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Flicker Alley (Firm)

Overview
Works: 104 works in 144 publications in 3 languages and 3,683 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Silent films  Short films  Trick films  Fantasy films  Science fiction  Fiction 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4375
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Most widely held works by Flicker Alley (Firm)
Georges Méliès first wizard of cinema (1896-1913) ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Arranged in chronological order, this comprehensive thirteen hour collection gathers for the first time nearly all surviving films of Georges Méliès from his first (Card party, 1896) to his last (The voyage of the Bouririchon Family, 1913), bracketing more than 170 others. Beautiful new music has been prepared by ten leading practitioners of silent film accompaniment
Saved from the flames 54 rare and restored films 1896-1944 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema. Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic groups over three DVDs, presents amazing treasures from the vaults of Lobster Films in Paris and from the Blackhawk Films Collection, rescued during half a century of gathering movies from the nitrat era
La roue The wheel ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 208 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 )
3 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Paris pendant la guerre (Paris during the war): A rare comical look at Parisian life during wartime. These short vignettes feature several popular performers of the day (including: Félix Galipaux, M. Rablet, Marcel Simon, M. Boucot, Jane Faber) ; also includes Francois Poulbot's famous political cartoons. This vintage 35mm tinted print is courtesy of the Lobster Films Collection with Fotoplayer music by Robert Israel
Chaplin at Keystone ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 178 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
Discovering cinema ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Movies dream in color: A historical survey of the development of color in motion pictures
The Italian straw hat ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A bridegroom is riding to his marriage when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a branch while its owner, a married lady, enjoys a tryst behind the bush with her lover, a fierce hussar. She cannot go home without her hat, so the groom interlaces his wedding with an attempt to find madam a twin chapeau, launching a series of misunderstandings and embarrassments
Judex a serial in twelve episodes ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 146 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
Perils of the new land films of the immigrant experience (1910-1915) ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four films that address the immigrant experience in the United States in the early twentieth century
Chicago ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of jazz-loving flapper Roxie Hart, put on trial for the murder of her lover, who hits the headlines with her courtroom theatrics
F.W. Murnau's Phantom ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
" ... Alfred Abel (Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse) 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 (Lya de Putti) with whom he has had a fateful encounter."
Georges Méliès encore new discoveries (1896-1911) ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features 26 films produced by Georges Méliès between 1896 and 1911, plus two films in the Méliès style by Segundo de Chomon for Pathé, which for many years were misidentified as Méliès films. Some films are color tinted or have elaborate hand or stencil colors
Landmarks of early Soviet film 4 disc DVD collection of 8 groundbreaking films ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in Russian and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This groundbreaking collection features eight seminal films from the Soviet silent era - all are new to DVD"--www.flickeralley.com. The house on Trubnaya: Comedy about a young peasant woman who travels to Moscow to start a new life. By the law: Tense drama about Alaskan gold-miners. Extraordinary adventures of Mr. West in the land of the Bolsheviks: The first Russian anti-American film both arrogantly mocks American ignorance toward the Soviet Union and enviously copies American cinematic methods. Old and new: In this early Soviet propaganda film, a poor woman persuades her fellow villagers to form a cooperative. Stride Soviet!: Documentary exploration of the various layers of Moscow society on the ten-year anniversary of the Revolution. The film reveals the continuing class-based nature of Soviet society through a series of montages of city life. The fall of the Romanov dynasty: Historical documentary which uses newsreel footage (some shot by Czar Nicholas II's own cameramen) to depict the tumultuous events of 1912 through 1917, as the leadership of the Czar and the Russian aristocracy crumbles and Lenin rises to power in the wake of the Soviet Revolution. Turksib: Soviet documentary on the building of the first railroad across the Asian continent from Turkestan to Siberia. Salt for Svanetia: Explores the Caucasus region of Svanetia, a remote, mountainous area where the Ushkul tribe still lives in a stone-age culture
Bardelys the magnificent plus, Monte Cristo : the lost films of John Gilbert ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Monte Cristo: "Gilbert is Admond Dantes, a sailor unjustly imprisoned for twenty years, time he spends acquiring education and finesse. Later the accidental heir to a vast fortune, Dantes reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, and wreaks revenge on those symbols of the decadent monarchy that wronged him."--Container
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1916's "His Pictures In The Papers" features Douglas as the meat-loving son of a vegetarian food magnate who finds love with an equally carnivorous young woman. It is also a wry and prescient commentary on fame and the lengths some will go to in order to achieve it. Also from 1916, "The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish" is probably the most unconventional film Fairbanks ever appeared in, as it features him as the cocaine-addicted detective "Coke Ennyday." It was co-scripted by Tod Browning and features a flair for the bizarre he would put on ample display when directing "Dracula" and "Freaks" in the early 1930s. "Flirting With Fate" also features some darker-hued humor in its story of a depressed artist who arranges to be killed just before finding good fortune. The final film from 1916, "The Matrimaniac, " co-stars Constance Talmadge in a comic tale of the lengths a young couple will go to in order to tie the knot. The delightful "Wild And Woolly" has the Wild West-obsessed Douglas finding that the Old West does not require as much taming as he once surmised. Similarly, "Reaching For The Moon" chronicles Doug's realization that the life of a European monarch is not the fairy tale he once believed it to be. It is also an interesting comment on America's perceptions of World War I-era Europe with its depiction of a continent dominated by an unending number of assassination plots and murky counterplots. "The Modern Musketeer" demonstrates the limits and the advantages of living life according to a naive sense of chivalry exemplified by D'Artagnan. Its 17th century prologue provides a window into the sort of costume roles Doug would be playing in the years ahead. "When The Clouds Roll By" from 1919 is notable for its more surreal elements including an incredibly original and complicated dream sequence. 1920's "The Mollycoddle" and 1921's "The Nut" offer two final opportunities for Doug to display his athleticism in a modern setting. "The Mollycoddle" is almost a prototype of "North By Northwest" with Doug as a foppish American "corrupted" by the soft life in Europe who is mistaken for an American agent by a gang of ruthless smugglers. "The Nut" is an amusing film featuring Doug as an eccentric inventor whose efforts to help a young woman in her reform campaign go awry. The final film in the set, "The Mark Of Zorro, " was shot prior to "The Nut." Its overall success with critics and moviegoers convinced Doug that he should focus his efforts on producing similar period adventures--M. Boxwood (Amazon)
Under full sail silent cinema on the high seas ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The square rigger: Early sound short filmed as part of Fox's Magic Carpet of Movietone, shows life aboard the schoolship Dar Pomorza, "The White Frigate." Built in 1909 as the Prinzess Eitel Friedrich, it was ceded from Germany to France as a prize of World War I, and was later donated to the Polish State Maritime School in 1930 where it served 50 years and trained more than 13,000 cadets
The Garden of Eden ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young girl sets out to become an opera singer, but finds that her first job is in a seedy cabaret. She and the seamstress who tried to protect her from a persistant client flee to a swanky Monte Carlo hotel, where they register as a Baroness and her daughter
A trip to the moon in its original 1902 colors ; The extraordinary voyage ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A group of astronomers take a trip to the moon
Miss Mend an adventure serial in three parts ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 68 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
Valentino ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Digital reconstructions of Rudolph Valentino films The Young Rajah and Stolent moments from existing footage, restored intertitles of Moran of the Lady Letty, extensive bonus short films, audio recordings of songs about Valentino's death, previously unpublished photos, promotional materials, production photos, biographical information on Valentino and his associates
 
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