A new box set from Kino includes five features from the ur-auteur: “The Avenging Conscience,” a 1914 production that finds Griffith on the verge of inventing expressionism; “Way Down East” (1920), at last available in MOMA’s restoration of the nearly three-hour road show version; “Sally of the Sawdust,” a 1925 comedy with W.C. Fields and the most troubling of Griffith’s child-women, Carol Dempster; MOMA’s reconstruction of Griffith’s first talkie, “Abraham Lincoln” (1930), with the slave-ship prologue restored; and a personal favorite, Griffith’s underestimated final film, “The Struggle” (1931). My review in the New York Times is here.
Folks in the New York area won’t want to miss Jerry Lewis in Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich, a special event sponsored by the Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 pm at The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street in Manhattan. Tickets for non-members are a pricey $48, but what better way to stimulate the economy than by giving it up for Jerry? Chris Fujiwara has an appreciation of Lewis at MOMI’s website, Moving Image Source.