Wiki Wormhole: Much of early film history has been lost forever

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or double-checking to make sure Bill Murray has the Nobel Prize he so richly deserves. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,268,617-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Lost film

What it’s about: In the digital age, when it seems like every movie, show, web short, or live performance is the touch of a button away, it’s easy to forget just how much of film history has been lost forever. In the days of analog media, physical reels of film had to be protected from age, decay, or simply getting misplaced or thrown away. Sadly, in the first few decades of film history, many weren’t.

Strangest fact: Not only can old film stock deteriorate if not stored …

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