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David Shepard (1940-2017)

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#1 gagman66


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 11:21 PM

This was Truly Heartbreaking news! A depressing loss to all of us. Virtually no one had done more to perpetuate the legacy of the Silent Era, even Kevin Brownlow. My sincere condolences to his family.

I would hope that TCM will organize some sort of a fitting tribute showcasing numerous films that he helped to preserve and restore. Including TOL'ABLE DAVID which to the best of my knowledge they have never aired. Also the early DeMille Domestic Comedies, and how about Lubitsch THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE, as well as the aforementioned CHICAGO? Perhaps they could get Jeffrey Vance as a guest host? Just a thought. It probably isn't likely to happen, but by all rights it should.

What will become of his personal collection and company Film Preservation Associates? Is there any word? God's Peace David, you will be profoundly missed.



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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:38 PM

Sorry to hear this. I remember meeting with him at one of the libraries on campus, when I attended the University of Southern California in the mid-1990s. He was the chair of the cinema school department during part of the time I was enrolled there, and he taught one of my introductory film classes-- about the history of international silent film. He gave me a copy of the screenplay for SUNRISE, telling me I wouldn't find better poetry in any other script. And he was right about it!



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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:13 PM

From what you stated in the other post, given his work on La Roue alone he should be lauded. Great job on that, and I'm thankful to his memory for it.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 07:37 AM

David was a major player in the world of film preservation and worked on dozens of film classics, trying to restore, preserve, and present much of our film history. He will be missed.

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