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AMERICAN SILENT HORROR COLL
"A breakthrough of major significance in ethnographic film" (
is the story of an Aboriginal community from the remote Northern Territory of Australia told through their own eyes and through their own narrative traditions. With dramatic, sensual visuals and dreamlike pacing, the Aboriginal filmmakers trace the history of their struggle to reclaim their lands and the problems faced living under "Two Laws"--one a centuries-old Aboriginal code, the other the brutal rule of law imposed by European settlers. This approach offers a completely different logic to documenting history and culture, and the result is a fascinating film that not only pushes past the boundaries of documentary, but challenges the stilted style of ethnographic film typically found on television. In Aboriginal with English subtitles.
Carolyn Strachan/Alessandro Cavadini---Australia---1981---140 mins.
AMERICAN SLAPSTICK 2
This is a 3-disc collection of seminal works and archival rarities featuring silent comedy legends and forgotten clowns, from the first film directed by Charlie Chaplin to early works by almost unrecognizable Harold Lloyd and Stan Laurel.
American Slapstick Volume 2
includes the young Harold Lloyd in
Luke Joins the Navy
By the Sad Sea Waves
(); the Hal Roach B-listers
Dodge Your Debts
Looking for Trouble
Whirl o' the West
The Dippy Dentist
Shiver and Shake
Post No Bills
(1923); educational pictures such as
A Fresh Start
At Your Service
(1927); Char lie Chaplin-associated works like
Charley Out West
Caught in a Park
Gussle's Wayward Path
(1925); films dealing with hearts and havoc like
Call the Wagon
(1923); women holding it down in
Hash House Fraud
(1929); and two talkies,
Playboy Number One
AU BONHEUR DES DAMES
German-born romantic actress Dita Parlo (
) stars in this late silent film from one of the masters of French poetic realism, Julien Duvivier. She plays Denise, an orphan girl who comes to Paris to find work in her uncle's small shop, but instead takes a job in the big, glamorous department store across the street. When her employer begins demolishing buildings in the neighborhood, her uncle's store is the last one in the crosshairs. "I see Walter Ruttman's
Symphony of a City
in its portrait of urban destruction and renewal, presented with a sense of loss as well as a sense of the unstoppable force of progress by Duvivier" (Sean Axmaker,
). Based on a novel by Emile Zola. Original music by Gabriel Thibaudeau, interpreted by l'Octuor de France. Silent with English, French, and German intertitles.
Julien Duvivier---France---1930---89 mins.
LOST AND FOUND: THE HARRY LANGDON COLLECTION
Discovered in 1923 by slapstick pioneer Mack Sennett, Harry Langdon quickly came to rival silent comedians like Chaplin, Lloyd, and Keaton in popularity. Langdon's comic persona of the wide-eyed innocent bewildered by the world around him was developed in such classic shorts as
His New Mamma
, which have been restored to their full glory and included in this four-disc set. It also contains most of Langdon's seminal work for Sennett's studio and new restorations of several previously lost films, including
Smile Please, The First 100 Years, The Luck o' the Foolish, The Hansom Cabman, All Night Long, Feet of Mud, The Sea Squawk, Boobs in the Wood, His Marriage Wow, Plain Clothes, Remember When, Lucky Stars, Saturday Afternoon, Fiddlesticks, Soldier Man, His First Flame, Knight Duty, Hooks and Jabs
Love, Honor and Obey (the Law)
. Silent with original music.
MRS. WIGGS OF THE CABBAGE PATCH
Two low-budget, early '30s westerns starring Tom Tyler. In
(John P. McCarthy, 1932, 59 mins.), Tyler plays heroic Tennessee Matthews, who must rescue a wagon train led into hostile Indian territory. Then in
(J.P. McGowan, 1933, 62 mins.), Tyler is an innocent man caught up in the crimes of the legendary Butch Cassidy. J.P. McCarthy/J.P. McGowan---USA---1932/1933---121 mins.
POIL DE CAROTTE
Julien Duvivier's poignant story about "Carrot Top," an unloved boy who is mistreated by his mother, ignored by his father, and tormented by his siblings. Though neglect eventually compels the boy to attempt suicide, Duvivier uses inventive camera tricks to bring a light-heartedness to the weighty material. Duvivier also made a talkie version of this story in 1932. Silent with optional French, English, or German intertitles. Julien Duvivier---France---1925---108 mins.
VILLAIN STILL PURSUED HER
Based on a Chinese fable, Tsui Hark's mystical romance tells the tale of a pair of snakes (Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang) who long to be human.
WOMAN OF PARIS / A KING IN NEW YORK
Broderick Crawford gives a legendary performance as a brawling, bull-headed southern politician in this riveting drama of political corruption.
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