Saturday, September 12, 2009

French Innovation at Cinema’s Dawn

I stole the title of today's entry; it's the headline from the NYTimes.com article that accompanies it, a review of a new set from Kino.

Gaumont Treasures 1897-1913,” is "a fascinating three-disc set from Kino International." According to the review, the set features films from Gaumont, the oldest continuously-running film production company in existence and showcases "an era in which innovation was the norm and formal discoveries were being made almost daily."

With films from Alice Guy, Léonce Perret, Louis Feuillade and others, the set is "an abridged version, with English subtitles, of 'Le Cinéma Premier,' a seven-disc collection issued in 2008 in France by Gaumont."

Nonetheless, the review gives it high marks for offering "a satisfying, well-chosen sample for more casual visitors to this astoundingly rich, fast-moving period in film history."

2 Comments:

Blogger Oneliner said...

Looking forward to when this set gets a bit cheaper-- even used its $50-- eager to see the 1913 feature on there-- CHILD OF PARIS. Have you bought this set yet?

November 24, 2009 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Kally said...

I haven't yet, sad to say. Like you, I'm waiting until it gets a little more "checkbook-friendly."

November 27, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

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