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Israel, Robert 1963-

Works: 142 works in 305 publications in 5 languages and 6,450 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Drama  Comedy films  Short films  Film adaptations  History  Animated films  Action and adventure films  Crime films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Composer, Conductor, Instrumentalist, Narrator, Musician, Arranger, msd, Performer, Actor, Interviewee
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Robert Israel
Most widely held works by Robert Israel
Landmarks of early film by David Shepard( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of the very earliest films from the first projections of moving images to the advent of the feature film, an area of film history often underseen, underappreciated and understudied. 40 films made in the early days of the medium are included in this collection. All films are mastered at correct speeds from excellent source material with new musical scores. Many of the films in this collection have been transferred to video from 35mm original prints (with a couple apparently taken from Library of Congress paper prints). The clarity on some of the films is striking. Films included in the collection: Series Photography 1877 - 1885 Homage to Eadweard Muybridge The Barber Shop (1894) by William K.L. Dickson Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing) (1894) by The Glenroy Brothers Sandow (1896) by William K.L. Dickson Carmaux: Drawing Out the Coke (1896) by Louis Lumiere Transformation By Hats (1895) by Louise Lumiere The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) by Louis Lumiere Baby's Lunch (1895) by Louis Lumiere Lumiere Films 1895 - 1897: Exiting the Factory (1895) by Louis Lumiere Serpentine Dances (1895) by William K.L. Dickson ACTUALITIES 1897-1910 Pres. McKinley at Home (1896) by William McKinley New York: Broadway at Union Square (1896) by Lumiere Poultry-Yard (1896) by Louis Lumiere Demolition of a Wall (1896) by Louise Lumiere Lion, London Zoological Garden (1896) by Lumiere Childish Quarrel (1896) by Lumiere Promenade of Ostriches, Paris Botanical Gardens (1896) by Louis Lumiere Dragoons Crossing the Saone (1896) by Louis Lumiere Arrival of a Train at La Coitat (1896) by Auguste Lumiere and Louis Lumiere Feeding the Doves (1896) by James H. White Cockfight (1894) by William K.L. Dickson The Kiss (1900) Card Party (1897) by Leopoldo Fregoli Snowball Fight (1897) by Louis Lumiere Seminary Girls (1897) by James H. White Pack Train on Chilkoot Pass (1898) by Thomas Edison A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges M li s The Great Train Robbery (1903) by Thomas Edison Sky Scrapers of New York City ... (1906) by Fred A. Dobson The Whole Dam Family & the Dam Dog (1905) by Edwin S. Porter San Francisco: Aftermath of an Earthquake (1906) The Policemen's Little Run (1907) by Ferdinand Zecca The Golden Beetle (1907) by Segundo de Chomon The Dog and his Various Merits (1908) by Pathe Freres Nero, or The Fall of Rome (1909) by Luigi Maggi Aeroplane Flight and Wreck (1910) Winsor McCay and his Moving Comics (1911) by Winsor McCay The Girl and Her Trust (1912) by D.W. Griffith Troubles of a Grasswidower (1908) by Max Linder Bangville Police (1913) by Henry Lehrman
The navigator by Buster Keaton( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The navigator: Keaton stars as Rollo Treadway, an inexperienced lad of extraordinary wealth, and surprisingly little common sense, who finds himself adrift on an immense 500 ft. yacht
The great train robbery : and other primary works by Edwin S Porter( Visual )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The genesis of the motion picture medium is recreated in this collection of films from cinema's formative period. More than crucial historical artifacts, these films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later arise. An animated rendering of Eadweard Muybridge's primitive motion studies (1877-85) begins the program, immediately defining the compound appeal of cinema as both a scientific marvel and sensational popular entertainment. This is followed by the works of Louis and Auguste Lumière."--Publisher
Phantom by F. W Murnau( Visual )

20 editions published between 1922 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alfred Abel plays Lorenz Lubota, a man obsessed with his own desires to achieve fame and wealth, who must confront the barriers of class keeping him from a woman with whom he has had a fateful encounter."--Container
The black pirate by Albert Parker( Visual )

