Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Bologna Diary (13) - More restorations
Shooting Stars (Anthony Asquith, UK, 1928). End of the silent era movie, Asquith's debut and only credited as one of two directors though he gets his name on the title. Trivial goings on except towards the end it develops quite a degree of intensity. A curiosity rather than something central to the career of a key figure in the Brit industry
King of Jazz (John Murray Anderson, USA, 1930). As previously mentioned, notwithstanding the enormous effort that has gone into restoring this two-strip Technicolour curiosity, this was not the highlight hoped for. For many, they could only report that they thought it was never going to end and the sense of disbelief at the final mixing pot number being such a failure of imagination.
Der Letze Chance (Leopold Lindberg, Switzerland, 1945)
Interesting post-war Swiss story of escapers and evaders trying to avoid capture by the Nazis in the last days of the war. A curiosity, flawed by some stilted acting in English but not without interest
Her Man (Tay Garnett, USA, 1930). Wonderful robust comedy mentioned already
Der Mude Tod (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1921). Extraordinary labour of love by the Murnau institute. Not however adjudged one of Fritz Lang's greatest works.