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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Viking (1928), Atlantic (1929) 1st "talkie" Titanic film 1 DVD






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The Viking (1928) Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp ALL Color silent gem!

From the IMDB: "Yes, it's true, an all color silent movie! The title refers to Leif Ericsson, who leaves Norway to search for new lands west of Greenland. On the way he vies for the love of Helga with his companion Egil and Alwin, an English slave. More conflict arises when he stops at the colony of his father (Eric the Red) in Greenland, for Leif has converted to Christianity, which his father hates. He also has to deal with the unrest of his crew, who fear falling off the edge of the Earth."

Director Roy William Neil helmed most of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films and Roy knew even in 1928 how to move a film right along. It's loaded with viking sword fight action. The young hero is played by Le Roy Mason, who went on to a long career in B-westerns as the head bad guy vs. John Wayne, Roy, Hoppy, Gene and more. Le Roy is right up there with Roy Barcroft and Douglas Dumbrille. The older hero who plays Leif Ericson is Donald Crisp, silent film director and distinguished actor from The Birth of Nation to his Oscar role in How Green Was My Valley. Pauline Starke appeared in Griffith's Intolerance (1916) and was 27 when she made The Viking. Alas, that's too old for a leading lady in Hollywood and Pauline's zenith was also her farewell to stardom.

Because of the technical limitation of their previous process with printing sound, the film is also the first time a feature film used Technicolor's dye-transfer process. (The previous Technicolor Process 2 used two prints—one red, one green—cemented base-to-base.) The film was considered the finest use of color cinematography at the time of release. The film still survives and remains an impressive example of early color film. The film was based on the novel The Thrall of Leif the Lucky, itself based on Viking history, written by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz.

In 1938, Technicolor president Herbert Kalmus later wrote,

There seemed to be two principal troubles with The Viking, both of which I suspected but without certainty. First it came out among the very last silent pictures in 1929, and second, whiskers. Leif Ericson, the Viking hero true to character had a long curling mustache, whereas American audiences prefer their lovers smooth-shaven. At times the whole screen seemed filled with Viking whiskers.

The film critic for the New York Times agreed, noting that "the figures often look as if they had stepped out of an opera comique," and, "The make-up of the players is often more than a trifle overdone, especially when the villain reveals on close inspection his mouse-colored eyelids."
Plot - The storyline was based on traditional legend concerning Leif Ericson and the first Viking settlers to reach North America by sea.

Early sound and color technology - The sound was recorded in the Movietone sound-on-film system originally developed by Fox Film Corporation, with color by Technicolor in their new dye transfer process, now known as Process 3.

The film was produced by the Technicolor Corporation, but was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after production chief Irving Thalberg became impressed with the technology. The film carries the MGM Leo the Lion logo in color. In 1930, MGM reissued the film as a color sound musical film titled The Private Life of Leif Ericson. The sound film survives today as well as the silent version.
Atlantic (1929) Titanic Film

The first "talkie" Titanic film. Produced by E.A. Dupont and based on the stage play "The Berg". Later renamed "Titanic: Disaster in The Atlantic".

Atlantic (1929) is a British black-and-white film, directed and produced by Ewald André Dupont and starring Franklin Dyall and Madeleine Carroll. Three versions were made, one in the United Kingdom, one in Germany, and one in France (Atlantis, 1930). There was a further version released in Denmark, although this was a silent film and used different footage and an altered storyline.

Atlantic is a drama film based on the RMS Titanic and set aboard a fictional ship, called the Atlantic. The main plotline revolves around a man who has a shipboard affair with a fellow passenger, which is eventually discovered by his wife. The ship also has aboard an elderly couple, the Rools, who are on their anniversary cruise. Midway across the Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic strikes an iceberg and is damaged to the point where it is sinking into the Atlantic. A shortage of lifeboats causes the crew to only allow women and children in and many couples are separated. Mrs. Rool refuses to leave her husband and after the boats are gone all the passengers gather on the deck and sing "Nearer, My God, to Thee" as the Atlantic sinks into the ocean. The final scenes depict a group of passengers saying the Lord's Prayer in a flooding lounge.

Directed by Ewald André Dupont
Produced by Ewald André Dupont, John Maxwell, James Scura
Written by Victor Kendall, Ernest Raymond
Starring Franklin Dyall, Madeleine Carroll
Music by John Reynders
Cinematography, Charles Rosher
Editing by Emile de Ruelle
Distributed by British International Pictures
Release date(s)- 15 November 1929
Running time - 90 min. (U.S.)... 87 min. (U.K.)... 83 min. (Danish version)
Country - UK Language - English

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

JULIE ANDREWS Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight (1962) & Love Me Tender (1982)




Julie Andrews ~ Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight (1962) & Love Me Tender (1982)

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Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight (1962) Julie Andrews

I Don't Care
The Honeysuckle and the Bee
Mother Was A Lady
Who Threw the Overalls in Mistress Murphy's Chowder?
Everybody's Doing it Now
Waiting at the Church
Don't Go In the Lions Cage Tonight
Burlington Bertie From Bow
Alexander's Ragtime Band
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Smarty
She is More to be Pitied than Censured

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Julie Andrew Love Me Tender (1982)

CD includes 16 songs (10 USA release + 4 U.K. release)

1982 - Superbly recorded in Nashville .....

