We’re going to be a bit materialistic this time around. We’ve talked about silent film experiences, now let’s discuss some of the THINGS that we love. Specifically, is there a silent-related book, home video release or album that you were particularly excited to obtain?
There were so many amazing releases this year that it’s difficult to narrow it down but I think I am most thrilled to own the four-disc set Kafka Goes to the Movies released by Edition Filmmuseum. (It is a “joint project of film archives and cultural institutions in the German-speaking part of Europe” and has released some awesome sets.)
I am still burrowing into its contents but the idea of using archival holdings to act as a companion to Hanns Zischler’s book of the same title is brilliant and nerdy. Franz Kafka was an avid moviegoer, you see, and wrote about his experiences at the theater. His writings gives us a window into the viewing habits of Europeans during the silent era, a combination of local productions and Hollywood fare. You can order a copy here.
By the way, the people at Edition Filmmuseum were super nice and helpful (I had a little trouble getting my PayPal account to cooperate at checkout) with the order and the discs arrived very quickly. (I’ll be digging into the contents next spring as I will be dedicating an entire month to it and you’re welcome to watch along with me.)
What were your favorite treasures this year? If your picks are on the obscure side, please be sure to let everyone know where it can be purchased. (Obviously, this may not be possible if you received the item as a gift.)
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