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TCM Treats Movie Fans to Rarely Seen Cinematic Gems Sunday,

PostFri Mar 18, 2011 2:51 pm

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Turner Classic Movies Treats Movie Fans to Rarely Seen Cinematic Gems Sunday, April 3
Lineup Includes Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films and 10th Anniversary Presentation of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will take viewers on an eye-opening cinematic journey with a night of rarely seen gems on Sunday, April 3. The evening will open with Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films, a two-hour program of segments from films that have otherwise been lost to history, as well as interviews with people involved in making and preserving these films. Then, a special 10th anniversary presentation of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941 will mesmerize viewers with a 2 ½-hour collection of 16 experimental, mind-bending works from the early days of cinema. Both collections feature work by well-known filmmakers and performers, including director John Ford and a teen-age Charlton Heston.

“This night of rare movie treasures is the latest demonstration of TCM’s commitment to film preservation and to showcase the efforts of the world’s leading film archives,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “With as many as 80% of all pre-1930 films lost or damaged beyond repair, Fragments stands as a testament to cinematic treasures that have been claimed by the ravages of time. And celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Unseen Cinema provides a look at some of early film’s most imaginative visions, most of which have never been presented in a major public forum.”

Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films, which was inspired by a similar presentation at last year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, opens the April 3 lineup at 8 p.m. (ET). Produced by Flicker Alley, the two-hour showcase features nine thematically arranged segments and case studies of clips preserved by some of the leading film archives in the country, including the Academy Film Archive, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.

Among the pieces featured in Fragments are the final reel of John Ford’s The Village Blacksmith (1922) and a glimpse at Emil Jannings in The Way of All Flesh (1927), the only Oscar®-winning performance in a lost film. Fragments also features clips from such lost films as Cleopatra (1917), starring Theda Bara; The Miracle Man (1919), with Lon Chaney; He Comes Up Smiling (1918), starring Douglas Fairbanks; an early lost sound film, Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929), filmed in early Technicolor®, and the only color footage of silent star Clara Bow, Red Hair (1928). The program is rounded out with interviews of film preservationists involved in identifying and restoring these films. Also featured is a new interview with Diana Serra Cary, best known as “Baby Peggy,” one of the major American child stars of the silent era, who discusses one of the featured fragments, Darling of New York (1923).

At 10 p.m. (ET), Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941 will salute the rich – but often unheralded – artistry of avant garde and experimental filmmakers during cinema’s formative years. TCM’s presentation includes 16 titles hand-chosen by archivists Bruce Posner and David Shepard from their world-renowned 175-film retrospective, which premiered in Moscow in June 2001. Posner and Shepard also selected material from the acclaimed Unseen Cinema seven-disc DVD collection, released in 2005.

TCM’s Unseen Cinema showcase features such intriguing works as a pagan dance sequence from Peer Gynt (1941), starring a 17-year-old Charlton Heston; Annabell Dances and Dances (1894-97), a pioneering attempt to capture dance on film; a dream sequence from Beggar on Horseback (1925), featuring popular character actor Edward Everett Horton; Carousel – Animal Opera (c.1938), a visual symphony by artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell; and Ballet mécanique (1923-24), Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy’s abstract collage of machines, objects and shapes set to a radical George Antheils score reconstructed by Paul Lehrman.

About Flicker Alley, LLC
Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 with the goal of bringing film history to new audiences by offering an ever-expanding selection of new digital editions of cinema classics and rare works, many being presented for the first time. Flicker Alley has partnered with Turner Classic Movies on several historic cable broadcasts including three previously unavailable silent films produced by Howard Hughes, three rarely seen Rudolph Valentino films and brand new digital editions two masterpieces by Abel Gance, of J’Accuse and La Roue.

The Flicker Alley publishing brand has grown to enjoy national and international critical acclaim and is regularly featured in annual “Best Of” lists. In 2009 and 2011, the company has been a Heritage Award recipient by the National Society of Film Critics. The company has also been honored twice with the prestigious Il Cinema Ritrovato Award: In 2008 for George Melies - First Wizard of Cinema, and again in 2009 for Douglas Fairbanks - A Modern Musketeer.

