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Silent Features on Arte & French TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:56 am

I'll try to keep the schedule updated regularly. It should be of some interest to the Europeans of the forum. :wink:

Monday 29 August 2011
12.00 am Gribiche (1926, Jacques Feyder)
New tinted restoration

Monday 26 September 2011
Das Weib des Pharao (1922, Ernst Lubitsch)
New restoration

Monday 3 October 2011
8.40 pm Die Nibelungen (1924, Fritz Lang)
New restoration - timing: 4h30
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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by ritonmousquetaire » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:05 pm

Thanks for the information. Isn't "Gribiche" scheduled on the 29th of August instead of september? That's quite rare to see arte's silents programmation for several months at once. It seems that they are giving more attention to that, it's nice.
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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:11 am

Corrected. Thanks.

More details on Gribiche: in French and in German.

A special website about Weib des Pharao's restoration: in French and in German. It looks as if the film will broadcast online on ARTEWEB on September 17 at 9pm (GMT+1).

Die Nibelungen is also detailed here: in French and in German.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:17 am

The Gribiche print yesterday was excellent. This new tinted print is superior to the former B&W one I saw in 2008. Here is a screencap. I'll come back later for a review.
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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:51 am

You can read a review of Gribiche on the Albatros thread.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:47 am

Next silent on Arte in October: Die Austernprinzessin (The Oyster Princess, 1919) Ernst Lubitsch.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:51 am

Das Weib des Pharao (The Loves of Pharaoh/Pharaoh's Wife, 1922) by Ernst Lubitsch with Emil Jannings, Paul Wegener, Harry Liedtke, Dagny Servaes and Albert Bassermann
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Pharaoh Amenes (Emil Jannings) and Sothis, his architect (Albert Bassermann)

Theonis (D. Servaes), a Greek slave, is abducted by Ramphis (H. Liedtke), Sothis' son. But, both Theonis and Ramphis are arrested by Pharaoh Amenes (E. Jannings) because they approached his newly built Treasure Palace. Amenes falls madly in love with Theonis and offer to let Ramphis go free if she accepts to be his wife...

This enormous epic was the last film but one made by Lubitsch in Germany before moving to Hollywood. Watching the film, it's obvious no expenses were spared to make it a monumental picture with gigantic sets with an army of extras. The story written by his usual collaborator Hans Kräly and Norbert Falk has the usual clichés and twists and turns you can expect from this Egyptians vs. Ethiopians plot. In the title role, Emil Jannings is a larger than life Pharaoh, unloved by his people. He seems to be an Egyptian Nero. Against him, we have another large personality, Paul Wegener, playing Samlak the King of Ethiopia. Equipped with a bouffant wig and in black-face, Wegener (aka The Golem) mugs with gusto. Then, there is Harry Liedtke, playing the love interest of the film, who also chews the scenery quite a bit. The heroine that drives all men crazy is lovely Dagny Servaes. A simple greek slave, she becomes the Pharaoh's wife, against her will. Her acting requires just a little more than looking heavenwards and tragic. Obviously, they are providing exactly the kind of acting their director demanded. Ernst Lubitsch was himself a serious ham. Just look at Sumurun (1920) and you'll see that the divine Ernst was addicted to chewing sceneries. But, unlike other mammoth German spectacles made by Lubitsch, Das Weib des Pharao proves really worth investigating. If the story is quite predictable, it's very handsomely lit by Theodor Sparkuhl which gives the film a real atmosphere and glorifies the leading lady. The second important element of this resurrection is the gorgeous orginal film score by Eduard Künneke, recreated by conductor Frank Strobel, a specialist of silent film music. The acting is so intense and melodramatic, this flamboyant post-romantic score fits it to a T. Without this score, I would certainly have had a few fits of giggle. But, with this music, I was faced with a grand opera full of chromatic chords, rich in colour and atmosphere. Each protagonist is supported by a battery of themes that gives them inner feelings. You have to remember that 20s German music was still flourishing with Richard Strauss at the height of his power and the young Erich Wolfgang Korngold would bring his fabulous range of colours to Hollywood. So I stayed glued to my seat, watching this 98-min drama. The torments of the Greek slave Theonis were attractive enough to engage me. The final twist when the 'deceased' Pharaoh comes back looking like a pauper was pretty hard to believe, but who cares? In such pictures, we want some dramatic turns of events and to be surprised. So overall, while I didn't expect it, I really enjoyed this huge epic.
This new restoration was made with prints coming from GEH, Gosfilmofond, Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and Munich Filmmuseum. The film is still not quite complete, another 600 m are missing. But they have patched up the missing scenes with title cards and stills in such an efficient way that there no plot holes. The print is absolutely gorgeous and it's certainly one of the main reasons the film is so enjoyable.
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Theonis (D. Servaes) and Ramphis (H. Liedtke)

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Michael O'Regan » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:34 pm

Is this channel available in the UK?

