And just when I hit “publish” on my last news piece, two bits of wonderful news came my way. These are too good to wait, so I am taking the liberty of publishing an addendum.
Lost Stan Laurel Solo Film Footage Found in the Netherlands
The Frisian Film Archive has discovered pieces of the Stan Laurel comedy Detained that were thought to be lost.
Do read the entire piece but the archive has helpfully put together a video comparing the abridged version and their newly-discovered cut. (Dutch cut on the right.
New Kickstarter Campaign
Edward Lorusso has launched another campaign to release a silent film on home video. This time his target is On Dangerous Ground (1917), a spy film from World Film Company starring Carlyle Blackwell and Gail Kane. I love World films, I love Blackwell and I love Kane, so I obviously am pretty pleased about this. I’ve watched just about every available World release, so receiving a new title from the studio is a very welcome surprise.
You can donate and learn more on the campaign page. It’s a 30 day event and has just launched but is already well on its way to being funded. Everyone who donates $25 or more will receive a DVD with the scored film. I am not involved in this campaign except as an enthusiastic backer but I have backed Mr. Lorusso’s projects in the past and have been most satisfied.
If you’re interested in World titles, here are the ones I have reviewed:
World films were of remarkably high quality and beauty. I applaud this effort to release another of their titles to the general public.
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