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Lonesome (1928) (Criterion Collection Region 1) - Fejos, Paul
Releasedatum: 28 augustus 2012

The early Hollywood gem Lonesome is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind auteur, Paul Fejos (a filmmaker/explorer/anthropologist/doctor!), who bridged the gap between the silent and sound eras. Fejos pulled out all the stops for this lovely New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend—employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added because of the craze for talkies). For years, Lonesome has been a rare treat for festival and cinematheque audiences; it’s only now coming to home video. Rarer still are the two other Fejos films included in this release: The Last Performance (featuring a new score by Donald Sosin) and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of Broadway, in its time the most expensive film ever produced at Universal.

New digital restoration

Audio commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski

The Last Performance, director Paul Fejos's 1929 silent starring Conrad Veidt

Reconstructed sound version of Broadway, Fejos's 1929 musical

Fejos Memorial, a 1963 visual essay produced by Paul Falkenberg

Audio excerpts about Broadway from an interview with cinematographer Hal Mohr

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Phillip Lopate

€ 40.99

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