This two-disc DVD is comprised of Learning to Talk and Movies Dream in Color, produced by Lobster Films/Histoire, 2003-2004.
Film historians Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg compiled materials from their own Lobster Films collection and material from archives throughout Europe and the USA to create these two historic documentaries illustrating the birth of sound and color cinema, perhaps the greatest cultural achievement of the twentieth century.
Over two and a half hours of bonus materials:
· A fantastic new restoration of the first live action film to utilize the three-strip Technicolor process, La Cucaracha (1934), struck from the original nitrate negatives.
· Additional bonus features include two 1908 films with songs performed by Enrico Caruso,
· A 1927 interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
· An example of a “part-talkie” as an episode of the silent serial “The Collegians.”
· The first hand-painted Lumière films from the end of the nineteenth century, a vintage stenciled-colored Paris fashion review from the mid-1920s.
· Unique color film images of the Marx Brothers shot in 1930.
Sept. 25, 2007