German Filmmuseum Edition

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#626 Post by Tommaso » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:19 pm

Yeah, probably an exciting release indeed. We have to wait for a more detailed announcement of course, but the prospect of getting a 3-dvd release of hopefully mostly German silents from the 1910s is really great. I hope that some of the once tentatively scheduled - and later abandoned - films by Max Mack and Urban Gad will finallly show up on this one.

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#627 Post by knives » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:28 pm

Given the name this will probably be culled by the book of the same name. Here is a list of the table of contents.

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#628 Post by pet42 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:24 am

An extended version of this book with (only one ?) DVD will appear in March as well: https://www.amazon.de/dp/3869711051

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#629 Post by neilist » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:30 pm

Heiner Carow's 'Die Russen kommen' and 'Karriere' due March 2017.
Edition Filmmuseum 107
Heiner Carow's powerful film The Russians Are Coming, about the final days of World War II, was made in the GDR in 1968. However, it did not receive state authorization for release at the time and could only be painstakingly reconstructed in 1987. This double DVD presents a new, restored version of the film and allows viewers their first ever opportunity to compare it with Career (1971), in which Heiner Carow made use of parts of the unreleased material from The Russians Are Coming.

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#630 Post by HerrSchreck » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:07 pm

Does anyone here (say Tommy) have any idea what in god's name ever happened w Algol from this crew? The slow drip drip drip of atomic releases from this label seems to have thickened into a flat out clog. I understand they're constrained by time and budget and a Europe fracturing like the rest of civilization into rampant political idiocy ("First 50 years of the 20th Century? WTF are the First 50 Years of the 20th Century??--doomed to repeat what???").

But there's no better cure for rampant political insanity than finally wiping away the smog of time via ancient TV telecine analog rips to settle down with a fabulous silent masterwork like Algol or Die Strasse. Trapped in the Mine (Schlagende) is a fine little film with some bizarre conception of a rather workaday drama (the elevator operator in the mineshaft is well nigh a portent of Langian sci fi), but we've fine backchannel material there.

And of course the cruelly underrepresented Grune, Die Strasse:
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#631 Post by Tommaso » Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:44 pm

Well, I've no idea what keeps them from releasing these long announced releases, apart from typical Germanic perfectionism perhaps. Of course there may always be rights issues/controversies in the background that we don't know of and only perhaps learn about later. The much delayed 1913 "Student von Prag" was such a case; they ended up releasing a set with two slightly different versions in terms of intertitles and playback speed to satisfy the rightsholder of Ewers' estate (and when watching the two versions side by side, the rightsholder even seems to have been right to complain!). But I have absolutely no idea what it is that holds back this particular release: "Schlagende Wetter" was shown on arte TV years ago and it looked stunning, so the trouble - whatever it is - must be with "Algol".

That they - nor anyone else - haven't done anything about "Die Straße" is beyond me, too, but at least nothing about a resto has been announced, as sad as this is. So don't expect anything in this respect. I only know that I'd want to direct anyone to the fine digitisation of Grune's outstanding "Am Rande der Welt" (1927) starring Brigitte Helm and also Max Schreck. I really don't know why this hasn't been released yet; they'd only need to have someone play some piano to it. Well, here it is. For an English subtitled version you'd unfortunately have to consult the backchannels, though....

In any case, I'm even more waiting for the Munich Filmmuseum's finalisation of their 'work in progress' restoration of what remains of the "Homunculus" serial. And Murnau's "Gang in die Nacht", now finally announced as forthcoming (whatever that means with this label); but they've been on it restoring it for about ten years now, from what I've heard.

And where is that goddamn long-promised Barnet set?!

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#632 Post by yoshimori » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:52 pm

Tommaso wrote:And where is that goddamn long-promised Barnet set?!
... and the Otsep Living Corpse that was announced three, four years ago ... and ...

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#633 Post by L.A. » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:47 am

L.A. wrote:Kafka Goes to the Movies coming in March 2017.
Late April hopefully. Now listed as a 4-DVD set.

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#634 Post by Adam » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:06 pm

Could you mean this newly restored version of ALGOL from the Munich Film Museum that is playing at the American CInematheque in Los Angeles on Sunday April 30?
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar ... r-caligari" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

FIAF is in LA that weekend, so all the various archivists from around the world will be here. The American Cinematheque is doing a couple of relevant shows. (I was hoping to do another but it didn't work out.) Anyway, I trust that the screening means that the DVD will come soon.
HerrSchreck wrote:Does anyone here (say Tommy) have any idea what in god's name ever happened w Algol from this crew? The slow drip drip drip of atomic releases from this label seems to have thickened into a flat out clog. I understand they're constrained by time and budget and a Europe fracturing like the rest of civilization into rampant political idiocy ("First 50 years of the 20th Century? WTF are the First 50 Years of the 20th Century??--doomed to repeat what???").

But there's no better cure for rampant political insanity than finally wiping away the smog of time via ancient TV telecine analog rips to settle down with a fabulous silent masterwork like Algol or Die Strasse.

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#635 Post by L.A. » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:09 pm

L.A. wrote:
L.A. wrote:Kafka Goes to the Movies coming in March 2017.
Late April hopefully. Now listed as a 4-DVD set.
Pushed to May but the contents are now listed. Looks superb!

