Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tih Minh - Episode 1 - 1918

Country: France
Language: French
Director: Louis Feuillade
Writer: Louis Feuillade
Stars: Mary Harald, René Cresté, Georges Biscot
Release Date: 7 February 1919 (France)
Production Co: Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont
Runtime: 418 min | 418 min (12 chapters)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Serial | Character Name In Title
Jacques d'Athys, a French adventurer, returns to his home in Nice after an expedition to Indochina where he has picked up a Eurasian fiancée and a book that, unbeknownst to him, contains a coded message revealing the whereabouts of both secret treasures and sensitive government intelligence. This makes him the target of foreign spies, including a Marquise of mysterious Latin origin, a Hindu hypnotist and an evil German doctor, who will stop at nothing to obtain the book. 

Thundering Thompson - 1929

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Ben F. Wilson
Writers: Robert Dillon (story), Robert Dillon (scenario)
Stars: Cheyenne Bill, Neva Gerber, Al Ferguson
Release Date: 8 October 1929 (USA)
Filming Locations: Kernville, California, USA
Production Co: Morris R. Schlank Productions
Runtime: 56 min | 45 min (DVD)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords:
Warrant | False Accusation | County Seat | Falling Off Horse | Damsel In Distress | Capture | Father Daughter Relationship | Coffee | Poverty Row Film | Covered Wagon | B Western | Stock Footage | Remake | Deception | Gunfire | Archive Footage | Coffee Pot | Brutality | Duplicity | Deceit | USA | Telephone Pole | Racial Stereotype | Hotel | Stagecoach Driver | Land Rights | Warning | Stagecoach | Scheme | Deputy Sheriff | Parable | Wounded Man | Modern West | B Movie | Persecution | Sheepdog | Sheepherder | 1920s | Sandwich | California | Campfire | Brawl | Fist Fight | Held At Gunpoint | Lake |
Marriage | Chase | Breakfast | Extortion | Independent Film
Genres: Action | Adventure | Romance | Western
Using a false accusation of unlawful land-squatting, Bill Edwards (Al Ferguson(1)' ) goes to the County Seat and has Sheriff Brown to swear out a warrant against sheep-herders Marie Valerian (Neva Gerber) and her father (Silver Tip Baker. The Sheriff sends a Deputy, "Thundering" Thompson (Cheyenne Bill_, back to serve the warrant. Thompson learns that Edwards is only trying to force the Valerians to sell their sheep to him at a cheap price, and comes back without serving the warrant. This enrages Edwards who enlists the aid of a local cattleman and his hands to drive off the sheep. Thompson sets out to keep this from happening.
A print of this film survives in nitrate at the UCLA Film and Television Archives.
Remake of Rangeland (1922)
Remade as Canyon Hawks (1930); Sundown Trail (1934) (Short)

Robin Hood - 1922

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Allan Dwan
Writer: Douglas Fairbanks (story)
Stars: Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett, Douglas Fairbanks
Release Date: 18 October 1922 (USA)
Also known as: Robin Hood (Austria / Denmark / Germany / Hungary); Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (USA - complete title); Roben ton dason (Greece - transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title); Robin de los bosques  (Spain); Robin des Bois (France); Robin dos Bosques (Portugal)
Filming Locations: Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA; California, USA; Glendale, California, USA; Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA; Lake Sherwood, California, USA; Sherwood Forest, California, USA; The Lot - 1041 N. Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood, California, USA; United Artists Studios - 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $1.500.000 (estimated)
Runtime: 143 min | 117 min (video) | 120 min (AMC print) (1997) | 143 min (Raymond Rohauer print) (2012)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White 
Plot Keywords: Tyrant | England | Robin Hood | Crusades | Pigeon | Disguise | Silhouette | Nobility | Falcon | Archery | Convent | Sword Fight | Treason | King Richard I | Good Versus Evil | Jester | Joust | Murder | 1190s | 12th Century | Wedding Night | Mistaken Identity | King John | Forest | Kidnapping | Castle | Carrier Pigeon | Knight | Escape | Banishment | Swashbuckler | Quarterstaff | Dungeon | Character Name In Title
Genres: Adventure | Romance | Family  
Amid big-budget medieval pageantry, King Richard goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant. Apprised of England's peril by message from his lady-love Marian, the dashing Earl of Huntingdon endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but finds himself and his friends outlawed, and Marian apparently dead. Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swash buckling feats and cliffhanging perils!
This film was long thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in the 1960s.
The official title of this movie is "Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood."
The castle is reputed to be the largest Hollywood set built for any silent movie. Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's son, designed at least one set which he later remodeled as a temporary band shell for the Hollywood Bowl.
The most expensive movie at its time. It cost $1.4 million.
The opening quote, "So fleet the works of men/ Back to their earth again/ Ancient and holy things/ Fade like a dream', is from 'Old and New: A Parable' by Charles Kingsley (1848).
This movie has the distinction of being the first to have a gala premiere. Theater owner Sid Grauman conceived the idea. The premiere was held at Grauman's brand-new Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Angels were used as extras to play Robin Hood's Merry Men in the film.
Followed by Richard the Lion-Hearted (1923)

A Kiss from Mary Pickford - 1927

Country: Soviet Union
Director: Sergei Komarov
Writers: Sergei Komarov, Vadim Shershenevich
Stars: Igor Ilyinsky, Anel Sudakevich, Mary Pickford
Release Date: 9 September 1927 (Soviet Union)
Also known as: A Kiss from Mary Pickford (undefined); Der Kuß von Mary Pickford (Germany); Il bacio di Mary Pickford (Italy - TV title); Pocalunek Mary Pickford (Poland); The Kiss of Mary Pickford (undefined)
Production Co: Mezhrabpom-Rus
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Goga is a Russian man who has no luck with women. He has a chance meeting with Mary Pickford. She kisses him in full view of several and he instantly becomes attractive to them. They chase him through streets, a la Buster Keaton in _Seven Chances_ (1925) .
The footage of Pickford and Fairbanks was shot during their trip to the USSR. They knowingly participated as a gesture towards the new Russian film industry.
References: The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Referenced in Bowfinger (1999). The background story of how "Potseluy Meri Pikford" was made is referenced throughout this film (Bowfinger), in which a director creates a film around a famous actor without the actor knowing he/she stars in it.
Features The Mark of Zorro (1920). Scenes used.
Featured in Komediya davno minuvshikh dney (1980), Scenes from the earlier movie are showed while a movie presentation. Hollywood (1980) (TV Mini-Series), Hollywood: In the Beginning (1980) (TV Episode), Clip with Pickford and film fans. Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997). Die verschiedenen Gesichter des Sergej Eisenstein (1998) (TV Movie), scenes used.