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Flicker Alley (Firm)

Overview
Works: 222 works in 350 publications in 4 languages and 7,409 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  Short films  Film adaptations  Comedy films  History  Documentary films  Crime films  War films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: prn, Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Flicker Alley (Firm)
Georges Méliès : first wizard of cinema (1896-1913) by Georges Méliès( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 323 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
J'accuse by Abel Gance( Visual )

5 editions published in 2008 in French and No Linguistic content and held by 236 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
La roue = The wheel( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 227 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
Phantom by F. W Murnau( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation is proud to present, Phantom, which marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. In this beautifully reconstructed and restored edition from an amazingly detailed, original 1922 negative, 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. Featuring a magnificent new orchestral score by Robert Israel, this powerfully expressive and surprisingly insightful film is a triumph of German Weimar cinema and a wonderful collaboration of many of its most skilled artisans and recognizable performers. Through dazzling visuals and memorable characters, Phantom paints a portrait of the corrupting influence of money, the conformity of societal norms, and the redemptive power of family. Special bonus feature: Invitation To Phantom, A new 15 minute examination of the artistry and production history of Phantom by UCLA film historian Janet Bergstrom
The Italian straw hat by René Clair( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This romantic comedy about misunderstandings was directed by René Clair. Set in Paris, 1895, the plot concerns a frantic search for a duplicate of a Leghorn straw hat eaten by a horse. The hat is needed to allay a jealous husband's suspicion that his wife has been unfaithful
Chaplin at Keystone( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2016 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
Discovering cinema( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Movies dream in color: A historical survey of the development of color in motion pictures
Judex : a serial in twelve episodes by Georges Franju( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English 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
Chicago( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 150 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
A trip to the moon by Georges Méliès( Visual )

7 editions published in 2012 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A trip to the moon (original title: Le voyage dans la lune) is a fantasy film featuring trick photography. A group of scientists travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon, are captured by moon-men, escape, and fall vertically back to earth. Includes scenes of dancers from the Théâtre du Châtelet and acrobats from the Folies-Bergère
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
Landmarks of early Soviet film : 4 disc DVD collection of 8 groundbreaking films( Visual )

3 editions published in 2011 in Russian and No Linguistic content and held by 138 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
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer( Visual )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reaching for the moon: A daydreaming clerk discovers that he's of royal blood; A modern musketeer: Ned Thacker is born during a Kansas cyclone and is thus imbued with the spirit of adventure
Miss Mend : An Adventure Serial in Three Parts( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and Italian and held by 120 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
Georges Méliès encore : new discoveries : 26 films (1896-1911)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 114 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
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970( Visual )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films Collection, in collaboration with Filmmakers Showcase, are proud to present Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970. This breathtaking collection includes 37 films, restored to pristine high-definition, from some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century.. Commencing in 1920 with Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s creative collaboration on Manhatta, successive generations of experimental filmmakers and artists have worked in collaboration or alone to create a cinema capable of expressing dynamic unspoken concepts in totally abstract visual terms.. To watch these films is to see the world anew through cinematic interventions: fast cutting, expressive camerawork, abstract animation, surrealistic collage, distorted and superimposed imagery, and many more extraordinary techniques. Essentially the filmmakers ask us to open our eyes and see, to permit the reception of pure sensations uninhibited by any complex web of predetermined associations dominant in mainstream Hollywood cinema.. Collected from archives around the world, and beautifully restored in high definition, the majority of vintage silent films in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 feature new musical scores from innovative composers Donald Sosin, George Antheil, Eric Beheim, Rodney Sauer, Gustavo Matamoros, Henry Wolfe and Phil Carluzzo
Douglas Fairbanks, a modern musketeer( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 93 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)
Bed and sofa = Tretʹi︠a︡ meshchanskai︠a︡ by Abram Matveevich Room( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in Russian and English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This drama, directed by Abram Room and featuring Nikolai Batalov, Lyudmila Semyonova, Vladimir Fogel, and Leonid Yurenev, is about a Russian love triangle
Tol'able David by Henry King( Visual )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This drama, directed by Henry King and featuring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, and Walter P. Lewis, is about a young man who desires to seek vengeance on thugs who wreaked his family
Saved from the flames. 54 rare and restored films 1896-1944( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laughing like we used to: Seven comedies, including four restored from turn of the century Italy and France, a recently-discovered nitrate negative of Chaplin's first appearance in his "tramp" attire, a frenetic Mack Sennett gag fest with tin lizzies galore, and The Pest, starring an early Stan Laurel (before Hardy). Drawings and models: Six works of animation: Gaumont's Fantasmagorie (1908), three cartoons from the Fleischer Studios -- Cartoon Factory (1924), Ain't She Sweet (1932), and Play Safe (1936) -- Ub Iwerks' Balloonland (1935) featuring a new color restoration made from the original negatives, and a filmed performance by puppetry pioneer Tony Sarg. Grace notes: Rare early musical performances: Django Reinhardt with Stéphane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra, Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen, and the Utica Jubilee Singers
 
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Perils of the new land : films of the immigrant experience (1910-1915)