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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Escape from East Berlin (1962) Christine Kaufmann




Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Christine Kaufmann, Don Murray, Werner Klemperer
Directed by Robert Siodmak

In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany Parliament, who served as technical adviser on this film.

The film opens with Karl Schroeder (Don Murray), chauffeur to an East German Major, seeing a friend killed as he tried to drive his truck through the wall, He is persuaded by the friend's sister, Erika Jurgens (Christine Kaufmann), and his own family to engineer an attempt to make an escape to the Western sector of the city by digging a tunnel under the wall which is close to their home.

Their efforts to evade the suspicions of the East German police, their fear of betrayal by inquisitive neighbors and the exhaustion of the digging are only a few of the difficulties faced by the group.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

MARILYN MONROE Ladies Of The Chorus (1948) Adele Jergens & Clash by Night (1952) Barbara Stanwyck





Ladies Of The Chorus (1948) Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe

Ladies of the Chorus is a 1948 Hollywood film produced by Columbia Pictures. It stars Marilyn Monroe in an early role as Peggy Martin a dancer who falls in love with a wealthy man. Her mother, May, a former burlesque star (Adele Jergens) worries about the class difference between the two and wonders if her daughter will be happy. The film was directed by Phil Karlson.

Marilyn sings Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy and Anyone Can See I Love You.
This film was not a success, and thus Marilyn's contract was not renewed.

Directed by Phil Karlson
Produced by Harry A. Romm
Written by Joseph Carole (screenplay), Harry Sauber (story and screenplay)
Starring Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Eddie Garr, Nana Bryant, Melinda Plowman, Gladys Blake
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography, Frank Redman
Editing by Richard Fantl
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date: 22 October 1948 (U.S. release)
Running time 61 min.

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Clash by Night (1952)

Clash by Night is a 1952 American drama film with some film noir aspects, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Keith Andes. 

The movie was based on the play by Clifford Odets, adapted by writer Alfred Hayes. This was the first film in which Monroe was credited before the movie's title, albeit with fourth billing.

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Wallace Reid ~ Carmen (1915) Roaring Road (1919) & Excuse My Dust (1920) DVD








Wallace Reid ~ Carmen (1915) Roaring Road (1919) & Excuse My Dust (1920) 1 DVD

Carmen (1915) Geraldine Farrar & Wallace Reid
Directed, Produced & Written by Cecil B. DeMille
Cinematography, Alvin Wyckoff
Editing by Anne Bauchens, Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 31 October 1915

Geraldine Farrar - Carmen
Wallace Reid - Don Jose
Pedro de Cordoba - Escamillo
Horace B. Carpenter - Pastia
William Elmer - Morales
Jeanie Macpherson - Gypsy girl
Anita King - Gypsy girl
Milton Brown - Garcia
Tex Driscoll
Raymond Hatton - Spectator at Bullfight (uncredited)


Carmen is a 1915 silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée. The existing versions of this film appear to be from the 1918, re-edited release.

The Roaring Road (1919) is a silent film action romance produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is taken from the short stories by Byron Morgan; Junkpile Sweepstakes, Undertaker's Handicap and Roaring Road.
This film was so successful that it spawned a sequel, Excuse My Dust from stories by the same author.

Excuse My Dust is a 1920 silent film action comedy produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is taken from a Saturday Evening Post short story The Bear Trap by Byron Morgan, who penned stories for the previous year's The Roaring Road.
Sam Wood directed Wallace Reid in one of Reid's most popular auto-racing pictures. Reid's young son, Wallace Jr., makes his first screen appearance here. This film is preserved in the Library of Congress.

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Light of Asia (1925) Shiraz (1928) Throw of Dice (1929) Seeta Devi COMPLETE 3 DVD Trilogy




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The Light of Asia (1925)
A 1925 silent film, directed by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai. It was film adapted from the book, The Light of Asia (1879) in verse, by Edwin Arnold, based on the life of Prince Gautama Buddha, who after enlightenment became the Buddha, the learned one. (a/k/a Die Leuchte Asiens in German)

The film was an Indo-European co-production, with German technicians and Indian actors, and it managed to steer clear of the usual exotic depiction of Indian culture favoured by western filmmakers up until then. It was made with the cooperation of the Maharajah of Jaipur and contained a cast of thousands. Shooting took place in Lahore, in what is now Pakistan, where the set decoration was created by Devika Rani, the wife of actor/director Himanshu Rai and a noted actress herself. The film was released in the USA by the Film Arts Guild on 11 May 1928.

Starring Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Sarada Ukil
Directed by Franz Osten, Himansu Rai
Produced by Great Eastern Film Corporation / Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG
Written by Edwin Arnold (story), Niranjan Pal (screenplay)
Cinematography, Willi Kiermeier and Josef Wirsching.
Distributed by Münchner Lichtspielkunst AG / Great Eastern Film Corporation
Release date: 22 October 1925 (Germany)
Running time: 97 min
mansu Rai Film, Universum Film (UFA)
Runtime: 97 min

