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Movies (fiction) by Region: United States 1900 - 1929

SELECTED DVDs and Videotapes of feature length films in the Rutgers

United States, 1900 to 1929 DVDs

Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley 1999

Amarilly is the belle of Clothes-line Alley, a neighborhood near San Francisco's Chinatown. One night after a fight breaks out in the club where she works as a cigarette girl, Amarilly brings an injured socialite home with her. Grateful for her care, he hires Amarilly to clean his apartment and, over time, begins falling in love with her. But when Amarilly is presented at a posh social gathering, the disastrous results fuel the battle of high and low society. Mary Pickford is thoroughly charming and delightful as the feisty Amarilly. 1 videodisc (67 min.)

MEDIA 10-5640

 

The art of Buster Keaton c2001

Buster Keaton and Kino International Corporation

Some of the funniest, most spectacularly athletic comedies ever made. 11 videodiscs (1298 min.)

MEDIA 10-706 disc 1 - disc 11

 

Bed and sofa / Tret?eiia meshchanskaeiia 2004, 1927

Abram Matveevich Room, Ludmilla Semyonova, Nikola i Petrovich Batalov, Vladimir Petrovich Fogel?, Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin, Nikola i Shpikovski?i, Sovkino, Mezhrabpom-fil?m, and Image Entertainment (Firm)

Bed and sofa (87 min.) is the story of a love triangle between a woman and two men living together in a one-room basement apartment in 1927 Moscow. 2 videodiscs (115 min. each)

MEDIA 10-1337

 

The big parade  2013, 1925

The highest-grossing silent film of all time, as well as the first realistic war drama, tells the harrowing story of a young man's (John Gilbert) front-line experiences in World War I. The film fiercely captures the heroism of the ordinary foot soldier struggling to survive, and how James' determination to return to the village girl he loves faces the ultimate test. 1 videodisc (151 min.)

MEDIA 10-4717

 

The Birth of a nation 1985, 1915

D. W Griffith and Thomas Dixon

Griffith's controversial film about two families during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. 1 videocassette (VHS) (127 min.)

MEDIA         MEDIA 2-58                10-159

 

The blot 2003

A downtrodden teacher's daughter is admired by a wealthy student. When the daughter becomes ill, the family's financial predicament causes the teacher's wife to be accused of stealing a chicken. 1 videodisc (91 min.)

MEDIA 10-5641

 

Cabiria 2000, 1914

Giovanni Pastrone, Letizia Catena, Letizia Quaranta, Gina Marangoni, Bartolomeo Pagano, Italia Almirante-Manzini, Itala-Film, Kino International Corporation, and Eighteen Frames, Inc

This story tells the personal adventures of a Roman girl (Cabiria) and her two benefactors in the third century B.C. during the Second Punic War. Includes scenes of the eruption of Mt. Etna, sea battles, and Hannibal crossing the Alps. Opens with a brief written description of the Italian genre of historical spectacular films and a history of the film Cabiria. 1 videodisc (123 min.)

MEDIA 10-1630

 

The circus 2003, 1928

A tramp fleeing the police takes refuge in a circus, becomes a clown by accident, and falls for an equestrienne. 2 videodiscs (69 min.)

MEDIA 10-3907

 

The clinging vine 2006, 1926

Paul Sloane, C. Gardner Sullivan, Leatrice Joy, Tom Moore, Robert Edeson, Zelda Sears, Rex Taylor,  Jack Jevne, Heather Addison, DeMille Pictures Corporation, and Image Entertainment (Firm)

"The movie questions whether female professionalism is detrimental to feminity, romantic love, and, by implication, the perpetuation of the human race. The eventual narrative solution is for A.B. to undergo an amazing but comedic transformation into a coy, clinging vine draped in flowing dressed. She wins the heart of Jimmie Bancroft, her employer's grandson, an impractical dreamer who has invented a giant eggbeater."--Container. 1 videodisc (71 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3227

 

The cocoanuts 2004

Classic Marx Brothers comedy with Groucho as a hotel owner, Chico and Harpo as con men and Margaret Dumont as a wealthy matron. 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.)

