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.
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.
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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