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San Francisco Actuality, Days Before 1906 Earthquake

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 18, 2010 at 7:00AM

Much of downtown San Francisco was destroyed in 1906's infamous earthquake. How precious then is A Trip Down Market Street, an eleven minute film which 60 Minutes producer David Browning says "captures a city full of life and promise."
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Much of downtown San Francisco was destroyed in 1906's infamous earthquake. How precious then is A Trip Down Market Street, an eleven minute film which 60 Minutes producer David Browning says "captures a city full of life and promise."

Browning saw a scratched up version last spring and tracked down a digitally restored version that was commissioned by film archivist Rick Prelinger, and discovered more on the film's origins when he spoke to another archivist, David Kiehn, who was able to confirm the film's date. The film shows eery - and miraculous - foresight in filming what would be destroyed less than a week later.

The film is after the jump.

IndieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez was equally smitten with the Miles Brothers film, which is a continuous shot from a camera mounted on a cable car from 8th & Market St. to the Ferry Building. Hernandez writes: "It’s no secret that I’m rather obsessed with Actualities, those vintage observational films made in New York City [among other cities] more than 100 years ago. Film cameras captured real-life, turn of the century America from 1896 - 1906."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.