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This big-budget costume picture established Marion Davies as a major movie star and will now be available in a new scan and new score.
This big-budget costume picture established Marion Davies as a major movie star and will now be available in a new scan and new score.
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"When Knighthood Was in Flower" (1922) on DVD/Blu-Ray

This Kickstarter will fund a project that brings Marion Davies’ breakthrough feature film “When Knighthood Was In Flower” (1922) to home-video. The release will be made using a new transfer off the sole surviving 35mm nitrate print, with a brand new theatre organ score buy Ben Model. The 2K digital scan will be made for the project by video lab at the Library of Congress, the archive where the print is stored and has been preserved. The disc release will be a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. The DVDs/BRs will be professionally authored and will be region-free, the box art will be created by professional graphic designer and silent era aficionado Marlene Weisman, and will be available for sale on Amazon.com. The Kickstarter covers all production costs for DVD release; BluRay disc portion of the project is made possible through Greenbriar Picture Shows.

*** April 10, 2016 -- just added to the project!! **
The original hand-coloring ("handschiegl") will be reinstated digitally to the scenes of knights on horseback carrying torches during the climactic chase in the final reel!

Release date (expected):

Based on my current performance schedule for April-August and the time it takes for scoring and authoring, I expect to be able to have the DVD/BR finished and available by the end of September 2016. I already have the logistics for the film transfers lined up and ready to go with the Library of Congress.

Be "somebody"…

We've all heard of great silent films having been preserved at a film archive and thought, "wouldn't it be great if somebody put that out?". Here's a chance for you to be part of that "somebody"!  Make your pledge to "When Knighthood Was In Flower"…and participate in a unique silent film enterprise.

A bit about me

I've been accompanying silent movies on piano and organ for 35 years; I play for silents at MoMA, at the Silent Clowns Film Series (which I also produce) in NYC, at the Library of Congress, and at festivals, historic theatres and at schools and universities throughout the US and abroad (annually, in Tromsø Norway for the last 10 years). I've scored dozens of silent films for DVD release for companies like Kino and Milestone and for air on TCM. My website is silentfilmmusic.com, and my complete line of DVDs can be seen at Undercrank Productions.

Read about my previous 4 successful Kickstarter-crowdfunded DVDs at:

Risks and challenges

"When Knighthood Was In Flower" is my FIFTH Kickstarter-crowdfunded project, and all previous projects were successfully completed, and were done so on time or rather close to the expected date, and each went about $1,000 over the funding goal. Those DVD projects – "Accidentally Preserved: volume 1 & 2", "The Mishaps of Musty Suffer", "The Marcel Perez Project" and "Accidentally Preserved: volume 3" – have been well-reviewed in publications such as the NY Times, Film Threat, the Examiner, DVDTalk and classic film blogs, and by dozens of Amazon customers.

There is always the chance that a scheduling or tech issue may arise during the production of any DVD project, and when that's happened previously it has only delayed the release by a month or two.

I'll keep you updated weekly with my progress, and if there are any unforeseen delays you'll find out as soon as I know. For background, you can read all the updates from "Accidentally Preserved", "Musty Suffer" and "Marcel Perez" on their respective Kickstarter pages. You'll find I've kept backers up-to-date on each DVD's progress on a regular basis, and am still sending news and updates to backers several months after the project was completed.

I have been the producer of The Silent Clowns Film Series since its inception in 1997 and have seen it through 19 successful years of year-round shows of classic silent films in NYC as well as a number of partnerships with different venues, and its becoming a not-for-profit.

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    everything listed above, plus a private-issue collector's DVD of a feature-length silent film with a score by Ben Model. (Can't mention title here, but it's a good one!)

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