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#636 Post by matrixschmatrix » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:29 pm

As I have several to pick up for the pre-20s project- is there a cheap place to buy these, or should I just bite the bullet and buy them from Amazon?

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#637 Post by swo17 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:43 pm

Check all the European Amazons for the best deal.

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#638 Post by Tommaso » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:57 pm

Also check jpc.de. Often they are a few Euros cheaper, especially with newly released 2-disc-sets from Edition Filmmuseum.

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#639 Post by knives » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:49 pm

Filmmuseum themselves are also pretty good and have a great staff.

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#640 Post by neilist » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:42 pm

HerrSchreck wrote:Does anyone here (say Tommy) have any idea what in god's name ever happened w Algol from this crew? The slow drip drip drip of atomic releases from this label seems to have thickened into a flat out clog. I understand they're constrained by time and budget and a Europe fracturing like the rest of civilization into rampant political idiocy ("First 50 years of the 20th Century? WTF are the First 50 Years of the 20th Century??--doomed to repeat what???").

But there's no better cure for rampant political insanity than finally wiping away the smog of time via ancient TV telecine analog rips to settle down with a fabulous silent masterwork like Algol or Die Strasse.
Adam wrote:Could you mean this newly restored version of ALGOL from the Munich Film Museum that is playing at the American CInematheque in Los Angeles on Sunday April 30?
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar ... r-caligari" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

FIAF is in LA that weekend, so all the various archivists from around the world will be here. The American Cinematheque is doing a couple of relevant shows. (I was hoping to do another but it didn't work out.) Anyway, I trust that the screening means that the DVD will come soon.
American Cinematheque article including information on the restoration of 'Algol' here. Hopefully the DVD will be on its way out soon...

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#641 Post by Perkins Cobb » Wed May 03, 2017 12:59 pm

neilist wrote:Heiner Carow's 'Die Russen kommen' and 'Karriere' due March 2017.
Edition Filmmuseum 107
Heiner Carow's powerful film The Russians Are Coming, about the final days of World War II, was made in the GDR in 1968. However, it did not receive state authorization for release at the time and could only be painstakingly reconstructed in 1987. This double DVD presents a new, restored version of the film and allows viewers their first ever opportunity to compare it with Career (1971), in which Heiner Carow made use of parts of the unreleased material from The Russians Are Coming.
Anyone have this yet? Any issues with the transfers?

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#642 Post by L.A. » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:43 pm

Opium (Robert Reinert, 1919) has been restored (had no idea it survives) and was shown at Berlinale last month. Sure hope Filmmuseum puts this out eventually.

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#643 Post by TMDaines » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:52 pm

Oh wow, yes! The only way to view at the moment is via the ropiest of ropy rips, which is essentially useless.

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#644 Post by neilist » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:42 am

The first new release in around a year features James Benning's '11x14', 'One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Year Later' and 'One Way Boogie Woogie 2012'.
The mid-1970s saw James Benning's first feature films attract the attention of critics, establishing him as a representative of the »New Narrative Movement.« In films like 11╳14 and One Way Boogie Woogie, he combines the structural analysis of image, sound and narrative with auto-biographical traces, as well as with an almost »classical« interest in composition, color, light and landscape. This 2-disc set features 11╳14 (1977), one of the central U.S. avant-garde films of the 1970s, in a restored version. Also included is Benning's recurring view of his hometown Milwaukee at three different points in time: One Way Boogie Woogie (1978), 27 Years Later (2005) and One Way Boogie Woogie 2012. Documents of change and transience.

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#645 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:56 am

Wow, is this the first time these films have been released on DVD? I was fortunate to see 11x14 at Anthology Film Archives in an excellent looking 16mm print - if the transfer's good I'll definitely pick this up.

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#646 Post by Adam » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:04 am

Yes, first time. None of Benning's films have existed on DVD outside of the Filmmuseum editions.

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#647 Post by whaleallright » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:03 am

well, this is a must-get for me. these are probably my favorite of Bennings's films.

it would be interesting to see the two One Way Boogie Woogie films (literally) side-by-side, although that might disrupt the play with memory that seeing them back-to-back provokes. (for those who don't know, the later film finds Benning shooting the same locations, from essentially—often precisely—the same camera positions, and documenting the intervening 25+ years' impact on those locations as well as Benning and his friends.)

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#648 Post by Tommaso » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:29 pm

Now available: the 2-disc release of Ophuls' "Liebelei" and "Lola Montez". And "Lola" finally is the German-language version!
If that alone wasn't reason to rejoice: the extras look spectacular.

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#649 Post by isakorg2 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:31 pm

Hopefully, there are some typos on Filmmuseum's site and their Lola Montez is more than 29 minutes long and Liebelei has English subtitles. What a surprise, though, to have the release pop up like this - I was settled in for the customary lengthy Filmmuseum wait.

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#650 Post by denti alligator » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:22 pm

Tommaso wrote:Now available: the 2-disc release of Ophuls' "Liebelei" and "Lola Montez". And "Lola" finally is the German-language version!
If that alone wasn't reason to rejoice: the extras look spectacular.
Well, yet another DVD order is necessary. Wish they would do Blu-ray!

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