Merry-Go-Round

Merry-Go-Round

Director: Rupert Julian, Erich Von Stroheim

Cast: Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

     
 

The Merry-Go-Round, directed by Erich Von Stroheim and Rupert Julian, has been handed down to us on DVD in a pleasing if not altogether satisfying edition. The source elements (from the Blackhawk Films library) for the full-screen (1.33-to-1) image show some graininess throughout and there are very visible signs of wear in the early sections of the movie, asSee more details below

Overview

The Merry-Go-Round, directed by Erich Von Stroheim and Rupert Julian, has been handed down to us on DVD in a pleasing if not altogether satisfying edition. The source elements (from the Blackhawk Films library) for the full-screen (1.33-to-1) image show some graininess throughout and there are very visible signs of wear in the early sections of the movie, as well as at the reel-change points. It's easily watchable but you never do forget the age of the movie, and that's unfortunate, because what we see on the screen -- in the way of the offbeat and the bizarre in characterization and detail -- could be all the more diverting, if a serious restoration effort could be undertaken with this film. Alas, this last is an impossibility, as the notes point out -- the original negative was destroyed in 1949, and the only reason we even have it looking as good as it does is that a few high-quality domestic 16mm prints of the movie, prepared in the 1920's, survived to the present day, two of which were digitally matched to produce a reasonably high-grade edition for twenty-first century audiences. So what we see is, evidently, all that there is -- complete with the original tints -- unless a negative from a foreign source were to turn up at some future point. The movie has been given a relatively paltry 11 chapter markers, and the only major addition to the DVD is a new adaptation of the 1923 score (which is steeped in nineteenth century Viennese music, including lots of Johann Strauss II), arranged and performed by Brian Benison. The DVD opens automatically to the film's credits, and the menu and chapters must be accessed manually.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
UPC:
0014381922820
Original Release:
1923
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:54:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norman Kerry Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg
Mary Philbin Agnes Urban
Cesare Gravina Sylvester Urban
Edith Yorke Ursula Urban
George Hackathorne Bartholomew Gruber
Dale Fuller Mariana Huber
Lillian Sylvester Mrs. Aurora Rossreiter
Spottiswood Aitken Minister of War/Gisella's Father
Dorothy Wallace Komtasse Gisella von Steinbrueck
Al Edmundsen Nepomuck Navrital
Albert Conti Rudi/Baron von Leightsinn
Charles King Nicki/Baron von Nubenmuth
Sidney Bracey Gisella's Groom
Anton Vaverka Emperor Franz Josef
Maude George Mme. Elvira
Jane Sherman Marie
Edna May Oliver Eitel/Prince Eitel Hogemut
George Siegmann Shani Huber

Technical Credits
Rupert Julian Director
Erich Von Stroheim Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Richard Day Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Finis Fox Screenwriter
Charles Kaufman Cinematographer
James McKay Editor
Maurice Pivar Editor
Benjamin F. Reynolds Score Composer,Cinematographer
E.E. Sheeley Production Designer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [:42]
2. Vienna [13:17]
3. The Prater [14:50]
4. Agnes's Troubles [16:42]
5. Another Chance Meeting [16:47]
6. Courtship and Marriage [8:29]
7. A New Clown [10:16]
8. The Count's Found Out [9:43]
9. War! [12:53]
10. Hope Rekindled [8:40]
11. End Credits [:41]

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