From Zombies to Orson Welles

Revolt of The Zombies
It has been long since I last made a post about films that are available for download or on-line watchig. It’s time to make a new one, and here it is:
Public Domain Movie Torrents
Public Domain Movie Torrents is one more reason why I need a new HD and a new video adapter card. It has a terrific collection of classic films and B-movies. If you don’t know from where start follow Jorge‘s suggestions: sci-fi, horror and martialarts. (via o zombie)
The Crime in your Coffee made a suggestion too: Revolt of the Zombies: On the Franco-Austrian Frontier during WW I, an oriental priest, chaplain of a French colonial regiment, is condemned to life imprisonment because he possesses the power of turning men into zombies. A pre-Romero’s film from 1936 with uncredited scenes of Bela Lugosi’s eyes.
Do you want more tips? I made a list of what I would love to watch or re-watch:
A Farewell to Arms: based on a Ernest Hemingway’s novel, with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I.
A Star is Born: or how to build a star. The first version of the film, and my favourite, directed by William A. Wellman. Janet Gaynor plays the star and Fredric March is the man behind the star. It’s a a mix of acid satiric scenes and critic of Hollywood system.
Bird of Paradise: I’ve been searching for this film for a long time. It’s a King Vidor’s film with the beautiful Dolores Del Rio. Another reason to watch it (Dolores is first reason): The underwater swimming scene between a nude Del Rio and a McCrea clad only in the thinnest of briefs is unique in cinema.
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Detour is a must see movie, a classic film noir from 1945. Barely hanging around for 70 minutes, featuring extremely dark cinematography and femme fatales aplenty, this is true pulp fiction.
Fatal Hour, Mr Wong Detective and The Ape: suspense films with Boris Karloff. Or love love Karloff or you don’t love the horror films.
House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price, Carolyn Craig and Richard Long and directed by William Castle. Mark liked the film, he gave four exclamation marks to the film.
Metropolis is the film. If you don’t want to try all my suggestions you must see this film. My favourite Fritz Lang’s film based on a Charles Dickens’ story. The visual is stunning. But if this is the version with that ugly modern 80’s soundtrack please turn off the sound before you start to watch it.
My Favorite Brunette, directed by Elliott Nugent with Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour and Lon Chaney Jr.. I don’t care if the film is good or not, I need to see it.
Royal Wedding and Second Chorus: two with the divine and very classy dancer Fred Astaire. What girl never dreamt about dance with someone like him? I prefer the first one directed by Stanley Donen.
Teenagers from Outer Space: nothing special in the film’s cast, but Mark gave three exclamations at his review and a movie with so good a title must be seen. PS.: Jorge didn’t like it so much.
The Black Pirate
The Black Pirate: if you like the swashbuckler films (I call them “filmes de capa e espada” in Portuguese) with Errol Flynn you must see that with Douglas Fairbanks. He was a classic hero of the 1910’s and 1920’s films, and I particularly like his films. He played D’Artagnan, Zorro, Don Juan, Robin Hood and The Thief of Bagdad. And BTW, Jorge said that he loves the film.
The Eagle directed Clarence Brown, with Rudolph Valentino. I watched it twelve years ago. It’s a good film, maybe the best Valentino’s film that I ever watched.
The Great Gabbo: For the ventriloquist Gabbo his wooden dummy Otto is the only means of expression. When he starts relying more and more on Otto, he starts going mad. A film with a creepy story and Erich von Stroheim can’t be bad.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: the classic 1923 silent film with Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, directed by Wallace Worsley.
The Kid: the touching Charles Chaplin’s classic. The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. A film to see from time to time every (but my favourite Chaplin’s film is Modern Times).
The Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed me Seymour!”. I love this film, it’s damn cool and ten times better than the musical version. A hilarious Roger Corman’s comedy-horror film. You must see the young Jack Nicholson’s playing a masoquist dentist’s client.
The Scarlet Letter directed by Victor Sjöström with Lillian Gish. This is a masterpiece and Gish is sublime. I watch it last year and need to do it again.
White Zombie: A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. Nice plot, isn’t it? But there are more, there is Bela Lugosi and Jorge, from o zombie said that the film is great.
