Most widely held works by Blackhawk Films
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 449 libraries worldwide
A somnambulist commits murders at a hypnotist's bidding in this German expressionist horror classic. Also featured on this videodisc is an excerpt of "Genuine: a tale of a vampire", a 1920 release which reunited "Caligari's" creative team.
The Sheik Son of the Sheik ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 374 libraries worldwide
The Sheik: A desert sheik, Sheik Ahmed, kidnaps an English girl, the Lady Diana, and holds her captive. Lady Diana resists the advances of her abductor, but is then kidnapped by desert bandits.
The Birth of a nation ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1942 and 2008 in English and held by 282 libraries worldwide
A Civil War spectacular. Portrays life in the South during and after the Civil War as revealed in a story depicting the war itself, the conflict between the defeated Southerners and emancipated renegade Negroes, the despoiling of the South during the carpetbagger period, and the revival of the Southern white man's honor through the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Chaplin mutuals ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 259 libraries worldwide
Chaplin plays a variety of comedic characters, each of whom becomes involved with different people and situations, including an arson plot with a girlfriend's father, and a boss who impersonates a count.
Landmarks of early film ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 233 libraries worldwide
A compilation of the very earliest films from the first projections of moving images to the advent of the feature film, an area of film history often underseen, underappreciated and understudied.
Nosferatu ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 203 libraries worldwide
The first film version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire), leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats.
Way down East a simple story of plain people ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
Impoverished Anna Moore lives in a New England village with her elderly mother. Anna sets out to petition her wealthy city-dwelling Aunt Emma for help. At Aunt Emma's Anna meets rich, idle, womanizer Lennox Sanderson, who uses a mock marriage to compel her surrender to his seduction. When Anna announces that she is pregnant, the cad reveals the truth then deserts her. Anna's baby dies, her mother passes away. Abandoned and orphaned she finds refuge working on the Bartlett farm--a shamed woman who only wishes to keep her secret. David Bartlett has fallen in love with the gentle servant girl, however, and refuses to let the Puritanical justifications of a stuffy and unfeeling society alter his feelings.
The Chaplin Mutuals. Volume one ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 169 libraries worldwide
Between May 1916 and October 1917, Chaplin produced a series of twelve films for the Mutual Film corporation which are considered his finest short comedies. This volume presents four films in which Chaplin plays a variety of comedic characters. The Immigrant (11th Mutual film): Charlie and Edna are immigrants to the land of Liberty. The Adventurer (12th Mutual film): Charlie, an escaped convict, impersonates a wealthy yachtsman. The Cure (10th Mutual film): Chaplin is a wealthy inebriate drying out at a sanitarium. Easy Street (9th Mutual film): Charlie become a policemen in the city's toughest neighborhood.
World War I films of the silent era ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
These four short films show essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience while news films presented the most detailed and potent images of military life and front line action. Some news films were faked but some was authentic, obtained at great risk by daredevil combat cameramen. The fourth film is a 1975 compilation of early footage.
The Chaplin mutuals. Volume 2 ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1916 and 2006 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
Between May 1916 and October 1917, Chaplin produced a series of twelve films for the Mutual Film corporation which are considered his finest short comedies. This volume presents four films in which Chaplin plays a variety of dramatic and comedic characters. The count (5th Mutual film): Charlie, a comically inept tailor's assistant, and Eric, his mountainous boss, offer rival impersonations of Count Broko in order to meet Miss Moneybags. At the Moneybags party, Charlie is sensational on the dance floor until he's put to the chase when the actual count appears. The vagabond (3rd Mutual film): Charlie, a street violinist who rescues Edna from gypsies to fall in love with, lose and ultimately regain her after she is discovered to be wealthy. The fireman (2nd Mutual film): Charlie is a clumsy but eager apprentice fireman under the crooked precinct chief. Behind the screen (7th Mutual film): A satire of life at a silent movie studio.
The Gold rush ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1925 and 1985 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
Chaplin plays a lone prospector in the 1890 Alaskan Gold Rush. The little tramp braves cold, hunger, a delirious cabinmate and unrequited love in this boisterous, yet tender, comedy gem.
Landmarks of early film. Vol. 2, The magic of Méliès ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1999 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Documentary view of filmmaker, George Méliès' life, integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous motion picture clips, charting his life.
The Moving picture boys in the Great War ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1918 and 1986 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
Documentary study of changing American attitudes as isolationism is abandoned and the United States becomes directly involved in World War I. Film segments from commercial films, authentic foot from films made during World War I and an account of propagandistic use of newsreels illustrate the relationship between changing American attitudes toward the conflict in Europe and the content of motion pictures from 1914 to 1918.
Aelita ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
An engineer living in Moscow dreams of the Queen of Mars and builds a spaceship to take him to her.
The Battleship Potemkin ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1925 and 1988 in Russian and English and held by 90 libraries worldwide
A dramatic reenactment of the mutiny aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin in 1905.
The Chaplin mutuals. Volume 3 ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1916 and 2006 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Four early films in which Chaplin plays a variety of comedic characters. One a.m.: Charlie arrives home inebriated and tries to get into his house, upstairs and to bed. The Pawnshop: As a pawnbroker's helper, the objects in the shop provide a cornucopia of great prop-related gags for Charlie's antics. The Floorwalker: This first Chaplin Mutual involves Charlie as a lowly clerk with an embezzling manager and a fantastic escalator sequence. The Rink: Charlie, as a waiter somehow adjourns to a roller skating rink where he is revealed as a virtuoso on wheels.
Under full sail silent cinema on the high seas ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
The Yankee clipper: Feature-length melodrama recreating the real-life race from Foo Chow to Boston for the China tea trade, filmed at sea for six weeks aboard the 1856 wooden square-rigger Indiana. Restored to the most complete version available since the film's release.
As you like it ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1936 and 2006 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Film adaptation of Shakespeare's well known comedy. A pastoral romance set in the Forest of Arden in medieval France, this story is full of kindliness, good fellowship, and goodwill. Although shortened from the original, this version is considered an honest interpretation of the play, with no modern day additions.
Lowell Thomas remembers the fabulous fifties ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 69 libraries worldwide
A recalling of the important events, people and fads of the 1950's, using 20th Century Fox Movietone newsreels of the period. Narrated and introduced by Lowell Thomas.
Lowell Thomas remembers the Roaring Twenties ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
A recalling of the important events, people and fads of the twenties, using 20th Century Fox Movietone newsreels of the period. Narrated and introduced by Lowell Thomas.
Action and adventure films American Civil War (1861-1865) Animated films Arabs Birth of a nation (Motion picture) Bronenoset︠s︡ "Potemkin" Chaplin, Charlie,--1889-1977 Cinematography Civilization Comedy films Comedy films Criticism, interpretation, etc. Documentary films Dracula, Count (Fictitious character) Drama Emigration and immigration Feature films Feature films Fiction films Film adaptations Foreign films History History, Modern Horror films Kidnapping Kinetoscope Ku Klux Klan (19th cent.) Man-woman relationships Méliès, Georges,--1861-1938 Motion picture industry Motion pictures Motion pictures, German New England Our Gang films Pictorial works Reconstruction (United States : 1865-1877) Russia Sahara Short films Short films Silent films Silent films United States Vampire films Vampires Western films Women Women--Conduct of life World War (1914-1918) World War (1939-1945)
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