The Salvation Hunters / The Case of Lena Smith (Fragment)

Josef von Sternberg
Price: EUR 19.90
Before making (sound) film history with The Blue Angel, Viennese-born filmmaker Josef von Sternberg directed a series of thematically and stylistically daring silent films. This DVD presents the first and last of his surviving silents, digitally restored from archival 35mm elements and supplemented by a new video essay by film historian Janet Bergstrom. The Salvation Hunters, von Sternberg's self-financed, socially conscious directorial debut, won praise from Charles Chaplin, among others, and is featured here with a new score by award-winning Austrian composer Siegfried Friedrich. The sole extant fragment of The Case of Lena Smith brings the director's youthful memories of fin de siècle Vienna vividly to life.

The DVD won the award for Best DVD 2016/2017 at the Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival in Bologna.

"Probably the most important DVD release of last year" (Jonathan Rosenbaum/Cinema Scope)

"Une 'vraie' édition collector" (Positif)

Edition Filmmuseum 105
Edited by: Austrian Film Museum in cooperation with UCLA Film & Television Archive (Los Angeles), ZDF/Arte and Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum (Tokyo)
The Salvation Hunters (1925, Josef von Sternberg) 70 min | The Case of Lena Smith (Fragment) (1929, Josef von Sternberg) 4 min | Josef von Sternberg, Salvation Hunter (2016, Janet Bergstrom) 32 min
 
Language: English
Subtitles: German, French
All Regions, PAL 4:3, optional musical score for The Salvation Hunters by Siegfried Friedrich
20 page booklet with essays by Janet Bergstrom and Siegfried Friedrich (in German and in English)
 
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