About Unseen Cinema
Unseen Cinema is a collaborative film preservation project sponsored by Anthology Film Archives, New York; Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; and 60 of the world’s leading film archives, with generous underwriting by Cineric, Inc. The innovative programming has been hailed a milestone in film history. It received the 2005 Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics and a 2005 Special Citation from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Additional information is available at http://www.unseen-cinema.com.

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

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PostFri Mar 18, 2011 7:36 pm

Outstanding news. And to think, I recently posted how I would like there to be a DVD compilation of fragments.
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PostFri Mar 18, 2011 8:22 pm

ChaneyFan,

It isn't noted here, but during this program they are running the surviving reel of FLAMING YOUTH that I mentioned a couple nights ago. Also Chaney's THUNDER. As usual Colleen Moore is bypassed in the conversation and I'm getting tired of that. No wonder so many of her films are lost.
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PostFri Mar 18, 2011 8:52 pm

Anything from CASE OF LENA SMITH?
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PostFri Mar 18, 2011 10:38 pm

Saw the final minutes of "The Way of All Flesh" at the Film Forum a few years back and Jannings was superb. I'm sure it's the same piece of film.
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PostSat Mar 19, 2011 6:21 am

Wasn't there a very brief clip of LENA SMITH found in China?
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PostSat Mar 19, 2011 7:27 am

westegg wrote:Wasn't there a very brief clip of LENA SMITH found in China?


Yes - it's been shown at a film festival (Pordenone, I think), and there are a number of frame enlargements in the recent book about the film. It's a 3-4 minute fragment.
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PostSat Mar 19, 2011 2:15 pm

:o While I am anxious to see LAILA, I almost wish that TCM were debuting CHICAGO on the 3rd instead. I think it ties in much better with the FRAGMENTS presentation earlier in the evening. Plus the film has gotten allot of requests on the TCM boards. I plan to order LAILA this weekend.
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PostSat Mar 19, 2011 2:45 pm

Rather than continuing to request a film that's already available on DVD, it would help ensure that more DVDs are released if they'd buy the DVD instead.
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Re: TCM Treats Movie Fans to Rarely Seen Cinematic Gems Sund

PostMon Mar 21, 2011 2:42 pm

Thank you Bruce, I didn't see the new link. Can't wait to see it on the small screen. :)
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PostSun Mar 27, 2011 9:58 pm

I'll be tuning in. :D
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PostMon Mar 28, 2011 10:56 am

Now that I FINALLY have TCM, I'll be watching too.
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PostMon Mar 28, 2011 12:16 pm

I have go somewhere on Sunday I DVR BABY

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PostSat Apr 02, 2011 12:51 pm

A preview tid bit from the Baltimore Sun.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-0 ... -violinist
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PostSat Apr 02, 2011 12:58 pm

:evil: Where is the mention of Colleen Moore from FLAMING YOUTH in any of these articles??? If I had not seen the TCM "Now Playing The Show" Segment for April I would have no idea that it was part of the broadcast! :( I assure you that it is!
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 1:58 am

Wow! Can't wait.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 11:44 am

Evil or Very Mad Where is the mention of Colleen Moore from FLAMING YOUTH in any of these articles??? If I had not seen the TCM "Now Playing The Show" Segment for April I would have no idea that it was part of the broadcast! Sad I assure you that it is!


I think you must be seeing things, Gagman! :twisted:
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 12:39 pm

Not to worry. Flaming Youth has about 10 minutes onscreen with brief nudity and Ms. Moore opening the scene in one of the cutest segments in a silent I've ever seen.

Thunder as mentioned by gagman 66 in NOT in the program. Chaney can be seen in the Miracle Man with sound. Goldiggers of Broadway has three clips with sound. All other music (piano solo) is by yours truly as is all post production audio.

I predict a surge in the creation of green bean casseroles will follow the airing tonight.
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Colleen Moore and Clara Bow on Tcm Tonight!

PostSun Apr 03, 2011 12:55 pm

Michael, Everyone,

:shock: COLLEEN MOORE ON TCM!!!!!!! Hey Speedy are you listening? COLLEEN MOORE and CLARA BOW On TCM Tonight!!!!!!!

