Miss Mend (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 4 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: December 8, 2009
- Originally Released: 1926
- Label: Flicker Alley
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Igor Ilyinsky, Natalya Glan, Vladimir Fogel, Sergei Komarov & Boris Barnet|
|Directed by||Fedor Ozep & Boris Barnet|
|Screenwriting by||Fedor Ozep & Boris Barnet|
As co-directed by Fedor Ozep and Boris Barnet, the 1926 Russian silent picture MISS MEND (also known as THE ADVENTURES OF THE THREE REPORTERS) constitutes an epic-length saga adapted from a 1923 pulp novel. The original work credits the author as an American, "Jim Dollar" though this was actually a pseudonym for a Russian woman, Marietta Shaginian). The film embodied a local response against the experimental cinema of Soviet directors such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, and an attempt to emulate fast-paced American serials featuring such stars as Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Pearl White. The story, partially set in an imagined America dominated by cutting-edge technology and new social structures, comments on such issues as wealth, violence, racism and rape, in its tale of Vivian Mend, an urban professional who earns a living and raises her only child sans the help of any man, and three reporters who attempt to stop a biological attack on the U.S.S.R. by several unsavory Western industrialists. This set contains the surviving four hours of footage from the original serial, newly remastered and restored by David Shepard.
Conspiracies | Epic | Reporters | Silent
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