Archivists reclaim 2 silent PH films â€˜piratedâ€™ by US; film fest opens Friday
It was a â€œwhodunitâ€ involving a movie, probably now worthy of a movie itself.
This movie, â€œBrides of Sulu,â€ opens the three-day 5th International Silent Film Festival to be held at the Shang Cineplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall starting Friday at 6 p.m.
For years, members of the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (Sofia) have been investigating whether an American B-movie titled â€œBrides of Sulu,â€ released in 1934, was actually two Filipino silent films â€œreedited and assembled together.â€
Sofia member Teddy Co likened it to solving a jigsaw puzzle where â€œalmost all of the pieces are already there.â€
After painstaking research that bordered on detective work, Co and colleague Dr. Marti Magsanoc believe they have established a connection between â€œBridesâ€ and Filipino prewar films â€œMoro Piratesâ€ and â€œPrincess Tarhata,â€ both produced in 1931.