You’re watching a silent movie and then, for a few seconds, the screen goes a bit blurry. What gives? Well, chances are, you are watching a reconstructed print and there was a gap in the material that had to be patched over with lower quality footage.
Flicker Alley released this excerpt from their Chaplin at Keystone box set. It’s a fun and fascinating peek into silent film reconstruction and restoration. Come on, you know you have three minutes.