June 23, 2006 Subject:
the clean up
one thing i can say us back then when a disaster happened everyone helped out.to bad there is not more footage of it
January 1, 2006 Subject:
WhatÂs the rush?
Interesting Earthquake footage here.. This is actually quite frenetic.. ItÂs speeded up a bit actually. The one IÂm wondering here is that there seems to be a LOT of people on the street. Where are they all GOING? ThereÂs really NOTHING on the street to speak of, and yet here they all are just wandering up and down. I wonder if someone can shed some light on that..
February 15, 2004 Subject:
The mighty earthquake could not stop the people
I second the previous reviewers comment that this film is an eloquent statement that film images such as this need to be saved. Never have I seen anything about the '06 quake that brought it to life for me such as this did. Pretty awesome stuff
November 16, 2003 Subject:
But note the third film on that subject
Obviously shot by the same person as "TripDown1905", it retraces the same exact slow route down Market St. up to the Ferry Bldg. Amazing stuff and there is hardly any picture roll. That film also has the camera travel down a couple more ghostly streets.
This is a great contrast to the 1905 film of going down Market Street. Though I'd be more inclined to call Hurricane Andrew the worst natural disaster in US history, this earthquake certainly is up there and it is certainly a blessing that a film such as this could be preserved.
September 10, 2003 Subject:
Film preservation -- A MUST!!!
If there were ever a reason to push film preservation, it is because of films like this. Motion pictures in their infancy, capturing historical events such as this, must not be left to the ravages of time.
Absolutely astounding footage!! If we remember September 11 and recall how life "must go on", we can truly understand the traffic (both foot and vehicle) seen in this film with the horror of the earthquake in the background. This short film shows (at least to me) the resiliency of the human spirit. A fine, fine, piece of history as it happened.
March 21, 2003 Subject:
Although the SF earthquake was certainly one of the worst (if not THE WORST) natural disaster in the history of the US, I couldn't help but be amused at the spectacle of such formally dressed people walking down the street in such dire circumstances. The men are, almost without exception, in their coats and ties, bowler or derby hats, and often with their walking canes in hand, and their wives beside them are wearing those long dresses and elaborate hats so fashionable in the early part of the century. They all look so relaxed and so well attired as they laconically stroll along amongst the smoking rubble you would think they were all there for the grand opening of a new opera, play, or concert, instead of in the aftermath of armageddon. It has such a surreal quality I couldn't help but laugh at the weirdness of it.
Although I am -- sometimes -- antiquarian enough to feel a certain nostalgic tweak seeing men and women so "prim and proper," watching it makes me glad that these days we can be so much looser and flexible in our attire.
November 24, 2002 Subject:
Amazing footage of the shells of buildings either knocked down by the earthquake itself or destroyed later in the fire (you can see some of them still smoking in the background of some shots). 3/4 of the buildings in the footage are totally reduced to rubble. Lots of people walking on the streets and driving in early automobiles.