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Variete (Variety) (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format) [Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: E. A. Dupont
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2017
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01N06Z72W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,228 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A key work of German silent cinema and an international smash on its release, E. A. Duponts Variete (Variety)is an audacious revenge melodrama set under the canvas of the big top.

When Boss Huller (the iconic Emil Jannings) meets the young emigre Berta-Marie (Lya De Putti), it kindles his desire to relaunch his career as a trapeze artist, stalled due to an injury and the pressures of domestic life. But with passion comes obsession, and with the involvement of the famed Artinelli into their act, tensions rise to a fever pitch.

Visually astonishing, with some of the most inventive camerawork of the 1920s, and a typically intense and vivid central performance from Jannings, Variete is presented here in an all-new restoration of the original German version. Featuring two scores: one by Stephen Horne (as performed at the London Film Festival 2015, and one by the Tiger Lilies (as performed at Berlinale 2015)

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New 2015 high-definition digital restoration by the FWMS
  • Three scores: one by Stephen Horne; one by Johannes Contag; and one by the Tiger Lilies
  • PCM audio on the Blu-ray
  • Optional English subtitles for the German intertitles
  • The complete American version of the film
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new writing on the film and archival images

REVIEWS:

''The strongest and most inspiring drama that has ever been told by the evanescent shadows'' New York Times

''EA Duponts kinetic, dazzling drama set among libidinous circus folk. This movie has never looked so sharp a fantastic film, with Emil Jannings firing on all cylinders and Lya De Putti the definition of minxiness as the woman who leads him astray'' Silent London

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The latest silent film release from Masters of Cinema is a mid-20's classic directed by Ewald Andre Dupont and photographed by Karl Freund. It is Freund's [straight from his work on Murnau's Last Man] extraordinary cinematography that transcends the prosaic melodrama of the narrative turning it into magic. Eugen Schufftan [Metropolis] was also on hand to contribute Visual Effects. Unfortunately, the film's success didn't lead to a dazzling career for Dupont whose work largely faltered thereafter, although he did make Piccadilly in the UK in 1929.

Variete is by turns comic, dramatic and suspenseful, with some stunning set pieces, and the whole is unified by the afore mentioned camerawork. Freund takes every opportunity he can to unchain the camera and produced some wonderfully dynamic images. However, the last ten minutes is handed over to Emil Jannings, who pulls out all the stops, as only he could, with what must be some of his most tremendous glowering and eye popping close-ups. I should also say that Lya de Putti looks quite extraordinary and there's a good deal of fleshy eroticism.

The package from MoC is excellent, not only offering the FWMS restoration of the German original, but the US version as well. We also get the choice of three different scores. The information packed booklet is a really goodie, too.

Full marks.
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Another classic silent film released from master of cinema, the picture once again for such a old film looks great and clear, love how we got 3 different music scores to listen too, I can't decide which one is the best for the film, I'm sure everyone will have different views which is the best, overall 5star film and hope more will be released soon
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Studying German Expressionism I saw but a single reel in film school in 1968. I have waited all these years to see the entire film. I was not disappointed. When you have a chance to see this quality of Cinema you have to grab the opportunity.
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