Lots of wonderful new releases and crowdfunding projects to share with you! I also have a secret project starring an actress who looks suspiciously like Fay Wray.
Four Discs of Kafka’s Moviegoing World
Edition filmmuseum has released a four-disc set of the films that author Franz Kafka saw and wrote about during his lifetime. I am absolutely enraptured with this theme and congratulate the filmmuseum for the brilliant idea. The set is an eclectic mix of Czech, Danish, Italian, French, German, American releases that range in date from 1907 to 1921. The films have new scores by Günter A. Buchwald and Richard Siedhoff.
A Tram Ride Through Prague 1908
First International Competition for Airplanes in Brescia 1909
Italian travelogues 1907-1913
Nick Winter and the Theft of the Mona Lisa 1911
The White Slave 1911
Theodor Körner 1912
Celebrating 300 Years of the Romanov Dynasty 1913
The Other 1913
The Heart Breaker 1913
Táta Dlouhán 1919
Return to Zion 1921
Kafka Goes to the Movies 2002
The set is an all-region PAL DVD and can be ordered here.
Crowdfunding Two Rare Horror Silents
Andrew E. Simpson has launched a campaign to release Whispering Shadows and The Devil’s Assistant on home video. He’s already reached his funding goal but you can still jump in and claim one of the sweet rewards being offered.
I’m just spreading the word about this campaign, so if you have any questions about the project, please contact the organizers directly on their Kickstarter page.
As part of their ongoing partnership with Paramount, Kino Lorber has made Gloria Swanson’s 1923 hit ZaZa available for preorder. The film has a street date of June 6, 2017 and will be available on DVD and Bluray. It will be accompanied by a score composed and performed by Jeff Rapsis, who adapted music from the original 1923 cue sheet. ZaZa was a particular favorite of its star and has been almost completely unavailable to the general public since its initial release.
Kino has also announced the release of The Covered Wagon, Old Ironsides, Stage Struck, Manhandled, and It’s the Old Army Game. I will provide Amazon preorder links once they are available. I have also unboxed the new Kino Bluray version of The Sheik, if you’re interested.
Lots of Marion Davies!
Ben Model has announced that in addition to releasing the smash crowdfunding hit When Knighthood was in Flower on DVD/Bluray, his Undercrank Productions will also be releasing Beauty’s Worth and The Bride’s Play on DVD. These discs were previously available only as backer rewards from the Kickstarter campaigns of Edward Lorusso. I will post preorder links once they are available but the estimated street date is autumn of 2017.
Unknown Fay Wray Performance
I won’t be revealing the title or more information for now but you will be seeing an unknown and undocumented Fay Wray performance very soon. Here’s a little taste from the rough transfer, what do you think?
The film is now being professionally transferred and edited and it will have a custom score! (It’s from Christopher Bird’s 9.5mm collection, you’ll recall that he has been generously making his treasures available to us on YouTube.) More details later.
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