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Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:17 am
by ghunka
The New Yorker ran this story today about the restoration of the German film "Different from the Others," "widely considered the first feature film about gay love":

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-tragic-lessons-of-cinemas-first-gay-love-story

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:23 am
by fredhedges
I'm wondering if this restoration contains any material not in the Kino version of several years back, which also used stills and titles to fill out the story.

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:23 pm
by silentmovies742
That would be great - although it's unlikely given the source is basically the same (the edit into Laws of Love). It's worth mentioning that the New Yorker mentions relaxed censorship laws - regarding cinema that was for a very short time indeed, and Different from the Others benefited from that brief change. Soon after being made, public showings were banned and it was only allowed to be shown to the medical community.

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:06 pm
by Gary Newman
Apart from this article, which says that UCLA completed its restoration the past winter, I have been able to find no indication that such an event has occurred—no screening, no press release, no listing in the UCLA Film and Archive catalog, nothing. I began looking because I was curious as to the length of the restoration as compared to the German Filmmuseum restoration, which is what is used by Kino. Am I missing something? The last reference to a UCLA restoration that I can find was a 2013 screening that was billed as a “restoration in progress.” https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2013-03-09/anders-als-die-andern-different-others

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:37 pm
by silentmovies742
This article seems to say that the restoration was completed and shown last year:

http://www.exberliner.com/culture/film/more-than-just-30-years-of-lgbt-film-anders-als-die-andern/

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:25 pm
by milefilms
UCLA's Legacy Outfest Project did have a successful Kickstarter Fundraiser in 2012, but DVDs were never sent out.

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:03 pm
by Gary Newman
silentmovies742 wrote:This article seems to say that the restoration was completed and shown last year:

http://www.exberliner.com/culture/film/more-than-just-30-years-of-lgbt-film-anders-als-die-andern/


OK. But I don’t see the point of UCLA going to the expense and effort to restore a film of continuing interest, to then bury it after two showings in Berlin. I can’t even find the running time.

Re: Different from the Others (1919)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:23 pm
by silentmovies742
Gary Newman wrote:
silentmovies742 wrote:This article seems to say that the restoration was completed and shown last year:

http://www.exberliner.com/culture/film/more-than-just-30-years-of-lgbt-film-anders-als-die-andern/


OK. But I don’t see the point of UCLA going to the expense and effort to restore a film of continuing interest, to then bury it after two showings in Berlin. I can’t even find the running time.


I don't think that's unusual. Many films are restored and then barely shown. No new footage has been found, it is still the 40 or so minutes used in the 1927 portmanteau film, although perhaps more of the missing portions will be filled in with title cards.

The 1919 film told the story with flashbacks, the 1927 version told it in chronological order. Both versions (although the same footage) are found on the region 2 dvd release from a few years back - until extra footage is found I doubt there will be another.