How would you like a stylish, beautiful late silent era production from France? With a new restoration and 4K scan on Bluray? Well, today is your day! L’Argent is on Blu and we’re taking a closer look.
Thanks to Flicker Alley for the review copy!
L’Argent was released in 1928 and stars Pierre Alcover but viewers will likely be more familiar with Metropolis veterans Brigitte Helm and Alfred Abel. Based on the novel by Zola, it’s an examination of greed and shenanigans as the stock market is manipulated, something that was all too topical in the 1920s. Further, the film boasts sumptuous designs and jazz age styles that will make you want travel back in time just to order one of everything.
As is typical for Flicker Alley, this Bluray-only release is loaded to the gills with extras, including two fine orchestra scores, one from the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and the other from Olivier Messot. The package also includes a booklet, documentaries on both the making of the film and its restoration, as well as the 1921 L’Herbier short film Prometheus Banker.
Here are some samples of the restoration:
This is a beautiful release that is sure to please anyone interested in L’Herbier, Zola, one of the film’s stars or devotees of the 1920s aesthetic. It would be an ideal gift for the movie geek who has everything.
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