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Friday, May 20, 2011

Pola Negri ~ Carmen, Sappho, Hotel Imperial, Wildcat, Hi Diddle Diddle 3 DVDs





 







Carmen (1918)

Carmen is a 1918 German silent drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke and Leopold von Ledebur. It was based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée. Like Bizet's opera Carmen, this film only adapts the third part of Mérimée's novella and transforms the character of Don José at the beginning of the story from bandit on the run to honest man in love with his childhood sweetheart. The film was released with English intertitles in the United States in 1921 under the alternative title Gypsy Blood.

and

HOTEL IMPERIAL
starring Pola Negri and James Hall
MOTION PICTURE MAGAZINE
January, 1927

Eric Pommer, that intrepid German producer, has made, thru the excellent direction of Mauritz Stiller, a very great picture. 

It accomplishes almost to perfection those photographic effects which directors have been striving for. And so simply and directly that one is unconscious of the freakishness of he camera work in one's absorption in the dramatic unfolding of the plot, with its rapid suspense-building. Pola Negri does her best work since coming to America. James Hall has charm and should shoot straight into the star class on the release of this picture. Every character lives thru the story, and the types are perfectly chosen.

It is a smooth, eloquent tale told in an entirely new language -- a thrilling language of pictures. It tells of the courage and cleverness of an Austrian peasant girl who in a hotbed of Russians, saves the life of a young Austrian officer and helps him to glory. Tho one is ever conscious that it is essentially a war story, and the menace of war times is constantly present, there are practically no actual battle pictures. It is almost altogether a story of he reaction of individuals to war. 

Don't miss this great picture.

on 1 DVD

Sappho a/k/a Mad Love (1921) Pola Negri

This melodrama was the last German-made film starring Pola Negri to be released in the United States. By the time it came out, Negri was already at Paramount and creating headlines over her romance with comedian Charles Chaplin.

Her first American-made film, Bella Donna, would be out only a few weeks after this picture hit the theaters. The vampy Liane (Negri) has driven Andreas insane -- literally -- and he is consigned to a sanitarium. His brother Chabot comes to Paris and denounces the wrong woman, but Liane overhears his tirade and, intrigued, decides to make a play for him. He falls for her, and the couple head for a seaside resort; however, they are followed by one of Liane's ex-lovers, the millionaire Bertink, who tells Chabot that she is the one who ruined his brother.

Chabot leaves Liane, but then Andreas escapes from the sanitarium and goes looking for her, and Chabot decides to do the same. They both find her at a carnival ball, where Andreas strangles her to death. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi (1hr22min6sec)

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)
starring Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott, Dennis O'Keefe, June Havoc, Billie Burke, and (in a rare film appearance) Pola Negri. The film is also known as Diamonds and Crime (American reissue title). Directed by Andrew L. Stone.

2 gems on 1 no-region DVD.
and

The Wild Cat (aka The Mountain Cat, German: Die Bergkatze) is a 1921 German silent comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

Victor Janson as commander of Fort Tossenstein
Marge Köhler as his wife
Edith Meller as Lilli, their daughter
Paul Heidemann as Lieutenant Alexis
Wilhelm Diegelmann as Claudius, the bandit's captain
Pola Negri as Rischka, his daughter
Hermann Thimig as Pepo

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Produced by Paul Davidson
Written by Hanns Kräly, Ernst Lubitsch
Cinematography, Theodor Sparkuhl
Release date: April 12, 1921
Running time: 82 minutes
Country: Germany
English inter-titles


Total of 3 no-region (play world-wide) DVDs in DVD/CD sleeve, photo labels.
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