MEDIA 10-5405

 

Cohen's fire sale Cohen's advertising scheme c2007

Edwin S Porter and National Center for Jewish Film

Cohen's advertising scheme: This is perhaps the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant," a familiar caricature from theater and literature. In this typical one-shot gag film Cohen, a Jewish shop owner, hits upon a new advertising scheme: tricking a passerby into buying a coat on which he hangs a large sign advertising his store on the back--Container. Cohen's fire sale: Cohen is again portrayed as the "scheming merchant." In this film a new shipment of hats is accidentally picked up by the trash man. Cohen pursues the trash wagon throughout New York picking up the hats as they drop off. When the hats are not selling, Cohen reads his insurance policy, arranges for an "accidental" fire, and afterwards holds a fire sale--Container. 1 videodisc (11 min.)

MEDIA 10-1865

 

The crowd 2005, 1928

"Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon mary and live in a small apartment. Soon, John is bickerwrnig with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After five years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left."--Container. 1 videodisc (103 min.)

MEDIA 10-4064

 

Devil's needle & other tales of vice and redemption 2012, 1916

In its continuing effort to showcase the great works of early cinema, Kino Classics, in association with the Library of Congress, launches a new series of releases dedicated to archival rarities-- influential classics that have gone virtually unseen for decades. 1 videodisc (167 min.)

MEDIA 10-4763

 

The docks of New York 2010, 1928

Josef Von Sternberg,  Adolph Zukor, Jesse L Lasky, J. G Bachmann, Jules Furthman, George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova, Clyde Cook, Mitchell Lewis, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Harold Rosson, Julian Johnson, Hans Dreier, Helen Lewis, Robert Israel, Donald Sosin, John Monk Saunders,  Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation, and  Criterion Collection (Firm)

Roughneck stoker Bill Roberts gets into all sorts of trouble during a brief shore leave when he falls hard for Mae, a wise and weary dance-hall girl. 1 videodisc (75 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2451

 

The dragon painter 2008

Restoration of "The dragon painter", full-length 1919 feature in which Hayakawa plays Tatsu, a wild youth living in the mountain forests of Japan, spending all his time painting. Although Tatsu creates beautiful art, local villagers believe that he is insane, as he claims that he has a beloved princess fianc© e who has been turned into a dragon. When an renowned-but-aging artist hears of the young hermit's talent, Tatsu is brought to civilization with the hope that he will both become the student of the old artist and marry the elderly man's daughter to continue the family lineage and traditions. Restoration of "The wrath of the gods, or, the destruction of Sakura-Jima", Thomas Ince's full-length 1914 feature film as a restored tinted print featuring Hayakawa as the patriarch of a family carrying a curse. "Screen snapshots," a 1921 comedy short teaming Hayakawa with silver screen legend "Fatty" Arbuckle, as a pair of fresh army recruits and their drill seargent, played by Charles Murray. 1 videodisc (53 min.)

MEDIA 10-5617

 

Flesh and the devil c2005, 1926

Best friends love the same woman and ultimately resort to a duel. 1 videodisc (112 min.)

MEDIA 10-4760

 

The general c2008

Rejected by the Confederate army, and taken for a coward by his beloved, young Johnny Gray is given a chance to redeem himself when he wages a one-man war against Yankee spies who have stolen his locomotive. 2 videodiscs (79 min.)

MEDIA 10-5018

 

The gold rush 2003, 1925

Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite, Georgia Hale, Max Terr, United Artists Corporation, MK2 Productions, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

Chaplin is a prospector who goes to Alaska in search of gold. During a storm, he becomes trapped in a cabin with another prospector and an outlaw. The outlaw goes out for help, but is killed in an avalanche. Out of food and on the brink of starvation, the other prospector has visions of Chaplin as his next meal but Chaplin manages to keep himself from becoming dinner. Surviving all this, Chaplin goes on to fall in love with a Yukon dance hall girl. 2 videodiscs (69 min.)

MEDIA       10-1345    

 

The Harold Lloyd comedy collection c2005

Harold Lloyd, Leonard Maltin, Richard Correll, and New Line Home Entertainment (Firm)

Twenty Eight feature films starring silent screen comedian Harold Lloyd, and special feature disc. 2 videodiscs (ca. 402 min.)

MEDIA 10-648 v.1 - v. 4

 

Intolerance a drama of comparisons c2002

Switches back and forth between four separate stories from Babylonian times to the twentieth century to show humanity's inhumanity and intolerance through the ages. The Babylonian story deals with the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C. The Judean story treats the life of Christ. The French story centers on the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. The modern story is set in an American mill town and the slum area of an American city. 1 videodisc (197 min.)