A Throw of Dice- Prapancha Pash (1929) Seeta Devi

A silent film by German-born director, Franz Osten, based on an episode from the Indian epic The Mahabharata.
Franz Osten made 19 films in India between 1926 and 1939, and the film formed the final part of a trilogy of Indo-German productions, between Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himanshu Rai, the other films being Prem Sanyas (1925) and Shiraz (1928). After a gap, Osten returned to India, and worked with Bombay Talkies formed by Rai. Soon, during the production of Kangan (The Bangle) in 1939, Osten, a member of the Nazi Party, was arrested by British colonial officials and held through to the end of the World War II.
The film has been in the British Film Institute (BFI)’s archives since 1945, though rarely seen. In 2006, the film was digitally restored, in honour of the 60th anniversary of Indian independence, and re-released at the Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada, on 13 June 2008, with a new orchestral score by British Indian composer, Nitin Sawhney. The United States release occurred on 30 July 2008 during Grant Park Music Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

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Starring Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Charu Roy, Modhu Bose
Directed by Franz Osten
Produced by Nadine Luque, Tim Pearce, Himansu Rai, Bruce Wolfe
Written by W.A Burton, Max Jungk, Niranjan Pal (story) ... Cinematography, Emil Schünemann
Country: Germany, British India, United Kingdom ... Release date: 16 August 1929
Running time: 74 min

Shiraz (1928)
A historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima (Enakshi) is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother...

Stars: Himansu Rai, Charu Roy and Seeta Devi
Director: Franz Osten
Writers: William A. Burton, Niranjan Pal (play)
Country: India | UK | Germany
Release Date: 1928 (Germany)
Also Known As: Das Grabmal einer großen Liebe
Filming Locations: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Production Co: British Instructional Films (BIF), Himansu Rai Film, Universum Film (UFA)
Runtime: 97 min

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Tribes (1970) Jan-Michael Vincent, Darren McGavin





Tribes (1970) Jan-Michael Vincent

A Marine Corps drill instructor who is disgusted by the fact that the Corps now accepts draftees finds himself pitted against a hippie who has been drafted but refuses to accept the "military" way of doing things.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Earl Holliman and Jan-Michael Vincent
Director: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Tracy Keenan Wynn, Marvin Schwartz
Release Date: 10 November 1970 (USA)
Also Known As: The Soldier Who Declared Peace
Filming Locations: Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego, California
Production Co: 20th Century Fox Television, Marvin Schwartz Productions
90 minutes

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Starcrossed (1985) James Spader DVD



Starcrossed (1985) James Spader DVD

An alien woman is running from a deadly enemy and tries to hide on Earth where she meets a young mechanic, who helps her to get back home and to fight for the freedom of her people.



Stars: James Spader, Belinda Bauer and Peter Kowanko
Director/Writer: Jeffrey Bloom
Writer: Jeffrey Bloom
Release Date: 31 January 1985 (USA)
Also Known As: Das Girl vom anderen Stern
Production Co: Fries Entertainment
90 minutes
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Marilyn Monroe in Ladies of the Chorus & Catherine Hicks as Marilyn (1980) 2 DVDs





Ladies Of The Chorus (1948) Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe

Ladies of the Chorus is a 1948 Hollywood film produced by Columbia Pictures. It stars Marilyn Monroe in an early role as Peggy Martin a dancer who falls in love with a wealthy man. Her mother, May, a former burlesque star (Adele Jergens) worries about the class difference between the two and wonders if her daughter will be happy. The film was directed by Phil Karlson.

Marilyn sings Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy and Anyone Can See I Love You.
This film was not a success, and thus Marilyn's contract was not renewed.

Directed by Phil Karlson ... Produced by Harry A. Romm
Written by Joseph Carole (screenplay), Harry Sauber (story and screenplay)
Starring Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Eddie Garr, Nana Bryant, Melinda Plowman, Gladys Blake
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff ... Cinematography, Frank Redman ... Editing by Richard Fantl
Distributed by Columbia Pictures ... Release date: 22 October 1948 (U.S. release)

Catherine Hicks as Marilyn Monroe: The Untold Story (1980)

ABC Movie original air-date: 28th Sept 1980 starred Catherine Hicks with Richard Basehart,
Jason Miller, Sheree North. Miss Hicks was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Marilyn.
It was based upon Norman Mailer's best-selling novel of the same title.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Vampyr ~ Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) DVD


Vampyr : Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) DVD

A 1932 horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer.

The film was written by Dreyer and Christen Jul based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's collection of supernatural stories In a Glass Darkly.

Vampyr was funded by Nicolas de Gunzburg who starred in the film under the name of Julian West among a mostly non-professional cast.

Gunzburg plays the role of Allan Grey, a student of the occult who enters the village of Courtempierre, which is under the curse of a vampire.

Vampyr was challenging for Dreyer to make as it was his first sound film and had to be recorded in three languages. To overcome this, very little dialogue was used in the film and much of the story is told with silent film-styled title cards. The film was shot entirely on location and to enhance the atmospheric content, Dreyer opted for a washed out, fuzzy appearing photographic technique. The audio editing was done in Berlin where the character's voices, sound effects, and score were added to the film.

Directed & Produced by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Julian West Assoc. Producer
Screenplay by Christen Jul, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Story by Sheridan Le Fanu
Starring Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Jan Hieronimko, Sybille Schmitz, Rena Mandel, Henriette Gerard
Cinematography, Rudolph Maté
Editing by, Tonka Taldy, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Distributed by Germany:
Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH
Release date(s): Germany: May 6, 1932
France: September 1932
Denmark: March 1933
Runtime: 73 minutes

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Neal Hart in Tangled Trails (1921) Silent western DVD




Tangled Trails (1921)

Corporal Jack Borden (Neal Hart), of the Northwest Mounted Police, trails the man who killed his partner to New York City.

