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Mack Sennett Collection Volume One
The Keystone Film Company, under the guidance of pioneering producer and director Mack Sennett, was the birthplace of classic American slapstick comedy. This historic studio was at one time home to a staggering number of silent screen luminaries including Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery,…
The House on Trubnaya Square
Part of the Series: Landmarks of Early Soviet Film
THE HOUSE ON TRUBNAYA was Boris Barnet's fourth production and a great hit with audiences. With its vibrant humor and a clever commentary on the historical moment, this film was unusual for the 1920s Soviet cinema. Barnet's heart lay in stories about regular people coming to terms with historical changes.…
Storm in a Teacup
A local politician tries to break a reporter who writes a negative story about him, crushing his political ambitions. Charming chaos follows when the writer, now in love with the daughter of the politician, is sued by her father, ending in an uproarious courtroom confrontation.
St. Martin's Lane
On St. Martin's Lane in London, a popular spot for street performers, a busker (Charles Laughton) works a poor girl (Vivien Leigh) into his act. As her popularity rises, he guides her to stardom even though it means sacrificing his love for her. Leigh is mesmerizing in her final film…
Do You Remember Dolly Bell?
A thoughtful and moving story of a sixteen year old boy who learns to deal with the unique difficulties of becoming an adult in Sarajevo in the 1960's. Young Dino Zolje grows up under the shadow of his good, but ailing father and gets attracted by the world of small…
Happiness (Schastye)
This philosophical parable, filmed in the style of Russian lubok, is one of the unknown cinematic masterpieces. A poor peasant, Khmyr, sets out in search of happiness. At first, he is lucky: he finds a purse with money, buys a horse and reaps a big harvest in the fall. But…
Flirting With Fate
A Douglas Fairbanks film apart of the collection, Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer which includes eleven of the joyful modern-dress comedies, westerns, satires, dream-fantasies and romances which, though mostly seldom-seen, made Fairbanks a tremendously popular hero. In addition to Fairbanks's unique talent, these ebullient films showcase his gifted collaborators including…
The Best Arbuckle/Keaton Collection Volume Two
From 1913 to 1916, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle rose from the ranks of bit player to writer, director and star of comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Film Company. Because of Sennett's belief that actors were interchangeable, he lost Arbuckle to producer Joseph M. Schenck, who not only paid the comedian handsomely,…
The Best Arbuckle/Keaton Collection Volume One
From 1913 to 1916, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle rose from the ranks of bit player to writer, director and star of comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Film Company. Because of Sennett's belief that actors were interchangeable, he lost Arbuckle to producer Joseph M. Schenck, who not only paid the comedian handsomely,…
Movie Crazy
Harold Lloyd's best sound film has him portraying Harold Hill, a small-town Kansas rube who dreams of making it in the movies. Upon his arrival in Hollywood, Harold manages to wreak havoc as soon as he steps off the train. He falls in love with a beautiful Spanish actress, failing…
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Part 3
In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay find Chaplin further experimenting with new cinematic techniques, while continuing…
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies Part 2
In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay find Chaplin further experimenting with new cinematic techniques, while continuing…