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Rare Gems on DVD

Our users have spoken, and we have listened. You want to see rare and hard to find films, and we have created for you the Silent Gems Collection, available on eBay. This DVD collection includes rare and for the first time available films with our stars, as well as other silent masterpieces. These are high quality films that are hard to find anywhere else. Please click on this link to see the collection: Silent Gems Collection

Important Update:

You don't have to leave our website in order to obtain the films from our Silent Gems Collection. These gems are now available to our users as a reward for donation. For details click here.

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OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

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   Mary Pickford

 

Directed by                     John S. Robertson
Produced by                   Mary Pickford
Written by                      E. Lloyd Sheldon and Josephine Lovett
Based on                         Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White
Starring                          Mary Pickford, Lloyd Hughes, David Torrence, Forrest Robinson, Jean Hersholt
Cinematography            Charles Rosher
Distributed by                United Artists Corporation
Release date                    November 22, 1922
Running time                  118 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                         Silent film, English intertitles

 

We have included this film in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star director John S. Robertson.

 

"Tess of the Storm Country" (1922) is a moving drama that grasps the viewer's attention from beginning until end.  A rich man has built a house on top of a hill and is going out of his way to get rid of his poor squatter neighbors living at the bottom. The rich man's son, however, is not only sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but also is attracted to a squatter girl by the name of Tess (Mary Pickford).

The rich man gets help from an aspiring lawyer, and his son-in-law to be, who decides that taking the fishermen's nets away from them will starve them and make them leave.  The plan backfires and the aspiring lawyer is killed.  The murderer escapes and circumstantial evidence puts the blame on Tess's father, who is jailed and later found guilty in court. 

In the meantime the rich man's daughter is saved by Tess when she tries to commit suicide.  The woman gives birth and leaves the baby to the gullible and kind-hearted Tess, telling her that her father would kill her because of the baby.  The rich man's son, who earlier declared his love to Tess, finds the baby in her home and decides that he cannot trust her any more.    

The murderer tries to get rid of the only witness linking him to the crime and attempts to force Tess to leave with him.  In a dramatic climax the rich man realizes that the squatters have given him a lesson and becomes a good neighbor with them.

The film is ranked number 85 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

It enjoys a strong rating in IMDB.

 

Tess of the Storm Country (1922) on IMDb

 

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   Mary Pickford and Lloyd Hughes

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