. To me this makes it an excellent warmup reel at the beginning of a show.

My print is on the OK side of average, yet not spectacular. It has that blue look which is very prominent in later Deranns. Considering the library full of source materials involved, image quality is variable to say the least.

The sound level tends to pulsate a little, not too bad. There are films where this might be annoying, but this entire film is an act of pulsation, so this is just more of the same.

This is a list of titles I managed to snag of the 'net. I know for a fact they aren't in order, and also it would take months to make them so. (Anyone?...Anyone?)

(Hint: the reel begins and ends with clips from Citizen Kane)

The Great Train Robbery (1903) (Short)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
Teddy at the Throttle (1917) (Short)
The Immigrant (1917) (Short)
The Adventurer (1917) (Short)
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
Way Down East (1920)
The Mark of Zorro (1920)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Tol'able David (1921)
Foolish Wives (1922)
Cops (1922) (Short)
Nanook of the North (1922)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Don Juan (1926)
The General (1926)
The Red Mill (1927)
7th Heaven (1927)
Wings (1927)
Sunrise (1927)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
The Crowd (1928)
Pandora's Box (1929)
The Broadway Melody (1929)
Applause (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Whoopee! (1930)
Morocco (1930)
Little Caesar (1931)
Dracula (1931)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Love Me Tonight (1932)
Red Dust (1932)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
Footlight Parade (1933)
Queen Christina (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Twentieth Century (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
Our Daily Bread (1934)
The Merry Widow (1934)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Bright Eyes (1934)
David Copperfield (1935)
The Little Colonel (1935)
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Top Hat (1935)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Rose-Marie (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
The Petrified Forest (1936)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
San Francisco (1936)
The Green Pastures (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
Camille (1936)
The Good Earth (1937)
Way Out West (1937)
A Star Is Born (1937)
Captains Courageous (1937)
A Day at the Races (1937)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The River (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Boys Town (1938)
Stagecoach (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Babes in Arms (1939)
Ninotchka (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Fantasia (1940)
The Letter (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Sergeant York (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Woman of the Year (1942)
The Spoilers (1942)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Road to Morocco (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
Cat People (1942)
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
National Velvet (1944)
The Southerner (1945)
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Song of the South (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Yearling (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Life with Father (1947)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Good News (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Fort Apache (1948)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Easter Parade (1948)
Red River (1948)
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Adam's Rib (1949)
On the Town (1949)
Samson and Delilah (1949)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Royal Wedding (1951)
Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Show Boat (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
An American in Paris (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The African Queen (1951)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Scaramouche (1952)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Pat and Mike (1952)
High Noon (1952)
Son of Paleface (1952)
Monkey Business (1952)
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Lili (1953)
House of Wax (1953)
Shane (1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Julius Caesar (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)
The Wild One (1953)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
A Star Is Born (1954)
East of Eden (1955)
Marty (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Mister Roberts (1955)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Picnic (1955)
The Court Jester (1955)
The Searchers (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The King and I (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Giant (1956)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Funny Face (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
Gigi (1958)
The Goddess (1958)
The Fly (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Big Country (1958)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Spartacus (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Cimarron (1960)
Cinderfella (1960)
The Misfits (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Lolita (1962)
The Music Man (1962)
Ride the High Country (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
David and Lisa (1962)
Hud (1963)
The Great Escape (1963)
Tom Jones (1963)
The Pink Panther (1963)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Becket (1964)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Goldfinger (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Zorba the Greek (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Cat Ballou (1965)
Help! (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The Endless Summer (1966)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Dont Look Back (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Producers (1967)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Funny Girl (1968)
Oliver! (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Bullitt (1968)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Easy Rider (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
True Grit (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Putney Swope (1969)
Medium Cool (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Apollo XI Landing (1969) (TV Movie)
MASH (1970)
Patton (1970)
Airport (1970)
Woodstock (1970)
Where's Poppa? (1970)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Love Story (1970)
Billy Jack (1971)
Klute (1971)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Shaft (1971)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Cabaret (1972)
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
FTA (1972)
Deliverance (1972)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Paper Moon (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
The Last American Hero (1973)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Way We Were (1973)
Sleeper (1973)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
The Sting (1973)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
Claudine (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
Death Wish (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Lenny (1974)
Earthquake (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Shampoo (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Jaws (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
The Omen (1976)
The Money (1976)
Carrie (1976)
Network (1976)
Rocky (1976)
A Star Is Born (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
For the Love of Benji (1977)
Julia (1977)
Oh, God! (1977)
The Turning Point (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Grease (1978)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Animal House (1978)
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Norma Rae (1979)
Hair (1979)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Manhattan (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Alien (1979)
Breaking Away (1979)
10 (1979)
The Black Stallion (1979)
The Great Santini (1979)
Being There (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
All That Jazz (1979)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Fame (1980)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Shining (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Stunt Man (1980)
Airplane! (1980)
Atlantic City (1980)
Gloria (1980)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Ordinary People (1980)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Private Benjamin (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Arthur (1981)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Reds (1981)
On Golden Pond (1981)
Quest for Fire (1981)
Missing (1982)
Victor Victoria (1982)
Porky's (1982)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Annie (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
The World According to Garp (1982)
My Favorite Year (1982)
First Blood (1982)
Gandhi (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Tender Mercies (1983)
The Meaning of Life (1983)
Flashdance (1983)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Octopussy (1983)
Superman III (1983)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
The Big Chill (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
The Natural (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Amadeus (1984)
A Soldier's Story (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
Missing in Action (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
A Passage to India (1984)
Lost in America (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rocky IV (1985)
Moonstruck (1987)
Big (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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David Ollerearnshaw
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Looks like a nice film. I missed both when hey were about. I'll keep a watch for them now.

