- 12 1/4 hours on 4 discs
- Audio commentary by 20 experts
- Digitally mastered from the finest archival sources
- Newly recorded music in two-track stereo
- More than 600 interactive screens about the films and music
- 200-page illustrated book with film notes and credits
- Postcards from the films
- Playable worldwide
Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934
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See the movies that changed America! Prohibition, abortion, unions, atheism, the vote for women, organized crime, loan sharking, juvenile justice, homelessness, police corruption, immigration -- in their first decades, movies brought an astonishing range of issues to the screen. Whether exposing abuse or lampooning reform, films put a human face on social problems and connected with audiences in a new way. Movies were entertainment with the power to persuade.
This third groundbreaking set in the Treasures from American Archives series presents over 48 films never before seen on video. Over 12 hours of rare cartoons, newsreel stories, serial episodes, advocacy films, and features. Preserved by the George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Archives, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Commentary by 20 experts, Digitally mastered from the finest archival sources, Newly recorded music in two-track stereo More than 600 interactive screens about the films and music, 200-page illustrated book with film notes and credits, Postcards from the films
Films include: The Black Hand, How They Rob Men in Chicago, The Voice of the Violin, The Usurer's Grip, From the Submerged, Hope-A Red Cross Seal Story, The Cost of Carelessness, LIghts and Shadows in a City of a Million, The Soul of Youth, A Call for Help from Sing Sing!, 6 Million American Children Are Not in School, Kansas Saloon Smashers, Why Mr. Nation Wants a Divorce, Trial Marriages, Manhattan Trade School for Girls, The Strong Arm Squad of the Future, A Lively Affair, A Suffragette in Spite of Himself, On to Washington, The Hazards of Helen, Where Are My Children?, The Courage of the Commonplace, Poor Mrs. Jones!, The Crime of Carelessness, Listen to Some Words of Wisdom, Cecil B. DeMille's The Godless Girl, Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island, An American in the Making, Ramonda, Redskin, The United Snakes of America, 100% American, Bud's Recruit, The Reawakening and more!
The acclaimed Treasures series has earned raves and awards for the past seven years including the National Society of Film Critics' Film Heritage Award and the VSDA's Best in Show Non-Theatrical Award.
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For those of us who love silents this set will keep you enthralled for days or weeks. You will learn so much about early 20th century history! Every high school history teacher should show some of the films in this set. Some of my favorite films in this set are From The Submerged, 100% American, The Soul of Youth (surviving William Desmond Taylor film), Poor Mrs. Jones!, The Godless Girl, Where Are My Children?, Ramona, Redskin, Bud's Recruit (King Vidor's earliest surviving silent), Trial Marriages, and The Voice of the Violin.
About the only negative I can come up with for this set is that they didn't get permission to use Carl Davis' magnificent orchestral score for Cecil B. DeMille's last silent The Godless Girl. This score was on Kevin Brownlow's version aired in the UK. What's on the Treasures 3 set for this film is a piano score which, though nice enough, doesn't begin to enhance the film like Mr. Davis' orchestral score. If anyone is buying this set just to get The Godless Girl they might be disappointed to learn that Carl Davis' score is not the one on the film.
Definitely put Treasures 3 on your buying list. You will love it.
There are many rather short films; one of them depicts steerage class immigrants landing on Ellis Island. It's fascinating to watch the people disembark and carry what little they were able to carry by themselves into their new homeland. The different styles of dress also indicate that there were immigrants from several countries on this ferry boat from the ship to the dock on Ellis Island.
Another film worth mention is The Godless Girl directed by Cecil B. DeMille. This is one of many films that try to entertain BUT also teach people ways of thinking that pleased people in power. We see the "evils" of atheism and the "wonder" of a young woman's coming to believe in God. This film is especially well acted and I highly recommend it. The action is great, too. Of course, in our time there is much more tolerance for those who question the existence of a higher power. The Godless Girl, like so many other films in this set, would never be made today.
The Soul Of Youth is another exposé into the lives of young male orphans having it rough both inside and outside the orphanage. One significant moral of this story is that you shouldn't abandon--or sell--your children.
We also see films about the "black hand," which was the Mafia of its time; and several films including Mr. Nation Wants A Divorce portray recent news events as the story plots for films. In Mr. Nation Wants A Divorce, we see Mr. Nation, husband of Carrie Nation, fighter against liquor, wants a divorce because his wife Carrie Nation has left him to raise their family all on his own.
The Crime Of Carelessness teaches the importance of being careful in the workplace to avoid accidents; and the short newsreels about Prohibition fascinate me.
The four DVDs come with a fine book with black and white pictures telling us more about the films. There's a great deal of information about the films on the four DVDs themselves; and there's audio commentary that will interest you as well.
Overall, my review could never do enough justice to this exceptionally fine four DVD set with its companion book. We learn so much about what was really going on in America--and what the government wanted us to think and do as well. People who love history will relish this set; and people who like silent movies will find many of these films to be rather entertaining and very well acted.
