SEGUNDO DE CHOMÓN (1903-1912): EL CINE DE LA FANTASIA

SEGUNDO DE CHOMÓN is a key figure in the early years of cinema history, and one whose career has long been overshadowed by his French contemporary, Georges Méliès. This DVD collection now presents 31 films by “the Spanish Méliès,” revealing a filmmaker of comparable imagination, yet unique artistry. Curated from the 105 titles that make up the Segundo de Chomón collection at the Filmoteca de Catalunya, the selection "has been defined by the desire to offer significant highlights of the works of this filmmaker, ... the films which best displayed his ability to use a wide range of resources and techniques with the aim of assisting an under-standing of his contributions to early film language,” explains Esteve Riambau, of the Catalonian film archive.

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2011 DVD JURY AWARD 
BEST DVD 2010-2011 

"The first edition of a long awaited series devoted to the great Spanish master of magic films, hand coloring and technical special effects. Offering 114 minutes of 31 astonishing titles, complete with a 111-page tri-lingual book containing an informative essay by Joan M. Minguet and credits on each film and the 12 different archives that provided restored prints."

LES TULIPES (1907)

LES TULIPES (1907)

“Segundo de Chomón is, without a doubt, the most international Spanish filmmaker of the silent era. His international nature, a quality he gained at the same time as cinematic language hinted at its hegemony over other popular forms of entertainment, and which continued until the end of the silent era, can be argued on a number of grounds. Firstly, Chomón worked continuously in two of European cinema’s most important production houses: Pathé Frères in Paris and Itala Films in Turin. Secondly, he collaborated actively on some legendary films of the silent era, such as CABIRIA (1914) by Giovanni Pastone, or NAPOLÉON (1927) by Abel Gance. Thirdly, beyond the large-scale productions, his name is associated with certain people and trends which are essential to understanding the history of the cinema of that time: films à truc (or trick films) and féeries; that is, all those films that invited the spectator into a world of fascination…”

– Joan M. Minguet Batllori, historian

The publication also includes a tri-lingual edition of the book, by Joan M. Minguet, Segundo de Chomón: Beyond The Cinema of Attractions.

LE SPECTRE ROUGE (1907)

LE SPECTRE ROUGE (1907)

SEGUNDO DE CHOMÓN (1903-1912): EL CINE DE LA FANTASIA is a publication of Cameo and Filmoteca de Catalunya, with contributions and assistance from Filmoteca Española, Eye Film Institute Netherlands, Archives Française du Film du CNC, British Film Institute National Archive, Gosfilmofund of Russia, Cineteca del Friuli, Deutsche Kinematek, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique-Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief, Archivo Nacional de la Imagen-SODRE of Uruguay, & Cinémathèque Française.

 
 
 

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Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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SEGUNDO DE CHOMÓN (1903-1912): EL CINE DE LA FANTASIA
(Spain, 1903-1912)

Director: Segundo de Chomón

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LOS HÉROES DEL SITIO DE ZARAGOZA
(Spain, 1903)  

• 3:25 minutes

L’HEREU DE CAN PRUNA
(Spain, 1904)

• 6:14 minutes

BARCELONE – PARC AU CRÉPUSCULE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1124
(France, 1904) 

• 1:56 minutes

LE ROI DES DOLLARS 
Pathé Frères, no. 1196
(France, 1905)

• 1:40 minutes

PLONGEUR FANTASTIQUE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1270
(France, 1905) 

• 1:34


AH! LA BARBE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1284
(France, 1905)

• 1:44 minutes 

LES CENT TRUCS 
Pathé Frères, no. 1449
(France, 1906)

• 2:51 minutes

LE COURANT ÉLECTRIQUE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1515
(France, 1906)

• 1:18 minutes

L’ANTRE DE LA SORCIÈRE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1519
(France, 1906)

• 5:23 minutes

LE SPECTRE ROUGE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1711
(France, 1907)

• 8:56 minutes

LA BOÎTE À CIGARES
Pathé Frères, no. 1572
(France, 1907)

• 4:06 minutes

LES OEUFS DE PÂQUES 
Pathé Frères, no. 1763
(France, 1907)

• 3:22 minutes

SCULPTEUR EXPRESS 
Pathé Frères, no. 1780
(France, 1907)

• 4:32 minutes

LES TULIPES 
Pathé Frères, no. 1848
(France, 1907)

• 3:26 minutes

EN AVANT LA MUSIQUE 
Pathé Frères, no. 1942
(France, 1907)

• 1:40 minutes

KI RI KI, ACROBATES JAPONAIS 
Pathé Frères, no. 1938
(France, 1907)

• 2:33 minutes

LA MAISON ENSORCELÉE
Pathé Frères, no. 1996
(France, 1908) 

• 5:54 minutes

LES LUNATIQUES 
Pathé Frères, no. 2050
(France, 1908)

• 3:21 minutes

LES PAPILLONS JAPONAIS 
Pathé Frères, no. 2116
(France, 1908)

• 3:56 minutes

L’INSAISISSABLE PICKPOCKET
Pathé Frères, no. 2107
(France, 1908)

• 3:48 minutes

CRÉATION DE LA SERPENTINE 
Pathé Frères, no. 2255
(France, 1908)

• 5:14 minutes

ELECTRIC HÔTEL 
Pathé Frères, no. 2510
(France, 1908)

• 6:27 minutes

LE PETIT POUCET 
Pathé Frères, no. 2644
(France, 1909)

• 10:52 minutes

LE VOLEUR INVISIBLE 
Pathé Frères, no. 2744
(France, 1909)

• 5:29 minutes

VOYAGE SUR JUPITER
Pathé Frères, no. 2863
(France, 1909)

• 8:04 minutes

LE THÉÂTRE ÉLECTRIQUE DE BOB 
Pathé Frères, no. 2950
(France, 1909)

• 5:04 minutes

UNE EXCURSION INCOHÉRENTE
Pathé Frères, no. 3075
(France, 1909)

• 8:11 minutes

GÉRONE, LA VENISE ESPAGNOLE,
Iberico Films for Pathé Frères, no. 5142
(Spain/France, 1912)

• 3:14 minutes

SUPERSTITION ANDALOUSE 
Iberico Films for Pathé Frères, no. 5181
(Spain/France, 1912)

• 10:12 minutes

MÉTAMORPHOSES
Iberico Films for Pathé Frères, no. 5221
(Spain/France, 1912) 

• 4:37 minutes

BARCELONE. PRINCIPALE VILLE DE LA CATALOGNE 
Iberico F. for Pathé F., no. 5368
(Spain/France, 1912)

• 3:14 minutes

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Total Running Time: 02:25:56

Language: French & Spanish intertitles with English, Spanish & Catalan subtitles and menus

Musical Score: Joan Pineda

Booklet Text: Joan M. Minguet (Trilingual Spanish, Catalan & English)

Published By: Cameo Media & Filmoteca de Catalunya

Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)

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