The killer is an unscrupulous promoter who is selling worthless stock in a gold mine.
Borden, with the help of Blanche Hall (Gladys Hampton), locates the man in a Bowery dive, but he escapes and Borden tracks him back to Canada.
Along the way, he discovers that Blanche and his sweetheart, Milly (Violet Palmer), are long-separated sisters and brings about a reconciliation.

Stars: Neal Hart, Violet Palmer and Gladys Hampton
Director: Charles Bartlett
Writers: Charles Bartlett (story), Charles Bartlett (scenario)
Production Co: Neal Hart Productions
Release Date: December 1921
Runtime: 56 min

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J.B. Warner in Big Stakes (1922) & Arizona Days (1928) Bob Custer

Big Stakes (1922) J.B. Warner

"In BIG STAKES Elinor Fair, the proud Castillian daughter of Don Enrico, master of a large Mexican rancho, is betrothed to the Commandante of Sonora, Mexico, Capitan Robert H. Gray, but she shows a romantic interest in devil-may-care Americano J. B. Warner who is not taking life too seriously until he meets Fair.

Infuriated with Fair’s interest in Warner, Gray has Warner and his tubby comedic sidekick, H. S. Karr, captured and brought to Sonora. Gambling for his life, Warner challenges Gray to a deadly contest with the victor winning Fair and the loser forfeiting his life to the bite of a poisonous Gila Monster. A secondary plot has an American enemy of Warner’s, bullying Les Bates, leading a band of Klan-like night-raiding marauders.

To wreak vengeance on Warner, Bates has captured an American girl, Wilamae Carson (who is also fond of Warner), in order to lure Warner into a revengeful trap. There are several surprises, and big stakes, in order before it’s over.

Talented producer/director Clifford S. (Sanford) Elfelt, born February 15, 1890, in Chicago, Illinois, was a former cigar salesman and operator of a movie exchange who became a director at Universal in 1916 and Fox in 1917. It is Elfelt who spotted Warner when the cowboy made several two reelers at Universal, saw great potential in him and signed him to star in features for Elfelt’s East Coast Productions. (Incidentally, Elfelt cast his former wife, minor actress June La Vere [real name Gladys Elfelt], in Warner’s DANGER in ‘23.)

When Warner then signed with Sunset, Elfelt hooked up with fledging Davis Productions to produce Ken Maynard’s first westerns (including $50,000 REWARD. DEMON RIDER, etc.). Unfortunately, Davis floundered and Elfelt went bankrupt. He left films altogether in 1926 after directing Bill Patton in UNDER FIRE for Davis. (Thanks to Evy Patrick for early years research.)

James B. Warner was born in Chadron, Nebraska. His father was William H. Tobias but J. B. was raised by his mother’s parents whose name was Warner. J. B. legally changed his name to Warner, considering his grandparents his father and mother. He was not the brother of film star H. B. Warner as is often reported. J. B. entered the Army in 1917 and was discharged as a Corporal two years later. It was then he came to the attention of Universal, probably at first as a riding extra." Boyd Magers

Warner's career remains a "What if", as the handsome young actor never did mature into one of the "wax works" of the silent era his brother H.B. played in Billy Wilder's 1950 Hollywood classic, Sunset Blvd. (1950). Not yet 30, J.B. died on November 9, 1924, in Los Angeles, California, from tuberculosis.

AND

Arizona Days (1928)
Bob Custer, cowboy star of the 1920s and '30s, fights rustlers and saves the heroine from a Fate Worse Than Death in this typical B western from the last days of the silent era. Directed and co-starring J.P. McGowan, sadly overlooked personality who was actively involved in movies from their dawn until his death in the '50s.

Bob Custer, Peggy Montgomery, J.P. McGowan

Bob Custer stars in this rare silent western. Pretending to join a gang of rustlers in exchange for the protection of his herd, a rancher is really a spy for the cattlemen's association.

When Bob comes along on a similar mission, the rancher's daughter mistakes him for one of the gang. She soon changes her mind when Bob rescues her father and goes after the leader of the gang.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Alla Nazimova Salome (1923) & Camille (1921) Original Score, Brian Pinette - Restored






Alla Nazimova Salome (1923) & Camille (1921) restored DVD

Original Scores, Brian Pinette

Alla Nazimova

Camille (1921) Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino, Rex Cherryman & Patsy Ruth Miller

Camille is a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino & Alla Nazimova and introduces former Nazimova protege Patsy Ruth Miller (the gypsy Emeralda of Lon Chaney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923) to the screen.

It is one of numerous screen adaptations of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The original play opened in Paris in 1852. The first Broadway production of the play opened on 9 December 1853. There have been 15 Broadway revivals of the popular play, the last in 1935.

The film moves the setting of the story to 1920s Paris, and includes many lavish Art Deco sets, including that of Marguerite's apartment. Natacha Rambova, who would later become Valentino's second wife, was the movie's art director.

Director: Ray C. Smallwood
Writers: Alexandre Dumas fils (novel), June Mathis
Release Date: 26 September 1921 - Production Co: Nazimova Productions
Running time: 1hr4min32sec


Salome (1923) Alla Nazimova, Rose Dione, Mitchell Lewis, Nigel De Brulier, Earl Schenck, Arthur Jasmine, Frederick Peters ... Directed by Charles Bryant ... Faithful adaptation (including costumes - Beardsley) of the Oscar Wilde play ...

