Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.
8770 NW Kearney Street
Portland, OR 97229 USA
Press Contact: NedThanhouser
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 22, 2011
Thanhouser SilentFilms Available for Online Viewing
Free Access to 56Films Aimed at Improved Access
PORTLAND, Oregon USA – Thanhouser Company Film Preservation,Inc. announced today that all 56 of the Thanhouser silent films currentlydistributed on DVD are now available for online viewing at no charge.
The films are available for immediate viewing on the Thanhouserwebsite at www.thanhouser.org. The 56 films were produced by the Thanhouser film enterprisebased in New Rochelle, New York between 1910 and 1917. This collection providesa representative cross section of the company’s output during this importantera in early film development.
“This goldmine of rarely-before-seen filmsadds immeasurably to our understanding of the development of American silentcinema. Online access makes these delightful films available to researchers,film historians, media studies teachers and movie lovers everywhere,” saidKathryn Fuller-Seeley, Professor of Film Studies at Georgia State University.
The films were assembled over the past 25 years with thecooperation of archives around the world, including The Library of Congress inWashington, DC, The British Film Institute in London, England, George EastmanHouse in Rochester, New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York,the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam, Holland, and from theThanhouser collection.
“Making these films accessible for online viewing is intended toexpand viewership and academic study of this pioneering studio,” said NedThanhouser, grandson of Thanhouser Company founders Edwin and GertrudeThanhouser.
Each film includes a summary and analysis written by filmhistorian Victor Graf. Andrew Crow, Raymond A. Brubacher and Ben Model composedand performed original musical accompaniment commissioned exclusively for thiscollection.
Titles in the collection include:
· The Actor’s Children (1910): The first Thanhouser film released on March 15, 1910.
· The Winter’s Tale (1910): The first of six Shakespeareplays brought to the screen by the Thanhouser Company.
· Cinderella (1911): An elaborately produced version of the well knownGeorge O. Nichols fairy tale.
· Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912): One of the first film versions of theclassic Robert Lewis Stevenson novel.
· TheCry of the Children (1912): A critical pre-World War I film on child labor reform.
· Petticoat Camp (1912): An early "women's lib" social commentary with acomedy twist.
· The Evidence of the Film (1913): A crime tale with film making as a subject.
· A Dog’s Love (1914): A fantasy about the love between a child and her dog.
· TheirOne Love (1915): ACivil War drama with spectacular night battle sequences.
· Madam Blanche, Beauty Doctor (1915): A gender-bender comedy with satirical socialobservations.
· The Vagabonds (1915): Flashbacks of a penniless, friendless tramp and his dogof his downfall due to drink.
· The World and the Woman (1916): Jeanne Eagel's film debut as a prostituteturned faith healer in this five reel feature.
· The Woman in White (1917): One of Thanhouser’s last films, this five reel feature isbased on Wilkie Collins popular 1859 novel.
DVD versions of all 56 films are alsoavailable for purchase along with the companion CD-ROM Thanhouser Films: An Encyclopedia and History by noted historian Q. David Bowers. Each three-discDVD set is priced at $24.95 and the CD-ROM at $39.95, plus shipping andhandling. Available for immediate worldwide shipment, the DVDs and CD-ROM canbe ordered directly from Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. at 8770 NWKearney Street, Portland, OR 97229 or online from www.thanhouser.org with PayPal, Visa or Master Card.
Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established for the research,preservation and publication of educational materials related to early silentera, with a specific focus on Thanhouser.
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