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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostTue Aug 22, 2017 9:15 am

1) For me, NAPOLEON, hands down. I never thought I'd see it on any home video format again, and the BFI release is an amazement, offering the chance to really get to know that film. I bought a multi-region player specifically for it, and haven't looked back.

2) VARIETE, please.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostTue Aug 22, 2017 6:07 pm

Last month I finally got to see Hitchcock's "Champagne" (1928). It's been restored to like new condition, much better than the oversized older print I saw in an older collection of Hitchcock Silents. It's really a fun little picture with a decent story. When TCM broadcasted the other restored Hitchcock Silents (perhaps two years ago now), for some reason this wasn't among them. Betty Balfour was a perfect choice for the lead.

If I'm a winner, I'd like to receive Varieté with the beautiful Lya De Putti and Emil Jannings. Lya starred in a version of "Manon Lescant" (1926), just a year before John Barrymore and Dolores Costello remade the same story in "When A Man Loves" (1927). It would be nice to see a restored "Manon Lescant" (1926) someday too. It's amazing how many times the story has been retold.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostTue Aug 22, 2017 6:31 pm

BEHIND THE DOOR- a film everyone raved about, even after watching the incomplete and mutilated version at the LOC. I didn't think this one would ever see release.

(If chosen I'd like VARIETE on DVD. Not all that much of a Brooks fan here)
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostWed Aug 23, 2017 7:45 am

METROPOLIS, hands down Love all the extra footage.
VARIETE would be my choice.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostThu Aug 24, 2017 4:09 pm

Another vote for The Big Parade.

Beggars of Life is my choice.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostThu Aug 24, 2017 7:33 pm

BEHIND THE DOOR- a film everyone raved about, even after watching the incomplete and mutilated version at the LOC. I didn't think this one would ever see release.


I was waiting for someone to say that one, since I almost did.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostThu Aug 24, 2017 7:53 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:
BEHIND THE DOOR- a film everyone raved about, even after watching the incomplete and mutilated version at the LOC. I didn't think this one would ever see release.


I was waiting for someone to say that one, since I almost did.


James Cozart worked long and hard to get the elements for that restoration , and I'm glad he lived long enough to see it accomplished.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Aug 25, 2017 1:46 am

(1) Wings
(2) Beggars of Life (already ordered Variete)
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Aug 25, 2017 2:01 am

I'm trying to reign in my inclination for verbosity by keeping this simple & concise:

1. Kevin Brownlow's beautiful restoration of Abel Gance's Napoleon

2. KINO-Lorber's ambitious restoration of Wellman's Beggars of Life

OK, that's still too verbose, ...but baby steps. :lol:
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PostFri Aug 25, 2017 1:33 pm

I'd say Ben Model's long-awaited version of When Knighthood Was in Flower was one of the best restoration jobs I've seen, and a real pleasure to view. I missed a screening of this one at Film Forum maybe 15 years ago, and never had any other opportunities to see it, so "long awaited" is all too apt in this case.

Either one of the prizes would be great, but if I had to choose one I'd go with Beggars of Life.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Aug 25, 2017 4:07 pm

Wm. Charles Morrow wrote:I'd say Ben Model's long-awaited version of When Knighthood Was in Flower was one of the best restoration jobs I've seen, and a real pleasure to view. I missed a screening of this one at Film Forum maybe 15 years ago, and never had any other opportunities to see it, so "long awaited" is all too apt in this case.[/b].


TCM will Air "When Knighthood Was In Flower" this Tuesday in primetime, August 29th, part of the all day Marion Davies features.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Aug 25, 2017 5:32 pm

I purchased the BluRay/DVD combo of"When Knighthood Was I Flower"(thanks to Ben Model sending some ahead to Capitolfest for purchase). I really like Marion Davies & always wanted to see this one. I was watching it today, and what a beautiful restoration it is! Absolutely beautiful!


