Treasures from American Film Archives

Treasures from American Film Archives

     
 

This unusual home DVD collection brings together a number of rare, historically priceless silent films that were rescued from oblivion through the efforts of America's National Film Preservation Foundation, a non-profit organization working in cooperation with the nation's leading motion picture archives. Highlights of this set include an early William S. Hart feature… See more details below

Overview

This unusual home DVD collection brings together a number of rare, historically priceless silent films that were rescued from oblivion through the efforts of America's National Film Preservation Foundation, a non-profit organization working in cooperation with the nation's leading motion picture archives. Highlights of this set include an early William S. Hart feature, Hell's Hinges; a 1916 screen adaptation of Snow White; The Toll of the Sea, an Anna May Wong vehicle shot in an early color process; D.W. Griffith's The Lonedale Operator; Jean Epstein's surreal silent adaptation of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher; assorted short films featuring John Huston and Groucho Marx; and a light comedy that probably wouldn't get made these days, Princess Nicotine, or the Smoke Fairy. Newly recorded musical scores have been prepared for all the films in this set. The set includes four discs plus an accompanying 150-page booklet.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rodney Hill
"Treasures" is the operative word in this truly amazing set of four DVDs, featuring a collection of early cinema, rescued silent gems, documentaries, home movies, and avant-garde films. It's an absolute must for anyone interested in film history, or, for that matter, in 20th-century American history. Predictably, the lion's share of the material presented here is from the silent era. The most astonishing of these include: a 1928 Expressionist rendering of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, transferred from a stunningly pristine print; Interior New York Subway (1905), a single-take, 5-minute film that doubles as priceless documentary and proto-avant-garde art film; Hell's Hinges, a surprising 1916 western feature by William S. Hart, offering as bleak a view of the American West as anything by Sergio Leone or Sam Peckinpah; and The Toll of the Sea starring Anna May Wong, one of the earliest surviving Technicolor features. Some of the most profound documentary shorts you will ever see are also included here. Director John Huston's Battle of San Pietro, made in 1945 for the Office of War Information, chronicles what appears to be a typical battle in the Allies' Italian campaign during World War II. With its stark combat footage, tender portraits of individual G.I.'s, and Huston's own pointed, folksy narration, it is an extraordinary film. The Wall (1961), made as propaganda for the U.S. Information Agency and rarely seen in this country, laments the first anniversary of the Berlin Wall, paying tribute to those who successfully escaped East Berlin, and those who died trying. Other unexpected, golden nuggets include a Chuck Jones cartoon written by Dr. Seuss, from the Army's "Private Snafu" series, complete with a Carl Stalling score and voices by
Mel Blanc. We Work Again, a short documentary celebrating the generation of African Americans who were able to go back to work thanks to the WPA, features an unbelievable four minutes from Orson Welles's stage production of Voodoo Macbeth (of which no filmed footage was previously thought to exist). And Marian Anderson's historic 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial is moving beyond words. Every single one of the 50 films presented in this fine collection offers something truly special and startling. Together, they form an invaluable panorama of nearly forgotten American film history.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
UPC:
0014381970623
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
10:42:00

Special Features

11 hours of rare films on four discs; Mastered from the finest archival sources; 150-page book with full credits and commentary; Newly recorded musical scores; Essays about the archives narrated by Laurence Fishburne; Interactive screens about the films and music

Scene Index

Chapter Listings.
0. Chapter Listings.
1. The Original Movie (1922).
2. Early Films From The Edison Company, 1893-1906.
3. Princess Nicotine, 1909.
4. The Confederate Ironclad, 1912.
5. Hell's Hinges, 1916.
6. The Fall Of The House Of Usher, 1928.
7. From Groucho Marx's Home Movies, 1933.
8. Running Around San Francisco For An Education, 1938.
9. From Tevye, 1939.
10. Cologne, 1939.
11. Private Snafu: "Spies," 1943.
12. Offon, 1968.
Archives.
0. Archives.
1. Academy Film Archive.
2. Alaska Film Archives.
3. Anthology Film Archives.
4. George Eastman House.
5. Japanese American National Museum.
6. Library Of Congress.
7. Minnesota Historical Society.
8. Museum Of Modern Art.
9. National Air And Space Museum.
10. National Archives And Records Administration.
11. National Center For Jewish Film.
12. National Film Preservation Foundation.
13. National Museum Of American History.
14. National Museum Of Natural History.
15. New York Public Library.
16. Northeast Historic Film.
17. Pacific Film Archive.
18. UCLA Film And television Archive.
19. West Virginia State Archives.
Chapter Listings.
0. Chapter Listings.
1. Paper Print Copyright Deposits, 1901-04.
2. The Lonedale Operator, 1911.
3. Her Crowning Glory, 1911.
4. The Toll Of the Sea, 1922.
5. From Accuracy First, 1928.
6. From West Virginia Documentaries, 1929-35.
7. The Battle Of San Pietro, 1945.
8. Negro Leagues Baseball, 1946.
9. Battery Film, 1985.
Archives.
0. Archives.
1. Academy Film Archive.
2. Alaska Film Archives.
3. George Eastman House.
4. Japanese American National Museum.
5. Library Of Congress.
6. Minnesota Historical Society.
7. Musem Of Modern Art.
8. National Air Space Museum.
9. National Archives And Records Administration.
10. National Center For Jewish Film.
11. National Center For Jewish Film.
12. National Fillm Preservation Foundation.
13. National Museum Of American History.
14. National Museum Of Natural History.
15. New York Public Library.
16. Northeast Historic Film.
17. Pacific Film Archive.
18. UCLA Film And Televison Archive.
19. West Virginia State Archives.
Chapter Listings.
0. Chapter Listings.
1. The Thieving Hand, 1908.
2. White Fawn's Devotion, 1910.
3. The Chechahcos, 1924.
4. From Japanese American Communitites, 1927-32.
5. From Rare Aviation Films, 1928-36.
6. We Work Again, 1937.
7. From LA Valse, 1951.
8. The Wall, 1962.
9. George Dumpson's Place, 1965.
Archives.
0. Archives.
1. Academy Film Archive.
2. Alaska Film Archives.
3. George Eastman House.
4. Japanese American National Museum.
5. Library Of Congress.
6. Minnesota Historical Society.
7. Museum Of Modern Art.
8. National Air And Space Museum.
9. Naitonal Archives And Records Administration.
10. National Center For Jewish Film.
11. National Film Preservation Foundation.
12. National Museum Of American History.
13. National Museum Of Natural History.
14. New York Public Library.
15. Northeast Historic Film.
16. Pacific Film Archive.
17. UCLA Film And Television Archive.
18. West Virginia State Archives.
Chapter Listings.
0. Chapter Listings.
1. Peepshow Kinetoscopes, 1894.
2. Interior New York Subway, 1905.
3. The Land Beyond The Sunset, 1912.
4. I'm Insured, 1916.
5. Snow White, 1916.
6. From Beautiful Japan, 1918.
7. The News Parade Of, 1934.
8. Rose Hobart, 1936.
9. The Autobiography Of A Jeep, 1943.
10. From Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert, 1939.
Archives.
0. Archives.
4. Alaska Fim Archives.
1. National Film Preservation Foundation.
2. West Virginia State Archives.
3. Academy Film Archive.

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