Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921 FUNDED!

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Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921 FUNDED!

PostMon Jan 06, 2014 8:52 am

I'm jumping the gun a little but I've started a Kickstarter campaign (under final review) to buy a copy of Marion Davies' Enchantment (1921) from LOC. Last pricing was at a little under $1,100. So with fees etc I'm seeking $1,300 total.

Those who donate $25 or more will get a DVD copy of the film. If the project doesn't fund, no one is charged anything.

They may decline the project since it appears they're more directed toward creating new video projects, but we shall see......

If approved, I'll post a link. I'm hoping this may be the first of several "rescue attempts."
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PostMon Jan 06, 2014 9:07 am

Sounds interesting.

From what I've heard, and the little I've seen of it, Enchantment is a minor film but it looks exquisite.
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PostMon Jan 06, 2014 9:26 am

If I remember right, it's one of the first to use art deco decor.....
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Re: Kickstarter Project

PostMon Jan 06, 2014 9:37 am

I'm in.
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PostMon Jan 06, 2014 10:29 am

Yup - I'm in, too.
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I'm in
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PostMon Jan 06, 2014 10:42 am

This is a very good idea. If approved, I shall contribute.
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PostMon Jan 06, 2014 10:44 am

Count me in.
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PostMon Jan 06, 2014 1:53 pm

:o I'll help support it. But my Paypal account is depleted right now just after the holidays. :oops:
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PostTue Jan 07, 2014 7:24 am

I'm in, too.
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Re: Kickstarter Project

PostTue Jan 07, 2014 11:11 am

Count me in too Ed.

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Re: Kickstarter Project

PostTue Jan 07, 2014 6:50 pm

This sounds like a great idea! I have happily helped kickstart a number of projects including albums, books, an animated film and a video game. Your idea sounds like a great way to use the kickstarter platform and an excellent way to bring together a focused community to achieve a goal.

One question: who are you worried about declining the project? Kickstarter? I'm not sure why they would. I've seen some strange projects on the Kickstarter site but your idea to "rescue" a film is not all that different then the many film restoration projects I have seen posted.

I hope it is approved and like yourself that it is the first in a series of "rescues"!

I'm really excited about this idea and where it could lead! :D
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PostTue Jan 07, 2014 9:03 pm

We ran this film at our 35mm screening at the Wexner Center here in Columbus for Cinevent in 2001 (Courtesy of LOC.) Following is the note from our program book, which give a bit of what to expect, and includes a substantial quote from the Variety review of the film on release:

ENCHANTMENT (1921)

(A Cosmopolitan Production, released by Paramount. Directed by Robert G. Vignola; scenario by Luther Reed, from Frank R. Adams’ story "Manhandling Ethel"; cinematography by Ira H. Morgan; set design by Joseph Urban.)

Ethel Hoyt ........................................................ Marion Davies
Ernest Eddison .................................................. Forrest Stanley
Mrs. Hoyt .......................................................... Edith Shayne
Mr. Hoyt .............................................................. Tom Lewis
Tommy Corbin ...................................................... Arthur Rankin
Nalia ............................................................ Corinne Barker
Mrs. Leigh .................................................. Maude Turner Gordon
The Queen (in Fairy Tale) ............................................ Edith Lyle
The King (in Fairy Tale) ......................................... Huntley Gordon

Ethel is the spoiled only child of rich Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt, and she fills her time with dancing and dining with six college men who have taken her fancy. Her parents are distraught about the direction that Ethel’s life is taking, and don’t know how to turn things around.

But inspiration strikes as the Hoyts sit in the audience for a performance of Taming of the Shrew—that actor playing Petruchio certainly has the right idea about how to bring a willful young woman into line. Why not hire him to work the same sort of magic with Ethel?

Eddison (the actor) plans to involve Ethel in an amateur theatrical production. The goal is to teach her a lesson by getting her to fall for him, then walking out on her. “Remember,” says papa, “it’s only acting; you must walk out!”

If you’ve seen later Davies silent (and admittedly better) comedies, such as SHOW PEOPLE and THE PATSY, you know the considerable charm and skill as a light comedienne that Davies could bring to such pictures.

Variety’s positive review of ENCHANTMENT singles out the contributions of actors Davies and Lewis: “Before more than 500 feet of ENCHANTMENT have unwound, it is apparent to the most casual spectator that high comedy is the forte of Marion Davies in pictures.”

“Miss Davies has the role of a carefree, egotistical flapper, all wise, the pampered only child of doting parents of wealth, who deny her nothing and whom she winds about her finger at will. She is afflicted with an attack of youth, beauty, and self-satisfaction, certain of her influence with the male sex.”

