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|Verfasst am: 30 Aug 2011 18:44 Titel: 2 Stummfilme von D.W. Griffith im November 2011 auf Blu-ray
|Kino Lorber wird am 22. November 2011 zwei Stummfilme des US-amerikanischen Filmpioniers D.W. Griffith auf Blu-ray veröffentlichen. Beide Sets enthalten das Bonusmaterial der bisherigen DVD-Editionen. Bei ”Weit im Osten [aka: Mädchenlos] / Way Down East” [USA 1920] wird es sich eine einzelne Blu-ray handeln, bei “Die Geburt einer Nation / Birth of a Nation” [USA 1915] um ein 2-Disc-Set, bestehend aus einer Blu-ray und einer Bonus-DVD.
“Die Geburt einer Nation / The Birth of a Nation” [USA 1915, D.W. Griffith]
Nearly 100 years after its initial release, The Birth of a Nation remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith’s masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans. It was the greatest feature-length blockbuster yet to be produced in the United States and the first to be shown in the White House. After seeing it, President Woodrow Wilson remarked it was “like writing history with lightning!”
- The Making of The Birth of a Nation (1992, 24 min. Produced by David Shepard)
- Filmed prologue to The Birth of a Nation (1930, 6 min. Featuring D. W. Griffith and Walter Huston)
- Civil War Shorts directed by D. W. Griffith:
-- In the Border States (1910, 16 min.)
-- The House with the Closed Shutters (1910, 17 min.)
-- The Fugitive (1910, 17 min.)
-- His Trust (1910, 14 min.)
-- His Trust Fulfilled (1910, 11 mins.)
-- Swords and Hearts (1911, 16 mins.)
-- The Battle (1911, 17 mins.)
- New York vs. The Birth of a Nation — an archive of information documenting the battles over the film’s 1922 re-release, including protests by the NAACP, transcripts of meetings, legal documents, newspaper articles, and a montage of scenes ordered cut by the New York Censor Board.
- PLUS: Excerpts from The Birth of a Nation souvenir book (1915) and several original programs
“Weit im Osten [aka: Mädchenlos] / Way Down East” [USA 1920, D.W. Griffith]
D.W. Griffith’s penchant for Victorian melodrama reached its height of expression in Way Down East. First performed in 1898, Lottie Blair Parker’s play was one of the most successful stageworks ever written, a theatrical chestnut, heavy with sentiment, that cried out for the touch of the master. Griffith captured the appeal of Parker’s original, while embossing it with devices borrowed from other popular melodramas, such as the climactic chase across an ice floe (inspired by stage adaptations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin).
Lillian Gish stars as a small-town girl who is seduced, impregnated, and cast aside by Lennox Sanderson, a wealthy playboy (Lowell Sherman). To escape the shame of having a fatherless child, Anna changes her name and starts a new life in a small farming community, where she meets David, an icon of male virtue and decency (Richard Barthelmess). Their delicate happiness is threatened when Lennox arrives in town, and word of Anna’s unsavory past begins to spread.
- Score compiled from historic photoplay music, performed by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (2.0 Stereo)
- Excerpts from Lottie Blair Parker’s original play
- Photos of William Brady’s 1903 stage version
- Film Clip: The ice floe sequence of the Edison Studio’s production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
- Image gallery, including the original souvenir program book
- Notes on the preparation of the music score
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