F is For Fake
Orson Welles
I love the works of Orson Welles. He was one of the most brilliant directors that ever lived. That’s why I was so happy when I found two precious films (because they are never easy to find here) with him available in Torrent. They are:
F is for Fake: Welles, here in his sixties, reveals two new sides to his cinema audience, the prankster and the editor. He plays with the metaphor of the illusion of the cinema and the magic. It’s Welles, so a must see film.
Orson Welles: The One-Man Band: it’s a documentary from 1995 directed by Vassili Silovic that uses with rare images and never been seen by the public, scenes from TV films from 60’s, interviews, Welles’ magician performances, images from his late films, archive images, scenes of uncompleted films and Welles’ drawings and etchings. Through all those images the German director tries to reconstruct the Welles’ persona.
Zéro de Conduite
You Tube
YouTube isn’t the best place to watch longer films on-line, but if you can’t find some of those treasures in other places, that is a very nice solution. I found most of those preciosities in the list of uploads of a user called Euterpejones. I got crazy with her list of almost nine hundred of videos: Edison and Méliès films, early silent films and from the 20’s, animations from the 20’s, silent films, trailers, video clips from 60’s and 70’s, horror and B films and films in public domain.
Her list of films is impressive and with great taste. She posted videos of films that I thought I would never find on-line and that I would never see again. Do I need to say that I loved it? I made playlists divided by epoch and area, but if you have the time, do spend some hours checking what she has posted there. A few suggestions of fabulous finds :
Blind Husbands from 1919 was written, directed and starred by Erich von Stroheim. Von Stroheim stars as von Steuben, a Prussian officer who pursues a surgeon’s wife while the couple is on vacation in the Alps. The film walks in the line of drama and comedy, and earlier I had forgotten to say, the titles are in English and French.
Camille is one of the first versions of the immortalized Dumas’ novel La Dame aux camélias. There were at least 6 known silent versions before this 1921 film with Alla Nazimova as Marguerite Gautier and the charming Rudolph Valentino. The 80’s film with Isabelle Huppert is very nice too, well, Huppert is always brilliant, but my favourite is with Garbo.
Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Le Voyage Dans La Lune is one of my favourites films. I can’t resist watching it again and again. Directed by Georges Méliès, belongs to the imaginary fusing with the history and beginning of cinema. In this classic Méliès shows all his ability as magician and his ingenious mind as cinema maker. There is a review at Filmsite.
The Fall of The House of Usher is a thriller based on the short-story from the master Edgar Allan Poe. The version is from 1928, but it isn’t the Epstein version (that I would love to see). Directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber is independent experimental film with strong influences of German expressionism, it makes effective use of odd camera angles and stylized sets – free and subjective camera of Murnau and Wiene films – the dark ambients and the surreal atmosphere.
The Unholy Three: a silent murder mystery/thriller story from 1925 directed by Tod Browning and with Lon Chaney playing a ventriloquist. This is a test to my nerves.
And here are my playlists, for those of you who don’t have the time or can’t be bothered to search for them: Early Cinema – a selection of films from the first years of cinema, most of them were made at Edison’s Black Maria Studio; Films is my small generic playlist, what I didn’t put on the other lists I put there, with few black and white films in public domain; Georges Melies with five Méliès films; Silent Films is a generic list with silent films that I like, with complete films, short-films and scenes videos; Trailers from old, horror and B-movies.
A Farewell to Arms
Update: All the lists and videos at YouTube were deleted, including my account. Le Voyage Dans La Lune can be watched at Google Video.

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7 Responses to From Zombies to Orson Welles

  1. Sean says:

    Very nice! Euterpejones’YourTube also has a lot of cool vintage rock clips.

  2. Bibi says:

    Thanks Sean. 🙂
    Yes, I spend some hours to made my selections and found many videoclips from 70’s. She has Siouxsie videoclips that I never saw before.

  3. Bibi says:

    Thanks P.E. 🙂

  4. Bibi says:

    AHAH!!! Super cool! Je suis dans Libèration!!!

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