Manny P. here…
Mary Pickford is known today as the first film actress to achieve international super stardom. Funny, feisty, and diminutive, she was also the first actor to have complete artistic control of her cinematic work. And, because she chose to work with the best directors, writers, editors, and craftsmen, what incredible cinema she created.
On November 6th, Rags and Riches: The Mary Pickford Collection will be officially released on DVD and Blu-ray. The selected titles, newly re-mastered with full orchestral scores, remind us of the star‘s commitment to excellence, and her brilliant range of acting. It includes The Poor Little Rich Girl; Ramona; Sparrows (from a restored tinted 35mm from the Library of Congress); and The Hoodlum (with help by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Film Archive’s 35mm restoration).
According to the Milestone Films site (official distributor of this collection):
The Rags & Riches Collection marks the first-ever release designed to introduce younger viewers to the pleasures of silent films. Each film includes a short intro featuring a group of kids who discover a treasure trove of old films in an attic and learn about cinematic history in the process.
Here’s a link for more information about the Mary Pickford collection of classic movies:
Milestone Film & Video is an art-film distributor that has released (among other things) seldom-seen vintage classics over the past decade. Important contemporary artists who have co-presented Milestone restorations: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Demme, and Dustin Hoffman.
Bravo to Milestone Film & Video for this concentrated effort, and upcoming distribution.
Until next time> “never forget”