GME is proud to announce the winners of the Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival 2018 DVD awards for Best Single Release (BEHIND THE DOOR) and Best Rediscovery of a Forgotten Film (MARQUIS DE WAVRIN).
BEHIND THE DOOR (USA, 1919), directed by Irvin H. Willat, is an excellent restoration of a notorious, but long incomplete war film by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, reincorporating the original tints and supported by a specially commissioned and very distinguished multi-instrumental score by Stephen Horne. This gruesome revenge story from 1919, directed by Irvin Willat, stars Hobart Bosworth and Wallace Beery and opens with some eerily topical scenes of xenophobic patriotism. A thoughtful set of supplements includes the Russian release of the movie, outtakes, essays and an illuminating interview with Kevin Brownlow on Willat’s career. This DVD/Blu-Ray title is currently available from GME for the North American educational market.
MARQUIS DE WAVRIN (Belgium, 1924-1937), directed Marquis Robert de Wavrin.
The marquis Robert de Wavrin had conquered an important place in the history of anthropology for his journey in South America in the Twenties and Thirties. Nobody knew that during those journeys de Wavrin had filmed a number of excellent documentaries (at least not until the footage, “forgotten” at the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, was studied, restored and made available on a double DVD, accompanied by a rich volume elaborately illustrated and documented). This DVD is definitely a discovery for students of anthropology, but also for cinema historians. This DVD title will be made available by GME exclusively to universities in North American beginning in September 2018.