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RFCSAC627N

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 7:47 pm
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Michael T. Jarvis

It sounds like a classic film, but DeMille's Lost City is a crusade aimed at
recovering the massive film sets that Cecil B. DeMille buried in 1923 after
shooting the silent film "The Ten Commandments."

Peter Brosnan and some friends got involved with the Lost City Project after a
1984 storm revealed portions of the set amid the giant dunes near Guadalupe in
northern Santa Barbara County.

"It's important for film history and one hell of a fun project," says Brosnan,
a clinical psychotherapist, longtime screenwriter and project director for the
Lost City. "It's the last of the great sets from the 1920s. DeMille was on the
dunes with thousands of extras for several months with Paul Iribe, the father
of Art Deco, who raised set design to the level of an art form."

A team of archaeologists and volunteers surveyed the site in 1990 using
ground-penetrating radar and determined a majority of the sets were still
intact, including 12 sphinxes that weigh 5 tons each.

DeMille, who re-made "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston in 1956,
buried the sets for budgetary reasons and to prevent renegade filmmakers from
re-using them, Brosnan says.

Artifacts already from the site — tobacco tins, cough medicine bottles and
remnants of costumes — are displayed at the nearby Dunes Center in Guadalupe.
The Lost City recovery effort has raised about $25,000 and, with a matching
offer from the DeMille family, hopes to collect more, Brosnan says.

"It is kind of a real-life 'Indiana Jones.' We're digging up an ancient
Egyptian city in California and it gives the project a lot of whimsy and charm.
We saved so little from the silent era. It's a tangible piece. It needs to be
saved."


copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times

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Douglas Reynolds

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:10 pm
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www.lostcitydemille.com

"RFCSAC627N" wrote in message

>
> Michael T. Jarvis
>
> It sounds like a classic film, but DeMille's Lost City is a crusade aimed
at
> recovering the massive film sets that Cecil B. DeMille buried in 1923
after
> shooting the silent film "The Ten Commandments."
>
> Peter Brosnan and some friends got involved with the Lost City Project
after a
> 1984 storm revealed portions of the set amid the giant dunes near
Guadalupe in
> northern Santa Barbara County.
>
> "It's important for film history and one hell of a fun project," says
Brosnan,
> a clinical psychotherapist, longtime screenwriter and project director for
the
> Lost City. "It's the last of the great sets from the 1920s. DeMille was on
the
> dunes with thousands of extras for several months with Paul Iribe, the
father
> of Art Deco, who raised set design to the level of an art form."
>
> A team of archaeologists and volunteers surveyed the site in 1990 using
> ground-penetrating radar and determined a majority of the sets were still
> intact, including 12 sphinxes that weigh 5 tons each.
>
> DeMille, who re-made "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston in
1956,
> buried the sets for budgetary reasons and to prevent renegade filmmakers
from
> re-using them, Brosnan says.
>
> Artifacts already from the site - tobacco tins, cough medicine bottles and
> remnants of costumes - are displayed at the nearby Dunes Center in
Guadalupe.
> The Lost City recovery effort has raised about $25,000 and, with a
matching
> offer from the DeMille family, hopes to collect more, Brosnan says.
>
> "It is kind of a real-life 'Indiana Jones.' We're digging up an ancient
> Egyptian city in California and it gives the project a lot of whimsy and
charm.
> We saved so little from the silent era. It's a tangible piece. It needs to
be
> saved."
>
>
> copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times

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Daniel & Kathy Gibson

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 4:33 am
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RFCSAC627N wrote:
>
> Michael T. Jarvis
>
> It sounds like a classic film, but DeMille's Lost City is a crusade aimed at
> recovering the massive film sets that Cecil B. DeMille buried in 1923 after
> shooting the silent film "The Ten Commandments."
>
> Peter Brosnan and some friends got involved with the Lost City Project after a
> 1984 storm revealed portions of the set amid the giant dunes near Guadalupe in
> northern Santa Barbara County.
>
> "It's important for film history and one hell of a fun project," says Brosnan,
> a clinical psychotherapist, longtime screenwriter and project director for the
> Lost City. "It's the last of the great sets from the 1920s. DeMille was on the
> dunes with thousands of extras for several months with Paul Iribe, the father
> of Art Deco, who raised set design to the level of an art form."
>
> A team of archaeologists and volunteers surveyed the site in 1990 using
> ground-penetrating radar and determined a majority of the sets were still
> intact, including 12 sphinxes that weigh 5 tons each.
>
> DeMille, who re-made "The Ten Commandments" starring Charlton Heston in 1956,
> buried the sets for budgetary reasons and to prevent renegade filmmakers from
> re-using them, Brosnan says.
>
> Artifacts already from the site — tobacco tins, cough medicine bottles and
> remnants of costumes — are displayed at the nearby Dunes Center in Guadalupe.
> The Lost City recovery effort has raised about $25,000 and, with a matching
> offer from the DeMille family, hopes to collect more, Brosnan says.
>
> "It is kind of a real-life 'Indiana Jones.' We're digging up an ancient
> Egyptian city in California and it gives the project a lot of whimsy and charm.
> We saved so little from the silent era. It's a tangible piece. It needs to be
> saved."
>
> copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times

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So why not just go dig this stuff up? It certainly will not need special
preservation like the Hunley. I will bring my shovel.

Also, to say it is "intact" is very curious. Did they dig giant pits,
and push it all in? My bet is they flattened it all with bulldozers.
Hopefully not, because it would be very neat to see that entire movie
set intact!

Also, to call it archaeology is a little specious. It may be fun, but
there is certainly very little that will be learned from it.

Dan
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 4:33 am
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Daniel & Kathy Gibson wrote:

>
> So why not just go dig this stuff up? It certainly will not need special
> preservation like the Hunley. I will bring my shovel.
>

Oh yes it will. Remember- this stuff is basically plaster of paris, and it's been
burries in the sand getting wet, dry, hot and cold for decades. Imagine a genuine
Egyptian tomb excavation, but speed up the process of deterioration because this
stuf wasn't meant to last. It's brittle, and if you don't conserve it once you
uncover it it's going to crumble.

Stott
(You want to talk a preservation nightmare? Think about the Names Project aids
memorial quilt. It's got every media and construction technique you can think of in
it.)
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