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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Erich Von Stroheim - Foolish Wives, Greed, Wedding March, Merry Widow 5 DVDs $13.99 FREE ship





Foolish Wives (1922) is an American drama silent film produced and distributed by Universal Pictures and written and directed by Erich von Stroheim.

Although uncredited, Irving Thalberg, aged 22, was in charge of production and would go on to become one of the most famous studio heads of all time at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The drama features von Stroheim, Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George ...

Directed by Erich von Stroheim
Produced by Irving Thalberg, Carl Laemmle
Written by Erich von Stroheim
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Cinematography William H. Daniels, Ben F. Reynolds
Editing by Arthur Ripley
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date: January 11, 1922
Running time: 117 minutes ~ (original)
140 minutes ~ (DVD release)

DVD #1 - approx. 65 min.
DVD #2 - approx. 79 min.

When released in 1922, the film was the most expensive film made at that time, and billed by Universal Studios as the "first million-dollar movie" to come out of Hollywood. Originally, von Stroheim intended the film to run anywhere between 6 and 10 hours, and be shown over two evenings, but Universal executives opposed this idea. The studio bosses cut the film drastically before the release date.

The 130 minutes version left of a film supposedly 6 hours long in its primary form.
The most expensive production of that time, they say. (Director Stroheim, $700,000 producer Carl Laemmle, $1,300,000).

In 2008, Foolish Wives was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Greed (1924)

It was directed by Erich von Stroheim and starring Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Tempe Pigott, Sylvia Ashton, Chester Conklin, Joan Standing and Jack Curtis.

The plot follows a dentist whose wife wins a lottery ticket, only to become obsessed with money. When her former lover betrays the dentist as a fraud, all of their lives are destroyed.

The movie was adapted by von Stroheim (shooting screenplay) and Joseph Farnham (titles) from the 1899 novel McTeague by Frank Norris. (The on-screen writing credit for June Mathis was strictly a contractual obligation to her on the part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (the parent studio), as she was not actually involved in the production.)

Originally over ten hours long, Greed was ultimately edited against von Stroheim's permission to about two and a half hours, and the full-length version is a lost film. This DVD is TCM airing.

The Merry Widow (1925) American silent MGM romantic drama film and black comedy directed and written by Erich von Stroheim. The film stars Mae Murray, John Gilbert and Roy D'Arcy.

Directed by Erich von Stroheim
Produced by Erich von Stroheim
Irving Thalberg (uncredited)
Written by Erich von Stroheim, Benjamin Glazer
Release date: August 26, 1925

The Wedding March (1928) Erich Von Stroheim, Fay Wray

The Wedding March (1928) is a silent film directed by and starring Erich von Stroheim. It also stars Fay Wray and ZaSu Pitts. Paramount Pictures forced von Stroheim to create two films from the footage, the second being The Honeymoon (eventually re-edited back into one film for a re-release). The Honeymoon is now a lost film, the only known copy destroyed in a fire in France in 1957.
In 2003, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Directed by Erich von Stroheim
Produced by Jesse Lasky, Pat Powers, Adolph Zukor
Written by Harry Carr
Starring Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, George Fawcett, George Nichols, ZaSu Pitts, Maude
Editing by Frank E. Hull
Josef von Sternberg
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date: October 6, 1928

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Helmut Berger, Josh Duhamel, Shane Briant, Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray








Helmut Berger, Josh Duhamel, Shane Briant, Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray DVDS

The Secret of Dorian Gray (1970) Helmut Berger

The Picture of Dorian Gray (2004) Josh Duhamel (film debut)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) Shane Briant

Dorian Gray (2009) Ben Barnes

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Crowd (1928) & Our Daily Bread (1934)



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The Crowd (1928)

American silent film directed by King Vidor.

It is notable for its dramatization of the concerns and dangers of urbanization and modernity.
The picture is an influential and acclaimed feature and was nominated for the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production.
In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Irving Thalberg
Written by King Vidor, John V.A. Weaver
Starring James Murray, Eleanor Boardman
Cinematography Henry Sharp
Editing by Hugh Wynn
Distributed by MGM
Release date: February 18, 1928

Our Daily Bread (1934)
Directed by King Vidor
Produced by King Vidor
Written by King Vidor (story), Elizabeth Hill (scenario), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (dialogue)
Starring Karen Morley, Tom Keene, Barbara Pepper, John Qualen.
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Editing by Lloyd Nosler
Distributed by United Artists
Release date: August 1, 1934 (premiere)
Running time 80 minutes
90 minutes (American premiere)
74 minutes (TCM print)
Budget $125,000 (estimate)