MEDIA 10-5383

 

It c1999, 1927

Clarence G Badger, Elinor Glyn, Hope Loring, Louis D Lighton, Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner, Jacqueline Gadsdon, Julia Swayne Gordon, Gary Cooper, Hugh Munro Neely, Elinor Glyn, Killiam Shows, inc, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Paramount Pictures, and Kino International Corporation

A saucy lingerie salesgirl sets her sights on the handsome owner of the department store where she works. 1 videodisc (72 min.)

MEDIA 10-1404

 

The last command 2010, 1928

Josef Von Sternberg,  Adolph Zukor, Jesse L Lasky, B. P Schulberg, Lajos Biró, John F Goodrich, Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond, Nicholas Soussanin, Michael Visaroff, Fritz Feld, Bert Glennon, Herman J Mankiewicz, Billy Shea, Robert Israel, Alloy Orchestra, Criterion Collection (Firm), and Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

An exiled Russian general turned Hollywood extra lands a role playing a version of his former czarist self, bringing about his emotional downfall. 1 videodisc (88 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2450

 

Lon Chaney collection 2003

Ace of Hearts (75 min.): A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society become even more tense when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination. Laugh, clown, laugh (73 min.): A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals. The unknown (63 min.): Alonzo is an armless knife thrower and marksman for a circus, but he's hiding a secret that will lead to murder and betrayal. 2 videodiscs (325 min.)

MEDIA 10-4411

 

Lonesome 2012, 1928

The early Hollywood gem, Lonesome, is the creation of a little-known, but audacious and one-of-a-kind auteur, Paul Fejos, who bridged the gap between the silent and sound eras. Fejos pulled out all the stops for his lovely New York symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend, employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera, plus three dialogue scenes, added because of the craze for talkies. 2 videodiscs (69 min.)

MEDIA 10-3887

 

The love parade c2007

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying. 1 videodisc (109 min.)

MEDIA 10-5379

 

The magician 2010, 1926

The heart blood of a virgin. That's what deranged medical student Oliver Haddo needs for his malevolent scheme to create life. He finds it in a lovely sculptor he hypnotizes and spirits off to an ancient sorcerer's tower, preparing to rip her heart from her living body. Based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Bizarre, nightmarish, enhanced by top production values and elegant European locations, a must for any fan of the horror genre or of imaginative moviemaking. 1 videodisc (79 min.)

MEDIA 10-4740

 

Nanook of the North a story of life and love in the actual Arctic 1922/  c1998

Robert Joseph Flaherty, Robert Joseph Flaherty, Revillon Frčres Trading Company, RKO-Pathe, and Criterion Collection (Firm)

Presents a documentary on the saga of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs. 1 videodisc (79 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2801

 

Our dancing daughters 2010, 1928

Josephine Lovett, Harry Beaumont, Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page, William Axt, Cosmopolitan Productions, Turner Entertainment Co, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Warner Home Video (Firm)

Diana is outwardly the hit of the party but inwardly virtuous and idealistic. Her friend Ann is thoroughly selfish and amoral. Both are attracted to Ben Black, soon-to-be millionaire. He takes Diana's flirtations with other boys as a sign of disinterest in him and marries Ann. Big mistake. Ben and Diana begin to realize their true love for each other and plan a new life together as drunken Ann falls down the stairs to her death -- imdb.com. 1 videodisc (84 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3226

 

Our hospitality 2011, 1923

Buster Keaton, John Blystone, Joseph M Schenck, Jean Havez,  Clyde Bruckman, Joseph A Mitchell, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Roberts, Joe Keaton, and Kino International Corporation

Join youthful dreamer Willie McKay, who travels westward on a rickety locomotive to claim his birthright, only to find that his inheritance is a shack. Willie learns that the object of his affection is the daughter of a man with whom his family has been engaged in a long, violent feud. 1 videodisc (75 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3377

 

Queen Kelly 2003, 1929

Erich Von Stroheim, Adolf Tandler, Gloria Swanson, Seena Owen, Walter Byron, Gloria Swanson Pictures Corp, and Kino International Corporation

A gothic romance in which a convent girl is seduced by a prince and inherits a brothel in Africa before he finds her again. 1 videodisc (101 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3380

 

Die Rache der Berge blinde ehemänner 2006, 1919

Erich Von Stroheim, Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Gibson Gowland, Fay Holderness, Günter A Buchwald, Ion Barna, Film & kunst GmbH, and Edition Filmmuseum (Firm)

An Austrian army officer wishes to seduce an American woman travelling with her husband in the Alps. The couple's mountaineering guide keeps his eye out for her since the husband seems oblivious to the flirtation. 1 videodisc (99 min.) :

