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SHERLOCK HOLMES (1922) - From the collection of the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department. - When a young prince is accused of a crime that could embroil him in international scandal, debonair super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes comes to his aid, and quickly discovers that behind the incident lurks a criminal mastermind eager to reduce Western civilization to anarchy. Adapted from the hugely popular stage version of Arthur Conan Doyle s stories (by William Gillette), SHERLOCK HOLMES not only provided Barrymore with one of his most prestigious early roles, but also presented the screen debuts of two notable actors: William Powell (The Thin Man) and Roland Young (Topper). SHERLOCK HOLMES was mastered from a 35mm restoration by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department, and is accompanied by a score by Ben Model, performed on the Miditzer Virtual Theatre Organ. Starring John Barrymore, Roland Young, Carol Dempster, and William Powell.
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920) Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story, recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self. Mastered from a 35mm negative and complemented with a wealth of supplemental material, this Kino on Video edition beautifully showcases the dramatic brilliance and gruesome thrills of this influential American classic. (LOADED WITH EXTRAS) Starring John Barrymore, Nita Naldi, and Charles Lane.
THE BELOVED ROGUE (1926) John Barrymore In the swashbuckling adventures of Francois Villon. - Includes Filmed Introduction by Orson Welles - John Barrymore sought to out-swashbuckle Douglas Fairbanks in his breathless depiction of France s rapscallion poet, thief and vagabond: François Villon (1431-1463). To prove his mettle, he bounds over the snowy rooftops of Paris, scales a castle tower, and is hurled skyward by the royal catapult but this is no mere stunt picture. Barrymore wielded a simmering sexuality that Fairbanks lacked, endowing the film with an element of eroticism that perfectly suits Villon, who loved France earnestly, Frenchwomen excessively, French wine exclusively. A lavish spectacle boasting the set designs of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad), THE BELOVED ROGUE is Hollywood myth-making at its most ambitious...and entertaining. Starring John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, and Mack Swain.
THE TEMPEST (1928) John Barrymore in a stirring romance of Russia on the brink of revolution. An epic romance set in Russia during the final days of the Tsarist autocracy, TEMPEST stars John Barrymore as Sgt. Ivan Markov, a dedicated soldier who defies the rigid class system to receive an officer s commission. But even as he rises through the ranks of military and society, he must contend with resentment from the aristocratic officers including the monocled Ullrich Haupt, who delivers a sinister performance worthy of Erich von Stroheim, himself an uncredited screenwriter on the project. Ignoring the warnings of a grim political prophet (Boris de Fast), Ivan continues his climb to power, and falls in love with a haughty princess (Faust s Camilla Horn), who spurns him and causes him to be stripped of rank. However, the tables are turned when the prophecy of a people s revolt is realized, upending the aristocracy and putting Ivan and Princess Tamara at the mercy of a sweeping tide of fate. Starring John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, and Louis Wolheim.
"One must sorrow that a man of such genius should be a drunken clown."
Kino's useful boxed set brings together four of their silent John Barrymore releases that show the... Read more