Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934
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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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Other famous names in this set include the 2-hour drama "The Godless Girl" directed by the legendary Cecil B. De Mille in 1928, at which time he had perfected the art of a sophisticated and thoroughly entertaining movie while still getting across an important message. That message is atheism versus religion, as well as exposing the harsh and unfair conditions in some juvenile reformatories at that time, but far from being lecturing in any way, "The Godless Girl" has powerful drama, tragedy, romance, great action and one of the most gripping and almost unbearably suspenseful, drawn-out climaxes I've seen in a long time. The film is on the disc with the theme "Toil and Tyranny" along with other shorter silent films depicting various other facets of American life, good and bad, which became the subject of films, and in the hands of innovative filmmakers such as Lois Weber, the theme of birth control is poignantly portrayed in "Where Are My Children" on the disc entitled `New Women'.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The "Treasures from American Film Archives" series is one of the premier DVD collections produced in the US; now in its fifth edition, it has covered the full range of... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Daryl Chin
I've watched 2 of the 4 discs so far, and I'm delighted. Though silent films, after serious paying attention I could really understand what was going on, if not word by word. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Linda S. Carter
As a film junkie, I couldn't miss these. Hard to find out there in rental land--sometimes worthwhile to buy. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Candace Drimmer
A marvelous collection of pivotal early films painstakingly collected from archival sources. Important viewing for anyone interested in American historyPublished on December 20, 2008 by JP
First off, my rating is based solely on The Godless Girl which is one of the silent films that I recommend to people who say they dont like silent movies. Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by njpaddy
Treasures III: Social Issues In American Film, 1900-1934 has a plethora of wonderful films that reflect the hearts and minds of Americans as well as their government at a time of... Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by Matthew G. Sherwin
Just a note to clear up the region-code confusion mentioned at the end of a previous review. The Treasures III DVD set has NO region code (that is, it's "Region 0," not "Region... Read morePublished on December 15, 2007 by Scott