MEDIA 10-3291

 

Ramona 2009, 1910

Mary Pickford, Henry B Walthall, Kate Bruce, J. B Warner, Elinor Fair, D. W Griffith, Clifford S Elfelt, Timeline Films, and Milestone Film & Video

Two significant early silent films featuring Latino characters. Ramona: In this 1910 short a young girl growing up on her adoptive mother's ranch in California falls in love with the Indian, Alessandro. When she is denied permission to marry him, the two lovers elope, only to find a life of great hardship and unhappiness amidst the bigotry and greed of the white landowners. Big stakes: An American cowboy and a Mexican lawman clash over a beautiful woman. A fun ride across the plains of western cinema, which, for 1922, presents a complex look at Mexican and American stereotypes. 1 videodisc (85 min.)

MEDIA 10-1581

 

The sheik The son of the sheik c2002

Geo Fitzmaurice, Frances Marion, Fred de Gresac, Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montagu Love, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, E. M Hull, Artcinema Corporation, Film Preservation Associates, and Blackhawk Films

Lady Diana Mayo is carried into the desert by an Arab chieftain, who takes one look at her and wants her, right then and there. The son of a sheik is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful girl. When he escapes, he kidnaps the girl and they fall in love and ride off into the sunset together. 1 videodisc (155 min.)

MEDIA 10-606

 

Sunrise a song of two humans c2004

A villager in love with a city woman tries to kill his wife; later he repents and spends a happy day with her. 1 videodisc (94 min.)

MEDIA 10-5118

 

Tabu a story of the south seas c2002

F. W Murnau, Robert Joseph Flaherty, Matahi, Reri, Jean, Hitu, Milestone Film & Video, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Publix Corporation, UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Image Entertainment (Firm)

Two lovers are doomed by a tribal edict decreeing that the girl is "tabu" to all men. 1 videodisc (81 min.)

MEDIA 10-905

 

"A throw of dice" a romance of India  2008, 1929

Franz Osten, W. A Burton, Niranjan Pal, S?it?a Dev?i, C h aru R?acya, Himansu Rai, aSarada Gupt?a, Nitin Sawhney, Fandango (Production company), British Film Institute, and Kino International Corporation

Inspired by the gambling episode in the ancient Hindu epic the Mahabharata, this rare classic of silent cinema tells of two kings who share a passion for reckless gambling, and for the same woman. A throw of dice is the third film in a pioneering trilogy of silent films made through a unique partnership between German director Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himansu Rai. 1 videodisc (74 min.)

MEDIA 10-1401

 

Underworld 2010 1927

Josef Von Sternberg,  Adolph Zukor, Jesse L Lasky, Hector Turnbull, B. P Schulberg, Ben Hecht, Charles Furthman, Robert N Lee, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, George Bancroft, Fred Kohler, Helen Lynch, Larry Semon, Jerry Mandy, Bert Glennon, E. Lloyd Sheldon,  George Marion, Robert Israel, Alloy Orchestra, Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation, and Criterion Collection (Firm)

A gangster's jealous nature toward his girlfriend gets him in trouble, first with a rival gang, then with the cops. 1 videodisc (81 min.) :

MEDIA 10-2449

 

United States, 1900 to 1929

Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber: America's first women filmmakers  1993

Alice Guy and Lois Weber

How men propose -- Matrimony's speed limit -- A house divided -- Too wise wives. 1 videocassette (114 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2810

 

The art of Buster Keaton c2001

Buster Keaton and Kino International Corporation

Some of the funniest, most spectacularly athletic comedies ever made. 11 videodiscs (1298 min.)

MEDIA 10-706 disc 1 - disc 11

 

Bed and sofa / Tret?eiia meshchanskaeiia 2004, 1927

Abram Matveevich Room, Ludmilla Semyonova, Nikola i Petrovich Batalov, Vladimir Petrovich Fogel?, Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin, Nikola i Shpikovski?i, Sovkino, Mezhrabpom-fil?m, and Image Entertainment (Firm)

Bed and sofa (87 min.) is the story of a love triangle between a woman and two men living together in a one-room basement apartment in 1927 Moscow. 2 videodiscs (115 min. each) :

MEDIA 10-1337

 

Before the nickelodeon the early cinema of Edwin S. Porter 1983

Charles Musser and Blanche Sweet

A portrait of film producer Edwin S. Porter. Spotlights the years 1894 to 1908, as onetime silent film star Blanche Sweet narrates. Includes hand-tinted stills and segments from Porter's movies and those of other filmmakers. 1 videocassette (61 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2115

 

The Big parade 1988?