Salome seduces her step-father Herod with a sensual dance. In return - he promises her the head of John The Baptist.

Produced by Alla Nazimova. Screenplay and Art Direction by Natacha Rambova ...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Clara Bow - Down to the Sea in Ships & Parisian Love DVD


Clara Bow - Down to the Sea in Ships & Parisian Love DVD

Down to the Sea in Ships (1922)
American silent film about a 19th century Massachusetts whaling family.

Original Score by Brian Pinette

Starring William Walcott, Marguerite Courtot, Raymond McKee & Clara Bow
Directed & Produced by Elmer Clifton
Written by John L.E. Pell
Cinematography, Paul H. Allen, A.G. Penrod
Distributed by W.W. Hodkinson
Release dates: First showing September 25, 1922 ('Olympia' Rhode Island).
Main release March 4, 1923.
Running time: 94 minutes

Parisian Love (1925) Clara Bow
American silent film about Street people Armand and Marie who are madly in love, and she persuades Armand and other gang members to rob the home of Pierre Marcel...

Stars: Clara Bow, Donald Keith and Lillian Leighton
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier
Written by F. Oakley Crawford (story), Lois Hutchinson (adaptation)
Release Date: 1 August 1925 (USA)
Production Co: B.P. Schulberg Productions
Runtime: 61 minutes

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Olive Thomas Loves Prisoner (1919) The Flapper (1920) Original Score, Brian Pinette 2 films 1 DVD


Olive Thomas

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Max Fleischer Screen Songs "Ain't She Sweet" (1933) Lillian Roth
Cartoon / Live action Film short - 7min12seconds

Love's Prisoner (1919) Olive Thomas

A poor girl named Nancy (Olive Thomas) leaves to take care of her two younger sisters, Sadie (Ann Kroman) and Jane (Dolly Dare), while their father (Walter Perry), who is a former criminal, is sent to prison for a crime which he has not committed and dies there. At that time Jonathan Twist, a quaint philosopher and their somewhat mysterious neighbor, offers their help and Nancy finds with of the help of him a job as a seller of Cocoa Climax. Nancy marries with a British business man and peer Lord Cleveland, and she becomes Lady Cleveland. However, Lord Clevelend dies very soon, and Nancy hasn't enough income to keep up the estates of Lord Cleveland in England.

Starring Olive Thomas, Ann Kroman, Dolly Dare
Directed by John Francis Dillion
Written by E. Magnus Ingleton
Cinematography, Stephen S. Norton
Distributed by Triangle Distributing Corporation
Release date: June 8, 1919
Running time: 47 min



The Flapper (1920) It was the first movie in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle which would soon become a 1920's fad.

Starring Olive Thomas, Warren Cook
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Myron Selznick
Written by Frances Marion
Cinematography, John W. Brown
Distributed by Selznick Pictures Corporation
Release date: May 10, 1920
Running time: 88 mins.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Esther Ralston 3 gems on 1 DVD


Esther Ralston ...

To the Last Man (1933)

A western film directed by Henry Hathaway. The screenplay by Jack Cunningham was based on a story by Zane Grey. The film is about a feud between the Colby and the Hayden families, initiated in the hills of Kentucky and continued in the West after the Civil War. Also involved is the conflict between vigilantism and appeals to the law in a frontier environment, and lovers from the two feuding families.

Child actors Delmar Watson and Shirley Temple were praised by Variety.

Starring Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, Buster Crabbe, Barton MacLane, Noah Beery, Gail Patrick, Shirley Temple
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Harold Hurley
Written by / Screenplay: Jack Cunningham
Story: Zane Grey
Cinematography, Ben F. Reynolds
Editing by Jack Scott
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date: September 15, 1933
Running time: 70 minutes

Shadows of the Orient (1935)
Starring Esther Ralston, Regis Toomey and J. Farrell MacDonald
Directed by Burt P. Lynwood
Produced by Larry Darmour
Written by Louis E. Heifetz (story)
Charles F. Royal (adaptation and screenplay)
Cinematography James S. Brown Jr.
Editing by Dwight Caldwell
Release date: 6 July 1935
Running time: 69 minutes


We're in the Legion Now (1936)
Starring Reginald Denny, Esther Ralston and Vince Barnett
Director: Crane Wilbur
Writers: J.D. Newsom (story), Roger Whately (screenplay)
Release Date: 13 December 1936 (USA)
Production Co: George A. Hirliman Productions (Grand National Pictures)
Running time: 56 minutes

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Destiny / Weary Death (1921) by Fritz Lang



Destiny Weary / Death (1921) by Fritz Lang

Original German title: Der müde Tod is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang.

The German language title literally means Weary Death (in the sense of personified Death); the film was originally released in the United States as Behind the Wall and in the United Kingdom as Destiny. The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.
In the Expressionistic frame story, in which human lives are each represented by a candle, Death grants a woman three chances to save her lover, if love can triumph over death.
The three stories within the story each occur in a setting that is nominally historic, but really in the realm of fantasy: an adventure tale with a Persian setting out of the Arabian Nights, a Renaissance Venetian romance, and a largely comic story set in China.
Douglas Fairbanks purchased the American rights, to delay its general American release while he copied the effects of the Persian segment for his 1924 The Thief of Baghdad.

Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Starring Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Hans Sternberg,
Erich Pabst, Max Adalbert, Georg John
Cinematography, Bruno Mondi, Erich Nitzschmann, Herrmann Saalfrank, Bruno Timm, Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed by Decla-Bioscop
Release date: 6 October 1921
Running time: 99 minutes
German/English inter-titles

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Charlie Chaplin ~ The Great Dictator & Limelight



Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton.

In dance scenes, Bloom is doubled by Melissa Hayden. The film score is composed by Chaplin and arranged by Ray Rasch.

The film was released amidst scandal, since it was during touring to support the film that Chaplin was refused re-admittance to the United States. The film was subsequently passed over by many theaters. In 1972, the film was given a wide U.S. release and honored at the Academy Awards.

Starring Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Earle Chaplin
Wheeler Dryden, Norman Lloyd
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Charlie Chaplin
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Music by Charlie Chaplin
Cinematography, Karl Struss
Editing by Joe Inge
Distributed by United Artists
Image Entertainment
Release date: 1952
Running time: 137 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English with English sub-titles


The Great Dictator is a comedy film by Charlie Chaplin released in October 1940. Like most Chaplin films, he wrote, produced, and directed, in addition to starring as the lead.

Having been the only Hollywood film maker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin's first true talking picture as well as his most commercially successful film. More importantly, it was the first major feature film of its period to bitterly satirize Nazism and Adolf Hitler.

At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, the latter of whom he excoriates in the film as "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts".

Starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Charlie Chaplin
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Music by Charlie Chaplin, Meredith Willson
Distributed by United Artists
Release date: October 15, 1940
Running time: 124 min.
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget : $2,000,000

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Julie Andrews, Jack Lemmon in "That's Life" (1986)



That's Life (1986) Julie Andrews, Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews, two screen legends with eleven Academy Award nominations between them, grace the screen in Blake Edwards' human comedy "That's Life!"

Lemmon frantically portrays Harvey Fairchild, a wealthy California architect, father of three successful children, husband to a beautiful wife and neurotic as hell. Confronted with his 60th birthday, Harvey is coming down with a severe case of male menopause. Gillian Fairchild (Julie Andrews), the loving, supportive wife of ranting Harvey has her own problems. She's nervously awaiting the results of her hospital tests, one of her daughters is going through a breakup and the other is seven months pregnant...and son Josh has brought home another brainless beauty. In spite of all their problems, this chaotic clan has all gathered to welcome Harvey into old age.

Directed by Blake Edwards
Produced by Tony Adams, Jonathan D. Krane
Written by Blake Edwards, Milton Wexler
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography, Anthony B. Richmond
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date: September 26, 1986
Running time: 102 minutes

The film was made independently by Edwards using largely his own finances and was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

That's Life! was shot in Edwards and his wife Andrews' own beachside home in Malibu and features their family in small roles, including two daughters. Lemmon's son Chris Lemmon plays his character's son Josh, while his wife Felicia Farr puts in a brief cameo appearance as a fortune teller.

Because of the film's independent status, many of the cast and crew were paid below union-level wages, resulting in the American Society of Cinematographers picketing the film during production and taking an advertisement in Variety in protest. As a result, the original director of photography, Harry Stradling Jr., s forced to quit the film and was subsequently replaced by Anthony.

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Julie Andrews is Cinderella (1957) Edie Adams




Cinderella (1957) Julie Andrews

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical written for television, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Vair, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince.

Starring Julie Andrews, Jon Cypher, Edith Adams, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley & Dorothy Stickney

Cinderella is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written for television. It was originally broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. The broadcast was seen by over 100 million people. It was subsequently remade for television twice, in 1965 and 1997. The 1965 version starred Lesley Ann Warren, and the 1997 one starred Brandy, in the title role. Both remakes add songs from other Richard Rodgers musicals.

Genre: Musical telefilm
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Produced by Richard Lewine
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Country: United States
Language: English / Original channel: CBS
Release date: March 31, 1957
Running time: 76 min

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

La Souriante Madame Beudet 1922 (The Smiling Madame Beudet) DVD


La Souriante Madame Beudet (The Smiling Madame Beudet) is a short French silent film made in 1922, directed by famed surrealist director Germaine Dulac. It is considered by many to be one of the first truly "feminist" films. It tells the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

Directed by Germaine Dulac
Produced by Charles Delac, Marcel Vandal
Written by Denys Amiel (play), André Obey
Starring Germaine Dermoz, Alexandre Arquillière
Cinematography, Maurice Forster, Paul Parguel
Release date: 1922
Country: France
French-English inter-titles

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Anna Boleyn (1920) Anne Boleyn a/k/a Deception with Emil Jannings


Anna Boleyn (1920) Anne Boleyn a/k/a Deception

Henny Porten as Anne Boleyn and Emil Jannings as King Henry VIII

The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led to momentous political and religious turmoil in England.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Written by Norbert Falk (as Fred Orbing), Hanns Kräly
Cinematography, Theodor Sparkuhl
Distributed by UFA
Release date: Dec 3, 1920 (Germany); Apr 17, 1921 (U.S.)
Running time 118 min
Country: Germany
German/English inter-titles

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The Man Who Laughs (1928) Paul Leni


The Man Who Laughs (1928) is an American silent film directed by the German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni. The film is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name and stars Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine and Mary Philbin as the blind Dea with Olga Baclanova, Josephine Crowell, George Siegmann.

