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Murnau Stiftung

Unread post by Connoisseur » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:11 pm

The German Murnau Stiftung has released a collection of Blu Rays as a package for their 50th anniversary. The collection contains 6 movies, among them three silents: Asphalt (1929) by Joe May, Als ich tot war (When I Was Dead) by Ernst Lubitsch, 1915, and Zapatas Bande (Zapata's Gang), 1914, by Urban Gad. There are also three sound pictures: Viktor und Viktoria, 1933, Romanze in Moll, 1943, and Madeleine und der Legionär, 1958.

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Unread post by boblipton » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:21 pm

Got a link?

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Unread post by R Michael Pyle » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:42 pm

http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/node/5061" target="_blank

Evidently was available on the 25th of November.

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Unread post by Connoisseur » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:44 pm

Should mention that obviously the discs are code free... Amazon Germany sells..

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Unread post by Big Silent Fan » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:57 am

Connoisseur wrote: The collection contains 6 movies, among them three silents: Asphalt (1929) by Joe May, Als ich tot war (When I Was Dead) by Ernst Lubitsch, 1915, and Zapatas Bande (Zapata's Gang), 1914, by Urban Gad. There are also three sound pictures: Viktor und Viktoria, 1933, Romanze in Moll, 1943, and Madeleine und der Legionär, 1958.
For those who haven't seen "Asphalt," it's very good.
The twenty minute short feature, "Zapata's Gang" with Asta Nielson looks interesting as well.
Looking at YouTube clips of "Vicktor und Viktoria" (remade in 1982 as "Victor Victoria"), shows that it's a fine restoration.

Perhaps it's obvious today, but it wasn't always...do all these come with English titles?

Is there an English link to Murnau Stiftung?

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Unread post by Mark Zimmer » Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:47 am

Big Silent Fan wrote:
Connoisseur wrote:
Perhaps it's obvious today, but it wasn't always...do all these come with English titles?
Good question....neither the Murnau Stiftung site nor Amazon.de indicate one way or another so far as I can see. German DVDs can be funny about including English subtitles so I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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Unread post by Connoisseur » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:06 pm

No subtitles mentioned of the cases of the discs... language seemingly only German..

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Unread post by Arndt » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:04 pm

Unfortunately there are no subtitles whatsoever on the set. Don't ask me why. I have given up trying to understand the Murnaustiftung.
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Unread post by Big Silent Fan » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:44 pm

Arndt wrote:Unfortunately there are no subtitles whatsoever on the set. Don't ask me why. I have given up trying to understand the Murnaustiftung.
That is unfortunate. Because I lack any understanding of the language, spoken German can be somewhat jarring. At least that's what I've experienced in films like "M."

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:08 pm

There are websites that specialise in sub-titles, so if one would be prepared to do a bit of dubbing, the problem can be rectified. Seems a trifle arrogant that Murneau Stiftung stinks zat everyvun ist der Deutsch speakinks.
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Unread post by moviepas » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:17 am

Odd that the Murnau archive has no English subtitles on this set. On much other material I have from them there is.
It should not be forgotten that Jessie Matthews made the first English version of the Viktor und Viktoria story in 1935 as First a Girl with its own songs. Recently a local radio station, in a nostalgia show on 1936, played a Jessie track from this film and said it was from Jessie's Evergreen which, ah, was released early in 1934 in UK with songs unrelated. Bit like reading Wikipedia sometimes. Too many errors. Needless to say the presenters, who I have know for years, did not reply. They never do when errors are pointed out.

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Unread post by Arndt » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:31 am

Donald Binks wrote:Seems a trifle arrogant that Murneau Stiftung stinks zat everyvun ist der Deutsch speakinks.
Unlike Murican, which as we know everybody at least ought to speak. Which is why Kino, Crterion et al never include foreign subtitles. Simply no need for it.
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Unread post by Keatonesque » Sat May 12, 2018 5:33 pm

Regarding director Joe May, between his two most notable silents, 1928's Heimkehr/Homecoming and 1929's masterpiece Asphalt, there's a film he did called Sensation im Wintergarten/Their Son (1928), yet I can find no information about it at all. The story intrigues me, and since it came between two of his very best, I am curious if this one is another gem or just an average picture. Does anyone familiar with German silents or in Germany have any information?

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Unread post by Henry Nicolella » Sun May 13, 2018 1:27 pm

SENSATION IM WINTERGARTEN (1929) was directed by Gennaro Righelli, not Joe May.

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Unread post by Keatonesque » Sun May 13, 2018 2:22 pm

Henry Nicolella wrote:SENSATION IM WINTERGARTEN (1929) was directed by Gennaro Righelli, not Joe May.
Why is he listed as co-director?

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Unread post by Henry Nicolella » Sun May 13, 2018 9:14 pm

He's not listed as such at film portal dehttps://www.filmportal.de/film/sensation-im-win ... 81ee9140f0" target="_blank
I've seen the film and Joe May's name is not in the credits. Other than the IMDB is there a source that connects May to the movie?

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Unread post by Keatonesque » Sun May 13, 2018 9:47 pm

Henry Nicolella wrote:He's not listed as such at film portal dehttps://www.filmportal.de/film/sensation-im-win ... 81ee9140f0" target="_blank" target="_blank
I've seen the film and Joe May's name is not in the credits. Other than the IMDB is there a source that connects May to the movie?
Very odd. In any case, I think that clears it up. Had he directed this film in any way, I believe it would be more well known, especially since this film was listed as coming between Homecoming and Asphalt.

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