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Charley Chase, Roman Polanski, Roy Andersson

Curated by David Kalat (of last year’s impressive Harry Langdon collection), “Becoming Charley Chase” draws primarily on the community of private collectors for an illuminating array of rare one and two reel comedies starring or directed by Charley Chase. Chase remains an underrated talent — a key figure in the transition from Sennett grotesque […]

David Carradine, John Gilbert, King Vidor

This week in the New York Times, two cheers for the late David Carradine, and a look at Flicker Alley’s fine new John Gilbert disc, which includes the recently discovered 1926 King Vidor film “Bardelys the Magnificent” and Emmet J. Flynn’s less interesting 1922 “Monte Cristo” — which nevertheless includes an underground tunnel sequence […]

John Barrymore

A new box set from Kino International offers three previously issued films starring the Great Profile — “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (John S. Robertson, 1920), “The Beloved Rogue” (Alan Crosland, 1927), and “Tempest” (Sam Taylor, 1928) — plus the first official DVD release of the Eastman House restoration of Albert Parker’s 1922 “Sherlock […]

George Stevens’ “Anne Frank”

Fox Home Entertainment has remastered George Stevens’s problematical but historically important 1959 film “The Diary of Anne Frank” — one of the first Hollywood films to deal directly with the Holocaust — for a handsome new Blu-ray edition. A review here, in the New York Times.