This project is to fund the purchase of the restored 35MM print of THE BRIDE'S PLAY (1922) from the Library of Congress, edit the film, and add a professional music score. The film is in the public domain and has been rarely seen since 1921. It's one of hundreds of silent films preserved in archives or in private collections, unseen by the vast majority of film buffs and historians.
Since the cost of producing a professional DVD of a rare film is prohibitive for the individual, I've started this campaign to organize a collective effort to give this film back to the public While the video quality may not match that of ENCHANTMENT (1921), it should be good. There may be some signs of deterioration as is usual with a 95-year-old film.
Once I have submitted a check and obtained the film, I’ll work toward obtaining a professional music score. This is the same process I pursued for putting GETTING MARY MARRIED (1919), ENCHANTMENT (1921), THE RESTLESS SEX (1920), FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE (1919), and DUCKS AND DRAKES (1921) into limited DVD circulation. Indeed, ENCHANTMENT was aired on Turner Classic Movies in November 2014.
I will also hire a professional composer to create a score for this film. Composers I have worked with on past projects include Donald Sosin and David Drazin.
With that is done, professional copies will be mailed to those who donated $25 or more. As with ENCHANTMENT and THE RESTLESS SEX FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE, and DUCKS AND DRAKES, I am offering a new DVD disk in a paper sleeve. Depending on the success of this campaign I may be able to offer a disk in a DVD case with art (as I have done in previous campaigns) to domestic donors. Mailing costs will prohibit a case to international donors. The entire process could take up to 4 months.
Plot-within-the-plot takes place in Medieval Ireland. The story, written by Donn Byrne, a popular short story writer of the era revolves around an old Irish custom called "the bride's play": the male guests line up and the bride asks each one, "Are you the one I love best?" Each one says, "No," with only the groom responding, "Yes." That's the way it's SUPPOSED to work....
Bottom line: Although it not as elaborate as WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER, which was made later in the year, this Marion Davies romance does feature sumptuous sets designed by Joseph Urban, who also designed her ENCHANTMENT and the artists' ball in THE RESTLESS SEX.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges There really are no risks or challenges to this project. I have already contacted LOC and have the basic information with which to move forward. The great majority of donors (if not all) are knowledgeable about silent films and the various kinds of deterioration that can afflict them. No one will be expecting a pristine print. Composing a score can be an enormous and time-consuming task, and the overall turnaround time could be up to 90 days. Once I have the master DVD, I should be able to make copies and mail them to qualifying donors within a few weeks. If the project does not fund, no donor pledges are completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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