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Films of the San Francisco Earthquake1906

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Edison cameraman Bonine traveled to San Francisco to take more than thirteen short films of San Francisco in the aftermath of its devastating earthquake on 18 April 1906, among them DYNAMITING RUINS and RESCUING SOLDIERS CAUGHT IN THE FALLEN WALLS and PANORAMA RUSSIAN AND NOB HILL FROM AN AUTOMOBILE. These films were widely seen and often used to raise money for charitable purposes to help those affected. Surviving prints of this material were subsequently recycled, compromising their integrity. This is a selection of highlights.

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I enjoyed the historical and destructive elegance to the short film.

We're fortunate that such a record exists. Certainly two minutes well spent.