King Vidor, John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, and Karl Dane

A young American enlists in the Army during World War I, thinking of the heroics of war. He arrives in France and meets and courts a young French woman before being sent to the front. 1 videocassette :

MEDIA 2-1226

 

The Birth of a nation 1985, 1915

D. W Griffith and Thomas Dixon

Griffith's controversial film about two families during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. 1 videocassette (VHS) (127 min.) :

MEDIA         MEDIA 2-58                10-159

 

The bitter tea of General Yen 1993

Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Grace Zaring Stone, Frank Capra, Columbia Pictures Corporation, and Columbia TriStar Home Video (Firm)

A tragic tale of a Chinese warlord's unrequited love for an American missionary, set during China's Civil War. 1 videocassette (ca. 78 min.)

MEDIA 2-6754

 

Body and soul 1998, 1925

Paul Robeson, Oscar Micheaux, Lawrence Chenault, Julia Theresa Russell, Mercedes Gilbert, and Marshall Rodgers

Paul Robeson in his first screen role, plays two parts, an evil preacher and his good brother, who wage a personal war for the body and soul of the heroine. 1 videocassette (100 min.) :  1 videocassette (75 min.) :

MEDIA          DANA 2-3557            598

 

Broken blossoms the yellow man and the girl 1919,

Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, D. W Griffith, and Thomas Burke

Melodrama set in the Limehouse district of London. A young girl is abused by her father and then cared for by a Chinese immigrant. The father learns about the couple, and tragedy occurs. 1 videocassette (88 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1336

 

Cabiria 2000, 1914

Giovanni Pastrone, Letizia Catena, Letizia Quaranta, Gina Marangoni, Bartolomeo Pagano, Italia Almirante-Manzini, Itala-Film, Kino International Corporation, and Eighteen Frames, Inc

This story tells the personal adventures of a Roman girl (Cabiria) and her two benefactors in the third century B.C. during the Second Punic War. Includes scenes of the eruption of Mt. Etna, sea battles, and Hannibal crossing the Alps. Opens with a brief written description of the Italian genre of historical spectacular films and a history of the film Cabiria. 1 videodisc (123 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1630

 

Carmen 1915, 1997

Cecil B DeMille, Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Giovanni Martinelli, Hugo Riesenfeld, Gillian B Anderson, Georges Bizet, and Prosper Mérimée

In 19th century Seville, the lusty, tempestuous Carmen seduces a naive army corporal, Don Jose. Jose abandons his career and comrades for the love of this sultry gypsy. Carmen, however, soon spurns Jose for the love of a toreador, Escamillo. Crazed with jealousy, Jose begs Carmen to return to him, but her taunting declaration of independence results in tragedy. 1 videocassette (76 min.) :

MUSIC 311

 

The Cat and the canary 198-?

Paul Leni, Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale , and John Willard

The tormented ghost of Cyrus West wanders nightly through the deserteed halls of his old mansion. The night his will is to be read 20 years after his death, he "spooks" and frightens all those who come to read his will, creating the classic haunted house. 1 videocassette (105 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1334

 

The Cheat 198-?

Cecil B DeMille, Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, and Sesshu Hayakawa

Thriller about a New York society woman who borrows money from a visiting Burmese king and agrees to repay him on his own shifty terms. 1 videocassette (40 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1287

 

City lights 1931, 1989

Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Allan Garcia, and Hank Mann

Combining wonderful comedy in the finest Chaplin tradition and evocative drama, the Little Tramp falls in love with a beautiful, blind flower girl. The final scene, in which the girl discovers the true identity of her benefactor, is a poignant encounter that has been landed as one of the most memorable and moving moments in film comedy. 1 videocassette (87 min.) :

MEDIA        DANA 2-1249            892

 

Cohen's fire sale Cohen's advertising scheme c2007

Edwin S Porter and National Center for Jewish Film

Cohen's advertising scheme: This is perhaps the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant," a familiar caricature from theater and literature. In this typical one-shot gag film Cohen, a Jewish shop owner, hits upon a new advertising scheme: tricking a passerby into buying a coat on which he hangs a large sign advertising his store on the back--Container. Cohen's fire sale: Cohen is again portrayed as the "scheming merchant." In this film a new shipment of hats is accidentally picked up by the trash man. Cohen pursues the trash wagon throughout New York picking up the hats as they drop off. When the hats are not selling, Cohen reads his insurance policy, arranges for an "accidental" fire, and afterwards holds a fire sale--Container. 1 videodisc (11 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1865