Disc 1 - THE CITY REFORMED
The Black Hand (1906, 11 minutes) - Earliest surviving gangster film. Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding money, or else they will harm his family and his shop.
How They Rob Men in Chicago (1900, 25 seconds) - An elderly man is robbed in Chicago, but some money is left behind on his unconscious person. A policeman happens by, takes the money, and leaves the victim unattended.
The Voice of the Violin (1909, 16 minutes) - A terrorist plot foiled by the power of music.
The Usurer's Grip (1912, 15 minutes) - Melodrama arguing for consumer credit co-operatives.
From the Submerged (1912, 11 minutes) - Drama about homelessness and slumming parties.
Hope - A Red Cross Seal Story (1912, 14 minutes) - A town mobilizes to fight TB.
The Cost of Carelessness (1913, 13 minutes) - Traffic safety film for Brooklyn children.
Lights and Shadows in a City of a Million (1920, 7 minutes) - Charitable plea for the Detroit community fund.
Six Million Children are Not in School (1922, 7 minutes) - Newsreel inspired by census data.
The Soul of Youth (1920, 80 minutes) - William Desmond Taylor's feature about an orphan reclaimed for society through the court of Judge Ben Lindsey.
A Call for Help from Sing Sing (1934, 3 minutes) - Warden Lawes speaks out for wayward teens.
Disc 2 - NEW WOMEN
Kansas Saloon Smashers (1901, 1 minute) - Carrie Nation swings her axe.
Why Mr. Nation Wants a Divorce (1902, 2 minutes) - Role reversal temperance spoof.
Trial Marriages (1907, 12 minutes) - Male fantasy inspired by a reformer's proposal. A man tries marriage to several women and finally gives up on matrimony entirely.
Manhattan Trade School for Girls (1911, 16 minutes) - Training impoverished girls for better jobs.
The Strong Arm Squad of the Future (1912, 1 minute) - Suffragette cartoon.
A Lively Affair (1912, 7 minutes) - Comedy with women playing poker and child-caring men. The moral is that this is what to expect if women get the vote.
A Suffragette in Spite of Himself (1912, 8 minutes) - Boys' prank results in an unwitting crusader.
On To Washington (1913, 80 sec.) - News coverage of the historic suffragette march.
The Hazards of Helen, Episode 13 (1915, 13 minutes) - Helen thwarts some robbers and overcomes workplace problems.
Where are my Children (1916, 65 minutes) - This is Lois Weber's film against abortion that brings in the issue of birth control as well, which will be confusing to modern audiences. Tyrone Power's father stars in this one.
The Courage of the Commonplace (1913, 13 minutes) - A young farm woman dreams of a better life.
Poor Mrs Jones (1926, 45 minutes) - Why women should stay on the farm.
Offers Herself as a Bride (1931, 2 minutes) - A woman comes up with a way to survive the depression.
Disc 3 - TOIL AND TYRANNY
Uncle Sam and the Bolshevik (1919, 40 sec.) - Anti-union cartoon from Ford Motor Company.
The Crime of Carelessness (1912, 14 minutes) - Business version of the Triangle Factory fire.
Who Pays Episode 12 (1915, 35 minutes) - Lumberyard strike brings deadly consequences.
Labor's Reward (1925, 13 minutes) - Surviving reel showing the American Federation of Labor's argument for buying union.
Listen to Some Words of Wisdom (1930, 2 minutes) - Why personal thrift feeds the Depression.
The Godless Girl (1928, 128 minutes) - De Mille's sensational film about girls' reformatories and his last silent picture.
Disc 4 - AMERICANS IN THE MAKING
Emigrants Landing on Ellis Island (1903, 2 minutes) - Actual footage of the event.
An American in the Making (1913, 15 minutes) - U.S. Steel film promoting immigration and industrial safety.
Ramona (1910, 16 minutes) - Helen Hunt Jackson's classic about racial conflict in California as told by D.W. Griffith. Stars Mary Pickford.
Redskin (1929, 82 minutes) - Racial tolerance epic shot in two-strip Technicolor. Richard Dix plays Wing Foot, son of a Navajo chief who suffers heartache and prejudice before the film's happy ending with Wing Foot bringing peace between the Navajo and Pueblo peoples.
United Snakes of America (1917, 80 sec) - World War I cartoon assails homefront dissenters.
Uncle Sam donates for Liberty Loans (1919, 75 sec.) - Very odd patriotic cartoon.
100% American (1918, 14 minutes) - Mary Pickford buys war bonds and supports the troops.
Bud's Recruit (1918, 26 minutes) - Brothers serve their country in King Vidor's earliest surviving film.
The Reawakening (1919, 10 minutes) - Documentary about helping disabled veterans build new lives after the war.
Eight Prohibition Newsreels (1922-23, 13 minutes) - footage on raids along with various opinions about the effectiveness of Prohibition.
This set has quite a bit of a history lesson on film with several feature length films and shorts that are entertaining as well as informative on important social issues early in the twentieth century.