I love the smell of film in the morning.


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Osi Osgood
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Great review and MAJOR KUDO's for actually taking the time to list all the clips! (good heavens!!).

My thought? Slow down the film to a crawl, (12 fps?) to actually see most of the clips! Screw the sound! [Big Grin]

"All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "

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Steve Klare
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Actually, I "cheated."

-the clips are listed in the IMDB page for Precious Images, apparently in the order of production. This was strictly copy and paste.

The pace is so fast that by the time your brain tells your mouth what to say, you've already on to the next clip!

It's interesting, every once in a while they slow it down just for one clip and hang on a couple of seconds. Some of these are Julie Andrews dancing on the mountainside in "The Sound of Music" and Tom Hanks looking out over the Bayou in "Forest Gump".

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Larry Arpin
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I actually worked on this. Everything came from 35mm prints from what I remember. It was interesting the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was printed as a Technicolor print with only black and white making the blacks very opaque. King and I was not included as it was on Fox perfs and couldn't be duplicated.

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Steve Klare
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Do you have a print?

It would be a shame if you didn't!

I seem to recall that classic sequence from "The King and I" where Anna and the King are dancing together (Shall we Dance?) in this film. Then again I passed 50 a few years ago and I shouldn't completely trust my memory. (For example, I am driving with my spare set of keys this week...)

-I will check it out.

It turns out his film has two editions: 1986 and 1996. This goes a long way to explain the three post 1986 films listed above. I also recall a little Roger Rabbit (1988) in there so I'm calling my print the 1996 cut. Is it possible this explains the King and I being included?

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Steve Klare
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I screened it again:

"Roger Rabbit" was indeed there, so this print is the 1996 edition.

BTW: "The King and I" was as well.

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Chip Gelmini
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There is one quick shot of perhaps 5th Avenue NYC that shows time lapse of city traffic. This image is from the non verbal Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi but is not on the list

It has been a while since I've seen reflections USA but I'm almost certain I'm right about this

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Thankfully naming the extracts was NOT one of Adrian's questions at the Blackpool Dinner quiz. If it had been we would have never got to the last course.

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