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Woman on the Run
A lost gem rediscovered! Thanks to the efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, this terrific 1950 film noir, the only American print of which was burned in a 2008 fire, has been rescued and restored to its original luster. Join…
The Man Who Cheated Himself
Blinded by love, homicide lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb) goes to great lengths to cover up a murder. His coquettish girlfriend Lois (Jane Wyatt) has killed her scheming husband before he could bump her off. John Dall co-stars as…
A Trip to the Moon - In Its Original 1902 Colors/The Extraordinary Voyage
A Trip To The Moon (1902): The material for A Trip to the Moon is sourced from a restored color version that had been considered lost for several decades and is presented with an original soundtrack by the French band,…
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Too Late for Tears
When a pair of film noir icons like Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea collide, sparks are sure to fly. Jane Palmer (Scott) and her husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) mysteriously have $60,000 literally dropped in their laps. The circumstances seem mighty…
Fanchon the Cricket
Based on the 1863 novel LA PETITE FADETTE by George Sand, Mary Pickford plays Fanchon, a young woman who lives in the woods with her grandmother who is reputed to be a witch. The village children snub Fanchon because of…
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This version of Hunchback, featuring Lon Chaney was a huge production: the sets depicting 15th-century Paris covered nineteen acres of Universal Pictures' back lot and included the facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Filming took six months and the climactic sequence…
Bed and Sofa (And Chess Fever)
Daring for its time - or any time - Bed And Sofa is the story of a love triangle between a woman and two men living together in a one-room basement apartment in 1927 Moscow. When Liuda becomes pregnant and…
The Lost World
"Our creature animation in the Jurassic Park films basically descends from The Lost World of 1925. Willis O'Brien is our great pioneer, and this superb restoration inspires new awe for his imagination and craftsmanship." - Stan Winston Newly restored with…
Phantom
Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation is proud to present, Phantom , which marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. In this beautifully reconstructed and restored edition from…
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Mack Sennett Collection Volume One
The Keystone Film Company, under the guidance of pioneering producer and director Mack Sennett, was the birthplace of classic American slapstick comedy. This historic studio was at one time home to a staggering number of silent screen luminaries including Mabel…
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Aelita, Queen of Mars
Aelita, The Queen Of Mars is a Socialist science fiction spectacle and in 1924 was the first big-budget movie from Soviet Russia. A year and a half in the making, it was intended as ideologically correct mass entertainment which could…
J'Accuse
J'Accuse, Gance's extraordinary breakthrough work, is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as "A human cry…
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The Marriage Circle
The tone is set from the opening scene as legendary director Ernst Lubitsch effortlessly sets up the duality of one perfectly happy marriage contrasted with another couple in a perpetual state of grimly endured misalliance. The Marriage Circle is full…
Sherlock Holmes
The film faithfully retains the play's famous set pieces--Holmes's encounter with Professor Moriarty, his daring escape from the Stepney Gas Chamber, and the tour-de-force deductions. It also illustrates how Gillette, who wrote the adaptation himself, wove bits from Conan Doyle's…
The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt
The youngest president in our nation's history, who brought an unprecedented excitement and power to the office, the life of America's 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, makes any fiction pale by comparison. His was the life of a magnificent maverick -…
Palace of Silents - The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles
On Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles there is a 150-seat movie theater that for over sixty-eight years has doggedly dedicated itself to the exhibition of silent films. Built in 1942 by maverick film preservationist and collector John Hampton, the theater…
The Best Arbuckle/Keaton Collection Volume One
From 1913 to 1916, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle rose from the ranks of bit player to writer, director and star of comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Film Company. Because of Sennett's belief that actors were interchangeable, he lost Arbuckle to producer…
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Storm Over Asia
The last of the three great films that V.I. Pudovkin directed in the 1920s, Storm over Asia (1928) is an acknowledged classic of Soviet silent cinema. Filmed largely on location in Mongolia, the film has an authentic documentary feel, though…
The Ancient Law - Das alte Gesetz
An important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860's Vienna. With its historically authentic set design and ensemble of prominent actors, THE ANCIENT LAW is an outstanding…
This is Cinerama
Presented in the "Smilebox" curved screen simulation. On the evening of September 30, 1952, the shape and sound of movies changed forever with the introduction of Cinerama. This unique widescreen process was launched when television was deemed as a major…