“The superior ‘class’ of the production, the artistic settings, admirable direction, splendid supporting cast and, above all, the breezy touch which Miss Davies brings to the role of the headstrong Ethel, makes for a highly entertaining photoplay.”

“Tom Lewis as the father is a revelation to the film world. He displays all of the elements of a film star, and gives every indication he could sustain a series of stellar two-reel comedy roles along the same general lines of the late Sidney Drew, or probably a cross between the late John Bunny and Drew. The other roles were all well sustained, but it is Miss Davies and Lewis who stand out.”

“A few more stories for Miss Davies as good as ENCHANTMENT, equally well produced, will establish this star firmly and unmistakably.”
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PostTue Jan 07, 2014 10:43 pm

Dviesis enchanting…count me in…..
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PostTue Jan 07, 2014 11:10 pm

If this flies, I'll be there . . .
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Count me in, cheers
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 2:30 pm

We are launched.....

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/107 ... tment-1921" target="_blank

Thanks in advance for everyone's interest.

Feel free to contact me with questions.....
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 2:55 pm

Wow.... already have the first donation!
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 3:01 pm

I'm #2, possibly.

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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 3:06 pm

And here's the tech info I received from LOC:

There are no copyright or donor restrictions on "Enchantment" (1921) so it is possible to purchase a copy. In the past, we usually made transfers from film prints, but now we are able to make copies from preprint elements. Below are the condition notes for the master positive picture and the duplicate negative. Our lab staff would decide which element to use for a transfer.



ENCHANTMENT (1921)

- AFI/Marion Davies Collection

- 35mm safety master positive picture; 6882 feet; FPB 3308-3314

- Notes: This is the Archival, but is NOT the restored version.

It is the sole source of the restoration. This is still in printing roll format. Some intertitles are too short or are missing. The recreated titles (original positive frames) have been spliced on the tail of R1 and are NOT included in the footage.

Exact footages per July 2, 1980 inspection: R1 922, R2 1002, R3 857, R4 979, R5 977, R6 905, R7 980.



- 35mm safety duplicate negative picture; 6737 feet; FQB 1137-1140

- Notes: Non-standard frameline. All footage. Frameline and dirt and minor deterioarion (intertitles and adjacent footage) are mastered into the source. Contrast of this print was intentionally held low to cover for the uneven fade in the nitrate at time of preservation in 1976. 6737 ft. 90 Min at 20 fps; or; 82 minutes at 22 fps (suggested)
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 3:12 pm

Do NitrateVille backers get autographed copies? :lol:

I should be able to back this; thankfully it doesn't fund until February!
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 3:13 pm

LOL.... I don't think Marion is around to autograph anything.
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 3:56 pm

I'm in. I thought I posted before, but, I guess I imagined it. Posted to FB to see if anyone else bites among my silent film pals. Good luck Ed!
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PostWed Jan 08, 2014 4:36 pm

I've joined the pledge rolls as well. Good luck!
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PostWed Jan 08, 2014 4:38 pm

Ed, you have a delivery date of April. Given Nitrateville's experience with Ben Model's projects, isn't that a bit optimistic?

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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 5:03 pm

ENCHANTMENT was also shown in Pordenone a few years ago as part of Richard Koszarski's excellent programme "Hollywood on the Hudson".
Here's a link to the programme note:
http://www.cinetecadelfriuli.org/gcm/ed ... hp?ID=6237" target="_blank
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 5:08 pm

Yes, please feel free to post the link elsewhere.... it certainly cannot hurt.
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 5:09 pm

boblipton wrote:Ed, you have a delivery date of April. Given Nitrateville's experience with Ben Model's projects, isn't that a bit optimistic?

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Not sure what you mean, Bob......
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Re: Kickstarter Project: ENCHANTMENT 1921

PostWed Jan 08, 2014 5:19 pm

Ed,

:? Hey, how about we get another Kickstarter underway for Colleen Moore's BROKEN CHAINS? Or maybe Corinne Griffith's CLASSIFIED? I don't mean right away.
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PostWed Jan 08, 2014 5:21 pm

drednm wrote:
boblipton wrote:Ed, you have a delivery date of April. Given Nitrateville's experience with Ben Model's projects, isn't that a bit optimistic?

Bob


Not sure what you mean, Bob......


Ben's Accidentally Preserved dvds have taken six or eight months to produce. While he has included music (his own) and commentary by Steve Massa (available online and now in paper copy), the two months from closing of the project to sending out the dvds seem pretty quick. Is this because you will simply be copying off the master dvd you get from the Library of Congress and not adding extras?

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