 

Coney Island 1917

Joseph M Schenck, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Buster Keaton

This light comedy depicts an amusing day at Coney Island and stars Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. 1 videocassette (20 min.) :

MEDIA D-214

 

The Crowd 1928, 1988

King Vidor, James Murray, Eleanor Boardman , and Bert Roach

Episodes in the life of a city clerk. 1 videocassette (98 min.) :

MEDIA 2-711

 

Dancing mothers 1926, 198-?

Conway Tearle, Alice Joyce, Clara Bow, Herbert Brenon, Edgar Selwyn, and Edmund Goulding

Comedy-drama in which a "flapper" daughter and "modern" husband are surprised when their mother/wife begins to pursue an independent and socially stylish life style. 1 videocassette (70 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1384

 

Foolish wives 1922, 1989

Erich Von Stroheim, Maude George, and Mae Busch

A fake count seduces and then blackmails rich women in Monte Carlo. Eventually, a wealthy American arrives with a pretty wife. Unsuccessful attempts at seduction lead to a suicidal note, duel challenge, and rape. 1 videocassette (107 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1214

 

The General 1927

William Pittenger, Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Glenn Cavender, Jim Farley, and Marion Mack

A comedy based on a U.S. Civil War incident in which the General, a Confederate railroad supply engine, is hijacked by Union spies. 1 videocassette (80 min.) :  1 videocassette (76 min.) :

MEDIA      MEDIA 2-172          2-322

 

Greed 1924, 1990

Frank Norris, Erich Von Stroheim, Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, and Jean Hersholt

Set in California in 1908, it chronicles the moral decline of three people brought on by the dehumanizing influence of money. 1 videocassette (133 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1229

 

The Harold Lloyd comedy collection c2005

Harold Lloyd, Leonard Maltin, Richard Correll, and New Line Home Entertainment (Firm)

Twenty Eight feature films starring silent screen comedian Harold Lloyd, and special feature disc. 2 videodiscs (ca. 402 min.)

MEDIA 10-648 v.1 - v. 4

 

Hell's hinges 1916, 1985

Thomas H Ince, William Surrey Hart, Clara Williams, and Jack Standing

A weak preacher and his saintly sister go West to Hell's Hinges to establish a parish for him far from the temptations of the Eastern city. The minister, however, succumbs to temptation, while his sister converts the worst of the gunslingers. 1 videocassette (65 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1299

 

Intolerance love's struggle throughout the ages 1990

D. W Griffith, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper, Constance Talmadge, Eugene Pallette, and Erich Von Stroheim

Consists of four separate stories, all set in different periods of time, all with their own characters. Each story shows how hatred and intolerance have battled against love and charity throughout the ages. The fall of Babylon, the death of Christ, the massacre of the Huguenots, and a contemporary drama, are interwoven to unfold this common theme. Suffering of the innoscents makes the salvation of the current generation possible is Griffith's view of history as determined by this film. 1 videocassette (177 min.) :

MEDIA. MEDIA                                    MEDIA. MEDIA 2-1210 cassette 1 2-1211 cassette 2    7-44 disc 1 7-45 disc 2

 

It c1999, 1927

Clarence G Badger, Elinor Glyn, Hope Loring, Louis D Lighton, Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner, Jacqueline Gadsdon, Julia Swayne Gordon, Gary Cooper, Hugh Munro Neely, Elinor Glyn, Killiam Shows, inc, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Paramount Pictures, and Kino International Corporation

A saucy lingerie salesgirl sets her sights on the handsome owner of the department store where she works. 1 videodisc (72 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1404

 

The Jazz singer 1991, 1927

Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Samson Raphaelson, William Demarest, Alan Crosland, and Alfred A Cohen

A melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son (Al Jolson) who aspires to be a jazz singer despite his father's objection and religious tradition. In motion picture history, this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound. Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and "Mammy". 1 videocassette (89 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2845

 

My lady of whims 198-?

