News from the Silent Movie Front: Un-Lost Louise Brooks, Sheik Blurays, new Kickstarters & Hitchcock

Lots of amazing things going on in the world of silent film. More lost films found, more Blurays and more Kickstarters. I am simply gleeful!

Louise Brooks in the air

About two reels worth of material from Louise Brooks’ previously lost film, Now We’re in the Air, has been discovered in the Czech Republic. The material will make its debut at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Valentino’s Signature Roles on Bluray

Rudolph Valentino’s superstar status was sealed with The Sheik, a gloriously kitschy romance. Now is our chance to finally see it in HD! Kino is releasing The Sheik on Bluray (learn more and preorder here).

But wait! There’s more! Kino is also releasing the sequel and Valentino’s final film, The Son of the Sheik, on Bluray as well. Learn more and preorder here.

The Sheik will be accompanied by a theater organ score by Ben Model and The Son of the Sheik will have music by the Alloy Orchestra. I’m pretty excited! Both films have a street date of May 30, 2017.

You can read my review of The Sheik here and my review of Son of the Sheik here.

The Lodger from the Criterion Collection

The film will have a new orchestral score from Neil Brand (yay!!!) and will include all the snippets and goodies that we expect from a Criterion release. This one is a must-buy for me! The disc has a street date of June 27, 2017.

You can learn more about the contents and pre-order here.

New Marion Davies Kickstarter

Click here to visit the project’s Kickstarter page and learn how you can donate or spread the word. (Please note that this film is lacking its first reel and the missing story elements will be compensated for with a synopsis.)

The project is funded but there is now an added stretch goal: if the funds reach $2,500, the disc will also include a rare short. (Title to be announced.) And, of course, you will want to sign on if want to receive a copy of this seldom-seen film. (Update: In between writing and publishing, the stretch goal has been reached. Yay!)

I am not associated with the project in any way other than as a backer and so you will have to visit the project page with any questions you might have. However, I will say that I have backed Mr. Lorusso’s other Kickstarter releases and have been very pleased with the results.

Trip to the Moon Coloring Book

Speaking of crowdfunding, here’s a fun one! A coloring book based on Georges Melies’ iconic A Trip to the Moon. All the details can be found on the project’s Kickstarter page.

A Mystery Project (Shhhh!)

Finally, I am once again collaborating with Christopher Bird to make a rare silent film from his collection available on YouTube. I won’t give away the title just yet but I will say that the star is one of the biggest names in silent cinema (and the co-stars are no slouches either). I think you’ll be pretty happy.

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20 Replies to “News from the Silent Movie Front: Un-Lost Louise Brooks, Sheik Blurays, new Kickstarters & Hitchcock”

  1. Thanks for the MARION DAVIES blurb! Please note that APRIL FOLLY has not been seen since its 1920 release in theaters. The missing reel has been synopsized with a 4-minute collection of video, stills, and intertitles to set up the story, The rest of the film is in good shape. Davies stars with Conway Tearle and the notorious J. Herbert Frank.

  2. I’m looking forward to “The Lodger”. Always been a huge Hitchcock fan and this is one of the movies I really want. Probably will also pick up both Valentino’s since I don’t currently have any in my collection. Now I just wish Criterion would re-release Pandora’s Box. Though more and more I’ve been considering buying a region free BluRay player.

  3. Mystery Project sounds intriguing, particularly since Bird’s youtube channel is so chock full of goodies. I’m as curious as Houdini to peer through the blinds and find out what wonderful film will be uploaded next!

    Pre-ordered The Lodger- couldn’t resist a newly scored copy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I would want to scour every barn and old building in the Czech Republic, Poland and every other Eastern bloc country for old films. I’m. Glad they found one from Louise Brooks.

  5. These are exciting news! All of them!
    I just discovered your blog and I think it’s amazing… I’m learning so much.
    Thank you so much for your work.

    Ps: When a previously lost film is finally found I feel extremely happy. No words to describe such a joy.
    The world just seems brighter, doesn’t it?

    Love from Argentina ๐Ÿ™‚

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