Masters of Cinema in January
Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of F. W. Murnau's Der Letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) and Fritz Lang’s Frau Im Mond (aka Woman in the Moon) as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 21st January 2008. Priced at £19.99 each, details follow…
Der Letzte Mann (aka The Last Laugh) - A landmark work in the history of the cinema, Der letzte Mann represents a breakthrough on a number of fronts. Firstly, it introduced a method of purely visual storytelling in which all intertitles and dialogue were jettisoned, setting the stage for a seamless interaction between film-world and viewer. Secondly, it put to use a panoply of technical innovations that continue to point distinct ways forward for cinematic expression nearly a century later. It guides the silent cinema's melodramatic brio to its lowest abject abyss — before disposing of the tragic arc altogether. The lesson in all this? That a film can be anything it wants to be... but only Der letzte Mann (and a few unforgettable others) were lucky enough to issue forth into the world under the brilliant command of master director F. W. Murnau.
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the original German domestic version of the work that some consider the greatest silent film ever made. Features include:
- New, progressive encode of the recent, magnificent film restoration
- Der letzte Mann - The Making Of - documentary by Murnau expert Luciano Berriatúa [41:00]
- New and improved optional English subtitles (original German intertitles)
- Lavishly illustrated 36-page booklet with writing by film scholars R. Dixon Smith, Tony Rayns, and Lotte H. Eisner — and more!!!
Frau Im Mond (aka Woman in the Moon) - A modern Daedalus tale which uncannily foretold Germany’s wartime push into rocket-science, Frau im Mond is as much a warning-sign against human hubris as it is a hopeful depiction of mankind’s potential. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present for the first time in the UK the culmination of Fritz Lang’s silent cinema, newly restored to its near-original length.
- Brand new film restoration by F. W. Murnau-Stiftung
- Original German intertitles with newly-translated optional English subtitles
- 36-page booklet which includes a newly revised analysis by Michael E. Grost on the film, and on Fritz Lang's body of work as a whole — and more!