Where is the promotion for this event? It is sadly lacking. :(


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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 1:50 pm

Michael Mortilla wrote:Not to worry. Flaming Youth has about 10 minutes onscreen with brief nudity and Ms. Moore opening the scene in one of the cutest segments in a silent I've ever seen.

Thunder as mentioned by gagman 66 in NOT in the program. Chaney can be seen in the Miracle Worker with sound. Goldiggers of Broadway has three clips with sound. All other music (piano solo) is by yours truly as is all post production audio.

I predict a surge in the creation of green bean casseroles will follow the airing tonight.


I think you mean Chaney in the Miriaclel Man, and the sound is the commentary from the old compilation reel. BTW- I saw the sound version of The Miracle Man a couple years back and it's a really fine film that should be seen more.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 1:55 pm

:? Well, the clip that I saw on the APRIL NOW PLAYING THE SHOW, I just assumed was from THUNDER. There was Chaney on top of a speeding train. I was surprised when I read that footage from THE MIRACLE MAN was being featured. Rich also thought it was from THUNDER before I did. There is also footage of Ramon Novarro. What film is that from?
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 3:00 pm

There is also footage from THE MIRACLE MAN in the Paramount promo film, THE HOUSE THAT SHADOWS BUILT.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 3:14 pm

FrankFay wrote:I think you mean Chaney in the Miriaclel Man, and the sound is the commentary from the old compilation reel. BTW- I saw the sound version of The Miracle Man a couple years back and it's a really fine film that should be seen more.


Certainly correct on the first count. Mia culpa! I scored a stage version of The Miracle Worker a while back and I guess it just flew off my fingers out of habit. LOL!

And I believe you are correct on the second count as well, but I'm not certain. There is narration and some stock music on the clip being screened.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 3:34 pm

Jack Theakston wrote:There is also footage from THE MIRACLE MAN in the Paramount promo film, THE HOUSE THAT SHADOWS BUILT.


That's the source I was thinking of- I think that is the only remaining footage.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 4:49 pm

I think in if you get DVD version of PEnalty You see footage of MIracle man in that DVD bonus side TOO
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 4:51 pm

Some Miracle Man footage also appears in the Paramount 1930s clip short Movie Milestones. I have it in 16mm.

The Verizon on-screen guide for my TV says that this film is about relationships that form after several people witness a shooting in a diner, but I'm sure that they have confused it with another Fragments (2008) movie.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 7:28 pm

Gagman 66 wrote::? Well, the clip that I saw on the APRIL NOW PLAYING THE SHOW, I just assumed was from THUNDER. There was Chaney on top of a speeding train. I was surprised when I read that footage from THE MIRACLE MAN was being featured. Rich also thought it was from THUNDER before I did. There is also footage of Ramon Novarro. What film is that from?


That was Victor McLagan in the trailer for BIG BOY on top of the train- though he does look like Chaney in a few shots.
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 7:31 pm

FLAMING YOUTH to me was the fragment I felt the most keen sense of loss over; it looks like such a wonderful time capsule of the time. The party scene that featured those Hawaiian musicians I can only imagine how they actually sounded (if there had been sound!). The Clara Bow scenes are another bittersweet glimpse. If only all silent films as these were as safe and sparkling as CHICAGO (1927).

I'll start looking around tomorrow.

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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 7:34 pm

Gagman 66 wrote:Michael, Everyone,

:shock: COLLEEN MOORE ON TCM!!!!!!! Hey Speedy are you listening? COLLEEN MOORE and CLARA BOW On TCM Tonight!!!!!!!

Where is the promotion for this event? It is sadly lacking. :(


Unfortunately, I don't have TCM. :-(

And they're showing the surviving footage of two of my holy grails. :'-(
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PostSun Apr 03, 2011 7:59 pm

Speedy,

We also saw the Trailer to ROUGH HOSE ROSIE! and the Trailer from Colleen's HAPPINESS AHEAD looked awesome. The best trailer by far of any of them. Unfortunately it was also among the shortest.
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