The film is known for the grim carnival freak-like grin on the character Gwynplaine's face, which often leads it to be classified as a horror film. Film critic Roger Ebert stated, "The Man Who Laughs is a melodrama, at times even a swashbuckler, but so steeped in Expressionist gloom that it plays like a horror film."

The Man Who Laughs is a Romantic melodrama, similar to films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The film was one of the early Universal Pictures productions that made the transition from silent films to sound films, using the Movietone sound system introduced by William Fox. The film was completed in April 1927 but was held for release in April 1928, with sound effects and a music score that included the song, "When Love Comes Stealing," by Walter Hirsch, Lew Pollack, and Erno Rapee.

Directed by Paul Leni
Produced by Paul Kohner
Written by: (Novel) Victor Hugo, Screenplay: J. Grubb Alexander, Walter Anthony, Mary McLean, Charles E. Whittaker
Cinematography, Gilbert Warrenton
Editing by, Edward L. Cahn, Maurice Pivar
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date: New York Premiere - April 27, 1928
Running time: 110 min.

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The White Devil (1930) Lil Dagover, Betty Amann DVD


The White Devil (1930)
Directed by Alexandre Volkoff. Screenplay by Volkoff, Michel Linsky, based on Hadschi Murat by Leo Tolstoy. With Ivan Mosjoukine, Lil Dagover, Fritz Alberti, Betty Amann, Peter Lorre.

The White Devil is one of the most rousing and action-packed late-era silent films you’ve likely never seen, reuniting the internationally celebrated Russian émigré movie star Ivan Mosjoukine with émigré director Alexandre Volkoff in an UFA adaptation of Hadji Murat, Leo Tolstoy’s posthumously published account of his own experiences as a soldier during the 1851–52 Russian-Caucasian War. (The 2003 edition of To Save and Project featured Volkoff and Mosjoukine’s exhilarating serial La Maison du mystère.)

Caught in a violent struggle between Europeanized Russia and Muslim Chechnya, a valiant and chivalrous Avar warlord rebels against his ruthless leader, Imam Shamil, and then leads a populist revolt against the despotic Czar Nicolai I.

Preserved by the Deutsche Kinemathek, Volkoff’s film features stunning cinematography by Curt Courant (who would later collaborate with Hitchcock, Renoir, Pabst, Ophuls, and Carné), Reimar Kuntze (who shot Berlin: Symphony of a Great City), and Nikolai Toporkoff (who shot Abel Gance’s Napoleon), as well as an ingenious soundtrack of music and effects. Courtesy Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

In German; English subtitles. 105 min.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Erotikon - Seduction (1929) Czech silent classic on DVD



Erotikon - Seduction (1929)

Stars: Karel Schleichert, Ita Rina and Olaf Fjord
Director: Gustav Machatý
Writers: Gustav Machatý (story), Gustav Machatý (screenplay),
Country: Czechoslovakia
Language: Czech (silent)
85 min - Drama - 27 February 1929 (Czechoslovakia)
Filming Locations: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
English & Czech inter-titles

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Fritz Lang thriller SPIONE : Spies (1928) DVD


Fritz Lang thriller Spione (1928) DVD

Spione (English title: Spies, under which title it was released in the United States) is a German silent espionage thriller written and directed by Fritz Lang in 1928.

Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, worked as a co-writer. The film was Lang's penultimate silent film, and the first for his own production company; Fritz Lang-film GmbH. As in Lang's Mabuse films, such as Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Rudolf Klein-Rogge plays a master criminal aiming for world domination.

Spione was restored to its original length by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung during 2003 and 2004. No original negatives survive, but a high quality nitrate copy is held at the Národni Filmovy Archiv at Prague.

Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Georg John
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography, Fritz Arno Wagner
Release date: March 22, 1928
Running time: 178 min. (16 frame/s)
Country : Germany
Language: Silent film
German & English inter-titles

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Paul Leni's silent horror omnibus Waxworks (1924) DVD



Paul Leni's silent horror omnibus Waxworks (1924)

A trio of legendary killers-Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss), Ivan the Terrible (Conrad Veidt) and Haroun-al-Raschid (Emil Jannings)-come to life in three highly stylized segments of director Paul Leni's silent horror omnibus. A writer's imagination runs wild while creating scenarios for a carnival's wax exhibit.

83 min. Silent with music score.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Beggar from the Dome of Cologne (1927) DVD


The Beggar from the Dome of Cologne (1927) DVD
a/k/a Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom

Stars: Henry Stuart, Elza Temary and Carl de Vogt
Director: Rolf Randolf
Writer: Emanuel Alfieri (play)
Country: Germany / Language: German & English inter-titles
Also Known As: Le mendiant de la cathédrale de Cologne
Production Co: Internationale Film AG (IFA)
Runtime: Germany: 101 min (2009 restored version)

REVIEW:

Something stinks in the city of Cologne (a very embarrassing fact for that German city, certainly… ).

An international gang of thieves and swindlers decide to move their criminal operation to the Teutonic city of Cologne but Herr Tom Wilkens ,( Herr Henry Stuart ) one of the best agents of the international police, is not far behind and leads an investigation to unmask the criminals.

“Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom” ( The Beggar From The Dome Of Cologne ) (1927) is a very remarkable and well-done German detective silent film made by Herr the not well-known- Rolf Randolf.

