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  • GEORGES MELIES: WIZARD OF CINEMA (1896-1913)

    The entire collection of Méliès' films - from the well known to the rediscovered Méliès' films enchant people of all ages. As well as being a pioneer, he remains the uncontested master of fantasy and dream worlds, and was the f...

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      MELIES (Georges)

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2011

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    The entire collection of Méliès' films - from the well known to the rediscovered Méliès' films enchant people of all ages. As well as being a pioneer, he remains the uncontested master of fantasy and dream worlds, and was the first and most incredible wizard of cinema.

    For the first time, viewers can now appreciate the importance of his work - that of a magician and artist whose imagination knew no bounds. The exceptionally talented Méliès produced and directed all his films. He also wrote the "sweet talk", designed the sets, costumes and accessories, and was also the main actor.

    Following 25 years of research, and a worldwide search for copies, this collection constitues a genuine reference. The latest technology has been used on these newly restored films, many of which are available for the first time.
    The spirit of the era is rendered by 13 musicians.

  • CHAPLIN MUTUAL COMEDIES : THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    In 1916, after a 2-year long career, Chaplin is already the most paid actor in the world. He signs for 12 new comedies with Mutual Film Corp. He has his own studio, and total control over the production of his films : unprecede...

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      CHAPLIN (Charles)

    • Producer(s):

      FILM PRESERVATION ASSOCIATES, LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide (except Italy).

    • Production year:

      2013

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, VOD

    In 1916, after a 2-year long career, Chaplin is already the most paid actor in the world. He signs for 12 new comedies with Mutual Film Corp. He has his own studio, and total control over the production of his films : unprecedented.

    These 12 comedies shot between 1916 and 1917 are a fireworks of humor, invention and fun, maybe what Chaplin has done best in all his career. Success after success, the character of The tramp becomes more complex, and films like The Vagabond, One A.m. Or the Immigrant are jewels of skill and sophistication.
     
    These ultimate restorations  are the result of 3 long years of research in the world, and technological achievements. One century after their first release, these films do not have a wrinkle, and the pleasure of watching them is intact. Chaplin said "Shooting the Mutual comedies was the best moment of my life"

  • CHAPLIN - THE ESSANAY: THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    After leaving Sennett's Keystone Studios, where he had spent his year of apprenticeship in cinema, Charles Chaplin became a worldwide star at 10 times his former salary by joining The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Janua...

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      CHAPLIN (Charles)

    • Producer(s):

      FILM PRESERVATION ASSOCIATES

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2014

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    After leaving Sennett's Keystone Studios, where he had spent his year of apprenticeship in cinema, Charles Chaplin became a worldwide star at 10 times his former salary by joining The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in January 1915. For the first time, his name was on the credits ! 

    The series was called "Essanay-Chaplin brand", and Essanay was the first to sell merchandising rights for a movie character. In one year, Chaplin was to star in and direct 16 hilarious films, including his iconic The Tramp - each release breaking a new record in sales. Like the two previous series (Keystone and Mutual), these will be newly restored. They will sparkle! The restoration of the Essanay comedies will conclude the restoration of the Chaplin films, now 100 years old, and will amaze future generations in their second century.
     

  • GEORGES MELIES: WIZARD OF CINEMA (1896-1913)

    01 - AFTER THE BAL - CINDERELLA

    After The Bal (1897) - Cinderella (1912)

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Producer(s):

      LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      1960

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    After The Bal (1897) - Cinderella (1912)

    AFTER THE BAL
    France 1897 - Scène grivoise
    An elegant Parisian woman returns home at night after a ball. She undresses with the
    help of her chambermaid, who pours water on her back with a pitcher.
    Music : Neal Kurz - B & W 1'11

    CINDERELLA
    France 1912
    scène de conte
    Music : Frederick Hodges - B & W 23'50

  • CHAPLIN MUTUAL COMEDIES : THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    THE FLOORWALKER

    When he wanders into a department store, the penniless Tramp comes face to face with a dishonest department manager, who looks just like him.

