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Sosin, Donald

Works: 203 works in 301 publications in 3 languages and 6,848 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Horror films  Vampire films  Road films  Expressionist films  Short films  Film excerpts 
Roles: Composer, Performer, Arranger, Instrumentalist, Author, Musician, Adapter, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Sosin
The cabinet of Dr. Caligari : a film in six acts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the film The cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a somnambulist commits murders under a hypnotist's influence. Also featured is a lengthy excerpt of Genuine. Both films are examples of the German Expressionist movement
Edison : the invention of the movies by Thomas A Edison( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commercial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland
Ukigusa monogatari = A story of floating weeds( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in Japanese and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent film: A Story of Floating Weeds in color and sound with the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life
Nosferatu : a symphony of horror by F. W Murnau( Visual )

4 editions published in 2002 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first film version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire), leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats
John Ford's My darling Clementine( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wyatt Earp is the sturdy lawman who sets about the task of shaping up the disorderly Arizona town of Tombstone, with the help of the boozy, tubercular gambler and gunman Doc Holliday. Though initially at cross-purposes, the pair ultimately team up to confront the violent Clanton gang
Thoroughly modern Millie : vocal selections by Jeanine Tesori( )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spies by Fritz Lang( Visual )

7 editions published between 1928 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this first "modern" spy film a power-hungry banker with many disguises marshals his forces to steal the secrets of an important treaty. Can undercover agent No. 326 keep from being distracted by the beautiful Sonia, and stop the banker's plot?
It happened one night by Frank Capra( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter
Pioneers of African-American cinema( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s -'40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, edited, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, cultivating visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own
Siren of the tropics by Mario Nalpas( Visual )

3 editions published between 1927 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papitou is a free-spirited, animal-loving native girl who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector. She is unaware that he is betrothed to another, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss. As the truth becomes known, Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris
Dekigokoro = Passing fancy by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first of many films featuring the endearing single-dad Kihachi (played wonderfully by Takeshi Sakamoto), Passing fancy is a humorous and heartfelt study of a close, if fraught, father-son relationship. With an ever more sophisticated visual style and understanding of fragile human relationships, Ozu seamlessly weaves rib-tickling comedy and weighty family drama for this distinguished precursor to a brilliant career
The docks of New York by Josef Von Sternberg( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Undetermined and English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roughneck stoker Bill Roberts gets into all sorts of trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae, a wise and weary dance-hall girl
Sally of the sawdust( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A carnival barker/conman becomes an unlikely guardian for an orphaned circus waif. When he tries to return the child to her wealthy but contemptuous grandparents he finds himself suddenly being chased by both sides of the law
Warning shadows : a nocturnal hallucination by Arthur Robison( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expressionist film in which a count is jealous of the attentions his wife pays to "the lover" and various other suitors. The situation comes to a head when a showman/mesmerist puts on a "shadow play" for them all, in which their emotion and passions are mirrored
A man there was by Victor Sjöström( Visual )

5 editions published between 1917 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must decide whether to avenge himself
Lost & found : American treasures from the New Zealand Film Archive by New Zealand Film Archive( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from a cache of early American movies found at the New Zealand Film Archive and preserved with the American archival community, this collection presents lost works not seen in decades, including films by major directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and a variety of industrial films, news stories, cartoons, travelogues, serial episodes, previews, and comedies
Harry Langdon : the forgotten clown by Frank Capra( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of his film career, Harry Langdon was considered one of the four best comics of the silent film era. His screen character was that of a wide-eyed, childlike man with a feeble smile, an owlish blink, and an innocent's understanding of the world and the people in it. This video collects the three silent feature films widely acknowledged as his best. Strong man: After a tour of duty in WWI, a witless young Belgian comes to America and seeks out his dedicated pen pal, but his quest for Mary Brown leads him from mishap to comic disaster. Tramp, tramp, tramp: When a destitute shoemaker's son enters a cross-country foot race with hopes of winning the $25,000 prize, spectacular comedy and destruction follow. Long pants: A sheepish young man springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten with a hard-boiled drug-smuggling femme fatale. When she is jailed, he comes to her aid, ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes
Die Verrufenenen (Der fünfte Stand), Die Unehelichen( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Unehelichen: "Three working-class children suffer under their violent foster parents, till a dramatic incident changes their lives."--Container
Theatre songs for women( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre songs for men( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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