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If chosen.....I just love everything that Louise Brooks is in....I would want the new restoration of "Beggars of Life".
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 6:16 am

Agnes wrote:I purchased the BluRay/DVD combo of"When Knighthood Was I Flower"(thanks to Ben Model sending some ahead to Capitolfest for purchase). I really like Marion Davies & always wanted to see this one. I was watching it today, and what a beautiful restoration it is! Absolutely beautiful!


Agnes

If chosen.....I just love everything that Louise Brooks is in....I would want the new restoration of "Beggars of Life".


It's also a damned good film!
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 9:37 am

1) I have been waiting for a decent restoration of Napoleon since I saw it at Radio City decades ago.

2) The Blu Ray of Beggars of Life looks great.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 10:35 am

Salty Dog wrote:1) I have been waiting for a decent restoration of Napoleon since I saw it at Radio City decades ago.


Since the original premiere, in spite of it's problems was well received, resulting in a Worldwide tour of the film, could you tell us some of your memories from seeing it back in 1981?

I know I'd be interested.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 11:36 am

Well, it is a great theatre, and an amazing film. Not sure what else to say. I also saw several of the silent movie presentations there, the Big Parade, The Wind and I think one other, I can't remember which one it was.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 3:56 pm

So the Random Number Generator has spoken... great response on this one... and here are the winners, with their chosen title:

Rick Lanham wins Variete.

Maliejandra, Salty Dog, and R. Cat each win Beggars of Life.

Congrats to all, check your private message box at NitrateVille for details. And big thanks to our friends at Kino Lorber for making this all possible.

Here's a tally of everybody's answers to the question of the movie that you waited for—and were not disappointed:

Napoleon 7 votes
Wings 6-1/2 votes
Metropolis 4 votes
The Big Parade 3-1/2 votes
When Knighthood Was in Flower 3 votes

After that it's all single votes.

(The half votes belonged to new member Cuzzoni, whose language really indicated a perfect split. Otherwise I made a judgement call as to which title was the top pick.)
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 4:08 pm

This is so great. Thanks to Kino and to Nitrateville for holding the contest!

I'll get to see Jannings act with his back to the camera. Ha!

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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 4:48 pm

Thanks very much to NitrateVille and Kino! I am really looking forward to seeing this restoration of Beggars of Life!
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 11:50 pm

...and I would like to thank the prestigious members of the Academy (KINO & Nitrateville) for bestowing this great honor on my humble self. (Woohoo!)
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostMon Aug 28, 2017 5:51 am

Wow! Thanks so much. I'm very excited to finally see this film!
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostMon Aug 28, 2017 8:16 pm

NAPOLEON. I was finally able to retire a bootleg disc of an early 80's restoration. The Kino blu-ray of Destiny is a close second.

Variete, please.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostMon Aug 28, 2017 8:35 pm

Sorry, BrianG, the contest is over but we'll have our usual ones before and after the holidays.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostTue Aug 29, 2017 8:20 pm

Just watched the Kino Variete release and have to say that the Berklee Silent Orchestra score sounds even better than in the live performance that I reviewed here in May of 2016: https://www.classical-scene.com/2016/05 ... -run-deep/

"Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) ... score that alerted sensitively and tastefully to mood, sounds, and editing. The six students who worked under professor Sheldon Mirowitz have succeeded...

Thanks Kino. Now I can experience a great restoration without being Tiger Lilleyed
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Sep 15, 2017 10:33 am

Mine arrived yesterday! I hope to get a chance to watch it this weekend. Thanks again!
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Sep 15, 2017 12:37 pm

maliejandra wrote:Mine arrived yesterday! I hope to get a chance to watch it this weekend. Thanks again!


I'm in New Orleans for a writer's conference this weekend so the housesitter will probably be enjoying it. That's okay, I'd pre-ordered this title prior to the contest. It arrived early and I watched it last week. Awesome film; trust me, you'll love it.
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Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

PostFri Sep 15, 2017 5:11 pm

I received my prize today and watched Variety immediately. I love the music by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. I sampled the copy of Othello that is included. I hadn't realized it was there.

Thanks!

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