The Alloy Orchestra Plays Wild and Weird: 14 Fascinating and Innovative Films: 1902-1965

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Director: Various
Composer : The Alloy Orchestra
Year: 1902-1965
Length: 140 minutes
Format: DVD-9: NTSC
Region: Region 0
Language: Silent with English Intertitles

Following D.W. Griffith's Those Awful Hats for 1909, the program proceeds in chronological order with many of the shorts separated by vintage hand-painted slides created for use in movie theaters a century ago. The selections are A Trip to the Moon (by Georges Méliès, with his original narration), Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter), The Red Spectre (Segundo de Chomon), The Acrobatic Fly (Percy Smith), The Thieving Hand and Princess Nicotine (Vitagraph Studios), Artheme Swallows His Clarinet (Eclipse Films), The Cameraman's Revenge (Ladislas Starewicz), The Pet (Winsor McCay), The Play House (Buster Keaton, in a beautiful copy with all original titles), Filmstudie(Hans Richter), The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich and Gregg Toland), and Clay, or the Origin of Species (Eliot Noyes, Jr.)

Special features include Alloy Plays Filmstudie, a short film by David Davidson documenting The Alloy Orchestra in a recording session for one of the films in this collections, and also a booklet of notes on the 14 individual films.

1. THOSE AWFUL HATS (1909) (B/W) - D. W. Griffith

2. A TRIP TO THE MOON (France, 1902) (B/W) - Georges Méliès

3. DREAM OF A RAREBIT FIEND (1906) (TINTED) - Edwin S. Porter 

4. RED SPECTRE  (France, 1907) (HAND COLORED) - Ferdinand Zecca and Segundo de Chomon

5. THE ACROBATIC FLY (England, 1908) (TINTED) - F. Percy Smith

6. THE THIEVING HAND (1908) (B/W) - [Unknown] Vitagraph Film Company

7. PRINCESS NICOTINE, OR THE SMOKE FAIRY (1909) (B/W) - [Unknown] Vitagraph Film Company

8. ARTHEME SWALLOWS HIS CLARINET (France, 1912) (B/W) - [Unknown] Eclipse Film Company, France

9. THE CAMERAMAN'S REVENGE (Russia, 1912) (TINTED) - Wladyslaw Starewicz  


11. THE PLAY HOUSE (1921) (B/W) - Buster Keaton

12. FILMSTUDIE (Switzerland, 1926) (B/W) - Hans Richter

13. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF 9413, A HOLLYWOOD EXTRA (1927) (B/W) - Slavko Vorkapich, Robert Florey and Gregg Toland

14. CLAY, OR THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES (1965) (B/W) - Eliot Noyes, Jr.

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