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Lonesome

Paul Fejos

 
Lonesome (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1928
  • 69 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • English
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  • Spine #623

A buried treasure from Hollywood’s golden age, Lonesome is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind filmmaker, Paul Fejos (also an explorer, anthropologist, and doctor!). While under contract at Universal, Fejos pulled out all the stops for this lovely, largely silent New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend, employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added to satisfy the new craze for talkies). For years, Lonesome has been a rare treat for festival and cinematheque audiences, but it’s only now coming to home video. Rarer still are the two other Fejos films from his Universal years included in this release: The Last Performance and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of Broadway, in its time the most expensive film ever produced by the studio.

Cast

Mary Barbara Kent
JimGlenn Tryon
Overdressed womanFay Holderness
Romantic gentlemanGustav Partos
The sportEddie Phillips

Credits

DirectorPaul Fejos
ProducerCarl Laemmle Jr.
Story byMann Page
Adaptation and scenarioEdward T. Lowe Jr.
Dialogue and titlesTom Reed
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
EditorFrank Atkinson

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski 
  • The Last Performance, director Paul Fejos’s 1929 silent starring Conrad Veidt, with a new score by composer Donald Sosin 
  • Reconstructed sound version of Broadway, Fejos’s 1929 musical 
  • Fejos Memorial, a 1963 visual essay produced by Paul Falkenberg in collaboration with Fejos’s wife, Lita Binns Fejos, featuring the filmmaker narrating the story of his life and career
  • Excerpt about the Broadway camera crane from an audio interview with cinematographer Hal Mohr 
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critic Phillip Lopate and film historian Graham Petrie and an excerpt from a 1962 interview with Fejos

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Travels of Paul Fejos

By Graham Petrie August 31, 2012

He was a doctor, explorer, and anthropologist in addition to being a director. Learn more about the fascinating man who made Lonesome. Read more »


Film Essays

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Lonesome: Great City, Great Solitude

By Phillip Lopate August 28, 2012

A frenetic portrait of New York as well as a love story, Paul Fejos’s film captures the odd sensation of being alone in the big city, even when in a crowd. Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Lonesome

By Jason Altman September 07, 2012


Film Essays

Currenthumb_28212id_034_thumbnail

The Travels of Paul Fejos

By Graham Petrie August 31, 2012

He was a doctor, explorer, and anthropologist in addition to being a director. Learn more about the fascinating man who made Lonesome. Read more »


Film Essays

Lonesome_feature_current_thumbnail

Lonesome: Great City, Great Solitude

By Phillip Lopate August 28, 2012

A frenetic portrait of New York as well as a love story, Paul Fejos’s film captures the odd sensation of being alone in the big city, even when in a crowd. Read more »


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