Forgotten Silver (1997)

Forgotten Silver




Critic Consensus: This mockumentary about a non-existent New Zealand film pioneer and inventor features fake interviews and recreated archive footage that are so effective that many viewers were stunned to learn it wasn't real.

Movie Info

A film buff's dream, this New Zealand jewel of a film was produced with great love and careful attention to detail. It was in part, designed to celebrate 100 years of cinema and first appeared on New Zealand television where it generated controversy. It is the chronicle of forgotten international cinema pioneer Colin McKenzie, a N.Z. native born in 1888 and came about after his lost films were recently discovered in the garden shed of his elderly second wife Hannah McKenzie who lived next door … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter Jackson, Costa Botes
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On DVD: Oct 26, 2004
New Zealand Film Commission

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Critic Reviews for Forgotten Silver

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

The sly joke of Forgotten Silver really registers.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
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Time Out
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Full Review… | October 15, 2005
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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a funny mockumentary of a legend that never was

January 29, 2008

Audience Reviews for Forgotten Silver

Fantastic mockumentary.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Cleverly written and executed, but I was surprised at how unfunny it was. Not in the sense of *failed* humor, but of humor not being attempted at all. The funniest thing about the film is its overall premise -- chuckles during individual scenes were scarce for me. The steam-driven camera, the egg heist, the all-Chinese talkie, a character named Alexandra Nevsky, Harvey Weinstein's casual shrug at the end about cutting an hour from the fictional movie.... Not much else. The difference between "Forgotten Silver" and "This Is Spinal Tap" is that the latter would be just as funny, even if were true. I can't say the same for "Forgotten Silver." It's certainly worth seeing, however. Note: The film is about 52 minutes, not an *hour* and 52 minutes. The length stated above is wrong.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

A rather funny mockumentary about Colin McKenzie, a man who (apparently) rivalled DW Griffiths, the Lumiere brothers, Edison, and George Melies in the early days of film. he supposedly invented the bicycle cam (and subsequently crashed it), made film emulsion from eggs (though it took a dozen to make one minute worth of film), and captured the first flight on celluloid nine months before the Wright Bros. ever flew! Of course, none of this really happened, but apparently some viewers thought that it did, and it got Jackson in a bit of hot water with the New Zealand Film Commission. This film's worth a look.

Buddy A

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