INTERNATIONAL SILENT CLASSICS

 

BARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENT & MONTE CRISTO: tHE LOST FILMS OF JOHN GILBERT

King Vidor & Emmet J. Flynn (US)

Today, more than 80% of silent cinema is considered lost forever. Some films were claimed by the flammable and unstable film stock of the day. Others were, once upon a time, thought to be worth less than the cost of keeping them. Yet, miraculously, unique copies of celebrated films previously thought lost are occasionally found and restored to...


BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (PANZERKREUZER POTEMKIN) / OCTOBER (OKTJABR')

Sergej Eisenstein & Grigori Aleksandrov (USSR)

This deluxe 2-disc DVD set presents Sergej Eisenstein's immortal screen classics BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN and OCTOBER in previously unreleased and painstakingly restored versions featuring the original accompanying scores by Austrian-born composer Edmund Meisel. The ROM section includes a wide range of rare documents…


BEHIND THE DOOR

Irvin V. Willat (US)

Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V. Willat made this —“the most outspoken of all the vengeance films” according to film historian Kevin Brownlow —during the period of World War I-inspired American patriotism. Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war…


BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (BERLIN, DIE SINFONIE DER GROßSTADT) & MELODY OF THE WORLD (MELODIE DER WELT)

Walther Ruttmann (Germany)

Walther Ruttmann is a pioneer of modern multimaedia art. His first short films are unique experiments with forms, colors, and rhythm, his innovative commercials connected abstract animation art with concrete messages. The symphonic documentary BERLIN, DIE SINFONIE DER GROßSTADT is one of the most famous…


BLIND HUSBANDS (DIE RACHE DER BERGE)

Erich von Stroheim (US)

Erich von Stroheim's 1919 directorial debut BLIND HUSBANDS is considered a masterpiece of American silent cinema.  Set in the alpine scenery of South Tyrol this film still fascinates audiences through its precise visual language and its moral ambiguity. This Edition Filmmuseum presents the film in its gorgeous tinted Austrian release version, DIE RACHE DER... 


BY THE LAW (PO ZAKONU)

Lev Kulešov (USSR)

BY THE LAW (PO ZAKONU), Lev Kuleshov's legendary “constructivist western”, was one of the most popular films of its time and is now considered a masterpiece of Soviet Cinema. Adapted in 1926 from the Jack London story, “The Unexpected”, BY THE LAW tells the story of a group of prospectors in the Yukon who, after a gold strike and two murders, find...


CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE

Various Directors (US)

Charles Chaplin came to Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios late in 1913 as a little-known British vaudevillian, and after a year, had not only established his Tramp character, learned to write and direct his own films, and also achieved public recognition as a star comedian. Although Keystone did not publicize its performers by name, standees of...


CHAPLIN'S ESSANAY COMEDIES

Charles Chaplin, Gilbert M. Anderson (US)

In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay find Chaplin further experimenting with new cinematic techniques…


CHAPLIN'S MUTUAL COMEDIES

Charles Chaplin (US)

"When Charles Chaplin signed a record-setting contract with the Mutual Film Corporation in February 1916, it was the culmination of events that changed the motion picture business. Mutual's founders redefined how films were bought, sold and distributed. Chaplin redefined screen comedy with a character that leapt into the hearts of moviegoers around the world…


CHICAGO

Frank Urson &
(uncredited) Cecil B. DeMille
 (US)

Sexy, jazz-loving and dressed to kill, Roxie Hart (Phyllis Haver) has a doting, handsome husband in Victor Varconi not to mention a gold-digging affair on the side with Eugene Pallette, who pays and pays, eventually with his life. Put on trial for murder, Roxie secures lawyer Billy Flynn (Robert Edeson), equal part mob “mouthpiece” and publicity agent.


CHILDREN OF DIVORCE

Frank Lloyd & Josef von Sternberg [uncredited] (US)

The film begins in an American "divorce colony" in Paris after the First World War, where parents would leave their children for months at a time. Jean, Kitty, and Ted meet there as children and become fast friends. Years later, in America, when wealthy Ted (Gary Cooper) reconnects with Jean (Esther Ralston), the two fall deeply in love, vowing to fulfill a childhood promise…


DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS: A MODERN MUSKETEER

Various Directors (US)

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS: A MODERN MUSKETEER is a five-disc DVD collection that includes eleven of the delightful modern-dress comedies, westerns, satires, dream-fantasies and romances which made Douglas Fairbanks a popular hero, before he launched into the costume spectacles for which he is best remembered today.


