News from the Silent Movie Front: Rudolph Valentino, The Cossack Whip and Podcasting

Some exciting releases on the horizon (and on the shelves now) for silent film fans so let’s get started!

The Cossack Whip Kickstarter

Edward Lorusso is running another Kickstarter, this time for the Edison feature The Cossack Whip. A Russian potboiler from John Collins and starring Viola Dana, the picture features imaginative editing and a rather shocking plot.

Donate to the Kickstarter here. Donors giving $25 or more will receive a DVD copy of the film. I have no connection to the campaign other than as an enthusiastic supporter so please direct all questions to Mr. Lorusso.

Read my review of the film here.

Flicker Alley’s Valentino Collection on Bluray

Flicker Alley has released two Blurays of rare Valentino material and I am absolutely over the moon!

Volume One includes Eyes of Youth (so bonus Milton Sills!) and Moran of the Lady Letty. Order here.

Volume Two includes Virtuous Sinners and A Society Sensation, along with the surviving footage of Stolen Moments and a reconstruction of The Young Rajah. Order here.

Berlin, Symphony of a Great City has also been given the Bluray treatment and is available now. Also, remember that Flicker Alley is releasing two Mary Pickford films on DVD/Bluray in November, Little Annie Rooney and Fanchon the Cricket.

I’m on a Podcast!

I was interviewed by Nate Lockhart for The Memory Machine. We discussed silent films, vintage recipes and my DVD release of Kidnapped.

Have a listen here.


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8 Replies to “News from the Silent Movie Front: Rudolph Valentino, The Cossack Whip and Podcasting”

  1. Hi Fritzi. I enjoyed you articles/reviews of THE COSSACK WHIP and agree that Richard Tucker is not well cast in this film. Robert D. Walker has a small part here and had the male lead in BLUE JEANS (a year later). He would have been a better choice for the ballet star. Tucker seems especially fond of posing with outstretched arms, a trait I find annoying in silent films. But that’s just me. Thanks for the mention!

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