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Title American silent horror collection
Published New York, NY : Kino International, 2007


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 MELB  791.4375 Ame/Rsh  AVAILABLE
Description 5 videodisc (DVD)s (426 min.) : sil., sound, black and white, color ; 4 3/4 in
Contents Kingdom of shadows : the rise of the horror film (1998) / written and directed by Bret Wood -- The penalty (1920) / directed by Walter Worsely ; scenario by Charles Kenyon -- The cat and the canary (1927) / directed by Paul Leni ; adaptation by Alfred A. Cohn, Robert F. Hill ; titles by Walter Anthony -- Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) / directed by John S. Robertson ; scenario by Clara Beranger -- The man who laughs (1928) / directed by Paul Leni ; adaptation by J. Grubb Alexander
Summary Documents the beginnings of horror films from the 1890s through the silent era; an embittered criminal seeks revenge on the doctors who erroneously amputated his legs as a child; possibly insane, an heir to a fortune must spend the night in a creepy mansion to receive the payout; a scientist finds a way to reveal the darkest side of man; with a smile permanently carved into his face, a man becomes a clown and falls for a blind orphan
Notes "The penalty" based on the novel by Gouverneur Morris; "The cat and the canary" based on the play by John Willard; "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson; "The man who laughs" based on the novel "L'homme qui rit" by Victor Hugo
Originally released as motion pictures 1920-1928; "Kingdom of shadows" originally released direct-to-video in 1998
Features: story behind "The man who laughs," at home with Conrad Veidt, excerpt of the Italian version of "The man who laughs," excerpt of Hugo's novel, about the restoration for each film, photo galleries, promotional material galleries, "Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride" (1925) starring Stan Laurel, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) (excerpt) starring Sheldon Lewis, audio : the transformation scene (1909) featuring Len Spencer, essay : "The many faces of Jekyll/Hyde," about the score, about the Mount Alto Motion Picture Corporation, essay by Michael F. Blake "The penalty," "By the sun's rays," Chaney's secrets revealed, production budget sheet, novel/script to screen, Chaney trailers : "The big city" (1928) and "While the city sleeps" (1928), "The miracle man," scene comparison from novel to screenplay to film
Cast Rod Steiger (narrator), Lon Chaney, Laura La Plante, John Barrymore, Conrad Viedt
Notes DVDs, Dolby digital stereo
MPAA rating: Not rated
For private home use only
Subject Morris, Gouverneur, 1876-1953 -- Film and video adaptations
Willard, John, 1885-1942 -- Film and video adaptations
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 -- Film and video adaptations
Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885 -- Film and video adaptations
Amputees -- Drama.
Distribution of decedents' estates -- Drama.
Good and evil -- Drama.
Disfigured persons -- Drama.
Genre/Form Horror films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
Film adaptations.
Motion picture film collections
Silent films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings.
Author Wood, Bret.
Worsely, Walter
Leni, Paul, 1885-1929.
Robertson, John S., 1878-1964.
Steiger, Rod, 1925-2002.
Chaney, Lon, 1883-1930.
La Plante, Laura, 1904-1996.
Morris, Gouverneur, 1876-1953.
Willard, John, 1885-1942.
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894. Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885. Homme qui rit. English.
OTHER TI Kingdom of shadows (Motion picture)
Penalty (Motion picture)
Cat and the canary (Motion picture)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Motion picture : 1920)
Man who laughs (Motion picture)