DZIGA VERTOV: THE MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA AND OTHER NEWLY-RESTORED WORKS

Dziga Vertov (USSR)

"I am an eye. A mechanical eye. I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only the machine can see it. I am now free of human immobility. I am in perpetual motion. I approach things, I move away from them. I slip under them, into them. I move toward the muzzle of a race horse. I move quickly through crowds, I advance ahead of the soldiers in an…


FOUR FILMS WITH ASTA NIELSEN

Various Directors (Germany)

In DIE SUFFRAGETTE (THE SUFFRAGETTE), Asta Nielsen plays the Englishwoman Nelly Panburne. Through her mother, Nelly comes to know the suffragette movement and joins it. In the course of the film Nelly must undergo a crucial test in the conflict between her political convictions and her love for Lord Ascue, the bitter opponent of the…


FRENCH MASTERWORKS: RUSSIAN ÉMIGRÉS IN PARIS (1923-1929)

Ivan Mosjoukine, Alexandre Volkoff, Marcel L’Herbier, Jacques Feyder(France)

The collection of Russian filmmakers who made up the core of what came to be known as Films Albatros arrived from Moscow after the October 1917 revolution by way of Yalta, Constantinople and Marseilles, establishing their base of operations in an old Pathé greenhouse-style studio in the Paris suburb of Montreuil. From it flowed some of the finest...


FROM MORN TO MIDNIGHT (VON MORGENS BIS MITTERNACHTS)

Karlheinz Martin (Germany)

Georg Kaiser describes in his Expressionist theater play, FROM MORN TO MIDNIGHT (VON MORGENS BIS MITTERNACHTS), the attempt of a bank cashier to escape his middle class daily life. Director Karlheinz Martin's film adaptation transfers Kaiser's play into an Expressionist work of radical stylization.  The German film industry was so irritated by the resulting film, that it…


THE GARDEN OF EDEN

Lewis Milestone (US)

This thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy from 1928 was an important film for both its beguiling star, Corinne Griffith, an Academy Award™ Best Actress nominee (The Divine Lady–1929), and talented director Lewis Milestone, a two-time Academy Award™ Best Director winner. The film was scripted by Hanns Kräley, a scenarist of four 1920s...


GEORGE MÉLIÈS: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA & ENCORE

George Melies (France)

Georges Méliès built the world's first movie studio in 1896 near Paris; from it cascaded fantastic magic films, dream films, historical reconstructions, imaginary journeys, melodramas, slapstick comedies—even erotic films. Examples of all are here, with many still retaining power to astonish and charm. This monumental thirteen hour collection on five DVDs…


GEORGES MÉLIÈS: A TRIP TO THE MOON & THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

George Méliès (France)

No original hand-colored copies of Georges Méliès A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902), had been known to survive until one was miraculously found in Spain in the mid-1990s, but in a fragmentary condition thought too fragile to handle for either viewing or restoration. In 2010, three experts in worldwide film restoration - Lobster Films, and two non-profit...


THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY (LA MAISON DU MYSTÈRE)

Alexandre Volkoff (France)

Serial films, or ciné romans were well-established in France before World War I, where they are most closely identified with writer-director Louis Feuillade. These melodramas for adult audiences were unlike American serials that were targeted primarily at youngsters. At Albatros, Russian émigré producer Joseph…


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Wallace Worsley (US)

Hunchback is a huge production: the sets depicting 15th-century Paris covered nineteen acres of Universal Pictures’ back lot and included the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Filming took six months and the climactic sequence employed two thousand extras, but it’s Lon Chaney’s performance that makes the character unforgettable. THE HUNCHBACK OF...


L’INHUMAINE

Marcel  L'Herbier (France)

In 1922, after several years of directing successful films for the Gaumont studios, Marcel l'Herbier created his own production company, Cinégraphic. In addition to producing films by Claude Autant-Lara, Louis Delluc, Jean Dréville and others, L’Herbier put together an extremely ambitious project, L’INHUMAINE, a film intended to showcase the most…


THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT (uN CHAPEAU DE PAILLE D'ITALIE)

René Clair (France)

René Clair’s sparkling comedy of manners is a witty, delicate, inspired satire on propriety and behavior in the bourgeois mind-set. Transposing the action of the perennial stage farce from 1851 to a summer wedding day in 1895 – the birth of cinema – Clair recalls detail, costume and design captured by the first movies. THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT...


J'ACCUSE

Abel Gance (France)

Abel Gance’s extraordinary breakthrough work, J’ACCUSE is a World War I drama considered one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film, referred to by Gance as, “A human cry against the bellicose din of armies.” This seminal cinematic achievement stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is... 


