Treasures from the American Film Archives: Volume 5: The West (1898-1938) (3-DVD)
Starring: Clara Bow & Mabel Normand

3-DVD box set, with 132-page book. 2011 Best Classic Western DVD - True West Magazine.
Treasures from the American Film Archives: Volume
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  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 9 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
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  • Originally Released: 2011
  • Label: Image Entertainment

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The West has long held pride of place in motion pictures, both as a production center and as the inspiration for that most American of film genres. For audiences today, it is easy to assume that early movies set in the region were just like the sound Westerns that followed. But the films saved by archives tell a far different story. In the years before the "classic" Western, films about the West were as wide open as the region itself.

Treasures 5 brings together 40 early movies showing the West as it's never been seen on DVD. Of course, the 10-hour, 3-disc anthology has plenty of Westerns, including examples with pistol-packing heroines; comic cowboys; Hispanic, Native American, and Asian stars; lawmen restaging their exploits, and America's first cowboy screen celebrities Broncho Billy Anderson and Tom Mix. With the West's younger days still fresh in filmmakers' minds, these narratives surprise today with their effortless authenticity?in dress, gesture, props, buildings, and everyday work. In addition, the set also showcases the "real West" in travelogues from 10 Western states; newsreels about Native Americans; and documentaries about such Western subjects as cattle ranching in Santa Monica; riding the rails; how vaqueros made horsehair ropes; the birth of the canned fruit industry; and the beginning of the water wars. There are lots of surprises and a few genuine masterworks, including Mantrap (1926), with an utterly bewitching Clara Bow in her most sophisticated role, and W.S. Van Dyke's The Lady of the Dugout (1918), with outlaw-turned-actor Al Jennings playing himself 20 years earlier. None of the films has been available before in good-quality video.

The movies are drawn from the collections of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Archives, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the New Zealand Film Archive. New Zealand might seem an unusual place to find films about the American West, but many have been uncovered and preserved during the international collaboration now underway. The discoveries underscore a key fact: While the railroad, and then the automobile, opened the West to throngs of visitors, far more people explored the region through the movies. Movies brought the West to every corner of the globe and exported a movie-made vision of the America far beyond our shores.

The Treasures 5 selections are accompanied by new music, interactive screens with maps, audio commentary, and an illustrated catalog. The set is curated by Scott Simmon and designed by Jennifer Grey. New music was created by music curator Martin Marks, featured pianists Stephen Horne and Michael D. Mortilla, and composers Andrew McPherson, Michael Miller, Brian Robison, Elena Ruehr, Charles Shadle, Christine Southworth, and Evan Ziporyn.

  • The Tourists (1912, 6 min.), Mabel Normand runs amuck in Albuquerque's Indian market.
  • The Sergeant (1910, 16 min.), first surviving narrative shot in Yosemite.
  • Salomy Jane (1914, 87 min.), Gold Rush tale with America's first Latina movie star Beatriz Michelena.
  • Sunshine Gatherers (1921, 10 min.), canning California fruit, in Prizmacolor.
  • Deschutes Driftwood (1916, 10 min.), riding the rails along the Deschutes and Columbia rivers.
  • "Promised Land" Barred to "Hoboes" (1936, 2 min.)
  • Last of the Line (1914, 26 min.), cross-cultural tragedy, with Sessue Hayakawa.
  • The Indian-detour (1924, 16 min.), in the Southwest on a Fred Harvey Company motor tour.
  • Native American in Newsreels (1921?1938, 5 min.), Indians Invade Nation's Capitol and 4 other stories.
  • We Can Take It (1935, 21 min.), Civilian Conservation Corps at work.
  • Over Silent Paths (1910, 16 min.), daughter avenges her father's murder.
  • Life on the Circle Ranch in California (1912, 12 min.), cattle ranching in Santa Monica.
  • Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (1912, 14 min.), America's first cowboy star courts a pistol-packing schoolmarm.
  • How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat (1917, 3 min.), Pedro Leon demonstrates the vaquero's art.
  • Mexican Filibusters (1911, 16 min.), intrepid woman does her bit for the Mexican Revolution.
  • The Better Man (1912, 12 min.), Mexican bandit proves his worth.
  • Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border (1914, 41 min.), Texas sheriff reenacts kidnapping by revolutionists.
  • Lake Tahoe, Land of the Sky (1916, 6 min.), travelogue celebrating the new auto road.
  • Mantrap (1926, 71 min.), wilderness comedy with Clara Bow and a woman-hating attorney.
  • From The Golden West (1938, 8 min.), oil wells, drive-ins, and more in Kodachrome home movies.
  • The Lady of the Dugout (1918, 64 min.), Al Jennings plays himself as a bank robber with a heart of gold.
  • From Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw (1915, 13 min.), Bill Tilghman reenacts his capture of the Wild Bunch.
  • The Girl Ranchers (1913, 14 min.), comedy in which sisters inherit the Rough Neck Ranch.
  • Legal Advice (1916, 13 min.), Tom Mix falls for a lady attorney.
  • From Womanhandled (1925, 55 min.), sparkling Gregory La Cava in which a modern ranch poses as the Old West to fool New Yorkers.
  • Beauty Spots in America: Castle Hot Springs, Arizona (1916, 6 min.), spa for the rich and famous.
  • Romance of Water (1931, 10 min.), how L.A. got its water.
  • A New Miracle in the Desert (1935, 1 min.), bringing Colorado River water to California.
  • The West in Promotional Travelogues (1898?1920, 22 min.), tours in 7 states, including Seeing Yosemite with David A. Curry.

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