Starting about a year ago, I have been collaborating with collector Christopher Bird on some rare silent film releases. The plan is simple: he has the prints, I have the platform and the public gets to enjoy films that have been unavailable or hard to see for decades.
Well, we’re at it again and I think you’re going to love what we have in store! Upcoming films include a rare Harold Lloyd comedy and a lost and undocumented early starring role for Fay Wray. Titles will be announced at a later date.
We’re going to be sharing our latest project this coming Tuesday but in the meantime, here are the four films that Mr. Bird has already uploaded to YouTube. They are scanned from 9.5mm prints in his collection and some have never before been released to the general public. (9.5mm was basically the VHS of the silent era because it was safe, affordable and easy to use but the films were usually abridged. However, some silent films survive ONLY in this format.) Some of the films have been supplemented with additional footage from Dino Everett’s collection. He also transferred everything with the exception of The School for Scandal.
The School for Scandal
Basil Rathbone’s earliest film role that is known to survive! This English production features lavish costumes and Baz in knee breeches. What more do you need?
The Captive God
William S. Hart in a native South American story. Um… This is a real oddball of a picture but worth seeing because of its nuttiness.
Tales of the 1001 Nights
Absolutely gorgeous French/Russian production filmed on location in Tunisia. The lighting, costumes and scenery are breathtaking.
The Child of the Carnival
Ivan Mosjoukine wrote, directed and starred in this little bittersweet comedy gem. I think you will be delighted.
…and as a special bonus, here is the opening scene from Michael Strogoff, my favorite silent film of all time and, alas, unavailable on home video.
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This is great that the average Joe…or Josephine can see these films. hart as an Indian makes me laugh and the images are fun. Great to see these films
Hope you like them!
Ivan Mosjoukine? Never heard of him. LOL
Yeah, I don’t think I’ve reviewed one of his films yet. 😉
Can’t wait for the rare Harold Lloyd film.
Thank you so much for sharing these terrific films!
Glad you liked them!
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