Episode 137 – Paul Fejos’ Lonesome

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For their first episode of 2013, Ryan, James, and Travis are joined by Josh Brunsting to chat about the 1928 film from Paul Fejos, Lonesome.

About the film:

A buried treasure from Hollywood’s golden age, Lonesome is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind filmmaker, Paul Fejos (also an explorer, anthropologist, and doctor!). While under contract at Universal, Fejos pulled out all the stops for this lovely, largely silent New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend, employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added to satisfy the new craze for talkies). For years, Lonesome has been a rare treat for festival and cinematheque audiences, but it’s only now coming to home video. Rarer still are the two other Fejos films from his Universal years included in this release: The Last Performance and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of Broadway, in its time the most expensive film ever produced by the studio.

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Next time on the podcast: The Naked Prey!

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.