University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Kate R. Pourshariati

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The First Documentary Film with Sound

By: Kate R. Pourshariati

For almost 80 years, the 49-minute film Matto Grosso: The Great Brazilian Wilderness lay in the Penn Museum Archives, waiting for the day when it would be rediscovered and identified as the first “sync sound” documentary film ever created. This film—part adventure movie and part documentary—was restored and digitized by archivists in 2010. The original […]