A home video
over 4-1/2 hours of material in a 2-Disc DVD edition.
Flicker Alley, in collaboration with
Blackhawk Films and Turner Classic Movies, is proud to present the astonishing
Miss Mend, a 1926 three-part serial / adventure film from Soviet directors
Boris Barnet and Fedor Ozep.
Widely regarded by the official
Soviet press of the time as a prime example of shameless “Western-style”
entertainment, the serial was nevertheless hugely popular, becoming one
of the most successful Soviet films of the 1920s. Miss Mend is an energetic,
fast-moving serial opens a window on the phenomenon of Soviet Americanism
and reveals a little-known side of early Soviet cinema.
This new edition was mastered
in high definition from superb original 35mm elements produced by David
Shepard and Jeffery Masino, with digital restoration and editing being
carried out by Eric Lange of Lobster Films, Paris. Featuring a “dream
cast” of 1920s Soviet films stars and special bonus features by
Harvard University Soviet specialists Ana Olenina and Maxim Pozdorovkin.
Brand new English title translations
Newly recorded orchestral
score by renowned composer Robert Israel
Special Bonus Features:
Miss Mend: A Whirlwind
Vision of an Imagined America - A brand new, 25-minute documentary exploring
the creative forces and cultural influences behind Miss Mend
The Music of Miss Mend: Go behind the scenes of Robert Israel’s
brilliant new score in a new, 15-minute documentary featuring the actual
Miss Mend recording sessions
Mend and Soviet Americanism – A new booklet essay by historians
Ana Olenina and Maxim Pozdorovkin
Dec. 15, 2009