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Blackhawk Films

Works: 1,438 works in 2,219 publications in 3 languages and 7,297 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Drama  History  Historical films  Film adaptations  Short films  Comedy films  Horror films  War films  Vampire films 
Roles: prn, Publisher, Producer, Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Blackhawk Films
Most widely held works by Blackhawk Films
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene( Visual )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caligari is a hypnotist whose somnambulist, Cesare, kills the hero's friend and carries off his girl; after exposing Caligari, the hero, Francis, is himself revealed as an inmate of a lunatic asylum where Caligari is director
The Sheik ; Son of the Sheik( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women fainted in the aisles when The Sheik was released in 1921. The titled Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres) is carried into the desert by an Arab chieftain, Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino), who takes one look at her and wants her, right then and there. Filmed on the heels of women's suffrage, Lady Diana was presented as a strong-willed and intelligent character, but as for Ahmed -- nobody had seen anything like Valentino's natural sex appeal on the screen before. His charismatic presence electrified audiences; his Sheik symbolized the forbidden allure of the exotic and forever secured Valentino's place in screen legend. From the lavish dressing of this production, Arabian wall tapestries, tunics, cassocks and garish jewelry became a fad in decoration and attire. Paramount hustled its new sensation from one uninspired vehicle to another, and Valentino, by all accounts an intelligent and considerate person, finally expressed his displeasure by taking leave of the studio. Legally blocked by Paramount from making films for others, he and his wife, Natacha Rambova, embarked on a national dance tour sponsored by a beauty aid called Mineralava. It culminated in a beauty contest judged by Valentino. A newsreel of this event is included on this DVD; it gave Valentino-hungry audiences another glimpse of their idol. The Son of the Sheik, a sequel to The Sheik, was designed to revive Valentino's career. As both parent and son, Rudy has two virile leading parts, showing how a son of the desert inherited the passions of the father. Although the production is on a modest scale compared to the original Sheik, Valentino's performance is far more accomplished, and there's a tongue-in-cheek quality which gives The Son a certain magic even today. Young Ahmed falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl (Vilma Banky), but he is captured and tortured by bandits. Believing Yasmin to be responsible, he escapes and plans his own form of revenge, although true love, of course, finally prevails. In New York for the premiere of The Son of the Sheik, Valentino collapsed and died eight days later at the age of 31. The public hysteria surrounding his funeral is documented in the original Pathé newsreel, which rounds out this extraordinary DVD. - Container
The birth of a nation by D. W Griffith( Visual )

12 editions published between 1942 and 2008 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Civil War spectacular which became a controversial classic of film history. 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
Nosferatu by F. W Murnau( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 204 WorldCat member 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
Landmarks of early film by David Shepard( Visual )

4 editions published in 1994 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 191 WorldCat member 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
The Chaplin Mutuals( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaplin plays a variety of comedic characters, each of whom becomes involved with different people and situations
Way down East by D. W Griffith( Visual )

8 editions published between 1920 and 1998 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member 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 magic of Méliès by Jacques Mény( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Decades before the term 'special effects' was coined, audiences of the newborn cinema were witnessing spectacular screen illusions, courtesy of the medium's first master magician: Georges Méliès. Such films as THE ECLIPSE (1907) and LONG DISTANCE WIRELESS PHOTOGRAPHY (1908) not only demonstrate Méliès's astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery but provide mesmerizing insight into the social context of his work, which blended Victorian approaches to astronomy, superstition and feminine beauty with the unnatural wonders of 20th-century technology and heavy doses of slapstick. The centerpiece of the collection is THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904), presented with the authentic frame-by-frame hand-coloring and narration penned by Méliès himself. GEORGES MÉLIÈS: CINEMA MAGICIAN is a documentary on the filmmaker's life, integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous clips. It charts Méliès' rise from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris's mystical Théatre Robert-Houdin, where he learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural, exquisitely represented in THE MYSTERIOUS RETORT (1906) and THE BLACK IMP (1905)."--Publisher
Landmarks of early film( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The films in this eclectic collection . . . offer an unparalleled view of Méliès' career, introducing the viewer to the rich body of work that lies beyond A Trip to the Moon (1902)" -- container
The Chaplin Mutuals( Visual )

8 editions published between 1916 and 2006 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member 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
Sally of the sawdust( Visual )

7 editions published between 1925 and 1998 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his first and most famous silent vehicle, Fields plays the role of Eustace McGargle, a carnival con man who has adopted young Sally. His schemes of juggling, bootlegging and shell games put Sally in danger and lead to a climax complete with an automobile race-to-the-rescue chase sequence
World War I films of the silent era( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member 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
Early women filmmakers : an international anthology by Various( Visual )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema's most innovative and influential women directors, re-writing and celebrating their rightful place in film history.International in scope, this groundbreaking collection features over 10 hours of material, comprised of 25 films spanning 1902-1943, including many rare titles not widely available until now, from shorts to feature films, live-action to animation, commercial narratives to experimental works. Directors include Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Marie-Louise Iribe, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Ellen Bute, Dorothy Arzner, and Maya Deren."--Container
Aelita by I︠A︡kov Aleksandrovich Protazanov( Visual )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An engineer living in Moscow dreams of the Queen of Mars and builds a spaceship to take him to her
The Chaplin Mutuals( Visual )

8 editions published between 1916 and 2006 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaplin plays a variety of comedic characters, including an inebriated man dealing with malevolent props, a pawnbroker's helper, a lowly clerk, and a talent rollerskater, each of whom becomes involved with different people and situations
The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein( Visual )

19 editions published between 1925 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dramatization of the mutiny aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin in 1905
The gold rush by Charlie Chaplin( Visual )

8 editions published between 1925 and 1985 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chaplin's famous classic of the hardships of life on the Alaskan frontier
Under full sail : silent cinema on the high seas( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Around the Horn in a square rigger: Documents the record-breaking 83-day voyage of the 1902 barque Parma from Australia to England in the 1933 Grain Race. Villiers writes, "We wanted to make a picture that would capture some of the stirring beauty of these ships, that would perpetuate, in the realm of shadows at least, something of the glory of their wanderings ... some glimmer of understanding of the attraction which they hold over those who sail in them."
Dziga Vertov : the man with a movie camera, Enthusiasm, 3 songs about Lenin, Kino eye, Kino pravda( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of Russian experimental documentary films by Dziga Vertov, who used in his films several cinematic techniques (split screens, multiple superimpositions, variable speeds, et cetera) to present urban life from dawn to dusk
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Blackhawk Films, inc., Davenport, Iowa

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