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Poet and Publisher [Blu-ray]
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    ROBERT FROST This lovely color film from 1961 was shot over the course of a year, mostly in the region of Robert Frost’s solitary mountain cabin in Vermont. Probably the most celebrated American poet of the twentieth Century, Frost in his mid eighties is seen in three seasons walking the landscape while he is heard reading from about twenty-five of his poems inspired by what is shown. We hear all or part of “October,” “The Sound of Trees,” “Unharvested,”...

    Timothys Quest [Blu-ray]
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      A charming pastoral about two unwanted children finding acceptance and love, Timothy’s Quest (1922) is a rare, cinematic gem based on a novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), who was then known as “America’s best loved author of stories about children.”* The only production of the Dirigo Film Company, established in order to make films in the state of Maine adapted from works by Maine authors, Wiggin loaned her own home as one of the principal...

      Five Experimental Films of the 1950s [Blu-ray]
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        Four of the films in this collection arrived after the release of the much larger anthology Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 had gone to press; they are such beautiful and extraordinary works that deserve to be seen after decades of unavailability. All are brilliant and true color copies mastered in high definition from original Kodachrome master copies or camera films. Abstract in Concrete (1952). John Arvonio shot footage for this stunning pattern film of New...

        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...

          Mauvaise Graine
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            A sly, bouncy comedy set in the back alleyways and sunlit avenues of 1930s Paris, Mauvaise Graine (Bad Seed) is the remarkable directorial debut of Billy Wilder, the sharp-witted, inimitable creator of such American classics as Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment and Double Indemnity. Shot in France during Wilder’s migration from Germany to the U.S., Mauvaise Graine centers around Henry Pasquier (Pierre Mingand), the spoiled son of a wealthy doctor, who discovers high-octane thrills,...

            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...

              Native Land
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                Inspired by the 1938 report of the La Follette Civil Liberties Committee’s investigation into the repression of labor organizing, Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand’s biting and beautiful Native Land (1942, though largely shot between ’37 and ’39) combines documentary footage with staged reenactments to depict the struggle of trade unions against corporations, their spies and contractors. Legendary singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson narrates the film through words and...

                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...

                  Strike
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                    Sergei Eisenstein's Strike, with the possible exception of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, marks the most outstanding cinematic debut in the history of film. Triggered by the suicide of a worker unjustly accused of theft, a strike is called by the laborers of a Moscow factory. The managers, owner and the Czarist government dispatch infiltrators in an attempt to break the workers’ unity. Unsuccessful, they hire the police and in the film's most harrowing and powerful sequences, the unarmed...

                    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...

                      The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection [Blu-ray]
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                        Curtis Harrington is widely regarded as one of the most important avant-garde directors of the 1940s, as well as an early influential figure in what would come to be known as ‘New Queer Cinema.’ This publication is a joint effort between Flicker Alley and Drag City featuring restorations carried out by the Academy Film Archive on a single-disc Blu-ray, comprised of six short films by the late experimental filmmaker, as well as bonus interview footage and rarely-seen early works....

                        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...