Triple Feature: 3 Short Films at America's Most Historic Prison
Eastern State Penitentiary in 1929
This silent film, produced in 1929 to commemorate the prison's 100th year, provides a rare glimpse behind the walls of this massive building. It features the penitentiary's bakery, kitchen, mess halls, laundry, hopital, workshops, and other areas at a time when Eastern State held 1,420 inmates - including Alphonse "Scarface" Capone (not shown).
Running time 8 minutes 40 seconds, B & W, Silent.
"That's Where the Tunnel Is"
Officers said that the 97-foot escape tunnel that "Slick Willie" Sutton and eleven other inmates dug in 1945 was filled in just days after their escape. It wasn't. Meet the archaeologists and historians who explored the surprising remains of the tunnel, and see the footage taken 15 feet below the prison's yard.
Running time 9 minutes 40 seconds, Color.
Eastern State Penitentiary Synagogue
Eastern State Penitentiary's Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue was almost certainly the first built in an American prison. Even today there are just a few. Go behind the scenes to meet the penitentiary's last Rabbi, an inmate who worshiped in the space, and remarkable team of preservationists who restored this sacred space to its simple, powerful beauty.
Running time 11 minutes, Color.
($9.95 each plus $2.50 S & H)