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Sosin, Donald

Works: 302 works in 449 publications in 3 languages and 8,127 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Drama  Film adaptations  Horror films  Vampire films  Short films  Comedy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  History 
Roles: Composer, Performer, Arranger, Instrumentalist, Author, Musician, Editor, Adapter
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Sosin
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari : a film in six acts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the film The cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence. Also featured is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement
Edison : the invention of the movies( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commercial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland
The king of kings by Cecil B DeMille( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cecil B DeMille made movies for and of the masses, highlighting myths, mystery, and oversized stories. He excelled in the telling of the ultimate legends carved out of the Bible. The simple, straightforward saga of the last days of Christ's life is told in "The King of Kings." Told with DeMille's trademark opulent sets, incredible effects, and a cast of thousands, it is carefully crafted, flawless film making filled with as much meaning and message as possible. In 1927, working with the biggest budget in the history of Hollywood, DeMille spun the life of Christ into one of the highest-grossing, artistically executed films of all time
Nosferatu : a symphony of horror by F. W Murnau( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Count Orlock moves from his ancestral home in the Carpathian Mountains to Germany, leaving a wave of corpses in his wake
Ukigusa monogatari = A story of floating weeds( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Japanese and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema's greatest directors. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating Weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life
My darling Clementine( Visual )

7 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wyatt Earp is the sturdy lawman who sets about the task of shaping up the disorderly Arizona town of Tombstone, with the help of the boozy, tubercular gambler and gunman Doc Holliday. Though initially at cross-purposes, the pair ultimately team up to confront the violent Clanton gang
Thoroughly modern Millie by Jeanine Tesori( )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It happened one night( Visual )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opposites attract with magnetic force in this romantic road-trip delight, about a spoiled runaway socialite and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance. The first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay), is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era
Pioneers of African-American cinema( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own
Spies by Fritz Lang( Visual )

7 editions published between 1928 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this first "modern" spy film a power-hungry banker with many disguises marshals his forces to steal the secrets of an important treaty
Siren of the tropics by Mario Nalpas( Visual )

3 editions published between 1927 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papitou is a free-spirited, animal-loving native girl who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector. She is unaware that he is betrothed to another, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss. As the truth becomes known, Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris
Pioneers : first women filmmakers( Visual )

4 editions published in 2018 and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores
Dekigokoro = Passing fancy by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a crowded city tenement, a story of contrasts depicting an illiterate, lighthearted brewery worker, who is also a single father to a young, educated son. Their relationship is complicated when a woman becomes involved
Warning shadows : a nocturnal hallucination by Arthur Robison( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expressionist film in which a count is jealous of the attentions his wife pays to "the lover" and various other suitors. The situation comes to a head when a showman/mesmerist puts on a "shadow play" for them all, in which their emotion and passions are mirrored
Sally of the sawdust( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A carnival barker/conman becomes an unlikely guardian for an orphaned circus waif. When he tries to return the child to her wealthy but contemptuous grandparents he finds himself suddenly being chased by both sides of the law
The docks of New York( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roughneck stoker Bill Roberts gets into all sorts of trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae, a wise and weary dance-hall girl
Minato no Nihon musume by Hiroshi Shimizu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hiroshi Shimizu's exquisite silent drama, set in the modernizing port town of Yokohama, tells of the humiliating downfall experienced by Sunako (Michiko Oikawa) after jealousy drives her to commit a terrible crime. With its lushly photographed landscapes and innovative visual storytelling, Japanese Girls at the Harbor shows a director at the peak of his powers and experimentation. The film is presented with a new score written and performed by noted silent-film composer Donald Sosin
Lost & found : American treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive by New Zealand Film Archive( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from a cache of early American movies found at the New Zealand Film Archive and preserved with the American archival community, this collection presents lost works not seen in decades, including films by major directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and a variety of industrial films, news stories, cartoons, travelogues, serial episodes, previews, and comedies
Blind husbands ; The Great Gabbo( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great Gabbo: An egotistical ventriloquist drives away Mary, his assistant and one true love
Harry Langdon : the forgotten clown by Frank Capra( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of his film career, Harry Langdon was considered one of the four best comics of the silent film era. His screen character was that of a wide-eyed, childlike man with a feeble smile, an owlish blink, and an innocent's understanding of the world and the people in it. This video collects the three silent feature films widely acknowledged as his best. Strong man: After a tour of duty in WWI, a witless young Belgian comes to America and seeks out his dedicated pen pal, but his quest for Mary Brown leads him from mishap to comic disaster. Tramp, tramp, tramp: When a destitute shoemaker's son enters a cross-country foot race with hopes of winning the $25,000 prize, spectacular comedy and destruction follow. Long pants: A sheepish young man springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten with a hard-boiled drug-smuggling femme fatale. When she is jailed, he comes to her aid, ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes
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Thoroughly modern Millie
Alternative Names
Donald Sosin