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Video: Film Archivist Rick Prelinger Curates 'Lost Landscapes of Detroit'

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Many artists have drawn inspiration from Detroit -- most recently from ruined remembrances of the city's grander times. But filmmaker and archivist Rick Prelinger is taking a different approach in his upcoming show at the Motor City's Museum of Contemporary Art. Entitled "Lost Landscapes of Detroit", Prelinger's exhibition is "a collection of amazing and almost-all-lost footage that celebrates a vibrant, busy and productive Detroit from 1917 through the 1970s. The idea is to bring these images back to Detroiters for their contemplation and use as they rebuild their city for the future."

Prelinger plans to make the film available online at the Internet Film Archive after its initial screening on February 10. We haven't seen it ourselves, of course, but here's the sort of footage from 1937 that Prelinger might include:


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