The detective or police genre was fairly uncommon for the German silent cinema ( Teutonic audiences preferred more interesting metaphysical and depressing subjects for their entertainment… ) although there were important exceptions such as Herr Harry Piel who starred in a lot of detective films full of mysterious adventures during the silent ( and talking ) era. He became the quintessential Teutonic silent hero and his very popular police films appealed to those German audiences who were fond of Amerikan detective movies.

“Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom” is clearly influenced by those obscure Amerikan silent detective films both in terms of aesthetics and film narrative ( this Herr Von saw through his monocle Herr Tod Browning’s spirit in the underworld depicted in the oeuvre ) although Herr Randolf tailored these aspects to German idiosyncrasies in a very successful and remarkable way.

The film is carefully plotted ( although sometimes confusing ) and Cologne is given a mysterious and disturbing atmosphere with a sense of menace being artistically created.

“Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom” has many excellent moments depicting the gang and their activities, whether they are operating in the slums or in elegant circles.
Nothing is what it seems to be and every detail enriches the tension. There are different tricks, disguises and gadgets all expertly and elaborately photographed.

The film also has a lot of irony and humour ( German, natürlich! ) some of which comes from the characters of a singular pair of private detectives, Herr Napoleon Bonaparte Schmitz ( Herr Karl Geppert ) and Herr Carolus Caesar Müller ( Herr Hermann Blass ) who will help (maybe not a lot), Herr Wilkens during his police investigations. Their presence lightens the mood.

“Der Bettler vom Kölner Dom” is full of those ingredients that a good detective silent film needs; that is to say, an unscrupulous gang, a brave detective, dangerous fräuleins and a lot of action and adventures through the city of Cologne ( But this is a German film so the rhythm is sometimes slow). This is an unjustly forgotten and very remarkable silent film that thanks to the superb restoration made by the longhaired youngsters at the “Edition Filmmuseum”( which includes a superb new orchestral soundtrack by Herr Pierre Oser, that will be released during the next months), can be enjoyed and discovered by any silent film fan around the world.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must perfume himself with an entire bottle of eau-de-Cologne.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien
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Betty Ahman ~ Asphalt (1929) German silent film DVD


Asphalt (1929) is a German silent film. The film was one of the last silent films released in Germany as the world was entering the era of sound film.

In Berlin, a policeman called Holk is summoned to a jeweller's shop, where a beautiful young woman has tried to steal a diamond. En route to the police station, the woman takes Holk back to her apartment on the pretext of collecting some papers and ends up seducing him. Soon he finds himself caught between his duty and the woman he is falling in love with.

ASPHALT was one of the last films of the silent German Expressionist era - like Fritz Lang, director Joe May soon made the move to Hollywood, although failed to find the success there that Lang did. In ASPHALT, May sets a simplistic morality tale against the backdrop of modern, bustling city - there are none of the political overtones of other films of the time, but the picture remains both a technical triumph and a touching story of doomed love.

May opens the film with a bravura display of the cinematic techniques that were being pioneered at the time, capturing the industrial fury of modern Berlin. The director overlays frames of traffic as cars thunder through the city and performs some dramatic crane shots over the crowds and across the streets, all part of a massive set at the renowned UFA studios. Eventually, he comes to focus on just four characters - dedicated, hardworking cop Holk, his loving parents with whom he lives, and Elsie, the sultry would-be jewel thief who steals his heart.

In terms of events, very little actually happens in ASPHALT - in a modern picture, the entire 90 minute running time would probably just be compressed into the first act. So it's a testament to the skill of both the actors and the director that the film is quite as watchable as it is. Betty Amann, playing Elsie, is by turns cunning, sultry and fragile - her ambiguous performance is played largely with her eyes, and we are never sure if we are watching the 'real' Elsie, or just an act. Gustav Frohlich is a more straight-forward, stoic hero, but the haunted, terrified look on his face after he returns home after committing a terrible act towards the end makes for one of the film's most striking moments.

May's direction remains impressive throughout, although the more dramatic technical trickery is largely kept for the opening sequences. Nevertheless, the lighting, editing and camerawork help create an atmosphere charged with a sense of doomed inevitability, and the scenes between Amann and Frohlich carry an undeniable erotic charge. For all its innovation, ASPHALT is obviously a film of its era - the only dialogue is supplied by occasional inter-titles... Within two years, Fritz Lang's groundbreaking masterpiece M would make the likes of ASPHALT seem positively quaint by comparison, but this remains a little known but important part of cinema history. - Daniel Auty, The Spinning Image.

Directed by Joe May
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Hans Szekely
Starring Gustav Fröhlich, Else Heller, Albert Steinruck, Betty Amann
Cinematography Günther Rittau
Distributed by Universum Film AG
Release date: Germany~ March 11, 1929
Running time 93 min
Country: Germany / Language: Silent film / German-English inter-titles

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Fritz Lang: Das wandernde Bild~The Wandering Image (1920)



Fritz Lang: Das wandernde Bild - The Wandering Image (1920)
a/k/a The Moving Image and The Wandering Image
Mia May as Irmgard Vanderheit
Hans Marr as Georg Vanderheit / John Vanderheit
Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Georgs Vetter Wil Brand
Loni Nest as Irmgards Tochter
Directed by Fritz Lang Produced by Joe May (producer)
Written by Fritz Lang (writer), Thea von Harbou (writer)
Cinematography, Guido Seeber
Running time: 66 minutes (German restored version)
German / English inter-titles Country: Germany
Release Date: 26 September 1921 (Finland) Filming Locations: Königssee, Bavaria, Germany

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Mary Philbin in Merry-Go-Round (1923) Erich Von Stroheim DVD




Merry-Go-Round is a 1923 movie by Erich von Stroheim and his replacement, Rupert Julian, starring Norman Kerry and Mary Philbin with Edith Yorke, Dale Fuller



A nobleman, posing as a necktie salesman, falls in love with the daughter of a circus puppeteer, even though he is already married to the daughter of his country's war minister.

