The Vicar of Wakefield

Description: Here’s another early one-reel silent feature from the Thanhouser archives, completed during the same year as The Winter’s Tale (in addition to a bunch of other movies from this most prolific enterprise.) Once again, Thanhouser turns to “the classics” for its source material, adapting (and greatly simplifying) Oliver Goldsmith’s 1776 novel The Vicar’s Tale.

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Lady Blue Shanghai

Description: David Lynch sells out…again. A few years ago, French high-fashion company Dior commissioned three stylish directors to put together commercials featuring Marion Cotillard and the Lady Dior handbag. Olivier Dahan (who directed Cotillard in La vie en rose, a biopic about the singer Edith Piaf) and Jonas Akerlund (who directed multiple Machina/The Machines of […]

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The Winter’s Tale

Description: With his finger squarely on the pulse of the burgeoning motion picture industry, Edwin Thanhouser founded the Thanhouser Company in 1909, setting up shop in the city of New Rochelle, New York. Thanhouser’s earliest productions rarely exceeded the 12-15 minute range, as the era of multiple-reel films was yet to come. The Winter’s Tale […]

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Porcelain Unicorn

Description: This sentimental short won the “Tell It Your Way” contest sponsored by Philips back in 2010. In flashback, we see a trio of Hitler Youth schoolboys playing in an abandoned house. Or so it seems. They find a young Jewish girl in hiding, which leads two boys to flee. Instead of turning her in, […]

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Meshes of the Afternoon

Description: A hugely influential and pioneering experimental film, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s Meshes of the Afternoon is not a narrative film, but, compared to other surrealist underground works of its time, the action onscreen compels viewers to make something more out of the pieces. Deren plays a protagonist trapped in a domestic space, albeit […]

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