The Life of the Jews in Palestine 1913


The life of the jews in Palestine


An invaluable historical document, Russian-made 1913 documentary “The Life of the Jews in Palestine” was assumed lost for decades until a print was discovered in 1997 in France’s National Film Archives. Now restored to excellent condition, the feature provides a fascinating, if highly selective, travelogue-style tour of Jewish settlements, historic sites and the surrounding landscapes nearly a century ago. Fests worldwide, particularly those centering on Jewish, human rights and silent material, will find this a compelling artifact; educational outlets can avail themselves of the Jerusalem Cinematheque’s vid release, which features additional background info (researched and scripted by Ya’Kov Gross) as well as a musical score (by Eli Aharon).
By Dennis Harvey
Director: Noah Sokolovsky


The Telephone Girl and the Lady 1913

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A telephone operator hears a robbery in progress over the Phone and goes in search for help.

Director: D. W. Griffith
Production company: Biograph Company
Cinematography: Billy Bitzer
Screenplay: Anita Loos, Edward Acker

Stars: Mae Marsh, Claire McDowell, Alfred Paget

Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life 1913

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Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel’s anxious boyfriend turns for help to the great Barney Oldfield, who jumps in his racing car and speeds to the rescue.

—Snow Leopard

Director: Mack Sennett

Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios
Stars: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling

That Ragtime Band 1913

That Ragtime band

Professor Smelts the band leader gets into a romantic rivalry with one of his musicians over the affections of a pretty girl.
Director: Mack Sennett

Produced by Mack Sennett

Stars: Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand, Nick Cogley

Peeping Pete 1913

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The oldest surviving film appearance of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Peeping Pete was released as a split reel along with the comedy, “A Bandit”.

This early Keystone has Pete spying on his neighbor’s wife through one of those little knotholes in a fence. The neighbor (Sterling) notices and chases him all over town with sheriff and family close behind. Fatty Arbuckle plays the peeper’s wife(!).

Director: Mack Sennett
Producer: Mack Sennett
Production company: Keystone Studios

Stars: Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling

Doctor Nicholson and the Blue Diamond 1913

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Intertitles are in English

. “Doctor Nicholson and the Blue Diamond” is a classic Danish crime drama starring Anton De Verdier, Edith Psilander, Holger Reenberg, Axel Christensen, Sophus Erhardt and others. A crook wants to swindle a rich heiress out of a 1/2 million-dollar precious blue stone. Before World War, I European cinema including films made in Denmark was the most advanced in the world. “Doctor Nicholson and the Blue Diamond” is a very mature crime drama from the early years of filmmaking.

Production Company Dansk Kinograf Films

Director: Unknown

Writing Credits: Mogens Falck

Cast (in credits order)
Anton De Verdier … Count Jules de Barton
Edith Buemann … Miss Alice
Holger Reenberg … Dr. Nicholson
Axel Christensen … Detective
Viggo Wiehe … Murderer No. 1
Sophus Erhardt … Lawyer


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The Island of the Blessed 1913


Also known as Die Insel der Seligen (English captions)

Max Reinhardt’s ‘Isle of the Blessed’ (1913) attracted attention due to its erotic nature. Its ancient mythical setting included sea gods, nymphs, and fauns, and the actors appeared naked. The actors had to live up to the demands of double roles.

Not a great print. However, it is watchable, and it is fun.  Worth a look.

Director: Max Reinhardt
Writer: Arthur Kahane
Stars: Paul Davidson, Erika De Planque, Wilhelm Diegelmann