THE JOYLESS STREET (DIE FREUDLOSE GASSE)

Georg Willhelm Pabst (Germany)

DIE FREUDLOSE GASSE (THE JOYLESS STREET) is not only one of the most important films of the Weimar Republic, it is also one of the most spectacular censorship cases of the era. The story from the inflationary period in Vienna in the years immediately after World War I was considered too much of a provocation…


JUDEX

Louis Feuillade (France)

JUDEX is the remarkably inventive and dreamlike French serial by the great Louis Feuillade. Now available on DVD for the first time, the film represents a highlight of a French cinematic tradition that has inspired generations of filmmakers (including Georges Franju, Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, and Olivier Assayas) since its first release... 


LAILA

George Schnéevoigt (Norway)

LAILA is the crowning achievement of the Norwegian silent cinema, a heart-tugging melodrama in the genre that dominated Norwegian filmmaking in the 1920s: an adaptation of a literary work, shot mostly outdoors and celebrating the splendors of the Norwegian landscape.  George Schnéevoigt, the noted Danish-German cinematographer, brings...


LANDMARKS OF EARLY SOVIET FILM

Various Directors (USSR)

During the 1920s, Soviet documentary and fiction films were financed by the State, and their fledgling directors, some barely out of their teens, converted their lives from theater, engineering, painting and journalism to the practice and theory of a revolutionary cinema devoted to showing the achievements and aspirations of the new...


THE LATE MATHIAS PASCAL (FEU MATHIAS PASCAL)

Marcel L'Herbier (France)

The biggest French fantasy film of the 1920s, it is remarkably cast with some of the great actors of that era: Ivan Mosjoukine, (as Mathias Pascal), Michel Simon, Lois Moran, Pierre Batcheff and Marcelle Pradot. The film also boasts famous stylized sets designed by Alberto Cavalcanti and Lazare Meerson, seen here to best advantage in a stunning tinted...


THE LOVES OF PHARAOH (DAS WEIB DES PHARAO)

Ernst Lubitsch (Germany)

Ernst Lubitsch's DAS WEIB DES PHARAO, produced in Berlin in 1921, was the most expensive German film production of its time. Premiering in New York in February 1922, THE LOVES OF PHARAOH began a successful international release in many countries. Its director, Ernst Lubitsch was at the top of the German film industry following-up on his international...


THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE

Various Directors (US)

"Over a 21-year period from 1912 to 1933, the short and feature films produced by Mack Sennett (and released under the banners of Keystone Comedies and Mack Sennett Comedies) played a large part in creating the style and language that has forever defined visual humor in motion pictures, earning Sennett the nickname "the King of Comedy"…


MISS MEND

Fedor Ozep (USSR)

MISS MEND, an action-packed adventure serial in three feature-length episodes, was produced in Russia with the goal of rivaling, and possibly even surpassing, the most entertaining American movies of the 1920s. Instead of the avant-garde works of Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Russian audiences were enchanted by fast-moving...


NATHAN THE WISE (NATHAN DER WEISE)

Manfred Noa (Germany)

Manfred Noa's adaptation of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's stage play is one of the completely forgotten classics of German silent cinema.  It is an appeal to peace and tolerance that was violently attacked by the Nazis.  The story takes place against the backdrop of religious wars between Christians, Islamists and Jews in 12th-century Jerusalem...


NERVES (NERVEN)

Robert Reinert (Germany)

In NERVES (NERVEN), writer-director-producer Robert Reinert tried to capture the "nervous epidemic," that seemingly drives people to madness as a result of war, misery and social unrest. This unique portrait of life in 1919 Germany, filmed on location in Munich, describes the cases of different people from all levels of society: Factory owner Roloff, who loses his...


THE PEOPLE AMONG US (MENSCHEN UNTEREINANDER) & UNDER THE LANTERN (UNTER DER LATERNE)

Gerhard Lamprecht (Germany)

The double-DVD set, THE PEOPLE AMPONG US (MENSCHEN UNTEREINANDER) & UNDER THE LANTERN (UNTER DER LATERNE), presents two films by Gerhard Lamprecht sketching social panoramas of late 1920's Berlin. THE PEOPLE AMONG US (MENSCHEN UNTEREINANDER) delineates the social microcosm of a tenement…


PERILS OF THE NEW LAND: FILMS OF THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE (1910-1915)

Various Directors (US)

TRAFFIC IN SOULS (1913) and THE ITALIAN (1915) are riveting and important social dramas of the American silent screen. Released during the earliest years of feature-length film, when movies were more dedicated to advocacy and reform than to escapist entertainment, both depict new immigrants to America and the hazards that await them.


