Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York City and the family history back in Sicily. These are two people who have lived together for a long time and ... See full summary »
A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed. He arrests her anyway, and she is ... See full summary »
The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in ... See full summary »
A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.
Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela has a plan to win back her husband's affections. An elaborate masquerade ball is to ... See full summary »
Its almost impossible to think about the world as we know it without the movies. We can all conjure up images in our minds with the mere mention of an actor or a title. Even if we haven't see the movies, we recognize Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock or the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz.
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Overall a little uneven, but that's in part because in any collection such as this, one's interest is bound to be stronger in some areas and not others. What we see here is priceless, little bits of rare films now lost to time. Highlights for me were the fragments of Flaming Youth (1923), starring Colleen Moore, and Red Hair (1928), starring Clara Bow and featuring the only color footage of her. There were also fun trailers for The Great Gatsby (1926), Rough House Rosie (1927) with Clara Bow, and The American Venus (1926), with Esther Ralston, Fay Lanphier, and Louise Brooks. That last one is pretty sexist though, starting with a card reading "Girls! Are YOU the American Venus?" in an oval, and proceeding to the next to give us the detailed bodily measurements of the Venus de Milo (everything you might expect, and then on top of it, Neck 14", Calf 13½", and Ankle 8½"...talk about setting the expectation for a precise body image). The Rough House Rosie trailer says the movie is "the story of a girl who got her men by treating 'em rough"), followed by a clip of Bow walloping a guy for putting his hands on her. The fact that the clips are short makes us wish we could see more, but it also keeps the film moving, as we also wonder what's going to pop up next. Seeing the film damage begin to increase to the point of the footage being completely wiped out is also poignant.
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