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      CHAPLIN (Charles)

    • Producer(s):

      FILMS PRESERVATION, LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2013

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    When he wanders into a department store, the penniless Tramp comes face to face with a dishonest department manager, who looks just like him.

    After a series of unimaginable adventures, he manages to foil a swindle, retrieve the money, and win Edna’s heart. The Floorwalker is the first of Chaplin’s films shot for the Mutual. It includes the famous and hilarious escalator scene.

  • CHAPLIN - THE ESSANAY: THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    HIS NEW JOB

    His New Job is the first comedy filmed at Essanay - an apt title given the circumstances.

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      CHAPLIN (Charles)

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2014

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    His New Job is the first comedy filmed at Essanay - an apt title given the circumstances.

    It is also the only film that Chaplin shot in the Chicago studios. As for his comedies made the previous year at Keystone, Chaplin set the action in a film studio. Hired as a prop man, Charlie is soon demoted to carpenter’s assistant at the Lockstone Studio (a reference to his previous employer, Keystone), before becoming an actor, which ends in disaster.
     
    Released on 1 February 1915

  • GEORGES MELIES: WIZARD OF CINEMA (1896-1913)

    02 - THE MONSTER - THE PALACE OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

    The monster - The palace of the arabian nights

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      MELIES (Georges)

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      1960

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      NON-THEATRICAL, TV, VOD, DVD, INTERNET

    The monster - The palace of the arabian nights

    THE MONSTER
    France 1903
    An Egyptian prince is widowed. Inconsolable. He asks a priest to try to show him his deceased loved one. The priest takes the wife's skeleton from the coffin, places clothes on the bones, which turn into a ghost. The ghost becomes a woman, alive and beautiful, but when the prince, filled with wonder, approaches her, the priest flings the skeleton in his face.
     
    THE PALACE OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
    France 1905
    A young Prince without any money wishes to marry Aouda, the daughter of the Rajah. But she has already been promised to a usurer with a fabulous fortune. The Prince Charming, with the help of the sorceror Khalafar, overcomes all of the planted traps along his path and receives an enormous treasure straight from the hands of the Golden Fairy. The Prince returns to the Palace of the Rajah with chests full of precious stones, gold, and money. The Rajah grants him his daughter's hand in marriage and then chases away the usurer.

  • CHAPLIN MUTUAL COMEDIES : THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    THE FIREMAN

    Charlie, an inept fireman, is overcome by the flames of love, foils an insurance scam and saves Edna’s life in one of his most dangerous stunts.

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      CHAPLIN (Charles)

    • Producer(s):

      FILMS PRESERVATION, LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2013

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Charlie, an inept fireman, is overcome by the flames of love, foils an insurance scam and saves Edna’s life in one of his most dangerous stunts.

    This second Mutual film was shot in a real fire station. In an irresistible gag in this film, we discover that the old, horse-drawn fire “engines” could already go into reverse!

  • CHAPLIN - THE ESSANAY: THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    A NIGHT OUT

    This is the second film produced for Essanay.  The story is a variation on the film The Rounders, produced by Keystone, which in 1914 saw Chaplin teamed with Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. This time, Ben Turpin was Chaplin’s partner ...

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Producer(s):

      LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2014

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    This is the second film produced for Essanay. 
    The story is a variation on the film The Rounders, produced by Keystone, which in 1914 saw Chaplin teamed with Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. This time, Ben Turpin was Chaplin’s partner for an evening out on the town. They start out at a café and end up in a hotel, in a misunderstanding with a pretty woman. 

    This is Edna Purviance’s first movie appearance.
     
    Released on 15 February 1915

  • GEORGES MELIES: WIZARD OF CINEMA (1896-1913)

    03 - SOAP BUBBLES - THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM...