Directed by Erich von Stroheim, Rupert Julian
Produced by Universal Pictures
Written by Harvey Gates (story), Finis Fox (scen.), Irving Thalberg (scen.), Rupert Julian (scen.),
Erich von Stroheim (scen.)
Cinematography Charles Kaufman
Editing by James MacKay
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release Date: 3 September 1923 (USA)
Running time: 110 minutes

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RARE Jewish silent film Nathan Der Weise / Nathan the Wise (1922) DVD



RARE Jewish silent gem Nathan Der Weise / Nathan the Wise (1922) DVD

Nathan Der Weise / Nathan the Wise (1922) produced in Munich, only one copy has been found. It was found in Gosfilmofond, in Moscow, under the title "Conquest of Jerusalem."

In 1997, the Munich Film Museum obtained a copy. In 2006, following notes from the
censors, the title was renamed and corrected. And tints were restored according to the conventions of the 1920s. Nathan the Wise is a German literary adaptation in six acts of Manfred Noa from the year 1922. It is currently the only cinema production of the play Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing . The TV premiere of the long term as missing current silent film took place on 1 June 2010 on the station arte .

Country: Germany
German & English (intertitles)
Release Date: 21 September 1923 (Austria)
2 hours, 2 minutes, 51 seconds

"A film for humanity"

The 1922 silent film Nathan the Wise, by the German Jewish director Manfred Noa (1893-1930) is to date the only film of the play. It sticks closely to Lessing's plot and, in a cinematic language which still feels modern, tells a story set in Jerusalem during the third crusade when the city was besieged by crusaders. With their technically impressive film, Noa and his producer Erich Wagowski of the Munich-based company Emelka, made a significant statement within early film history in support of a more political cinema. Director and producer wanted to make a "film for humanity", a plea for the peaceful coexistence of peoples and faiths.

Friday, January 12, 2007
‘Nathan Der Weise’
by michael fox, correspondent

Much of the appeal of silent movies — or any art from a distant era — lies in the glimpses they provide of the way people used to live and think. But more often than one might expect, 85-year-old films speak directly to our own time.

Such is the case with "Nathan Der Weise" ("Nathan the Wise"), German-Jewish director Manred Noa's 1922 adaptation of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 1779 play. Set in and around Jerusalem at the time of the crusades, the story throws Christians, Muslims and Jews together in a melodramatic maelstrom of epic proportions.

With battle and crowd scenes that Cecil B. DeMille must have admired, and emotional displays of anarchy, enmity and revenge, "Nathan Der Weise" is packed with pomp and prejudice. In other words, most of the time it's quite a show.

Viewed through the prism of 1922 Germany, the movie is a plaintive post-World War I plea for the end of armed insanity. From a current vantage point, where the differences between West and East are framed by some as a battle between terrorism and civilization, Christianity and Islam, "Nathan Der Weise" presents religious intolerance as an opportunistic tool wielded by mistrustful and powerful men.

The actor Werner Krauss, coming off his star-making role as the maniacal lead in the German Expressionist classic "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," plays Nathan as a model of restraint and suffering. We are introduced to the bearded Jewish elder some minutes into the film as a voice of moderation, counseling nonviolence among his sons as a marauding gang approaches.

Nathan's family appears to have escaped the violence until a child, pursued by the rampaging criminals and desperate for a hiding place, approaches the synagogue. Nathan shields the boy, a just and brave response by any measure. But the mob torches the shul, and Nathan's wife and children are killed in the blaze.

By the sheerest of coincidences, Nathan subsequently is given a baby to hide by a fleeing horseman. We know from the opening scenes of "Nathan Der Weise" that this is a Christian baby from a powerful family, yet Nathan raises the girl as his own.

Later, the Sultan Saladin lays siege to and eventually defeats Jerusalem's Christians. Those soldiers who can't buy their freedom become his slaves, but the kind and good Nathan steps in and ransoms a large number. Yes, a case can be made that Nathan is the most positive Jewish figure in the history of movies, with the obvious exception of Paul Newman's character in "Exodus."

Needless to say, "Nathan Der Weise" and its portrait of a generous, pacifist Jewish hero did not jibe with the venal image of Jews that Heinrich Himmler and the Nazi Party were hawking to a hungry, embittered nation. Once in power, the Nazis banned the film and years later, in a twisted irony that may or may not have been intentional, cast Werner Krauss as a stereotypically rotten Jew in the infamous 1940 propaganda film "Jud Suss."

Fortunately, "Nathan Der Weise" is now back in circulation to partially offset the overriding perception of Jews in German cinema, namely the painful scenes recorded for Nazi newsreels and immortalized in countless Holocaust documentaries.

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Your DVDs will mail next day AFTER payment is received.