Our Daily Bread is a 1934 film directed by King Vidor. Vidor tried to interest Irving Thalberg of MGM in the project, but Thalberg rejected the idea. Vidor then produced the film himself and released it through United Artists. The film is also known as Hell's Crossroads (American reissue title)

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Julie Andrews "Duet for One" (1986)


Duet for One (1986) Julie Andrews, Alan Bates, Max Von Sydow, Rupert Everet, Liam Neeson

An acclaimed film based on an award-winning British play by Tom Kempinski about a world-famous concert violinist named Stephanie Anderson who is suddenly struck with multiple sclerosis. It is set in London and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The story is loosely based on the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré, who was diagnosed with MS, and her husband, conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Julie Andrews : Stephanie Anderson
Alan Bates : David Cornwallis
Max von Sydow : Dr. Louis Feldman
Rupert Everett : Constantine Kassanis
Margaret Courtenay : Sonia Randvich
Cathryn Harrison : Penny Smallwood
Liam Neeson : Totter
Paula Figgett : Totter's Daughter

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Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914 & 1965) Sam Lucas, Herbert Lom






Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914) Sam Lucas

A 1914 version was directed by William Robert Daly. It was adapted Edward McWade from the play adaptation by George L. Aiken. It starred Sam Lucas, Teresa Michelena, Marie Eline (again), Roy Applegate, Irving Cummings and Boots Wall. This was the first "white" film to have an African-American star, Sam Lucas.

Sam Lucas, one of the most respected and celebrated entertainers of his time, is credited with breaking barriers for black actors and becoming the first African American actor to star in a “white” feature film. Lucas is best remembered for his comic and dramatic roles performed on the minstrel circuit and Broadway stages, and by the end of his career, a major motion picture.

Lucas was born Samuel Mildmay in Washington, Ohio in 1840. He began singing and playing the guitar as a teenager and went on to establish a reputation as a performer while working as a barber. After the Civil War when African American performers (in blackface) were allowed to work in minstrel shows, Lucas joined traveling black companies and sang on the Ohio River steamboats. Lucas built a reputation as the best all-around entertainer in the business and was empowered to select his own shows which allowed him to star with the most successful black minstrel companies as a comedian and singer.

Dissatisfied with limited minstrel roles, Lucas attempted to establish himself as a serious actor by appearing in dramatic plays during the mid 1870s. By 1878, he became the first black man to appear as the title character in the serious stage production of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. At the age of 73, the veteran actor capped his career when he recreated the role of Uncle Tom in the 1914 film version released by World Film Corporation as well as two comedy shorts made as Tom. Lucas is believed to be the first African American actor to appear as Uncle Tom during the era. Shortly after completing the film, Lucas died after suffering a long bout of liver disease

Release Date: 10 August 1914
Production Co: World
Runtime: 54 min

Uncle Tom's Cabin (German: Onkel Toms Hütte) is a 1965 German film directed by Géza von Radványi. The film was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
Writers: Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel), Fred Denger (screenplay
Stars: John Kitzmiller, Herbert Lom and Olive Moorefield

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Marlene Dietrich in The Woman One Longs For (1929)


The Woman One Longs for (1929) Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner and Frida Richard
Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Writers: Max Brod (book), Ladislaus Vajda
Country: Germany / Language: German
Release Dates:
Germany - 29 April 1929
USA - 8 September 1929
Denmark - 13 January 1930
Finland - 4 May 1931
USA - 20 May 1931 (New York City, New York) (re-release) (retitled)
USA - 26 May 1931 (re-release)
Also Known As:
Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt - Germany (original title)
Az asszony, aki után a férfi vágyódik - Hungary
Enigma - Italy
Kvinden, man længes efter - Denmark
L'énigme - France (TV title)
The Woman Men Yearn For, The Woman One Longs for, Three Loves - USA
Filming Location: Berlin, Germany

Southern France, the present. About to marry, Charles Leblanc glimpses beautiful Stascha with her autocratic older companion, Karoff. They meet shortly after on a train. Stascha confesses she and Karoff murdered her husband, and asks for his help to escape from Karoff. She introduces Leblanc as her cousin, and the three go to an alpine hotel for a frantic New Year's eve party. The police arrive next morning. Karoff draws a gun and kills Stascha, leaving a distraught Leblanc cradling her body.

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