    SOAP BUBBLES - THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM - A TRIP TO THE MOON - A NIGHTMARE - THE MERMAID

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      MELIES (Georges)

    • Producer(s):

      LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      1960

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      NON-THEATRICAL, TV, VOD, DVD, INTERNET

    SOAP BUBBLES - THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM - A TRIP TO THE MOON - A NIGHTMARE - THE MERMAID

    SOAP BUBBLES
    France 1906
    An illusionist makes soap bubbles with a pipe. In each ball, a head of a woman appears. The magician makes two female butterflies suddenly appear on a pedestal, followed by the Three Graces. He places himself on the stand and rises in the air in a giant soap bubble.
     
    THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM
    France 1898
    The devil torments an astronomer in his observatory by making the hideous face of a moon appear suddenly. Then, he tempts him with the appearance of young women, and finally makes the lunar face devour him. However, the goddess Phoebe protects the astronomer rand brings him back to life.
     
    A TRIP TO THE MOON
    France 1902
    Six scholars, member of the Astronomers' Club, set off on an expedition to the moon. They travel in a bullet-shaped rocket fired into space by a giant canon. After arriving on the moon safe and sound, they meet its inhabitants, the Selenites, escape their king and return to earth in their rocket which, after falling into the ocean, is fished out by a sailor. Applause, decorations, and a triumphant parade for the six heroes of this outer-space adventure.
     
    A NIGHTMARE
    France 1896
    A man goes to bed and falls asleep. He dreams and witnesses a transformation of his bedroom where Pierrot, Columbine and a black man come to dance around him and on him. The moon also comes wishing to devour him. But upon waking up, all of the images have disappeared and he finds himself still lying in bed.
     
    THE MERMAID
    France 1904
    A gentleman transforms into a fisherman with a fishline, puts small fish into an aquarium, and fishes in his hat. Suddenly, he finds bourgeois clothes, but the setting around him has changed. In the aquarium, magnificently transformed, a beautiful mermaid appears and changes into a charming woman. The gentleman becomes the god Neptune who comes to rule in the final scene, among the naiads.

  • CHAPLIN MUTUAL COMEDIES : THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    THE VAGABOND

    The tramp is a traveling violinist who is competing with an artist for the hand of the lovely Edna Purviance, a young girl who has been stolen by Gypsies.

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Producer(s):

      FILMS PRESERVATION

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2000

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    The tramp is a traveling violinist who is competing with an artist for the hand of the lovely Edna Purviance, a young girl who has been stolen by Gypsies.

    "The Vagabond" (released July 10, 1916), is often pointed to as one of Chaplin's first real masterpieces, representing the blend of comedy and pathos that would define his greatest work in films (e.g, "The Kid," "City Lights"). The tramp is a traveling violinist who is competing with an artist (Lloyd Bacon) for the hand of the lovely Edna Purviance, a young girl who has been stolen by Gypsies. The way Chaplin mixes the despair of his character over being rejected as a lover with the comedy of accidentally sitting on a stove captures the essence of his genius as a filmmaker.

  • CHAPLIN - THE ESSANAY: THE ULTIMATE RESTORATION

    THE CHAMPION

    Inspired by Chaplin’s interest in boxing, this comedy features an unemployed Charlie, who tries his luck working as a sparring partner. He ends up fighting and winning a championship, thanks to the help of his bulldog.

    CLASSICAL FILMS
    • Director(s):

      CHAPLIN (Charles)

    • Producer(s):

      LOBSTER FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2014

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Inspired by Chaplin’s interest in boxing, this comedy features an unemployed Charlie, who tries his luck working as a sparring partner. He ends up fighting and winning a championship, thanks to the help of his bulldog.

    In 1915, boxing fights were illegal in most states and films featuring fights (including comedy films) filled a demand for the topic. Chaplin revisited the idea of the Tramp and his dog a few years later in A Dog’s Life (1918).
     
    This film is one of the most famous Chaplin Essanay Comedies.
     
    Released on 11 March 1915

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