6 editions published between 1926 and 2010 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sole survivor of a ship pillaged by buccaneers, Michel (Fairbanks) poses as the mysterious Black Pirate and infiltrates the nest of bandits. He mounts an elaborate play to recover the brigands' treasure, reclaim the ship and rescue the divine princess (Billie Dove) held cative there -- Container
Comedy, spectacle and new horizons( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By 1907 the cinema's initial growing pains had subsided and fairly distinct generic categories of production were established. This volume of The Movies Begin examines some of these integral works that begin to reflect the modern day cinema -- punctuated with authentic hand-tinted lantern slides used during early theatrical exhibition. Visual comedy, with notable elements of slapstick, is represented in Pathé Frères' The Policeman's Little Run (1907), Bangville Police (1913, marking the first appearance of the legendary Keystone Kops) and Max Linder's Troubles Of A Grass Widower (1908). Best remembered today as a major influence on Charlie Chaplin, Linder was one of the first and most popular stars of the cinema. The comic potential of such a basic device as an undercranked camera is exhibited in Pathés Onésime, Horloger (Onésime, Clock-maker, 1912). Alice Guy-Blaché's Making An American Citizen (1912) is an excellent example of the films of social conscience, always an undercurrent beneath the apparently smooth surfaces of commercial productions. Released the very same week was D.W. Griffith's A Girl And Her Trust, a superb film of wide emotional range and great technical virtuosity made near the end of his tenure at the Biograph Company. Nero, Or The Fall Of Rome (1909) strains at conventional film limitations in dimension and duration, looking forward to the revolutionary Italian epics (Cabiria, The Last Days Of Pompeii) that followed a few years later. Equally prophetic are the dazzling animations showcased in the Vitograph Company's Windsor McCay And His Animated Pictures (1911)."--Publisher
La roue = The wheel( Visual )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I know that Creation is a Great Wheel which cannot move without crushing someone!"--Victor Hugo. With this quotation begins the story of widowed railroad engineer Sisif. He finds an infant girl in a train wreck, and realizing that her parents are dead, rescues her and decides to raise her as his daughter, Norma. His wife died in childbirth, and Norma will make a good companion for his son, Elie. Knowing nothing of Norma's true origins, Elie and Norma grow up having an unusually close relationship, stopped from developing any further by their belief they are siblings. Haunted by his actions and resultant guilt, Sisif is driven to drink, making him all the more susceptible to the scheming of his wealthy boss, De Hersan, who wants to marry Norma. Though Norma refuses Hersan at first, Sisif's dismissal from the railway forces her to accept, which destroys both men. Elie realizing that he could have had the love of his life all along--once the truth comes out--is especially tragic. This seminal film introduced many innovations in set design and construction, location shooting, cinematic graphic effects, and particularly rhythmic editing. Gance's technique was years ahead of its time and influenced filmmakers all over the world, as his technical mastery is always in the service of the story
J'accuse by Abel Gance( Visual )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

J'accuse is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as "a human cry against the bellicose din of armies." Stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man, François (Séverin-Mars), but is actually in love with a young poet Jean Diaz (Romuald Joubé). Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of war, depicted with stark realism
Speedy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd, and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his "Glasses Character" this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who can't keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city's last horse-drawn trolley, which is operated by his sweetheart's crusty grandfather
Miss Mend( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An action-packed adventure serial in three feature-length episodes, produced in Russia with the goal of rivaling, and possibly even surpassing, the most entertaining American movies of the 1920s. Instead of the avant-garde works of Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, Russian audiences were enchanted by fast-moving American films starring serial queens like Pearl White, swashbuckling heroes like Douglas Fairbanks, and comedians from the Keystone Cops to Lloyd, Keaton and Chaplin. Based on a 1923 pulp novel allegedly written by the American "Jim Dollar" (actually the nom-de-plume of a Russian woman, Marietta Shaginian). The film's heroine, Vivian Mend, is an elegant urban professional who earns her own living and raises a child without the help of any man. Includes some pointed comments on labor relations, racism, excessive wealth, gratuitous violence and even rape
Manslaughter by Per Fly( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manslaughter: "Society-girl thrillseeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiance Daniel. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic."
Chaplin at Keystone( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chaplin came to Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios late in 1913 as a little-known British vaudevillian. After a year, he had not only established his Tramp character, he also learned to write and direct his own films and achieved public recognition as a star comedian. The Chaplin at Keystone collection contains over thirty of Charlie Chaplin's greatest works
The saphead by Buster Keaton( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bertie Van Alstyne is the spoiled son of a powerful Wall Street financier. Unable to escape the wealth and comfort that are foisted upon him, he pursues individuality in a series of comic misadventures. This is Buster Keaton's first starring role and the film that launched his career
Judex by Georges Franju( Visual )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of cinema's first 'superheroes, ' the mysterious Judex is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid."--Container
Underworld by Josef Von Sternberg( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gangster's jealous nature toward his girlfriend gets him in trouble, first with a rival gang, then with the cops
Chaplin's Essanay comedies( Visual )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Chaplin's Essanay Comedies cinema's greatest comedian was first able to build his screen work around his performance style rather than forcing himself, as before, into Mack Sennett's frenzied Keystone comedy matrix. With this freedom Chaplin evolved in a year from the gag comedian of "His New Job" to the brilliant pantomimist of "A Night Out," "The Champion," "The Tramp" and "Shanghaied" to the profound satirist of "Police." Volume 1 includes: "His New Job," "A Night Out," "The Champion," "In the Park," "A Jitney Elopement" (all 1915)
Buster Keaton : Sherlock Jr. and Three ages( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three Ages: Another comedy for film-lovers (that plays upon the conventions of cinema), Three Ages is a clever spoof of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance. In Keaton's multi-narrative epic, man's primal quest for love is played out in the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the Jazz Age
The last command by Josef Von Sternberg( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exiled Russian general turned Hollywood extra lands a role playing a version of his former czarist self, bringing about his emotional downfall
Seven chances by Buster Keaton( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven chances: A romantically jinxed young man must marry by 7 PM to inherit seven million dollars. While fate seems to thwart his efforts to woo the object of his true affection, public announcement of his strange predicament provides him with a throng of would-be brides. Neighbors: Buster tries to woo his tenement sweetheart in spite of the barriers that stand between them. The balloonatic: Buster and Phyllis endure a number of outdoor adventures trying to prove to each other their survival skills
The docks of New York by Josef Von Sternberg( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Undetermined and English and held by 145 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
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Robert Israel Amerikaans pianist

Robert Israel compose de la musique pour accompagner les films muets

Robert Israel pianista estadounidense

Robert Israel US-amerikanischer Filmkomponist und Dirigent

Роберт Израэль