Clara Bow, Edgar Franklin, and Dallas M Fitzgerald

Clara Bow stars as a spoiled young lady who is constantly spied upon by her father. 1 videocassette (42 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2045

 

Orphans of the storm 1991, 1921

D. W Griffith, Paul Killiam, Lillian Gish, and Dorothy Gish

Two sisters are orphaned and then separated by an evil French nobleman during the French revolution. Two orphaned girls, one blind, arrive in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution. They are exploited, misused, separated and finally threatened with the guillotine before the happy ending. 1 videocassette (126 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2234

 

The Phantom of the opera 1984

Rupert Julian and Gaston Leroux

A mad musician, whose face has been horribly disfigured by acid, lives in the dungeons beneath the Paris Opera House in the 1800s.  He falls in love with and kidnaps one of the young singers. 1 videocassette (122 min.) :

MEDIA 2-179

 

Ramona 2009, 1910

Mary Pickford, Henry B Walthall, Kate Bruce, J. B Warner, Elinor Fair, D. W Griffith, Clifford S Elfelt, Timeline Films, and Milestone Film & Video

Two significant early silent films featuring Latino characters. Ramona: In this 1910 short a young girl growing up on her adoptive mother's ranch in California falls in love with the Indian, Alessandro. When she is denied permission to marry him, the two lovers elope, only to find a life of great hardship and unhappiness amidst the bigotry and greed of the white landowners. Big stakes: An American cowboy and a Mexican lawman clash over a beautiful woman. A fun ride across the plains of western cinema, which, for 1922, presents a complex look at Mexican and American stereotypes. 1 videodisc (85 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1581

 

The rink 1916, 197-

Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Henry Bergman, James T Kelly, Albert Austin, and John Rand

The rink: Charlie, an inventive though hazardous waiter, spends his lunch hour at a roller-skating rink. Havoc ensues at the roller rink and Charlie escapes by hooking his cane onto a passing car. Easy street: Charlie, in the role of a reformed derelict, becomes a policeman and cleans up Easy Street, the toughest section of the city. Pawnshop: Charlie, as a pwenshop assistant, becomes involved with a number of unusual customers. One A.M.: Charlie comes home drunk to a housse full of nightmarish objects that seem to attack him. 1 videocassette (ca. 85 min.) :

MEDIA D-402

 

Sadie Thompson 1928, 1989

Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh, and W. Somerset Maugham

Stranded passengers on Pago Pago during an epidemic including Sadie Thompson, a prostitute and a reformer whose lust for her masquerades has a desire to save her soul. Unable to accept his sin, Alfred Davidson cuts his throat and Sadie goes to Sydney with an admiring marine. 1 videocassette (97 min.) :

MEDIA 2-831

 

Scar of shame 1993

David Starkman, Frank Perugini, Harry Henderson, and Lucia Lynn Moses

In no film was the racial theme more apparent than in this story about an ill-matched marriage between a black concert pianist and a poor, lower class young black woman. Secretly ashamed of her, the young man keeps his wife hidden from his socially-prominent middle-class mother. Despite the melodrama, it is a strong statement on the issues of class and the color caste system which existed within the African-American community, as well as probing questions of ambition and authority. 1 videocassette (90 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2348

 

The scar of shame (1923) and Sissle and Blake (1926) The African American cinema. II 1993

Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, Lee De Forest, Harry Henderson, Lucia Lynn Moses, Frank Perugini, Norman Johnstone, Anne Kennedy, and William E Pettus

Sissle and Blake is a short filmed in Lee De Forest's New York studio with his sound-on-film process in 1923, four years before Hollywood began to experiment with sound.  Pianist Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle perform their jazz composition "Affectionate Dan" and a jazzed-up spiritual. Scar of shame: In no film was the racial theme more apparent than in this story about an ill-matched marriage between a black concert painist and a poor, lower class black woman.  Secretly ashamed of her, the young man keeps his wife hidden from his socially-prominent middle-class mother. 1 videocassette (80 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2809

 

The Sheik 1921, 1992

Rudolph Valentino, George Melford, Adolphe Menjou, E. M Hull, Agnes Ayres, and Walter Long

Valentino stars as Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan in the role that made him a silent film legend.  Ahmed abducts the beautiful Lady Diana Mayo (Ayres) and brings her to his camp, but Diana refuses to succumb to his charms. 1 videocassette (79 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1969

 

The sheik The son of the sheik c2002

Geo Fitzmaurice, Frances Marion, Fred de Gresac, Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montagu Love, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, E. M Hull, Artcinema Corporation, Film Preservation Associates, and Blackhawk Films

Lady Diana Mayo is carried into the desert by an Arab chieftain, who takes one look at her and wants her, right then and there. The son of a sheik is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful girl. When he escapes, he kidnaps the girl and they fall in love and ride off into the sunset together. 1 videodisc (155 min.)

