Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer (His Picture in the Papers / The Mystery of the Leaping Fish / Flirting With Fate / The Matrimaniac / Wild and Woolly / Reaching for the Moon / When the Clouds Roll By / The Mollycoddle / The Mark of Zorro / The Nut)
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(Dec 02, 2008)
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While he's noted for his string of swashbuckling roles, here are 11 ancient film treasures from before Fairbanks' pirate days including the Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916), Reaching for the Moon (1930), When the Clouds Roll By (1919) and more, digitally mastered from 35 mm or original negative sources featuring music by Eric Beheim, Philip Carli, Frederick Hodges and more. Also includes an audio essay by Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta. Silent. 5 DVDs. 1916-21/Black & White/12 hrs., 40 min/NR/full screen.
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Of the new material, A MODERN MUSKETEER not only foreshadows Doug's costume adventures of the 1920s but also Keaton's STEAMBOAT BILL JR and Lloyd's HOT WATER which feature similar gags. It also gives us a wonderful glimpse into filmmaking before the 1920s when the Hollywood studio system and it's predictability began to undermine the creativity of films and what could be done with them. AS THE CLOUDS ROLL BY in particular shows the creativity that Doug put into his films and what was lost after the creation of United Artists when both Doug and Mary Pickford's films got bigger but not necessarily better..
To anyone interested in the early days of film, this set is invaluable. What Doug was doing before 1920 was truly eye opening and needs to be seen today to show us just how much of an impact he had on how American cinema developed. The set comes with 5 DVDs that show Fairbanks' development as a performer and a booklet with plenty of details on the history of his early films and how they influenced those that followed. The musical accompaniment by various performers is also first rate. This set belongs in every silent film collection and is yet another top quality release from Flicker Alley. Expensive yes, but well worth it.
Sadly (depressing for fans back then and today), Fairbanks did not handle aging well. He resorted to affairs, destroyed his marriage, and went through an astonishing amount of money in an attempt to keep the flame of youth and success going. He died of a heart attack after years of heavy smoking. His famous wife, Pickford, became an alcoholic recluse. The fall from the heights was rapid and profound.
I could have skipped this purchase. I didn't find these films enjoyable.
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I received this set this week and I can say that from what I have seen the transfers/restorations are good and the music fine on my...Read more
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