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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 (1916), By the Sad Sea Waves (1917), Bliss (1917), Hey There (1918), and Don't Shove (); the Hal  Roach B-listers Dodge Your Debts (1921), Looking for Trouble (1919), Whirl o' the West (1921), The Dippy Dentist (1920), Shiver and Shake (1922), and Post No Bills (1923); educational pictures such as A Fresh Start (1920), At Your Service (1921), Jonah Jones (1924), and Breezing Along (1927); Charlie Chaplin-associated works like Charley Out West (1919), The Hobo  (1917), Oh Shoot (1923), Caught in a Park (1915), Gussle's Wayward Path (1915), and Charley's Aunt (1925). Explore the mindset and artistic vision of iconoclastic filmmaker Heinz Emigholz, who is the originator of "Architecture as Autobiography," a series of documentaries on unique or unusual architects consisting of still images of the subject's buildings. The meticulousness of Emigholz's style of filmmaking is spotlighted in Die Basis des Make-up, a three-part DVD that showcases his illustrated notebooks and sketchbooks. Silent with German and English titles.

Heinz Emigholz---Germany---2005---94 mins.
The Formative Years I presents the earliest work of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Heinz Emigholz (Schindler's House). His films from the 1970s reveal his ties to legendary experimental filmmakers Michael Snow and Ken Jacobs of the New American Cinema, who were major influences on his work. Emigholz's thought-provoking documentaries represent a link between fine art and filmmaking. In Schenec-Tady I (1972), Schenec-Tady II (1973), Arrowplane (1974), Tide (1974) and Schenec-Tady III (1975), he explores the interplay between the temporal nature of film and still compositions of landscapes. The films consist of thousands of photos, taken frame by frame, cut together to suggest the illusion of time and speed. This release also includes short films made during Emigholz's first years in America, an interview with the filmmaker that details the meaning behind these works, and a booklet that provides a context. Silent and in German with English subtitles.

Heinz Emigholz---West Germany---1972-1975---142 mins.