Saturday, April 2, 2011
Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Blanche Sweet, Charlie Chaplin, Alice Howell - 14 gems - 4 DVDs
14 silent gems on 4 no-region DVDs ...
DVD #1 - Anthology
The Burglar's Dilemma (1912) Directed by DW Griffith. With Lionel Barrymore, Henry B. Walthall, Adolph Lestina, Lillian Gish. (15min23sec) In this latter day Cain and Abel story, a jealous brother strikes down his sibling just as a young burglar is about to enter the house. The jealous brother summons police, who then charge the young intruder with murder ...
Cinderella (1914) Mary Pickford. Directed by James Kirkwood, Sr., produced by Daniel Frohman, and released by Famous Players Film Company, later known as Paramount Pictures. The film is based upon the famous fairy tale with the same name. (51min14sec)
The Goat (1921) short comedy film (22min54sec) written, directed by and starring comedian Buster Keaton.
The plot involves the complications that ensue when Buster Keaton is mistaken for the criminal "Dead Shot Dan." This short contains one of Keaton's more memorable images: A distant, speeding train approaches the camera, and stops with a close-up of Keaton who has been sitting on the front of the train.
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925) silent, black-and-white comedy film (19min42sec), directed by Scott Pembroke and Joe Rock (also the producer).
The film itself is both a spoof of the previous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde films - 1912 & 1920 and the well-famed novel by Robert Louis Stevenson Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The film stars Stan Laurel as the title characters.
DVD #2 - Anthology
The Painted Lady (1912) Directed by DW Griffith. With Blanche Sweet, Madge Kirby, Charles Hill Mailes. (12min23sec) A lonely young woman lives with her strict father who forbids her to wear make-up. One day at an ice cream social, she meets a young man you seems interested in her. However, unknown to her, he is a burglar who is only interested in breaking into her father's house. One night she is awakened by a noise. Grabbing a pistol, she enters her father's downstairs office where she confronts a masked intruder . . .
Death's Marathon (1913) Directed by DW Griffith. With Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Walter Miller. (14min45sec) Two business partners pursue the same woman. She accepts the marriage proposal of the irresponsible partner, much to her later regret. He squanders money on gambling, as his interest in her gradually wanes. One day after losing the company money in a card game, he decides to commit suicide ...
Snow White (1916) American silent film made by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and produced by Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman. Directed by J. Searle Dawley, from the Grimm brothers story, Winthrop Ames adapted it to the screen from his play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that he had written under the pseudonym "Jessie Graham White" and had produced in 1912 at his Little Theatre on Broadway. Marguerite Clark is Snow White. (1hr2min57sec)
Anna Christie (1923) Blanche Sweet. First screen adaptation of Eugene O'Neill classic. This literal translation to the silent film was preferred by Mr. O'Neill over the Greta Garbo 1930 version. (1hr36min18sec)
DVD #3 - Anthology
The Mothering Heart (1913) Directed by DW Griffith. With Walter Miller, Lillian Gish, Kate Bruce. A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with another woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother's home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his concubine, remorse drives him to find his wife... (23min47sec)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) Charlie Chaplin, Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain, Chester Conklin. Directed by Mack Sennett. Charlie talks wealthy farmer's daughter Tillie into eloping with him (and taking her father's money). In the city Tillie gets drunk and lands in jail while Charlie runs off with her money and his old girlfriend Mabel. Later Charlie reads that Tillie (now working as a waitress) has inherited the estate of her multi-millionaire uncle. Charlie dumps Mabel and talks Tillie into moving into her uncle's villa, and Mabel arranges to become a housemaid there ... (68min)
Salomé (1923) Directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova. Adapted from the play by Oscar Wilde with costumes inspired by Beardsley drawings. (36min24sec)
DVD #4 - Anthology
Cleopatra (1912) Helen Gardner
Helen Gardner was the first woman filmmaker at Vitagraph, where she began ... Not only did Miss Gardner star in this adaptation, she also was the Producer. (1hr27min13sec)
Little Old New York (1923) Directed by Sidney Olcott. With Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, JM Kerrigan. An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her ... (1hr45min38sec)
Torrent (1926) Directed by Monta Bell, though he is uncredited, and based on a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. The first American film starring Swedish actress Greta Garbo. The film also stars Ricardo Cortez as the son of a domineering mother, played by Martha Mattox. The title refers to a flood that occurs in the small town where most of the action takes place, which draws the two romantic leading characters closer together. (1hr27min36sec)
In DVD/CD sleeves, photo labels.
Guaranteed/replaced with same title.
Individual DVDs from this set are $8.99 each, free ship USA; INTL add $3.78