Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Two Roses - 1910

Country: United States
Released on June 7, 1910, THE TWO ROSES was Thanhouser's 16th release and was advertised as "A powerful, pathetic, pretty story of life in Little Italy." The film featured Marie Eline (Tony, an Italian boy), Frank H. Crane (Tony Prolo, young Tony's father), and Anna Rosemond (Tony Prolo's wife). In this film Marie Eline was billed as "The Thanhouser Kid" for the first time. This beautifully preserved 35mm print comes from the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin. Unfortunately, the surviving film elements had only the French language title card LES DEUX ROSES at the head of the print and otherwise was without intertitles. But, thanks to the excellent work by Urte Alfs and Anke Mebold at the Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF in Frankfurt, new German intertitles were generated based on the synopsis that was published in "The Moving Picture World" on June 10, 1910. This video version also includes English language translation from the German. Original music composed and performed by Günter A. Buchwald. This film may be found on the DVD "Screening the Poor" published in the Edition Filmmuseum Series, #64, visit for details.

For futher information on films by Thanhouser, visit the site above. Let’s keep memories of this great studio alive.

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