THE CURTIS HARRINGTON SHORT FILM COLLECTION

Curtis Harrington, widely regarded as one of the important avant-garde directors of the 1940’s, as well as an early influential figure in what would come to be known as ‘New Queer Cinema,’ was born in Los Angeles in 1926. He began making films as a teenager, often deeply surreal, intuitive, and owing much to the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in film studies, his unique career trajectory led him from the academic circles of cinematic criticism (he wrote a publication on the films of Josef von Sternberg); to the Hollywood assistant desk of writer/producer Jerry Wald; to the elite group of independent filmmakers associated with Kenneth Anger (the two remained life-long friends and colleagues); to the famed film factory of cult icon Roger Corman; then on to his own stint in the world of genre movie-making with Night Tide and Games; and most unpredictable of all, to finding commercial success in television. 

This edition is mastered from a multi-tinted 16mm print struck in 1926 from the original camera negative. (The film apparently does not survive in 35mm). Visible wear in the source material is diminished with a moderate amount of digital restoration. It is pictorially much better than earlier video editions and represents the best condition in which this landmark film survives today. A new symphonic score arranged by Donald Hunsberger was recorded in the Czech Republic by full orchestra conducted by Robert Israel.

 
 
 

  Contents

Format: Blu-ray & DVD-NTSC Combo /
Region All & Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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FRAGMENT OF SEEKING
(US, 1946)

• 16 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Sound

     

PICNIC
(US, 1948)

• 22 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Sound

     

ON THE EDGE
(US, 1949)

• 6 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Sound

     

THE ASSIGNATION
(US, 1953)

• 8 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Sound

     

THE WORMWOOD STAR
(US, 1955)

• 10 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Sound

     

USHER
(US, 2002)

• 38 minutes
• 35mm
• Color
• Sound

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 Bonus Material

THE FOUR ELEMENTS
(US, 1966)

• 13 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Sound

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
(US, 1942)

• 10 minutes
• 8mm blow-up to 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

• Short Interview shot by filmmakers Tyler Hubby and Jeffrey Schwarz (2009, 22 minutes).

• Interview with Harrington at the Getty Research Institute (2003, 43 minutes).

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Total Running Time: 03:08:00 (2 Discs)

Language: English

Music: Ernest Gold, Philip Harland & Leona Wood

Booklet Text: Essay by Lisa Janssen, Film Notes by Mark Toscano

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)

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