MEDIA 10-606

 

Sunrise a song of two humans 1926, 198-

F. W Murnau, George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Hermann Sudermann

The story of a young farmer who comes near murdering his wife, only to love her more in the end. 1 videocassette (ca. 110 min.) :

MEDIA 2-588

 

Tabu a story of the south seas c2002

F. W Murnau, Robert Joseph Flaherty, Matahi, Reri, Jean, Hitu, Milestone Film & Video, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Publix Corporation, UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Image Entertainment (Firm)

Two lovers are doomed by a tribal edict decreeing that the girl is "tabu" to all men. 1 videodisc (81 min.) :

MEDIA 10-905

 

Teddy at the throttle ; Speeding along 1917, 1985

Mack Sennett, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Berry, Bobby Vernon, May Emory, and Blanche Phillips

"Teddy at the throttle" is a 1916 Sennett-Keystone comedy. The heroine is chained to a railroad track by the villan and is rescued by her hero Teddy, a dog. "Speeding along" is a silent film about a man driving his car, speeding along, all over a farm, when stopped by two men who tell him a secret. It results in the two men chasing the man and his woman friend, and each encountering mishaps along the way. 1 videocassette (62 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1407

 

Ten nights in a bar-room 1996, 1910

Story of a well-respected man who avoids the local saloon until by chance he succumbs to drink and his life falls apart. 1 videocassette (72 min.) :

MEDIA 2-6199

 

"A throw of dice" a romance of India  2008, 1929

Franz Osten, W. A Burton, Niranjan Pal, S?it?a Dev?i, C h aru R?acya, Himansu Rai, aSarada Gupt?a, Nitin Sawhney, Fandango (Production company), British Film Institute, and Kino International Corporation

Inspired by the gambling episode in the ancient Hindu epic the Mahabharata, this rare classic of silent cinema tells of two kings who share a passion for reckless gambling, and for the same woman. A throw of dice is the third film in a pioneering trilogy of silent films made through a unique partnership between German director Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himansu Rai. 1 videodisc (74 min.) :

MEDIA 10-1401

 

Tillie's punctured romance 1914, 198-?

Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Marie Dressler, and Mabel Normand

A comedy in which a city-slicker woos a country maiden hoping to win her hand and the fortune she's inherited. 1 videocassette (38 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1227

 

True heart Susie 198-?

Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Clarine Seymour, Loyola O'Connor, and D. W Griffith

A rural melodrama about a country girl's loyalty and devotion. Susie, a country girl, secretly sells hew cow in order to send her sweetheart, William, to college. But when he returns to the village as a minister he is trapped into marriage by a worthless city girl. Only after his wife dies does William learn how much he owes to Susie. 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.) :

MEDIA 2-1434

 

Uncle Tom's cabin (2 versions, 1903 & 1914) the earliest verions of H.B. Stowe's classic 1996

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edwin C Porter, William Robert Daly, George L Aiken, Irving Cummings, Sam Lucas, Walter Hitchcock, Hattie Delaro, Teresa Michelana, and Roy Applegate

The earliest film versions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic novel. Both films explore the story of Tom, Simon Legree, oppressed slaves, and life in the antebellum South. Music added. 1 videocassette (ca. 61 min.) :

MEDIA 2-6191

 

Way down east 1985

William A Brady and D. W Griffith

Melodrama about a poor country girl who is lured into a false marriage, has a child, and is abandoned.  1 videocassette (108 min.) :

MEDIA 2-124

 

The wedding march 1999, 1928

P. A Powers, Harry Carr, Erich Von Stroheim, and Fay Wray

This romantic tale is set against the unrest of pre-World War I Vienna. Von Stroheim vows to marry any woman of wealth his royal parents choose for him, but falls in love with a poor girl and realizes that the greatest wealth of a marriage is love. 1 videocassette (113 min.) :

MEDIA D-380

 

Within our gates (1919) The African American cinema I, Oscar Micheaux 1993

Oscar Micheaux, Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements , James D Ruffin, and Jack Chenault

The earliest surviving feature directed by an African-American, Within our gates tells the story of a young African-American woman who seeks a Northern white patron for a Southern school for Black children.  The scenes of lynching and attempted white-on-Black rape may be a response to D.W. Griffith's The birth of a nation. 1 videocassette (79 min.) :

MEDIA 2-2805

 

United States, 1900 to 1929 - New This Year

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