Unboxing the Silents: “Beggars of Life” with Louise Brooks on Bluray

This new restoration of Beggars of Life, a 1928 drama starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery and directed by William Wellman, has been making the festival rounds but this is you chance to own it. I’ll be going through the contents of this disc and showcasing what it has to offer.

Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: “Beggars of Life” with Louise Brooks on Bluray”

Unboxing the Silents: Early Women Filmmakers, an International Anthology from Flicker Alley

The film industry’s gender gap behind the camera is in the news a fair bit these days. Campaigns like #52FilmsByWomen are shining a spotlight on the talents of female directors and while it is wonderful to celebrate modern women with megaphones, let’s not forget their ancestresses.

Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Early Women Filmmakers, an International Anthology from Flicker Alley”

Unboxing the Silents: Accidentally Preserved Vol. 4 (9.5mm prints!!!)

A few years back, silent film accompanist Ben Model successfully crowdfunded a DVD release of silent films that are only known to exist as 16mm home theater editions. The release proved to be so successful that it spawned sequels and this is the fourth volume in the series. And there’s a twist! Instead of 16mm, the films in this collection are preserved in the European 9.5mm format.

Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Accidentally Preserved Vol. 4 (9.5mm prints!!!)”

Unboxing the Silents: Fantomas (1913-1914) on Blu-ray

Director Louis Feuillade is most famous for his stylish, anarchic serials featurig criminal masterminds, caped superheroes and crusading reporters. One of his most famous titles is Fantomas, which involves the titular supervillain and the intrepid policeman who pursues him. In celebration of the film’s 100th anniversary, it was given a 4K restoration. That restoration is finally available in North America. As always, thanks to Kino Lorber for the review copy.

Continue reading “Unboxing the Silents: Fantomas (1913-1914) on Blu-ray”