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February 13th, 2010 (08:29 pm)

Last night was the world premiere of the new restoration of Franz Lang's Metropolis (1927), incorporating the elements from the print found in Buenos Aires in 2008. It was screened simultaneously at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin as part of the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale # 60, to boot); the Berlin performance also was simulcast on a screen at the Brandenburg Gate.

ARTE-TV also had a live feed from the gate (looks like on Unter der Linden), with German / French commentary and a number of short documentary clips about the restoration / scoring. Despite idling vehicles, people almost walking into the camera, the camera broadcasting a "low battery" message, and a man walking his dog suddenly frantically waving at the camera, it was still an interesting view. (A little too far from the screen to actually see the movie, though.)

Looking from the back of the crowd with the camera, there was more a sense of the audience than of the movie. Those at the edges of the crowd stayed long enough to say they were there, but the hardcore viewers grouped at the front lasted through the lack of chairs, the scattered snowflakes and hopping up and down to keep warm.

I actually could only watch bits and pieces (I was at work, after all), but - oh how I wish I could've been there... From what I was able to see (from a distance, in German), the story of the mysterious 11811, at least, is laid out in much more detail.

Some info about this version:

CANNOT wait for the US premiere to get here; it's apparently going to be through Turner Classic movies (although with the Alloy Orchestra) - I guess no NYFF (although I bet it shows up at Lincoln Center at some point). And, of course, DVD to follow.

And - Wikipedia has rumors (although not yet substantiated) of yet *another* possible copy being found in New Zealand. After decades of the butchered version (which was only increased to 75% with the 2001 restoration), we may yet get the complete print as Lang put it together!

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Ooooh! DVD Releases!

March 10th, 2009 (09:25 pm)

Kino is about to release their new Murnau box, including brand new versions of The Last Laugh, Nosferatu, and Tartuffe, and - this is it - three never before available in R1: The Haunted Castle, The Finances of the Grand Duke, and the complete version of Faust. (Also available individually.)

Well, looks like I'm about to get my fourth version of Nosferatu... The deeply discounted Korean TV dramas at Yesasia are going to have to wait.

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And Who, You Ask, Is Batiste Madalena?

February 3rd, 2009 (01:03 am)

Just - wow...Collapse )

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Quick Posting

June 29th, 2008 (10:07 am)

Quick note: my laptop is dyyyyying (although I will order a new one by Tues-Weds), and right now I'm at a friend's apt, but I wanted to point out a few things.

  • Lobster Films has put up an archive of old film clips at Europa Film Treasures. It's a mix of commercial films, actualities, documentaries, and things forgotten and almost lost, all from Europe. Good to see something like this available - there are items I've wanted to see that I've found here.

  • Interestingly enough, I found out on Friday that there's going to be a Myst movie. Myst was a Very Good computer game in the mid-1990s (for those who didn't know), followed by another five (I stopped at #2, Riven), which involved solving puzzles, using the answers to solve other puzzles, and eventually figuring out what's going on in the game. It was fun, although I'm not sure how one gets a movie out of it.

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Rutgers's Restoration Work

April 19th, 2008 (10:56 am)

From AMS: Rutgers University has recently restored photographer Edward Curtis's 1914 film In the Land of the Head Hunters, an ethnographic "study" of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) Native American communities in British Columbia. This is reputedly the first such movie, predating Nanook of the North by several years.

The story, supposedly one of life among the "noble savages" before Europeans appeared, is false; but the look at the tribe, using nonprofessional native actors, combined with some impressive technical innovations, points to the tribe's tradition of ceremonial presentation (sounds almost like showmanship) captured at a time when "narrative cinema" was very popular in the States.

For more information, plus a schedule of showings around the US, see the restoration website.

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Movie Moments

April 6th, 2008 (01:38 pm)

There have been different forms of a meme floating around LJ lately (see auggiewren for a somewhat recent sighting), in which you list 10-15 movies / things / tchochkes that you like / love / think about. I decided to do a list of ten memorable movie moments, so I randomly generated a letter (yes, you can do that) and set to it.

This has been pretty educational for me... I knew there were trends in my movie viewing, but I never realized just how deeply they run.

T is for ten LJ meme things...Collapse )

If you'd like to do this, feel free to generate a letter for yourself using the JavaScript below. If the Javascript doesn't work, comment and I'll give you a letter.

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It's Here!!!!

February 20th, 2008 (09:25 pm)

Milestone has finally released Sessue Hayakawa's The Dragon Painter!!!

If you order direct from Milestone, you can get it now, as in today, at 20% off. If you go elsewhere, it'll be out March 18th.

More about the DVD...Collapse )

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Coming soon...

February 8th, 2008 (08:07 pm)

It's a little early for this, but the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City has announced it will show Louise Brooks and Wallace Beery in Beggars of Life on 25 April. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will accompany.

From pandorasbox.com
From The Louise Brooks Society

This is A Good Thing for several reasons.

1 - Beggars of Life has been out in a very bad, too-dark version for years. One or two years back, Eastman House restored it to what is rumored to be a beautiful spanking clean print (I've spoken *briefly* to someone who's seen it, so this isn't too far from the original source). I'm 99% sure this screening is of that restored print, which will be nice since the older version is literally too dark to make out in some spots.

2 - Screenings often mean a new dvd; it's a good way of letting the restorers know there's interest out there - if they're on the fence about it. (Like I need another dvd.)

3 - Mont Alto (or at least Rodney Sauer thereof) are the folks behind the annual ams calendar, and to my knowledge rarely / never perform this far east (their base is in Colorado).


I've seen the Darkness version (and read about the set shennanigans in several places) - it's a gritty little hobo story. I can't buy tickets yet, but I'm definitely going.

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Some News

December 12th, 2007 (09:31 pm)

From the Criterion Forum:

Edition Filmmuseum, which releases films both old and new from German archives, is coming out with a Frank Borzage 2-disc DVD, including several early films (silents from the teens) and The River, described as "the most erotic film of the silent cinema." Dunno if that's true, but it was made by Borzage once he'd gained some fame (and political capital to burn), and it sounds pretty on the edge for the period.

This is the kind of DVD where if it does well, more Borzage is likely to appear on DVD. The man's been sorely neglected, given his stature during his career, and his appearance on DVD is waaaay overdue.

Street date: 21 Dec. Requires multiregional DVD player.

Preorder from Edition Filmmuseum


From alt.movies.silent:

Truus van Aalten.

from http://www.truusvanaalten.com

You may not have heard of Geertruida Everdina Wilhelmina van Aalten (I sure hadn't). She was a Dutch comedienne of the late silent era. She found herself as a 16-yr old teenager the winner of a UfA talent contest and went on to became quite famous in that period in both Europe and the US. Perhaps she's little-known today because the Nazis demanded she act in propaganda films if she were going to act at all, and she refused (Although, from what I can tell, she wasn't further harrassed for refusing).

She looks a bit like Louise Brooks (well, okay, she has a bob, anyway). We might have to take a deeper look into this.

Truus van Aalten website

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Silent Mizoguchi

December 2nd, 2007 (06:24 pm)

Review: The Water MagicianCollapse )

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