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The Ghost That Never Returns [Blu-ray]
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    “A movie you may never have heard of but, after seeing it, one you will never forget.” - The Bioscope The Ghost That Never Returns is an outstanding Soviet film by Abram Room, the director of Bed and Sofa (also available via Flicker Alley MOD). Released to little notice in 1930, it joins other very late silents to show the screen still developing high eloquence after the first talkies stopped silent cinema dead in its tracks. The story takes place at a South American oilfield where...

    The Alloy Orchestra Plays Wild and Weird (14 Fascinating and Innovative Films 1902-1965)
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      Here are fourteen short films – some favorites, others unfamiliar – produced between 1902 and 1965. They were photographed silent, but they’re not silent anymore. All boast new music composed and performed by The Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble critic Roger Ebert called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films." Alloy Orchestra shuns the nostalgic approach, successfully using found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics to reinvigorate films for new...

      Aelita, The Queen of Mars
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        Aelita, The Queen Of Mars is a Socialist science fiction spectacle and in 1924 was the first big-budget movie from Soviet Russia. A year and a half in the making, it was intended as ideologically correct mass entertainment which could compete both in Russia and abroad with the Hollywood films that dominated Soviet and world screens while also earning plaudits for artistic innovation such as had greeted The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and other German expressionist films. Aelita is a fantastic...

        The Parsons Widow
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          Carl Theodor Dreyer has long been exalted by film connoisseurs for The Passion of Joan of Arc, Vampyr, Day of Wrath, and Ordet. With The Parson’s Widow , we meet a different Dreyer: a director who engages with broad humor, then gradually guides to a wise, bittersweet resolution. Söfren, an aspiring parson, is engaged to Mari, but her father won’t allow them to marry until Söfren gets a ministry. He’s hired by a small rural congregation only to discover that...

          Landmarks of Early Film
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            LANDMARKS OF EARLY FILM To study where we’ve been is to better understand where we are, but early film is not of interest only because it illuminates present practices. Beyond considerable historical interest, the material collected here provides immense pleasure on its own terms. These are old films, and they are influential films. But beyond that, the bottom line is that they are wonderful films, rewarding our close attention with great enjoyments. - Excerpts from an essay by Dean W....

            Oscar Wildes Salomé with Lot in Sodom
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              Alla Nazimova, the Russian-born, theater-trained actress decided, on the occasion of her contract release from Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1921, to make films "with merit." The second – and last – of these was Oscar Wilde's controversial Salomé. Her director was her husband, Charles Bryant. Her set and costume designer was the beautiful and capricious heiress Winifred Hudnet, later known as Natacha Rambova and the future Mrs. Rudolph Valentino (two months after the picture was...

              Before Hollywood There was Fort Lee, New Jersey
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                This enormously interesting DVD, produced in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission, is perhaps the most detailed look we shall ever have at early Fort Lee film production, a center of the American film industry when Hollywood was still orange groves. Thomas Hanlon's 1964 documentary Before Hollywood There was Fort Lee, New Jersey uses rare still photographs, almost-complete versions of such films as Edison's Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1907) and Biograph's The Curtain Pole (1909) and...

                A Page of Madness & Portrait of a Young Man [Blu-ray]
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                  A Page of Madness (1926) Teinosuke Kinugasa's A Page of Madness (Kurutta ichipeiji), produced in mid-1920s Japan, is widely considered to be one of the touchstones of early avant-garde cinema, and is also one of the most challenging and narratively complex films of the era. The fact that this important work has never before been released on home video may be in part due to the textual difficulty, though certainly the scarcity of source material was also a contributing factor. Now, thanks to...

                  Listen To Britain: And Other Films By Humphrey Jennings
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                    Humphrey Jennings was one of the greatest figures in the celebrated British documentary film movement, and he is most remembered for the way his work reflects the concerns and conditions of World War II-time in the United Kingdom. He is undoubtedly of great historical importance, but the ultimate justification for the present gathering of work is that Jennings was a wonderful filmmaker who made uniquely beautiful films. Contained within this one man was a seemingly impossible array of artistic...

                    The Toll Gate with His Bitter Pill
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                      Here is William S. Hart, brightest star of the early western screen, in the film he thought his best. As a 1920 reviewer wrote, “He represents the combined daring and cunning of the American fighting male. He not only looks the part, but he acts it with keen intelligence. There constantly shines in his eyes the combined pugnacity and caution of the true gunman of the West.” Hart plays Black Deering, an outlaw who, in his own words, “ain’t never been any good.” He...

                      The Best Arbuckle/Keaton Collection, Volume One
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                        From 1913 to 1916, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle rose from the ranks of bit player to writer, director and star of comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Film Company. Because of Sennett's belief that actors were interchangeable, he lost Arbuckle to producer Joseph M. Schenck, who not only paid the comedian handsomely, but also permitted him complete creative control. To help in the new venture, Arbuckle recruited Buster Keaton, popular star of a knockabout vaudeville act; Keaton took a large pay cut...

                        World War I Films of the Silent Era
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                          "It might reasonably be contended that Humphrey Jennings is the only real poet the British cinema has yet produced." - Lindsay Anderson, Director These astonishing films show and explain essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and even before radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience, while news films were the most potent and detailed public images of armament, military...