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Lonesome (The Criterion Collection)

Starring: Glenn Tryon, Barbara Kent, Fay Holderness, Gustav Partos, Andy Devine

Directed by: Paul Fejos

A buried treasure from Hollywood’s golden age: one-of-a-kind filmmaker Paul Fejos (also an explorer, anthropologist, and doctor!) pulled out all the stops for this lovely, largely silent New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island over the 4th of July weekend, employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added to satisfy the new talkie craze). Rarer still are two other films from Fejos’s Universal years included here: The Last Performance (starring Conrad Veidt) and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of Broadway, at the time the studio’s most expensive film ever. Bonus Content: Biographical Fejos Memorial Visual Essay, Audio Interview with Cinematographer Hal Mohr.



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