Flicker Alley (Firm)
Most widely held works by Flicker Alley (Firm)
Georges Méliès first wizard of cinema (1896-1913) ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Arranged in chronological order, this comprehensive thirteen hour collection gathers for the first time nearly all surviving films of Georges Méliès from his first (Card party, 1896) to his last (The voyage of the Bouririchon Family, 1913), bracketing more than 170 others. Beautiful new music has been prepared by ten leading practitioners of silent film accompaniment.
Saved from the flames 54 rare and restored films 1896-1944 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 207 libraries worldwide
"A unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema. Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic groups over three DVDs, presents amazing treasures from the vaults of Lobster Films in Paris and from the Blackhawk Films Collection, rescued during half a century of gathering movies from the nitrate era."--Container.
La roue The wheel ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 181 libraries worldwide
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. This seminal film introduced many innovations in set design and construction, and cinematic devices.
J'accuse ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 180 libraries worldwide
J'accuse is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as "a human cry against the bellicose din of armies." Stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man, François (Séverin-Mars), but is actually in love with a young poet Jean Diaz (Romuald Joubé). Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of war, depicted with stark realism.
Discovering cinema ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
Learning to talk: A historical survey of the development of sound in motion pictures.
Chaplin at Keystone ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 145 libraries worldwide
Charlie Chaplin came to Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios late in 1913 as a little-known British vaudevillian. After a year, he had not only established his Tramp character, he also learned to write and direct his own films and achieved public recognition as a star comedian. The Chaplin at Keystone collection contains over thirty of Charlie Chaplin's greatest works.
The Italian straw hat ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
A bridegroom is riding to his marriage when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a branch while its owner, a married lady, enjoys a tryst behind the bush with her lover, a fierce hussar. She cannot go home without her hat, so the groom interlaces his wedding with an attempt to find madam a twin chapeau, launching a series of misunderstandings and embarrassments.
Judex a serial in twelve episodes ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
"One of cinema's first 'superheroes,' the mysterious Judex is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid."--Container.
Chicago ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 114 libraries worldwide
The story of jazz-loving flapper Roxie Hart, put on trial for the murder of her lover, who hits the headlines with her courtroom theatrics.
Perils of the new land films of the immigrant experience (1910-1915) ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 and held by 107 libraries worldwide
Four films that address the immigrant experience in the United States in the early twentieth century.
F.W. Murnau's Phantom ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
" ... Alfred Abel (Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse) plays Lorenz Lubota, a man obsessed with his own desires to achieve fame and wealth, who must confront the barriers of class keeping him from a woman (Lya de Putti) with whom he has had a fateful encounter."
The Garden of Eden ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
A young girl sets out to become an opera singer, but finds that her first job is in a seedy cabaret. She and the seamstress who tried to protect her from a persistant client flee to a swanky Monte Carlo hotel, where they register as a Baroness and her daughter.
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
1916's "His Pictures In The Papers" features Douglas as the meat-loving son of a vegetarian food magnate who finds love with an equally carnivorous young woman. It is also a wry and prescient commentary on fame and the lengths some will go to in order to achieve it. Also from 1916, "The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish" is probably the most unconventional film Fairbanks ever appeared in, as it features him as the cocaine-addicted detective "Coke Ennyday." It was co-scripted by Tod Browning and features a flair for the bizarre he would put on ample display when directing "Dracula" and "Freaks" in the early 1930s. "Flirting With Fate" also features some darker-hued humor in its story of a depressed artist who arranges to be killed just before finding good fortune. The final film from 1916, "The Matrimaniac, " co-stars Constance Talmadge in a comic tale of the lengths a young couple will go to in order to tie the knot. The delightful "Wild And Woolly" has the Wild West-obsessed Douglas finding that the Old West does not require as much taming as he once surmised. Similarly, "Reaching For The Moon" chronicles Doug's realization that the life of a European monarch is not the fairy tale he once believed it to be. It is also an interesting comment on America's perceptions of World War I-era Europe with its depiction of a continent dominated by an unending number of assassination plots and murky counterplots. "The Modern Musketeer" demonstrates the limits and the advantages of living life according to a naive sense of chivalry exemplified by D'Artagnan. Its 17th century prologue provides a window into the sort of costume roles Doug would be playing in the years ahead. "When The Clouds Roll By" from 1919 is notable for its more surreal elements including an incredibly original and complicated dream sequence. 1920's "The Mollycoddle" and 1921's "The Nut" offer two final opportunities for Doug to display his athleticism in a modern setting. "The Mollycoddle" is almost a prototype of "North By Northwest" with Doug as a foppish American "corrupted" by the soft life in Europe who is mistaken for an American agent by a gang of ruthless smugglers. "The Nut" is an amusing film featuring Doug as an eccentric inventor whose efforts to help a young woman in her reform campaign go awry. The final film in the set, "The Mark Of Zorro, " was shot prior to "The Nut." Its overall success with critics and moviegoers convinced Doug that he should focus his efforts on producing similar period adventures--M. Boxwood (Amazon).
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.
Bardelys the magnificent plus, Monte Cristo : the lost films of John Gilbert ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 and held by 66 libraries worldwide
Bardelys the magnificent: "In France "in an age of light loves and lively scandals,' the Marquis de Bardelys (Gilbert), casual womanizer and accomplished swashbuckler, is entranced by Roxalanne de Levedan (Eleanor Boradman) and against a background of knavery and intrigue, he sets out to woo and win her."--Container.
Georges Méliès encore new discoveries (1896-1911) ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 60 libraries worldwide
Features 26 films produced by Georges Méliès between 1896 and 1911, plus two films in the Méliès style by Segundo de Chomon for Pathé, which for many years were misidentified as Méliès films. Some films are color tinted or have elaborate hand or stencil colors.
Miss Mend an adventure serial in three parts ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
An action-packed adventure serial in three feature-length episodes, produced in Russia with the goal of rivaling, and possibly even surpassing, the most entertaining American movies of the 1920s. Instead of the avant-garde works of Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Russian audiences were enchanted by fast-moving American films starring serial queens like Pearl White, swashbuckling heroes like Douglas Fairbanks, and comedians from the Keystone Cops to Lloyd, Keaton and Chaplin. Based on a 1923 pulp novel allegedly written by the American "Jim Dollar" (actually the nom-de-plume of a Russian woman, Marietta Shaginian). The film's heroine, Vivian Mend, is an elegant urban professional who earns her own living and raises a child without the help of any man. Includes some pointed comments on labor relations, racism, excessive wealth, gratuitous violence and even rape.
Valentino ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Digital reconstructions of Rudolph Valentino films The Young Rajah and Stolent moments from existing footage, restored intertitles of Moran of the Lady Letty, extensive bonus short films, audio recordings of songs about Valentino's death, previously unpublished photos, promotional materials, production photos, biographical information on Valentino and his associates.
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer. Disc four ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
When the clouds roll by: A wealthy young bachelor is the victim of mad psychological experiments by a pompous head-shrinker while romantically pursuing a Greenwich Village artist.
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer. Disc five ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
The nut: An eccentric inventor tries to win the heart of a young lady by attracting wealthy donors to support her somewhat misguided program to help poor children, while also keeping her from falling for a less sincere suitor.
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