Julie Andrews - LOVE ME TENDER ~ 1982 - Bainbridge Records (USA) ~ 10 songs

Crazy
Some Days Are Diamonds
See the Funny Little Clown
When I Dream
(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
Love Me Tender (with Johnny Cash)
I Wish I Could Hurt That Way Again
The Valley That Time Forgot
Blanket on the Ground
Love Is A Place Where Two People Fall

(from 1983 U.K. Peach River Records release)

It Was Time
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
We Love Each Other
Lyin' In My Arms

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Divine Greta Garbo ~ Torrent, Saga of Gosta Berling, Joyless, Love, Anna Christie






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Queen Christina (1933) with John Gilbert
Joyless Street (1925) 1930s re-issue, edited
The Temptress (1926)
Torrent (1926) / Love (1927) - double feature - 1 DVD (TCM airing)
Anna Christie (1923) Blanche Sweet / Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo - double feature

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lillian Gish Anne Laurie, The Enemy (1927) & The Wind (1928)


Lillian Gish in Annie Laurie, THE ENEMY (1927)

Lillian Gish very rare collectible(s) ...
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Annie Laurie (1927) Lillian Gish ... Norman Kerry, Creighton Hale, Joseph Striker, Hobart Bosworth, Patricia Avery, Russell Simpson, Brandon Hurst, David Torrence
Director: John S. Robertson ... Writers: Marian Ainslee (titles) ...Ruth Cummings (titles)
Release Date: 11 May 1927 (USA) ... 90min

From a collector in the U.K. Shot using a camcorder - almost pristine picture - yet occasionally movement of Camera ... there are the numbers at the bottom of the screen that indicate footage used and they change as the "kinescope" type project continues. They are there - noticeable, but does not detract from the image or story.

Generic, public domain music added.

Following such prestige projects as La Boheme (1926) and The Scarlet Letter (1926), The Enemy (1927) was Lillian Gish's fifth and final film for MGM (it was completed after, but released before, THE WIND).

Based on a play by Channing Pollock, this is a vehemently anti-war film, well-directed by Fred Niblo and expertly edited by Margaret Booth. Though it is difficult to tell where Niblo's direction ends and Booth's editing begins (or to what degree they were close collaborators), it must be stated that the fluid, eloquent visual language of the silent cinema is exemplified here -- as in so many other films of the late 1920s -- at its apogee.

This film certainly must be counted among Booth's finest artistic work (for film editing is indeed an art) -- and her resume is indeed impressive.

Lillian Gish ... Ralph Forbes, Ralph Emerson, Frank Currier, George Fawcett, Fritzi Ridgeway, Hans Joby, Karl Dane, Polly Moran   Director: Fred Niblo ... Writers: John Colton (titles) ... Willis Goldbeck (writer) Release Date: 8 December 1927

Synopsis: Carl Behrend (Ralph Forbes), son of a wealthy businessman, marries Pauli Arndt (Lillian Gish), daughter of a pacifist professor. When World War I breaks out, Carl is drafted. Pauli and her family and friends are left behind to experience the suffering which befell civilians during the war. Her luck worsens when her father is dismissed from his professorship for teaching that war is evil. Her father argues violently with Carl's father, and degradation and despair descend on Pauli and her family as they await Carl's return from the front.

THE ENEMY would probably be regarded as a major silent film if the final reel could be found. This is a Gish film, and she is stunning. At age 34 she easily passes as a twenty- something bride. As always, Gish is the consummate actress, going here from blushing bride to desperate mother to sorrowful prostitute ...

After the success of THE BIG PARADE, MGM was anxious for another anti-war hit. This film was based on the 1925 hit Broadway play that starred Fay Bainter ... Supporting cast is quite good here with Frank Currier solid as the professor, Karl Dane as Jan, and Polly Moran as the brusque housekeeper. Joel McCrea appears as an extra. For those who persist in thinking that Gish only played frail virgins, this film is a real eye opener.

It is unfortunate that the last reel to this film is apparently lost. This will probably prevent the film from being screened on television or released to DVD -- which is unfortunate, since this is a work that deserves to be seen and appreciated as a fine example not only of late-silent movie-making, but also of the anti-war film. Enhanced sharpness with generic music added.

Good to average picture of a film that has NEVER been released. PLEASE READ carefully ... For silent film collector's ~ especially Miss Gish fans who want to see TWO films that are actually RARE and may never be available to the public.

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Lillian Gish in The Wind (1928) Dir. Victor Sjöström
Intro by Miss Gish.

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