PHANTOM

F.W. Murnau (Germany)

PHANTOM marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. This beautifully reconstructed and restored edition, from an original 1922 negative, features a new orchestral score by Robert Israel.  This powerfully expressive and surprisingly insightful film is a triumph of German...


THE RED LANTERN

Albert Capellani (US)

THE RED LANTERN tells the story of a Eurasian, Joan of Arc-like heroine, set against the background of China’s 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The film was an instant success, thanks to an unprecedented advertising campaign and the star qualities of diva Alla Nazimova. Both aspects are extensively discussed in this publication…


LA ROUE

Abel Gance (France)

Never before released in the United States, this monumental French film is one of the most extraordinary achievements in the whole history of cinema. Written and directed by Abel Gance (NAPOLEON, J’ACCUSE), three years in production, and for its time unprecedented in length and complexity of emotion, LA ROUE pushed...


SALT OF SVANETIA (DŹIM ŠVANTĖ (SOL' SVANETII) ) / NAIL IN THE BOOT (GVOZD' V SAPOGE)

Michail Kalatozov (USSR)

The Georgian-born filmmaker Michail Kalatozov (19031973) is best remembered for directing some of the most innovative and successful Soviet films of the 1950s and 1960s. This DVD presents digitally restored versions of two of his lesser-known, early works, which were highly controversial in their time but now rank among…


THE SALVATION HUNTERS

Josef von Sternberg (US)

“Sometimes described as America’s first avant-garde feature film, The Salvation Hunters was produced on a shoestring by actor George K. Arthur, and shot mostly on location in San Pedro.. “Sternberg was the director, writer, art director, editor.  Chaplin’s enthusiasm got the film distributed by United Artists and the critics’ attention.  Sternberg was proclaimed a genius…


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

Segundo de Chomón (Spain)

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…


SHERLOCK HOLMES

Arthur Berthelet (US)

Long considered lost until a complete dupe negative was identified in the vaults of la Cinémathèque française last year, this William Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. By the time it was produced at Essanay Studios in 1916, Gillette had been established as the world’s…


A SIXTH PART OF THE WORLD (ŠESTAJA ČAST' MIRA) / THE ELEVENTH YEAR (ODINNADCATYJ)

Dziga Vertov (USSR)

The poetic travelogue A SIXTH PART OF THE WORLD and the “visual symphony” THE ELEVENTH YEAR mark the beginning of Dziga Vertov’s most creative period, which peaked in the canonical film MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA. Vertov’s Kino-Eye aesthetic attempted “to give [back] the filmic to non-fiction film” as Barbara Wurm notes, as well as, in...


SLUMS OF BERLIN (DIE VERRUFENEN (DER FÜNFTE STAND)) & CHILDREN OF NO IMPORTANCE (DIE UNEHELICHEN)

Gerhard Lamprecht (Germany)

This double-DVD presents two feature films by Gerhard Lamprecht which reproduce Heinrich Zille's view of the Berlin milieu ("Milljöh"). In SLUMS OF BERLIN (DIE VERRUFENEN (DER FÜNFTE STAND)) (1925) the engineer Robert Kramer, released from prison, cannot find his way back to civilian life. He wants to end his life, but is held back by the streetwalker Emma. In…


THREE SONGS OF LENIN (TRI PESNI O LENINE)

Dziga Vertov (USSR)

Next to the classic Man with a Movie Camera, his "film poem" to the founder of the Soviet Union, THREE SONGS OF LENIN (TRI PESNI O LENINE), is the most universally acclaimed and enduringly popular of all Dziga Vertov's films. This 2-disc set presents the earliest surviving versions of THREE SONGS OF LENIN, the 1938 silent and sound reissues…


UNDER FULL SAIL: SILENT CINEMA ON THE HIGH SEAS

Various Directors (US)

UNDER FULL SAIL: SILENT CINEMA ON THE HIGH SEAS collects five breathtaking films that preserve the romance, grandeur and allure of windjammers sailing open waters, exquisitely photographed in the style of the time.

THE YANKEE CLIPPER (1927), produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by Rupert Julian, restored...


THE VALENTINO COLLECTION

Various Directors (US)

As one of the most iconic personalities of the silent film era, Rudolph Valentino achieved an unprecedented level of fame that was due in part to his exotic good looks and a magnetic personality, which leapt from the screen. His undeniable cultural resonance, coupled with his untimely death in August of 1926, has made him a recognizable...