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Arndt » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:49 pm

Michael O'Regan wrote:Is this channel available in the UK?
Depends on what you mean by available. All you have to do to receive it is to point a dish areal at the Astra 1 satellite at 19.2 degree East. That carries both German and French Arte channels free to air. All UK TV channels are on Eurobird-Astra at 28.5 degree East, I'm afraid though, so that's where UK (i.e. Freesat and Sky) receivers get their signals from.
You can still watch DAS WEIB DES PHARAO online at this address:

http://liveweb.arte.tv/de/video/Filmkon ... es_Pharao/
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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Gagman 66 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:55 pm

Christine,

:) Thanks for the extensive review. This is supposed to be released on DVD and Blu-ray shortly. Although I have read no formal announcement, it has been advertised. Maybe it is not being released in America? I'm not sure?

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by 3rdManTheme » Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:54 pm

Ann Harding wrote:Next silent on Arte in October: Die Austernprinzessin (The Oyster Princess, 1919) Ernst Lubitsch.
What is the date & time do you know?

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:11 am

Not yet. But in general, silents are broadcast on the last Monday of the month, in the middle of the night.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:33 am

Monday 24th October at 12.00 am:
Die Austernprinzessin (The Oyster Princess, 1919) Ernst Lubitsch.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by 3rdManTheme » Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:49 pm

Thanks alot for the info. It'll come in handy! :D

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:21 am

In November, Arte will broadcast again the new restoration of Feu Mathias Pascal (1924, Marcel L'Herbier) with Ivan Mosjoukine.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by 3rdManTheme » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:17 am

Looking forward to it. :D

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by rrrick » Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:38 am

Yes, I'm looking forward to that one as well. I've so far seen two of L'Herbiers films: Eldorado and L'Inhumaine, both of which are great. In fact the latter one was truly sensational. Another fine choice by Arte TV.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:43 am

You can read a review of Feu Mathias Pascal here on the forum. It's my favourite L'Herbier with L'Argent.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:45 am

Monday 28 November 2011
12.20 am Feu Mathias Pascal (1926, M. L'Herbier) 171 min

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:42 am

As from January 2012, the silent feature will be on Tuesday night instead of Monday.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by ChaneyFan » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:56 pm

Sorry if this has already been posted, but could someone post a link to the page where the movie will be playing? Also, do you need any specific program to watch, and do you need to be registered? Thanks.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:19 am

I am not sure what you mean Chaneyfan. But if you mean to watch the silent online, it's sometimes available to watch on their website. But only for 7 days after its first broadcast. Link here.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:55 am

Monday 26th December 2011
1.05 am Max Davidson comedy shorts

There will be also a nice selection of Laurel & Hardy silent shorts from Dec 19th until Jan 1st.

And the restored Metropolis gets a rerun on Dec. 30th at 10.45pm.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:50 am

Bad news regarding silent features on Arte TV. We used to have 12 silents per year, but in 2012 there will be only 8 silent features. :x

Next broadcast:
Tuesday 31st January at 0.55 am:

Die Puppe (The Doll, 1919) by Ernst Lubitsch

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:17 am

February 15th, 2012 at 11.30 pm:

October (S.M. Eisenstein) Restored version 101 min.

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:36 am

27 March 2012 at 0.50 am:
Gribiche (1926, Jacques Feyder) with Jean Forest and Françoise Rosay
(already broadcast last year)

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Damfino » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:06 pm

Only 8 silents a year, and they're REPEATING one from last year?
You'd think they were running out of silents to show...

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:02 am

1st May 2012 at 11.55 pm:

Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt (Kurt Bernhardt, 1929) with Marlene Dietrich

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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Arndt » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:39 pm

New Arte silent listings for 2012 and 2013 (!):

29 May 2012 Les nouveaux Messieurs by Jacques Feyder, F 1929
26 June 2012 Au bonheur des dames by Julien Duvivier, F 1930
28 August 2012 Die Weber by Friedrich Zelnick, D 1927 [Stummfilm live]
25 September 2012 You Shall Honour Your Wife by Carl Th. Dreyer, DK 1921
23 October 2012 Silent Enemy by H. P. Carver, USA 1930
20 November 2012 Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück by Piel Jutzi, D 1929 [Stummfilm live]
18 December 2012 Tagebuch einer Verlorenen by G. W. Pabst, D 1929

In 2013:
January: Jenseits der Straße by Leo Mittler, D 1928
February: Tartuffe by F.W.Murnau, D 1925
March:Dura Lex by Kuleshow, SU 1925
May:Richard Wagner by Carl Froelich, D 1913 [Stummfilm live]
June: Au bonheur des dames by Julien Duvivier, F 1930
July: Der Student von Prag von Hanns H. Ewers, D 1913 [Stummfilm live]
September: Fantomas von Louis Feuillade, F 1913

Some gems, too many repeats.
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Re: Silent Features on Arte TV

Unread post by Ann Harding » Tue May 01, 2012 3:07 am

Thanks for all those informations, Arndt. I agree with you: they tend to repeat films too often. And I think Arte France is not doing a proper job, hence the miserable amount of French films offered. Especially when you know the rich catalogs of Gaumont, Pathé, CNC, Cinémathèque Française, etc.

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