jeudi 17 janvier 2019

Secrets of the Night directed by Herbert Blache, (Mr. Alice Guy) is a 1924 film made by Universal Pictures. The film was thought lost until it was rediscovered in a basement in Mississauga, Ontario in 2017.

Secrets of the Night directed by Herbert Blache, (Mr. Alice Guy) is a 1924 film made by Universal Pictures. The film was thought lost until it was rediscovered in a basement in Mississauga, Ontario in 2017.
The black and white “murder mystery-melodrama comedy” stars James Kirkwood Sr., Madge Bellamy and ZaSu Pitts.
For many years, it was believed a lost film. A partial 16mm print exists in a private collection, missing the original opening credits and three scenes from the ending.] A complete copy of the film was rediscovered by Richard Scott in his basement, a former Winnipegger now living in Mississauga, Ontario. Scott’s father used to work at the Eatons department store in Winnipeg; the store had offered a film library, but shut it down in the 1940s and got rid of its stock. His father brought home 15 films and a projector. The films then sat in a box in Scott’s basement for 30 years before being rediscovered in early 2017. Upon discovery, Scott contacted the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York about the films. Museum staff put him in touch with a media archivist at the University of Toronto, who went to Scott's home and picked up the box films to examine back at the school. After a few weeks, the University got back to him; they were going to restore and digitize all the films. The newly restored Secrets of the Night was then screened for Scott and 100 guests at the University of Toronto in March 2017, with a pianist providing the soundtrack.

mardi 11 septembre 2018

Stronger Than Death is a 1920 American silent romance-drama film directed by Herbert Blaché and produced by and starring Alla Nazimova. I

 Stronger Than Death is a 1920 American silent romance-drama film directed by Herbert Blaché and produced by and starring Alla Nazimova. It was distributed by Metro Pictures.
This movie was preserved by MGM, the inheritor of Metro Pictures library, with a print in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.
As described in a film magazine, Major Tristam Boucicault (Bryant) endeavors to get his father Colonel Boucicault (French) to aid him in fighting the cholera in the distant city of Bjura, where he is the lone physician fighting the disease. The colonel refuses and the son, angered, leaves in an ugly mood. His attention is arrested by Sigrid Fersen (Nazimova), who is being entertained by the officers and their wives. She promises to aid him and follows the major to Bjura. She raises a large sum at a bazaar. Here she refuses the hand of James Barclay (Prior), a wealthy half-breed that the elite have refused to recognize socially. Sigrid overhears a conversation between James and the high priest of a temple during which it is disclosed that the colonel is in reality James' father. James is planning the ruin of Colonel Boucicault. In an altercation between the colonel and major, Tristam strikes his father down. James sees the fight and under penalty of disclosing the facts forces Sigrid to marry him that night. At the wedding dinner, Colonel Boucicault denounces James for attempting to incite a mutiny in the camp, and James swears vengeance upon him as his father. Sigrid is urged to go to the temple and dance for the natives to keep them from joining the mutiny, while the major goes to collect the colonel's troops and surround the temple. James shoots the high priest as he is about to plunge a dagger into Sigrid, and the natives fall upon James and kill him. Major Boucicault takes the exhausted dancer to his hut where she recovers consciousness and determines to live for the love that is stronger than death.