With the all pervasiveness of cameras everywhere we go these days, it can be easy to forget that it’s a very modern phenomenon. 100 years ago you could walk around any street and not worry about cameras filming your every move. Obviously there have been some benefits to this, but for me I’d rather return to a time there wasn’t always an eye on me. But I digress.
In searching for footage of my favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, I found very, very little that survives. But that just makes the few clips that are out there worth all that much more. To see him move and smile, interact with Zelda and Scottie, is just a treasure. Here’s all I could find, if you know of any more please me know with either a comment below or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First is a clip of him and Zelda is Paris, around 1924-25.
Next, a short clip of him writing that appears to be from an old newsreel.
Lastly, a compilation by YouTube user John Hall. It has parts of the above clips but a few others as well. Great, great stuff.
I hope there are others out there who enjoyed these as much as I did. And hopefully there are more clips floating around somewhere that I just don’t know about 🙂